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LEAVE THE PURTY GIRLS ALONE (aka LEAVE THE PRETTY GIRLS ALONE) (Carson Robison) Carson Robison & His Pioneers - 1932 Henry Hall & His Orch. (vocal: Len Berman) - 1932 Lew Stone & His Orch. (vocal: Joe Crossman) - 1932 Billy Cotton & His Band - 1932 Met a little girl in London Curly hair and eyes of blue. Just listen while I tell my story Show you what a girl can do. She wanted me to spend my money To buy a pretty diamond stone. I put it on her hand on Sunday Monday morning she was gone. Then I met a girl in Soho, Thought that she was on the square. Donít know where she went from Soho But anyhow I paid the fare. I thought she was a shy young maiden Because her cheeks were always red But when I went to find my wallet I found that I was shy instead. Then I thought Iíd learnt my lesson, Thought that girls and I were through. Till I met a pretty maiden, Said sheíd always love me true. Said she didnít want my money, But then she took it just the same Because she saw that we got married And now I am a married man. I used to be a carefree traveller, Used to be a regular sheik. Now I have to take my wages Turn them over every week. Oh! Donít forget the things I tell you A womanís heart is made of stone. Youíd better listen to my warning, Leave the pruty girls alone. (Transcribed from CD by Bill Huntley - October 2004) ***** The version recorded by Henry Hall and Len Berman (as transcribed above), changed many of Carson Robison's original lyrics to suit a British audience. As can be evidenced by the lyrics as first recorded by Robison: Met a little gal in London Pretty hair and eyes of blue Listen while I tell my story Show you what a gal will do She told me go and spend my money To buy a purty di'mond stone I put it on her hand on Sunday And Monday morning she was gone Then I met a gal in Memphis Thought she was on the square Don't know where she went from Memphis But anyhow I paid the fare I thought she was a shy young maiden Because her cheeks were always red But when I went to find my bank-roll I found that I was shy instead Then I met a Spanish maiden And Oh! I thought she loved me so She didn't speak the English language The only word she said was "dough" I can't forget that senorita A playin' on her castinets She nearly put me in the poor-house I wore my socks till they were spats Then I went to Honolulu Just to see what I could see Saw the Hula girls a-shakin' On the beach at Waikiki I never can foget them maidens Gee! but they were nice and brown I learned a lot about their shakin' When they went and shook me down There I thought I learned my lesson Thought the gals and I were through Till I met a red-head mama Who said she'd always love me true Said she didn't want my money But she got it just the same 'Cause I took her to the preacher Got myself a ball and chain I used to be a carefree trav'ler Used to be a regular sheik Now I have to take my pay check And turn it over ev'ry week Oh! don't forget the things I tell you A woman's heart is made of stone But listen to my warnin' Leave the purty girls alone

    


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