Fashion in Song – I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet – 1966

This should be the anthem for vintage clothing dealers! Written by Peter Fenton in 1966, the song was performed by the New Vaudeville Band who were better known for Winchester Cathedral.

Lyrics to I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet :

I was Lord Kitchener’s valet
We were ever so paley
I was always there to press his suits
and clean his boots and in return,
as everybody knows,
He gave me all his old clothes

I was Lord Kitchener’s valet
We used to share the same chalet
He would often say that when he died
that he’d provide for me and you can see
just what I got:
his winter woolies and the lot

Oh, Lord Kitchener what a to do?
Everyone is wearing clothes that once belonged to you
If you were alive today, I’m sure you would explode
if you took a stroll down the Portobello road

I was Lord Kitchener’s valet
I was by his side to wipe his shoes and serve his booze
I knew my loyalty would be repaid
I’m in the second hand trade

Oh, Lord Kitchener what a to do?
Everyone is wearing clothes that once belonged to you
I know that you’ve forgiven me if I tell you on my knees
Your wardrobe is a victim of the economic squeeze

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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