When Alex James was celebrated in a music hall song… (recording included)

On this day in 1953 the great Alex James – the genius creative midfielder of the great Arsenal teams of the 1930s – passed away.  But apart from his magnificence on the football pitch, Alex was also known for being mentioned in a 1934 popular song by Stanley Holloway, “With her head tucked underneath her arm”.
The chorus of the song is varied as the song progresses, until at the third rendition it reads…
With her head tucked underneath her arm
She walks the Bloody Tower
With her head tucked underneath her arm
At the midnight hour
The sentries think that it's a football
That she carries in
And when they've had a few they shout
'Is Ars'nal going to win?'
They think it's Alex James
Instead of poor old Ann Boleyn
With her head tucked underneath her arm!

Incidentally the custom of the times was for the ...
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