SHE DANCED LIKE A FAIRY
 
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I'll relate to you 'pubic' the source of my woes,
They're worse than hard blows, for nobody knows,
When with love your young heart like a cauliflower grows,
And the girl don't give tuppence for you.
The case it is mine, I'm sorry to say,
Through a girl, when I think, my heart heaves,
Whom I taught to dance in an exquisite way,
And sing twice as well as Miss Kellogg.

Chorus: She danced like a fairy and sang like a bird,
She did, on my word, but rather absurd,
She doated on Leybourne, a man that you've heard,
And so she skedaddled from me.

Then her father sold goods on a second hand plan,
He'd, when he began, no meat in the pan,
But from little to big, he became a great man,
And he now has a 'hand-me-down' shop.
Coats, trousers and waist-coats for him she would turn,
And convert the old shirts to new;
When her business was done, then her steps she would learn,
And dance in a suit of light blue.

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The first time I met her it was at her pa's shop,
I, outside did stop, then inside did pop,
Half a sovereign bright in her little palm drop,
Said, 'Have you got a suit to fit me?
She showed an assortment, hats, coats, boots as well,
And at last I chose these like a man.
She said I looked handsome, in love with me fell,
From that time our courtship began.

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On each Saturday night I my clothes would redeem,
It's just like a dream, so strange does it seem,
Just to think we on Sundays looked like King and Queen,
When from 'Uncle's' I'd borrowed my clothes.
He'd lend me my chesterfield just for the day,
And on Mondays I'd take him them back.
The money spend on her but to my dismay,
One morning she gave me the sack.

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But George Leybourne bought clothes at the same shop as me,
And soon I could see with me 'twas U.P.
He made friends with her father and with them took tea,
And he sang them his best comic songs.
His soft, winning ways her affections did win,
And when he took her feelings by storm,
He then brought her out and he thus took me in,
For with him she now does perform.

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Written and composed by G. Leybourne & Alfred Lee - 1875
Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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