Gilbert & Sullivan – When A Felon’s Not Engaged In His Employment Lyrics

[SERGEANT]
When a felon’s not engaged in his employment –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
His employment,

[SERGEANT]
Or maturing his felonious little plans -

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Little plans,

[SERGEANT]
His capacity for innocent enjoyment –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
‘Cent enjoyment

[SERGEANT]
Is just as great as any honest man’s –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Honest man’s!

[SERGEANT]
Our feelings we with difficulty smother -

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
‘Culty smother,

[SERGEANT]
When constabulary duty’s to be done –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
To be done.

[SERGEANT]
Ah, take one consideration with another –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
With another,

[SERGEANT]
A policeman’s lot is not a happy one.

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Ah!

[SERGEANT& CHORUS OF POLICE]
When constabulary duty’s to be done, to be done,
A policeman’s lot is not a happy one, happy one!

[SERGEANT]
When the enterprising burglar’s not a’burgling –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Not a’burgling

[SERGEANT]
When the cut-throat isn’t occupied in crime –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
‘Pied in crime,

[SERGEANT]
He loves to hear the little brook a’gurgling –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Brook a’gurgling,

[SERGEANT]
And listen to the merry village chime –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Village chime

[SERGEANT]
When the coster’s finished jumping on his mother –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
On his mother

[SERGEANT]
He loves to lie a’basking in the sun –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
In the sun

[SERGEANT]
Ah, take one consideration with another –

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
With another,

[SERGEANT]
A policeman’s lot is not a happy one

[CHORUS OF POLICE]
Ah!

[SERGEANT& CHORUS OF POLICE]
When constabulary duty’s to be done, to be done,
A policeman’s lot is not a happy one, happy one
A happy one!