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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Laughing Policeman

Another famous song that could possibly make it to the world of picture books, with a little edit here and there. Policeman don't feature in too many picture books.

This nutty and catchy tune The Laughing Policeman has been around since the late 19th century. George Washington Johnson wrote the original version called The Laughing Song, Washington appears to have gone by some particularly unpleasant stage names.


Music hall artist Charles Penrose later adapted the song to the one we know today. Penrose was the original Champagne Charlie. The song has had many different versions since then. British comedy actor Derryck Guyler appeared in a kids TV series of the same name, with the song as its theme.
Who needs any of those when you have Ukulele Eric?!

I know a fat old policeman He's always on our street. A fat and jolly red-faced man He really is a treat. He's too kind for a policeman He's never known to frown. And everybody says He is the happiest man in town!. He laughs upon point duty He laughs upon his beat. He laughs at everybody When he's walking in the street. He never can stop laughing He says he's never tried. But once he did arrest a man And laughed until he cried! Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. His jolly face is wrinkled And then he shut his eyes. He opened his great big mouth It was a wonderous size! He said "I must arrest you!" He didn't know what for. And then he started laughing Until he cracked his fat old jaw. Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. So if you chance to meet him While walking 'round the town. Shake him by his fat old hand And give him half a crown. His eyes will beam and sparkle He'll gurgle with delight. And then you'll start him laughing With all his blessed might! Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

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