SPRING-HEELED JIM DIALOGUE

Thanks to A.J. Norman for this.

In places where there are obviously two people speaking, I have labelled them A and B - I'm not saying these two are the same people in each of the spoken word segments. I haven't tried to represent all the "La la las", or to represent the Cockney accents phonetically. Comments in square brackets are mine, round brackets indicate something I'm not sure about.

A: You know what I seen (?) tonight Rob ?
B: What?
A: [You] know old Georgie Meadows ?
B: Yeah.
A: They're gonna get a team up and go out and do him.
B: Who is ?
A: Smithy !

Spring-heeled Jim winks an eye
He'll "do", he'll never be "done to"
He takes on whoever flew through
"Well, it's the normal thing to do" ... ah ...

B: [Indistinct mumble] Cause old Smithy got one. Tooting Bec was going to come down and have a go at Smithy one of these days, you know how many boys there was at Smithy, least a hundred.

Course, when I used to go round with Jimmy (Butler ?) there was about twelve of us going down (?) Road, and we'd see all these lot, there was a crowd of 'em right at the end of the meat racks, and there was fifty there, and there was, you know [singing starts]

Spring-heeled Jim lives to love
Now kissing with his mouth full
And his eyes on some other fool
So many women
His head should be spinning
Ah, but no !

A: One fellow was in the copper's arms, wasn't he, and the other fellow had the gun, and he was free, and he shot him, but the other fellow that was in the copper's arms got hung, and that kid'll be out when he's about sixteen, won't he ?

Spring-heeled Jim slurs the words :
"There's no need to be so knowing
Take life at five times the
Average speed, like I do"
Until Jim feels the chill
"Oh, where did all the time go ?"

Once always in for the kill
Now it's too cold
And he feels too
old

B: [Indistinct mumble] Cause old Smithy got one.

Tooting Bec...[As before] ... and there was, you know (Thomas Square ?), they had another fifty round there. You know what Smithy looks like, he don't look hard, does he ?
A: No, he looks a queer, don't he ?
B: Yeah.
A: He's seeing some fellow up our street, and he was with his mates and...

A: You know that Craig and (?)
B: Yeah ?
A: One fellow was in the copper's arms ...

A: But say someone came round your house tonight and found your brother and sister in their bed, he's only worried about the prison, he ain't got to worry about them, has he ? [Unclear]
B: What about these people who go round murdering, and they catch them, and they say he's mental ?


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