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The History Girls: If you want to know the time, ask a policeman by Susan Price

British actress Marie Lloyd, on a postcard c.1890s

If you want to know the time, ask a policeman.
The proper Greenwich time, ask a policeman,
Every member of the force has a watch and chain, of course,
If you want to know the time, ask a policeman!

My childhood was haunted by snatches of music-hall song and jokes. My Grandfather Price, I’m told, was a great fan of the music-hall, especially the high-kicking dancing girls. (And I heard, passed down from him, tales of the dreaded ‘peaky-blinders’ long before they became a TV series.)

They don’t do repairs in mid-ocean.
They don’t do repairs on the deck.
So for two blessed years, me trousers was hung
From a wart on the back of me neck!- boom-boom!

To this day, I’ve no idea what this is about. I didn’t understand these half-remembered bits of verse. As with nursery rhymes, I learned them by their rhythms, without knowing or much caring…

Source: The History Girls: If you want to know the time, ask a policeman by Susan Price


2 comments on “The History Girls: If you want to know the time, ask a policeman by Susan Price

  1. Silver Screenings

    Thanks for posting this. I had never heard of this song, and I had NO CLUE about the goings-on with the police, especially the stolen watches! Very interesting.

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