THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR
 
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I met a young lady one night at a dance.
I said, "Let me kiss you. Oh, give me the chance!
What is your name? Is it Gertie or Flo?"
She said, "Well, the people all call me you know,

CHORUS: "The girl with the golden hair."
I'm glad my old girl wasn't there,
For under a palm I kept pinching the arm
Of the girl with the golden hair.


I said to her, "Will you partake of an ice?"
She said, "Well, I've heard they're supposed to be nice."
She gave me a smile and she said with a wink:
"I think I would sooner go in for a drink."

CHORUS: The girl with the golden hair,
She knew how to drink, I declare.
She shifted the scotch and then shifted me watch
Did the girl with the golden hair.


Last summer at Brighton I had such a spree!
I taught a young lady to swim in the sea.
She said, "Oh, me chins for I'm getting on fine."
No doubt you have guessed at the girl in the brine:

CHORUS: The girl with the golden hair!
"While swimming," she said, "you beware!
For you don't want to go to the bottom, you know,
With the girl with the golden hair."


I went to the water the following day.
My missus was with me, I'm sorry to say.
I felt a bit vexed that I'd got her with me,
For turning a somersault there in the sea, was

CHORUS: The girl with the golden hair!
My wife said, "Those two boats out there,
They belong to the fleet." I said, "No, they're the feet
Of girl with the golden hair."


Now once she was booked for a pantomime show.
She got in the ballet, the very first row.
She earned a bare living there every night.
The clothes she appeared in were scanty and slight.

CHORUS: The girl with the golden hair
In the ballet had little to wear,
For she went to rehearse with her clothes in her purse
Did the girl with the golden hair.
 
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Written and composed by Charles Collins & E.A. Shepherd - 1915
Performed by Harry Champion (1865-1942)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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