THE GAY MASQUERADE
 
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Some like garden parties, some like flower shows,
For doing some spooning, just under the rose,
Some are partial to concerts, or lectures so staid,
But my weakness I fear, is the gay masquerade.

Chorus: I'm awfully fond of the gay masquerade,
The gay masquerade, the bright masquerade,
With sweet, pretty darlings in costume arrayed,
The gay masquerade for me.

Some dances are like quakers meetings in style,
So 'starchy' and formal, one scarce see a smile;
But to do as one likes without feeling afraid,
By jove, the right place is the gay masquerade.

Chorus: I'm awfully fond of the gay masquerade,
The gay masquerade, the bright masquerade,
With sweet, pretty darlings in costume arrayed,
The gay masquerade for me.

To say most daring things, 'tis the easiest task,
To some elegant creature, whilst wearing a mask;
Oh, the tales I have told and the vows I have made,
There's no place for flirting like the gay masquerade.

Chorus: I'm awfully fond of the gay masquerade,
The gay masquerade, the dear masquerade,
With sweet 'tootsy wootsys' so sweetly arrayed,
The gay masquerade for me.

Each lady's that masked for a beauty don't take,
If you do then that's where you will make a mistake;
Some darling old spinsters you'll oft find arrayed,
Who are fishing for flats at the gay masquerade.

Spoken - I generally go as 'Romeo' and naturally look out for my 'Juliet'. My last 'Juliet' was more fit for the part of 'Nurse', fifty if she was an hour and when she unmasked, Oh! Nabob's Pickles', an awfull take in, but still, if there's anything I enjoy, it is,
Chorus: I'm awfully fond of the gay masquerade,
The gay masquerade, the bright masquerade,
With dear 'popsy wopsys' so gaily arrayed,
The gay masquerade for me.
 
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Written and composed by G.W. Hunt
Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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