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When Hackenschmid run second, in the Derby, last July,
I was standing at the corner of the street.
A fellow, dressed in uniform, could eas'ly see, that I
Was standing at the corner of the street.
He treated me, and told me that the country wanted men;
In Life Guards' clothes, he said, I'd look a treat.
He gave to me a shilling, and I signed my name, and then
I was standing at the corner of the street!

And for standing at the corner of the street,
They dressed me up, with spurs upon my feet;
They put me on a horse's back to teach me how to ride;
When I fell off, the riding master came to me,
and cried: "However did you come to be a soldier?" I replied:
"I was standing at the corner of a street."

Now, once, when I was quite a lad, instead of going to school,
I was standing at the corner of the street.
I landed there at ten o'clock I'd made it quite a rule
To be standing at the corner of the street.
The teacher came and caught me: I fair trembled at the knees.
"You're late again." Then kicked me with his feet.
He said: "Tell me the reason?" So I answerd: "If you please,
I was standing at the corner of the street!"

"And for standing at the corner of the street,
In store for you" he said: "I've got a treat."
Then, he laid me on a form, and with cane his he gave a frown:
He put some stripes upon my pants they were pink, red, white and brown:
And, after that, for many a day, instead of sitting down.
I was standing at the corner of a street.

As usual, the other day, instead of going a walk,
I was standing at the corner of the street.
Two men came running up to me, with faces white as chalk,
I was standing at the corner of the street.
They said: "A bull has just escaped, he's absolutely mad,
He's knocked a dozen p'licemen off their feet:
There's only one man strong enough to catch that bull, they said.
"And he's standing at the corner of the street!"

I was standing at the corner of the street,
I said to them: "We'll soon stop his retreat!"
One of you stand here, like this, and show him something red.
The other one must grab his horn and hang on to his head!"
They both said: "Where will you be?" So, I turned round and said:
"I'll be standing at the corner of a street!"

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