HUMAN NATURE
 
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Human nature is a study and I think you'll all allow
That it takes a lot of learning;
And the more you try to study it, the more you'll have to bow,
And you'll find that at every turning,
There are different ways and different means and different modes of acting,
The girls play fast and loose with love which makes life most distracting.

Chorus: Did you ever know a pretty girl who thought that she was plain?
Did you ever know a handsome man and found he wasn't vain?
Did you ever know a tenor who'd not heard of 'Pretty Jane'?
Well, it's only human nature, after all.

When a girl goes in a drapers shop to buy a summer dress,
Well, it takes a lot of choosing;
The man behind the counter,
Well, he's swearing more or less,
As about the shop he's cruising.
She takes it home and she cuts it out and as she dreams how well 'twill fit her,
In the park there are girls with the self-same dress, well, you might as well have het her!

Chorus: Did you ever know a sweetheart who considered kissing wrong?
Did you ever know a bride who thought the honeymoon too long?
Did you ever know a toper who disliked his tipple strong?
Well, it's only human nature, after all.

The positions that the ladies take and the arguments they use,
Have undoubtedly decided,
That they're equal to the modern man and better if they choose,
And to me it's been confided,
That they're going to take the soldiers' place, it's a life that's so exciting,
They love the bands and the uniforms but they'll draw the line at fighting.

Chorus: Did you ever know a girl who knew the way to hols a gun?
Only fancy girls as sailors, see them up the rigging run;
Oh! we like them best as sweethearts, for when all is said and done,
Why, it's only human nature, after all.

 
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Written and composed by C.J. Taylor - 1895
Performed by Leslie Harris
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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