Now when I learned to play the ukulele, I used to practice day and night. My pals all roared as I fumbled at a chord, But I couldn't get the darned thing right. They laughed when I started to play, they laughed so hearty. Only two lessons I had, I went up the scale and down the scale, It wasn't so bad But one chap, he said "Oh what a mug, why you can't learn that way" He took the uke off me and said "Now I'll have a try" Just then the 'G' string bust and flew right into his eye. He laughed when I started to play, but he didn't laugh again all day Oh they laughed when I started to play, oh they laughed so hearty Strip poker that's a good game, Once I lost my trousers to a gambling dame But when, I started shuffling the cards, then the luck came my way. I won a frock and undies, she was left I declare As bare as any savage and as savages are bear She laughed when I started to play, But she didn't laugh again that day. Now once I watched a game of water polo, With players from a ladies school. The girls all cried "Won't you make up a side?" So I dashed into the bathing pool. They laughed when I started to play, oh how they laughed so hearty. In goal, I paddled about, a big ball in the water soon I started to clout. Each time, that it came bobbing back, well I smacked it away. Just then the ball turned over and a girl said "No larks", "Seven times you've hit me where I can't show the marks." She laughed when I started to play, But she didn't laugh again that day.