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TWO LITTLE BABES IN THE WOOD Originally written for the New York show "Greenwich Village Follies" (1924), but dropped and then used in the show "Paris" (1928) (Cole Porter) Julia Silvers & George Hale - 1924 Irene Bordoni - 1928 Cole Porter - 1934 There's a tale of two little orphans Who were left in their Uncle's care To be reared and ruled and properly schooled Till they grew to be ladies fair But, oh, the luckless pair For the Uncle, he was a cruel trustee And he longed to possess their gold So he led them hence to a forest dense Where he left them to die of cold That, at least, is what we're told They were two little babes in the wood Two little babes, oh so good Two little hearts, two little heads Longed to be home in their two little beds So, two little birds built a nest Where the two little babes went to rest While the breeze, hovering nigh Sang a last lullaby To the two little babes in the wood They were lying there in the freezing air When fortunately there appeared A rich old man in a big sedan And a very,very fancy beard He saw those girls and cheered Then he drove them down to New York Town Where he covered them with useful things Such as bonds and stocks, and Paris frocks And Oriental pearls in strings And a showcase full of rings Now those two little babes in the wood Are the talk of the whole neighbourhood For they've too many cars, too many clothes Too many parties and too many beaus They have found that the fountain of youth Is a mixture of gin and vermouth And the whole town's agreed That the last thing in speed Is the two little babes in the wood ***** The original 1924 version contained introductions to the verses as follows: Listen, my children, and don't say a word... Now you'll grant me that Denmark has ne'er had a grander son Than her great author, old Hans Christian Andersen All of you know him, so just to be good to you I'll tell his tale of the Babes in the Wood to you There's a tale of two little orphans Who were left in their Uncle's care To be reared and ruled and properly schooled Till they grew to be ladies fair But, oh, the luckless pair For the Uncle, he was a cruel trustee And he longed to possess their gold So he led them hence to a forest dense Where he left them to die of cold That, at least, is what we're told They were two little babes in the wood Two little babes, oh so good Two little hearts, two little heads Longed to be home in their two little beds So, two little birds built a nest Where the two little babes went to rest While the breeze, hovering nigh Sang a last lullaby To the two little babes in the wood Listen, my children, and don't say a word... Now in spite of all efforts to strengthen and quicken it Andersens's tale never had any kick in it So his descendant, John Murray, in fantasy Addd a scene for the tired businessman to see They were lying there in the freezing air When fortunately there appeared A rich old man in a big sedan And a very,very fancy beard He saw those girls and cheered Then he drove them down to New York Town Where he covered them with useful things Such as bonds and stocks, and Paris frocks And Oriental pearls in strings And a showcase full of rings Now those two little babes in the wood Are the talk of the whole neighbourhood For they've too many cars, too many clothes Too many parties and too many beaus They have found that the fountain of youth Is a mixture of gin and vermouth And the whole town's agreed That the last thing in speed Is the two little babes in the wood

    


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