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No. 23: SONG (King Gama)
"Whene'er I spoke"


Gama.
Whene'er I spoke
Sarcastic joke
Replete with malice spiteful,
This people mild
Politely smil'd,
And voted me delightful!
Now, when a wight
Sits up all night
Ill-natur'd jokes devising,
And all his wiles
Are met with smiles
It's hard, there's no disguising!
Ah! Oh, don't the days seem lank and long
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
And isn't your life extremely flat
With nothing whatever to grumble at!
Chorus.
Oh, isn't your life extremely flat
With nothing whatever to grumble at!
George Grossmith as King Gama, 1884
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Peter Pratt as King Gama, 1950s
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Gama.
When German bands
From music stands
Play'd Wagner imperfectly
I bade them go
They didn't say no,
But off they went directly!
The organ boys
They stopp'd their noise,
With readiness surprising
And grinning herds
Of hurdy-gurds
Retired apologising!
Ah! Oh, don't the days seem lank and long
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
And isn't your life extremely flat
With nothing whatever to grumble at!
Chorus.
Oh, isn't your life extremely flat
With nothing whatever to grumble at!

Gama.
I offer'd gold
In sums untold
To all who'd contradict me —
I said I'd pay
A pound a day
To anyone who kick'd me —
I brib'd with toys
Great vulgar boys
To utter something spiteful,
But, bless you, no!
They would be so
Confoundedly politeful!
Ah! In short, these aggravating lads,
They tickle my tastes, they feed my fads,
They give me this and they give me that,
And I've nothing whatever to grumble at!
Chorus.
Oh, isn't your life extremely flat
With nothing whatever to grumble at!
Martyn Green as King Gama, 1930s
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He bursts into tears, and falls sobbing on a seat.

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