Ray Davies's
Working Man's Café cover

Have a Cuppa Tea

Ray Davies, released on Muswell Hillbillies, © Davray Music Ltd. 1971


Granny's always ravin' and rantin'

And she's always puffin' and pantin',

And she's always screaming and shouting,

And she's always brewing up tea.


Grandpappy's never late for his dinner,

Cos he loves his leg of beef

And he washes it down with a brandy,

And a fresh made cup of tea.



Have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,

have a cuppa tea, have a cuppa tea,

Halleluja, halleluja, halleluja, Rosie Lea

Halleluja, halleluja, halleluja Rosie Lea.


If you feel a bit under the weather,

If you feel a little bit peeved,

Take granny's stand-by potion

For any old cough or wheeze.

It's a cure for hepatitis it's a cure for chronic insomnia,

It's a cure for tonsilitis and for water on the knee.




Tea in the morning, tea in the evening, tea at supper time,

You get tea when it's raining, tea when it's snowing.

Tea when the weather's fine,

You get tea as a mid-day stimulant

You get tea with your afternoon tea

For any old ailment or disease

For Christ sake have a cuppa tea.




Whatever the situation whatever the race or creed,

Tea knows no segregation, no class nor pedigree

It knows no motivations, no sect or organisation,

It knows no one religion,

Nor political belief.