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More Birmingham in Black and White!

Before people get me straightening lines and presenting it all face on let me say that this is how I want it!! These two guys were up and down this building like Yo Yo's - I got so engrossed in watching them I nearly got wiped out by a heavy lorry as I stopped mid-road to grab another angle on them. When I got real close to the building and they were quite low down I could hear them chatting to each other at nineteen to the dozen!.

George Formby fans will recognise the title and maybe a little of how I felt (about them) when I heard these two guys talking - I like the friendliness, humour and warmth lots of Brummies seem to have carried through into the 21st Century!


WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS
From the film "Keep Your Seats Please" (1936)
(Formby / Gifford / Cliffe)
George Formby - 1936


I go window cleaning to earn an honest bob.
For a nosey parker it's an interesting job
Now it's a job that just suits me, a window cleaner you will be.
If you could see what I can see
When I'm cleaning windows.

The honeymooning couples too, you should see them bill and coo.
You'd be surprised at things they do
When I'm cleaning windows.

In my profession I work hard, but I'll never stop.
I'll climb this blinking ladder ‘‘til I get right to the top.

The blushing bride she looks divine, the bridegroom he is doing fine
I'd rather have his job than mine
When I'm cleaning windows.

The chambermaid sweet names I call, it's a wonder I don't fall.
My minds not on my work at all
When I'm cleaning windows

I know a fellow such a swell, he has a thirst it's plain to tell.
I've seen him drink his bath as well
When I'm cleaning windows

In my profession I work hard, but I'll never stop.
I'll climb this blinking ladder ‘til I get right to the top.

Pyjamas lying side by side, ladies nighties I have spied.
I've often seen what goes inside, when I'm cleaning windows.

There's a famous talkie queen, looks a flapper on the screen.
She's more like eighty than eighteen
When I'm cleaning windows.

She pulls her hair all down behind, then pulls down her, never mind
After that pulls down the blind
When I'm cleaning windows.

In my profession I work hard, but I'll never stop.
I'll climb this blinking ladder ‘til I get right to the top.

At eight o'clock a girl she wakes, at five past eight a bath she takes.
When I'm cleaning windows.

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