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HE TOOK HER FOR A SLEIGH RIDE (IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME) (Jerome S. Gottler) Harry's Tavern Band (with Billy Murray) - 1941 Here's a story all about An innocent young girl It happened on the midway In a carnival's gay whirl Attracted by a manly voice How could she sense the danger She found herself enchanted By a dashing, dapper stranger Oh, he took her for a sleigh ride In the good old summertime This Coney Island barker With a bankroll of a dime His suave and silky manner Made her heart go pitter-pat Her mother should have told her To beware of men like that He charmed her so with words so sweet What harm this guy was doing her To make her woe and shame complete He ended up tatooing her He dragged her down and down and down Was such an awful crime Oh, he took her for a sleigh ride In the good old summertime Oh, he took her for a sleigh ride In the middle of July This city slicker He'll put out the twinkle in her eye He promised her a fortune Said he'd put her name in lights She wound up in the sideshow Wearing purple, spangled tights On Monday nights she'd be Suzette The wild girl from Borneo Tuesday nights she'd holler "Get your peanuts and popcorneo" She did it all because she thought That wedding bells would chime But he took her for a sleigh ride In the good old summertime (Instrumental) Oh, this story has a moral That the whole world ought to hear So settle down and listen And stop crying in your beer Some of you have daughters Or a sister you respect So keep them from this maiden's fate Before their lives are wrecked She paid the price for her mistake With grief I sadly speak of her His heart was ice, the lowly stink He went and made a freak of her Now if you want to see her You will have to pay a dime Oh, he took her for a sleigh ride In the good old summertime (Transcribed by Monique Adriaansen & Mel Priddle - August 2006)

    


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