THE BIRD ON NELLIE’S HAT
 
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Every Saturday, Willie got his pay. Then he'd call for Nell
Trousers neatly pressed and nice white vest
Button-hole bouquet as well
On Nellie's little hat, there was a little bird
That little bird knew lots of things, it did upon my word
And in its quiet way, it had a lot to say
As the lovers strolled along.

Refrain: I'll be your little honey, I will promise that!'
Said Nellie as she rolled her dreamy eyes
'It's a shame to take the money' said the bird on Nellie's hat
'Last night she said the same to Johnny Wise'
Then to Nellie, Willie whispered as they fondly kissed
'I'll bet you were never kissed like that!'
'Well he don't know Nellie like I do!'
Said the saucy little bird on Nellie's hat.


In a shady nook, by a quiet brook, Nell and Willie fish
Lips together meet in kisses sweet
Love is such a dainty dish
Then Nellie said to Will such pretty things galore
But everything that Nellie said that bird had heard before
And as he took her hand and said, 'Oh ain't it grand'
Nellie winked the other eye.

Refrain: Now I haven't caught a fish, what do you think of that?'
Said Nellie with a most bewitching look
'You can bet she knows her business!' said the bird on Nellie's hat
'And Willie's the fish she's going to hook'
'Oh its twelve o' clock' said Willie as he took her home
'I'll bet you're never out as late as that!'
'Well he don't know Nellie like I do!'
Said the saucy little bird on Nellie's hat.


Autumn came along, loves young dream all wrong, Will went round to call
Servant with a grin said, 'She's not in!
Nellie's gone away, that's all!'
Poor Willie's heart was broke; his life seemed all in vain
Until upon Fifth Avenue he met his Nell again
Said he, 'We meet once more!' Said she, Love's dream is o'er!
But we can be real good friends.'

Refrain: And I'll keep your presents, honey, just for old time's sake'
Said Nellie as she rolled her dreamy eyes
'She has fixed him good and plenty' said the bird on Nellie's hat
Oh Willie, Willie, when will you be wise!'
Well, but how about the diamond engagement ring?
'Of course,' said Willie, 'You'll return me that!'
'Well he don't know Nellie like I do!'
Said the saucy little bird on Nellie's hat.

 
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Written and composed by Arthur J. Lamb & Alfred Solman - 1907
Performed by Maidie Scott (1887-1966)
Performed by Ada Reeve (1874-1966)
 
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