THE DIRECTOIRE GIRL
 
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The new directoire girl has set the world a-whirl
Her costume is so very directoire
Divided, down one side, each time she takes a stride
It shows enough to make the men expect more
'Twas over in Paree that they built mine for me
It's warranted to knock a made thing silly
First time I put it on, and sailed out like a swan
I stopped the traffic all down Piccadilly.

Chorus: When they saw me in directoire dress
Fellows nearly had a fit, 'um, yes
They all followed behind, in dozens
All the London Johnnies and their country cousins
And they all said, 'Yum Yum' I really was a big success
For I showed the fellows more than I ever did before
When I put on my directoire dress.


When I went out to eat to give the boys a treat
Of course, I put my new directoire skirt on
I in the Cecil went, and every dear old gent
said 'Oh my word! we've got some nice desert on'
They gathered round me there, I was the bill of fare
To show my wealth of luck I'd nicely planned it
But I dared not sit down, in my directoire gown
I felt afraid my silk tights wouldn't stand it.

Chorus: When they saw me in directoire dress
Fellows nearly had a fit, 'um, yes
They all followed behind, in dozens
All the London Johnnies and their country cousins
And they all said, 'Yum Yum' I really was a big success
But when nodding to a friend it was indiscreet to bend
When I put on my directoire dress.


I looked quite 'comme il faut' while riding in the Row
Around me all the male equestrians clustered
The Premier looked askance, and then had another glance
I heard Winston Churchill mutter 'Mustard'
I at the races, shone, with my directoire on
They said that I was warmer than the weather
No bookie had the grace to look me in the face
No, they were looking somewhere else altogether.

Chorus: When they saw me in directoire dress
Fellows nearly had a fit, 'um, yes
They all followed behind, in dozens
All the London Johnnies and their country cousins
And they all said, 'Yum Yum' I really was a big success
But the busmen unkind, they all shouted right 'Behind'
When I put on my directoire dress.
 
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Written and composed by John P. Harrington & Orlando Powell
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
 
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