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Tarara Boom De Ay (Henry J. Sayers 1891) As sung by Miss Lottie Collins in "Miss Helyett" 1. A smart and sty[l]ish girl you see, Belle of good society; Not too strict, but rather free, Yet as right as right can be! Never forward, never bold-- Not too hot and not too cold, But the very thing, I'm told, That in your arms you'd like to hold! CHORUS Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay! Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay! Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay! Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay! 2. I'm not extravagantly shy, And when a nice young man is nigh, For his heart I have a try-- And faint away with tearful cry! When the good young man, in haste, Will support me round the waist; I don't come to, while thus embraced, Till of my lips he steals a taste! (CHORUS) 3. I'm a timid flow'r of innocence, Pa says that I have no sense-- I'm one eternal big expense; But men say that I'm just immense! Ere my verses I conclude, I'd like it known and understood, Tho' free as air, I'm never rude-- I'm not too bad and not too good! (CHORUS) 4. You should see me out with Pa, Prim, and most particular; The young men say, "Ah, there you are!" And Pa says, "That's peculiar!" "It's like their cheek!" I say, and so Off again with Pa I go-- He's quite satisfied--although, When his back's turned--well, you know-- (CHORUS) 5. When with swells I'm out to dine, All my hunger I resign; Tast the food, and sip the wine-- No such daintiness as mine! But when I am all alone, For shortcomings I atone! No old frumps to stare like stone-- Chops and chicken on my own! (CHORUS) 6. Sometimes Pa, says, with a frown, "Soon, you'll have to settle down-- Have to wear your wedding gown-- Be the strictest wife in town!" Well, it must come by-and-by-- When wed, to keep quiet I'll try; But till then I shall not sigh, I shall still go in for my-- (CHORUS) (Contributed by - January 2007)

    


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