The Girl On The Bike (Johnny Burke)

Oh, the bicycle is all the rage
on every street and town,
You must be nimble on the pins,
if not they'll run you down;
Now the girls are taking to the wheels,
it's a pleasure that they like,
For my aunt and another woman
went in partners for a bike.

Aunt Julia always tipped the beam
at fourteen stone or more,
And to see her in the bloomers
you should hold your sides and roar;
She's as awkward as a heifer
and as graceful as an ox,
And her head is all court plasters
from the bounces on the rocks.

Each evening just at full of dark
for practice she'll turn out,
It's a picnic for the youngsters
as they follow her and shout;
And they'll play the Jews harp at her
as the sods she'll try and dodge,
For she'll get them all arrested,
in the old stone jail to lodge.

Now young men about to settle down
and lead a happy life,
Oh, make sure and have the bloomers
if you want a saving wife;
And if you are working on the roads
and gets home to your meals,
And your children wild with hunger,
and the Mrs on the wheels.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.31, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

See more songs by Johnny Burke.

From Princeton University's WordNet:
Pins - pegs; sticks; informal term for the legs.

14 stone - 196 lbs; 89 kgs.


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