BELLA WAS A BARMAID
 
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Bella was a barmaid, tricky as could be
Bella knew her business very thoroughly
She waited on her customers who called for S. and B.
Bella was a smart barmaid
Leaning on the counter, telling funny tales
Bella was the idol of the merry males
She smiled on whiskey customers, but frowned on all the ales
Bella was a smart barmaid.

Chorus: Bella was a barmaid! Baa aa aa
Bella was a barmaid at the 'Rising Star'
Of spicy little anecdotes she never was afraid
Bella was a bar-aa-bar barmaid.


Bella dear accepted presents - pretty thing
Which the dear old Johnnies daily used to bring
She'd hug 'em for a bracelet, or she'd kiss 'em for a ring
Bella was a smart barmaid
When they sent her letters in a spoony style
Saying, 'Be my wifey,' bella smiled a smile
She said, 'They might be useful.' so she kept 'em on a file
Bella was a smart barmaid.

Chorus: Bella was a barmaid! Baa aa aa
Bella was a barmaid at the 'Rising Star'
She sued for breech of promise, just to make it good for trade
Bella was a bar-aa-bar barmaid.


Bella on a motor, went out with a friend
What did you say? Male friend? Yes, you may depend
While rushing down a hill, she said, 'Oh, what will be the end?'
Bella was a pale barmaid
Something went wrong somewhere - car began to jump
When it did a hornpipe, Bella got the 'lump'
She went up in the air, and she came down a mighty bump
Bella was a sore barmaid.

Chorus: Bella was a barmaid! Baa aa aa
Bella was a barmaid at the 'Rising Star'
She rather hurt her dignity, when she fell, I'm afraid
Bella was a bar-aa-bar barmaid.


Bella sighed to figure 'neath the soft lime-lights
Went on in a ballet one of her off nights
And she wore a wreath of roses, and a smile, and yellow tights
Bella was a plump barmaid
Young Lord Razzle Dazzle saw her leg display
Said, 'With such a figure, what a partner, eh?'
And so he made her Lady Razzle Dazzle right away
Bella was a smart barmaid.

Chorus: Bella was a barmaid! Baa aa aa
Bella was a barmaid at the 'Rising Star'
You'd never think, to see her at the Marlborough House Parade
She was once a bar-aa-bar barmaid.
 
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Written and composed by J. P. Harrington & George Le Brunn -1902
 
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