The Gas Man Cometh: Flanders and Swann

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‘Twas on a Monday morning
The Gas-Man came to call;
The gas tap wouldn’t turn – I wasn’t getting gas at all.
He tore out all the skirting boards
To try and find the main,
And I had to call a Carpenter to put them back again.
Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

‘Twas on a Tuesday morning
The Carpenter came round;
He hammered and he chiselled and he said: ‘Look what I’ve found!
Your joists are full of dry-rot
But I’ll put it all to rights.’
Then he nailed right through a cable and out went all the lights.
Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

‘Twas on a Wednesday morning
The Electrician came;
He called me ‘Mr Sanderson’ (which isn’t quite my name).
He couldn’t reach the fuse box
Without standing on the bin
And his foot went through a window – so I called a Glazier in.

Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!
Twas on a Thursday morning
The Glazier came along,
With his blow-torch and his putty and his merry Glazier’s song;
He put another pane in –
It took no time at all –
But I had to get a Painter in to come and paint the wall.
Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

‘Twas on a Friday morning
The Painter made a start;
With undercoats and overcoats he painted every part,
Every nook and every cranny,
But I found when he was gone
He’d painted over the gas tap and I couldn’t turn it on!
Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

On Saturday and Sunday they do no work at all:
So ’twas on a Monday morning that the Gas-Man came to call!

The illustration is copyright: kurhan via Shutterstock
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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2 Responses to The Gas Man Cometh: Flanders and Swann

  1. And they call it home improvement!

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