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PRETTY LITTLE POLLY PERKINS Written & Performed by Harry Clifton - 1865 I am a broken-hearted milkman, in grief I'm arrayed Through keeping of the company of a young servant maid Who lived on board and wages, the house to keep clean In a gentleman's family near Paddington Green She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green She'd an ankle like an antelope and a step like a deer A voice like a blackbird, so mellow and clear Her hair hung in ringlets so beautiful and long I thought that she loved me but I found I was wrong She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green When I'd rattle in the morning and cry "Milk below" At the sound of my milk cans her face she did show With a smile upon her countenance and a laugh in her eye If I'd thought that she loved me I'd have laid down to die She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green When I asked her to marry me, she said "Oh what stuff" And told me to drop it, for she'd had quite enough Of my nonsense... At the same time, I'd been very kind But to marry a milkman she didn't feel inclined She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green "The man that has me must have silver and gold A chariot to ride in and be handsome and bold His hair must be curly as any watch-spring, And his whiskers as big as a brush for clothing" She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green The words that she uttered went straight through my heart I sobbed and I sighed, and I straight did depart With a tear on my eyelid as big as a bean I bid farewell to Polly and to Paddington Green She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green In six months she married, this hard-hearted girl But it was not a Wi-count, and it was not a Nearl It was not a Baronite, but a shade or two wuss It was a bow-legged conductor of a tuppenny bus She was as beautiful as a butterfly and proud as a Queen Was pretty little Polly Perkins of Paddington Green

    


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