Chorus: Keep that wheel a turning (x3) And do a little more each way
1. A nice young man was William Brown, He worked for a wage in a northern town
He worked from six ‘til eight at night, Turning a wheel from left to right.
2. The boss one day to William came, And said ‘Look here young what’s your name!
We’re not content with what you do, so turn a little harder or out you go.
3. So William turned and made her run, Three times round in the place of one,
He turned so hard he soon was made Lord High turner of the trade.
4. William turned with the same sweet smile, The goods he made grew such a pile,
They filled the room and the room next door, And over flowed in the basement floor
5. The nation heard the wondrous tale, The news appeared in the Sketch and Mail,
The railways ran excursions down, All to see young William Brown
6. But sad the sequel is to tell, He turned out more than the boss could sell
The markets slumped and the price went down, seven more days and they sacked young Brown
: The moral of the tale is plain to tell:
If you wanna lose yer job, just work like hell.