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SHE WAS ONE OF THE EARLY BIRDS (T. W. Conner) George Beauchamp - 1895 It was at the Pantomime Sweet Mable and I did meet She was in the ballet, front row And I in a five shilling seat She was dressed like a dicky bird Beautiful wings she had on Figure divine, wished she were mine On her I was totally gone She was a dear little dicky bird Cheep-cheep-cheep! she went Sweetly she sang to me Till all my money was spent Then she went off song We parted on fighting terms She was one of the early birds And I was one of the worms At the stage door ev'ry night I waited with my bouquet Till my bird had moulted, and then We'd drive in a hansom away Oyster suppers and sparkling 'Cham' Couldn't she go it! What ho! Fivers I spent, tenners I lent For to her I couldn't say "No" She was a dear little dicky bird Cheep-cheep-cheep! she went Sweetly she sang to me Till all my money was spent Then she went off song We parted on fighting terms She was one of the early birds And I was one of the worms Eelskin coats and diamond rings Knocked holes in my purse alone She would have 'em and in the end I got hers by pawning my own When at last I was fairly broke 'Twixt us a quarrel arose Mabel the fair pulled out my hair And clawed all the skin off my nose She was a dear little dicky bird Cheep-cheep-cheep! she went Sweetly she sang to me Till all my money was spent Then she went off song We parted on fighting terms She was one of the early birds And I was one of the worms Full of love and poverty And armed with a carving knife One dark night I knelt in the mud And asked if she'd be my wife Something struck me behind the ear Someone said, 'Now, go and get A wife of your own, leave mine alone!" And that was the last time we met She was a dear little dicky bird Cheep-cheep-cheep! she went Sweetly she sang to me Till all my money was spent Then she went off song We parted on fighting terms She was one of the early birds And I was one of the worms (Contributed by Mel Priddle - December 2012)

    


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