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ALICE IS AT IT AGAIN Written for the London Musical "Pacific 1860" (1946) (Noël Coward) Noël Coward - 1955 Now I should like to sing you a song about a simple country girl who always kept her eye on the future..... In a dear little village, remote and obscure A beautiful maiden resided As to whether or not her intentions were pure Opinions were sharply divided She loved to lie out 'neath the darkening sky And allow the night breeze to entrance her She whispered her dreams to the birds flying by But seldom received any answer Over the field and along the lane Gentle Alice would love to stray When it came to the end of the day She would wander away unheeding Dreaming her innocent dreams, she strode Quite unaffected by heat or cold Frequently freckled or soaked with rain Alice was out in the lane Whom she met there, every day there Was a question answered by none But she'd get there and she'd stay there Till whatever she did was undoubtedly done Over the field and along the lane Both her parents would call in vain Sadly, sorrowfully, they'd complain Alice is at it again Though that dear little village surrounded by trees Had neither a school nor a college Gentle Alice acquired from the birds and the bees Some exceedingly practical knowledge The curious secrets that nature revealed She refused to allow to upset her But she thought, when observing the beasts of the field That things might have been organised better Over the field and along the lane Gentle Alice would make up and take up her stand The road was not exactly arterial, but it led to a town nearby Where quite a lot of masculine material caught her roving eye She was ready to hitch-hike Cadillac or motorbike, she wasn't proud or choosy All she was aiming to be Was a pinked-up, minked-up, fly-by-night floozy When old Rajahs gave her pearls As large as nuts on a chestnut tree All she'd say was "Fiddle-dee-dee, The wages of sin'll be the death of me" Over the field and along the lane Gentle Alice's parents would wait hand-in-hand Her dear old white-headed Mother, wistfully sipping Champagne, said "We've spoiled our child, spared the rod, open up the caviar And say 'Thank God', we've got no cause to complain Alice is at it again!" (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - June 2006) TRIVIA: This song was written for Coward's 1946 musical "Pacific 1860". But Mary Martin, making her London debut in the show, refused to sing it, complaining that the lyrics were too suggestive. The original 1946 ending of the song (Coward changed it to the above version for his later caberet performances) was: ..................have been organised better Over the field and along the lane Gentle Alice, one summer's day Met a man who was driving a dray And he whisked her away to London Then, after many a year had passed Alice returned to her home at last Wearing some pearls and a velvet train Bearing a case of Champagne They received her fairly coldly But when the wine had lifted the blight, They believed her when she boldly said The Salvation Army had shown her the light When she had left by the evening train Both her parents in grief and pain Murmured brokenly, "More Champagne, Alice is at it again!" (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - June 2006)


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