MARY WAS A HOUSEMAID
 
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Mary was a housemaid, modest and content
Her character was good and her morals excellent
Mary didn't care for men; she said they were a sham
And I think she really meant it, for she never told a cram (lie)
But the men were after Mary, like flies around the jam

What it was that Mary did, Mary didn't know
But everywhere that Mary went the men were sure to go
If she sent them all away, back they came again
Mary was a magnet for the men, men, men.

If Mary went to walk without a chaperon
Mary on returning wasn't quite alone
There were gentlemen and workingmen, policemen off the beat
A detachment of the army and a portion of the fleet
For the crowd that came with Mary was a crowd that filled the street

What it was that Mary did, Mary didn't know
But everywhere that Mary went the men were sure to go
Everyone that saw them said 'Here she is again
Mary's coming home with all the men, men, men.

If Mary stayed at home there was just the same to-do
For Mary had a master and he was single too
His house was always full of friends, from fellows young and slim
To portly men of middle age, and fogies old and grim
Of course they came for Mary, but he thought they came for him

What it was that Mary did, Mary didn't know
But everywhere that Mary went the men were sure to go
Everyone that called there once always called again
For Mary came and waited on the men, men, men.

Mary's still a housemaid, modest and content
With two maiden ladies somewhere down in Kent
Like them she says she'll live a life of single blessedness
But still, of course, you never know, its likely, more or less
I beg your pardon... what's that... would I tell you her address?

What it was that Mary did, Mary didn't know
But everywhere that Mary went the men were sure to go
If I told you where she lived where would we be then
The theatre would be emptied of the men, men, men.
 
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Written and composed by W.H. Risque & Napoleon Lambelet - 1899
Performed by Claire Romaine (1873-1964)
Performed by Yvette Guilbert (1865-1944)
Performed by Marie Dainton (1880-1938)
 
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