A SIMPLE LITTLE STRING
 
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I was a little baby not so very long ago
They put me in my little crib and rocked me too and fro
They fed me with the greatest care, they'd dance me and would sing
And when I sat upon a chair, they tied me in with string.

Chorus: Just a little bit of string
Such a tiny little thing
Tied as tightly as string could be
So that if I tried to play I could never slip away
For they'd got me on a string you see.


When I was rather older as a first of April treat
I used to take a penny out and drop it in the street
And when a careless passer-by to pick it up would spring
The penny used to rise and fly upon a bit of string.

Chorus: Just a little bit of string
Such a tiny little thing
And as slender as string could be
But the man would stand and swear when the penny wasn't there
For I'd got it on a string you see.


And now I'm quite a woman, and expect to be a wife
I will not lead the customary miserable life
My husband shall be safe at home, as happy as a King
And if he ever tries to roam, I'll try a bit of string.

Chorus: Just a little bit of string
Such a tiny little thing
Shall I tell you what the string may be
Make him put his slippers on, and be sure his boots are gone
And I've got him on a string you see.
 
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Written and composed by Lionel Monckton
Performed by Ellaline Terriss (1871-1971)
 
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