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Lupton Woods
Ol’ Bateman kept a chip shop And his daughter Peggy-Sue She cleaned the fish and took the orders She chopped the purdies too And the fryer there was Billy Smith He sweated and he sang As the orders sizzled in the oil And bubbled in the pan Ol’ Bateman took the money And his daughter Peggy Sue She'd look up from her labours And she'd smile along the queue Oh and was it Bateman's prices Or was it Billy's song Or was it Peggy's smile That kept the queue so long It was one in a million, one in a million That chipper was one in a million No it wasn't Bateman's prices Nor it wasn't Billy's song But it was Peggy Bateman Who kept the queue so long She was shapely as a mermaid And her lips were red and wet Her eyes as bright as herrings Flashing in the net And to carry home a portion And unwrap its fishy charms Was to dream of nights of passion In lovely Peggy's arms Oh and Billy'd sing “Delilah” He'd sing “Oh What A Night” And every song that Billy sang Had Peggy in its sights She was one in a million, one in a million That girl was one in a million Now Billy he's loved Peggy With a love both shy and true Since first ol’ Bateman took him on On the day that he left school And he tells her how he loves her In every song he sings But as the batter bubbles Oh he never says a thing But every week a fiver into a drawer he drops Every week for eight long years now Then it’s off to the jeweller's shop “Give me that ring there in the window On the purple velvet stand With the diamonds and bright sapphires The one that costs two grand” It was one in a million, one in a million That ring was one in a million After closing time that evening He walks her down beside the quay And as the sun was sinking he says “Peggy marry me” And he pulls it from his pocket he says “I bought this ring for you” She said “Billy, this is sudden I never had a clue” She said “Billy, I hardly know you So stop before you start Never fool around with plastic In matters of the heart You tried to win me with this thing here You probably won in some arcade!” She tore it from his fingers And she flung it in the waves It was one in a million, one in a million His love for her was one in a million Billy turned away then And she took him by the arm She said “Billy love, I'm sorry I never meant no harm Oh you're kindly and you're comforting And I love it when you sing But in all the years I've known you You never said a thing But I've got a dream that’s solid gold None of your gilded tin: Five pounds a week on the lottery One day soon I'll win Oh and I'll be shot of this old town And greasy fish and chips” She kissed him once and walked away His tears were on her lips Dream on, Peggy Bateman Dream on Peggy-Sue Of sunsets and of sports cars As you smile along the queue Dream days to months and months to years In reveries of luck... But never for her dreaming Did her numbers once come up As she was cleaning fish one day With a slit from tail to jaw Something slithered through her fingers And fell onto the floor She took it over to the sink then And she washed the shining thing Bright diamonds and bright sapphires Set in a golden ring It was one in a million, one in a million The chances were one in a million “Oh Billy love your rings come back And underneath this light I can see it’s made of purest gold The stones are shining bright” And Billy stood beside her With a smile like the sun He put it on her finger, he said “Peggy-Sue you've won! Sell the ring and taste the freedom You dreamt of all these years” He kissed her then and as they kissed They could taste each other’s tears “Billy go back to your frying And sing me ‘Love Is Blue’ You’re kindly and your comforting I'd rather stay with you” Their love was one in a million

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