SHE WORE A LITTLE SAFETY-PIN BEHIND
 
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There's a dainty little damsel and she's slap bang up to date,
For she wears a little safety-pin behind,
With waist so slim and slender and her figure, well, it's great.
And she wears a little safety-pin behind.
This artful little puss knows how to catch a Johnny's eye,
And an arm around her waist she doesn't mind.
But she fairly pops with laughter when his fingers find the point
Of that artful little safety-pin behind.

Chorus: So don't you grin at the safety-pin,
That ornaments the waists of great and small;
After what you've learned from me, I am sure you will agree,
It's a very handy fashion, after all!

A Johnny took a darling to the Covent Garden Ball,
And she wore a little safety-pin behind ;
The Johnny he was short and fat—the Iady slim and tall,
And she wore a little safety-pin behind.
An evening suit he borrowed—-you could twig it at a glance,
That those pantlets for that youth were not designed,
And they went across the—-well never mind, they soon resumed the dance,
For he wore her little safety-pin behind.

Chorus:

Bill took his gal, Maria, down to Southend for the day,
And she wore a little safety-pin behind;
Enjoying balmy breezes and the splashing of the spray,
And she wore a little safety-pin behind.
Maria. soon felt peckish, so she said, 'Hi, blow me, Bill,
I for a pot of vwinkles feel inclined,
But we’ve nothing here to pick ’em out,”—-‘Oh, that's all right,' cried Bill,
'Why you’ve got a blooming safety-pin behind.'

Chorus:

A lady with a poodle went out shopping, poor young thing
And she wore a little safety-pin behind;
The poodle had no muzzle, so she led it by a string,
Which she fastened to her safety-pin behind.
Of course the burly policeman in his duty could not fail,
She by the magstrate next morn was fined;
Well, soon ‘twill be an outrage for a dog to wag his tail,
For they’ll fix it with a safety-pin behind.

Chorus:

I’ve just returned from Africa, it’s rather warm out there,
And they never wear a safety-pin behind;
I really must confess to you their fashions made me stare,
For they didn’t wear a safety-pin behind.
Those damsels of the tropics were by Nature 'dressed in black,'
And for artificial clothing disinclined;
Well, as I wanted servants, I have brought a couple back,
But they’ll have to wear a. safety-pin behind.

Chorus:

A pretty maid once took a stroll along the sad sea shore,
And she wore a little safety-pin behind;
She loved to be alone and hear the breaking billows roar,
And she wore a little safety-pin behind.
When from a rock out yonder came a most terrific howl,
She turned that way the cause thereof to find
Some chap had lost, well... everything, except his bathing towel,
And he wanted just a safety-pin behind.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by W.T. Lytton & Denham Harrison
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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