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Home James and don't spare the horses!

Posted by Paul on December 10, 2005

I was searching an expression we often use in our family: Home James and don't spare the horses! Came across this bulletin board. In my home (in the UK) we used to have a scratchy old gramophone record (a 78) with the song on it. I remember both the tune and first two lines very well: "Home, James, and don't spare the horses/This night has been ruined for me." The vocalist was female, I think (though the irregular speeds in those days make it uncertain.) The story was very dramatic, but unfortunately I don;t remember the rest!