SAN-FARI-ANNE
 
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Since I've been back from gay Paree, ev'ryone wants to know
Where I've been and what I've seen, they keep me on the go.
The family say they're proud of me, they like my Frenchie air,
They want to hear me parley-voo and see me pomme-di-tair.

Chorus: San-fari-ann. San-fari-ann.
Since I started to parley-voo
All the family started too.
There's pa and there's ma, and our Mary-Ann.
We don't know what it's supposed to be.
What's it matter to you and me?
Say as they say in gay Paree, San-fari-ann.

When father takes us out to dine into a swell cafe
Now that we can parley-voo we know just what to say.
The waiter brings the meenew cards and father says to me:
'Let's have some horses' durveys first.' Then mother says: 'Wee wee!'

Chorus: Oh, San-fari-ann. San-fari-ann.
Since I started to parley-voo
All the family started too.
There's pa and there's ma, and our Mary-Ann.
We don't know what it's supposed to be.
What's it matter to you and me?
Say as they say in gay Paree, San-fari-ann.

Now Mary-Ann she wants to learn to talk in Frenchie style.
She says it's nice, a bit of spice, to talk it all the while.
So I taught her one or two funny ones; it filled her with delight.
I said: 'Voos ay too morvay, Mamselle!' She said: 'Not since Friday night.'

Chorus: San-fari-ann. San-fari-ann.
Since I started to parley-voo
All the family started too.
There's pa and there's ma, and our Mary-Ann.
We don't know what it's supposed to be.
What's it matter to you and me?
Say as they say in gay Paree, San-fari-ann.
Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa

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Performed by Ernie Mayne (1871-1937)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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