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Cheeky Young Lad

  • Harvey Andrews

    A cheeky young lad took the rise out of me
    So I clipped his ear, I was twenty-three
    And I laughed when he ran, said that he'd tell his dad
    'Cause I'd done the same when I was a boy
    When cheeking grown-ups was a young lad's joy
    But you never let on that you'd gone and done anything bad

    A cheeky young lad took the mick out of me
    So I chased him off I was thirty-three
    And I got close enough to see the tear in his eye
    And I said if you talk like that once more
    I'll tell your dad and you'll get what for
    But I smiled to myself the next time the laddie walked by

    Cheeky young lad like I used to be
    Cheeky young lad oh why can't you see
    Cheeky young lad one day you'll be just like me

    A cheeky young lad stood and swore at me
    So I swore right back, I was forty-three
    And I could give as good as I got any day of the year
    But it made me boil and it made me rage
    It made me feel every year of my age
    And when he stood his ground well I tell you then I found fear

    Cheeky young lad like I used to be
    Cheeky young lad oh why can't you see
    Cheeky young lad one day you'll be just like me

    A cheeky young lad came and jostled me
    He just pushed right past, I was fifty-three
    And when I shouted, Hey he just walked away with a sneer
    And I raised my fist but I felt afraid
    Of the young lad's swagger and the world we'd made
    And I wished it was like it had been just yesteryear

    Because a cheeky young lad came and battered me
    Took my money and ran and I'm sixty-three
    And I wish I was dead instead of being kept alive
    Because a cheeky young lad is waiting for me
    If ever I get to seventy three
    And the next time I don't think I can survive
    The cheeky young lad who's waiting for me to arrive

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