THE NICEST LITTLE DOLLY IN THE SHOP
 
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She'd a pretty little figure, and a pretty little face
Had the pretty little maiden at the toyshop
And the Johnny's round the neighbourhood indulged in quite a race
For the pretty little maiden at the toyshop
On the slightest of pretences to the shop each one would go
It would be, perhaps, 'a dolly for a little niece you know'
Then she'd show him dark and fair ones, show him dollies quite a pile
But it usually ended in him saying, with a smile

Chorus: Little girl, little girl
You're the nicest little dolly in the shop, you are
Not one of them is half so fair - so rare - so there
In a little dolls house for two - with you - I'd stop
Kate, you are - (straight you are)
The nicest little dolly in the shop.


Though the ladies in the District started casting jealous eyes
At the pretty little maiden at the toyshop
They unto themselves, admitted that the girl who took the prize
Was the pretty little maiden at the toyshop
Each day the place was crowded, for I grieve to have to tell
That she drew not only single men, but married ones as well
And very busy business men would waste the precious day
In the pious hope that they would only get a chance to say,

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But an end must come to all things, and one day a stranger came
For the pretty little maiden at the toyshop
He was tall and decent looking, and she wasn't much to blame
Was the pretty little maiden at the toyshop
When he said to her, 'Will you be mine?' the rocking-horse said 'Neigh'
The sheep said, 'Baa' and the donkey murmured 'Let us bray'
The elephant packed up his trunk, the bells began to ring
Then accompanied by a dulcimer, they all commenced to sing,

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Performed by Lil Hawthorne (d. 1926)
 
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