DON'T ASK ME TO GIVE UP FLO'.
 
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I love a darling girl called Flora,
Such a charming girl is- Flo';
I have asked her hand in marriage
But her. Pa and Ma say No!
You can never Wed our daughter,
Give her up;-but I say No! -
Ask anything in this wide world,
But don't ask me to give up Flo'.

Chorus: Ask the little sparrows not to chirrup,
Ask the tide to cease to ebb and flow,
Ask the little lambs and sheepies not to bleaty peaty,
But don't ask me to give up Flo',

Ask the two-headed girl to separate,
Or the Christy's to make a novel joke;
Ask the Metropolitan Comp'ny,
On their line to let you smoke.
Ask Police to come when wanted,
Or when caught to let you go,
Ask the lawyers to finish the Tichborne case,
But don't ask me to give up Flo'

Chorus: Ask little chickens not to cackle,
Ask little cockies not to crow;
Ask little piggy wiggies not to grunty punty,
But don't ask me to give up Flo'

Ask milkmen not to deal with Simpson,
Or cabmen to charge the proper, fare;
Ask Government to leave us Epping Forrest
And to rob us of it if they dare;
Ask me if I'll live in Shoreditch,
Or up in a balloon will go;
Ask me to jump off London Bridge,
But don't ask me to give up Flo'.

Chorus: Ask little fishes not to swim, please,
Ask trees and flowers not to grow,
Ask little, birdie Birdies not to singie pingie,
But dont ask me to give up Flo'.

Ask Bismark and the pious Billy,
To give up Alsace and Lorraine;
Give a naughty child a thrashing
And ask it not to cry with pain;
Your Income Tax if you grudge paying.
Ask it back from Mr. Lowe.
Ask me what I'll have to drink,
But don't ask me to give up Flo'.

Chorus: Ask oysters not to bloom in winter;
Ask oranges on apple trees to grow.
Ask little doggie woggies not to barkie warkie
But dont ask me to give up Flo'.

Ask Bee Wright to your house on Sunday,
Give him water cress to tea;
Ask Mr. — on any evening
To admit you all in free;
Ask the great Sir Roger Tichborne
Not so very stout to grow,
Ask me if I'll sing again,
But don't ask me to give op Flo'.

Chorus: Ask water not to freeze in winter,
Ask roses if they'll bloom in snow;
Ask anything you like, no matter how impossible
But don't ask me to give up Flo'.

 
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Written and composed by Arthur Lloyd - 1873
Performed by Arthur Lloyd (1840 - 1904)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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