Memory Lane: ‘Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?”

I just found myself whistling this antique children’s song. Remember–Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be? Boy, that takes me back a ways. This version is by The Cedarmont Kids.

And of course we tykes had our own somewhat more exotic version: “Oh, dear, what can the matter be? Three old ladies locked in the lavatory!”

Nothing like a little trip down Memory Lane…

4 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?”

  1. The words I know are oh dear what can three old ladies stuck in the lavatory . they have been there from Monday to Saturday. No-body knew they were there. Found this and thought you might like it.

    Chorus:
    And it’s oh, dear what can the matter be?
    Seven old ladies got stuck in the lavatory
    They were there from Sunday to Saturday
    Nobody knew they were there

    The first old lady was Jennifer Pim
    she went in on a personal whim
    Somehow got stuck ‘tween the bowl and the rim
    And nobody knew she was there

    The second old lady was little Miss Humphrey
    She sat down, and made herself comfy
    Tried to get up, but could not get her bum free
    And nobody knew she was there

    The third old lady was little Miss Draper
    She went inside and she couldn’t find any paper
    All she could find was a bricklayer’s scraper
    And nobody knew she was there

    The fourth old lady was a Catholic lass
    She went in just to try and skip mass
    A thief was inside, and he pinched her…handbag
    And nobody knew she was there

    The fifth old lady was little Miss Bartlett
    She paid her penny and straight in she darted
    What a waste of a penny, ’cause she only *@rted
    And nobody knew she was there

    The sixth old lady was little Miss Murray
    She went in, in a heck of a hurry
    When she got there, it was too late to worry
    And nobody knew she was there

    The last old lady was little Miss Mason
    The toilets were full, so she peed in the basin
    And that was the water that I washed my face in
    ‘Cause I didn’t know she’d been there

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