Old Jepson Brown

 
Performed by:
Will Noble
Recorded in:
Shepley
Recorded on:
21/01/2007
Recorded by:
Ray Padgett
Genre:
Humour
Keywords:
Public houses,
Acrobats
 

Archival information

TYG:
43
Key:
Eb
Time Signature:
4/4 and various
Roud id:
3354
Laws id:
Master title:
Old Jepson Brown
Places Cited:
Bethnal Green

Lyrics

1
Now Jepson Brown were a worn-out clown but a careful clown ’e’d been;
’E’d saved enough to open a pub somewhere on Bethnal Green;
And when ’e thowt o’ the tricks by which ’e’d earned ’is daily bread,
Now and then when the fit came on, ’e’d stand upon ’is head.

Chorus
Oh, the people shouted out, ‘Oh my!’
Oh, the people they did stare;
For there was Brown, upside down, with ’is legs kickin’ ’igh up in the air.

2
Now next door neighbour to old Brown lived widow Mrs Birch;
He proposed to ’er and she answered yes, and they toddled off to church.
o you promise to love and obey this man?’ the worthy parson said.
She blushed and smiled for there was Brown standing on ’is head.

3
Now twelve months later a child was born to the great delight of Brown.
It was the image of himself, a reg’lar little clown;
And when this child was six months old ’e scrambled out of bed,
And to the nurse’s great surprise, was standing on ’is head.

Chorus
Oh, the people shouted out, ‘Oh my!’
Oh, the people they did stare;
For there was young Brown, etc.