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Poetry Corner: Grandad’s Flannelette Nightshirt

On 26th of  May 1904 George Formby, singer and comedian, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)

George Formby

Grandad’s Flannelette Nightshirt-1939 Regal Zonophone MR3301 Formby/Latta

Now in our family we’ve got an heirloom.
They handed it to me a year ago.
It’s been in our possession since Grandad was a lad.
Ill tell you what it is and then you’ll know.
It’s my Grandad’s Flannelette nightshirt

In it I was christened one day
Down at the church they were in a whirl,
No one seemed to know if I were boy or girl.
They’d had one or two and ee they were in mess
But it’s all right said the preacher rather curt.
I’ve been and had a quiz and I’ve found out what it is
By his Grandad’s Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, his Grandad’s Flannelette shirt.

In my Grandad’s Flannelette nightshirt
I got married one day.
In the train my bride gave a shout,
“Ee what is that you are pulling out?”
I said, “It’s old fashioned and it’s tattered and torn
But I’ve brought it honeymooning with me Gert”
When she said, “What is it dear?” I whispered in her ear
“It’s my Grandad’s Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, my Grandad’s Flannelette shirt.”

The other day I got an invitation to go and join a nudist colony
And as the life is healthy and in the open air I trotted off as happy as can be.
With my Grandad’s Flannelette nightshirt I walked up to the door.
Someone said, “Now don’t make a fuss, just take off your clothes and you’ll be like us.”
I was bashful so I stayed by myself, for with the girls I didn’t want to flirt
But when I fell asleep they all came and had a peep
At my Grandad’s Flannelette shirt lordy lordy, my Grandad’s Flannelette shirt.

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