SISTER 'RIA
 
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A pious girl named 'Ria Jones once joined a Godly band
Who used to go converting all along the giddy Strand
She bought herself a tamborine, to bang both night and day
And she would sing and dance in such a fascinationg way.

Chorus: Sister 'Ria, sister 'Ria
Of the Army soon began to tire
So she sold her tamborine - now she's nightly to be seen
Dancing in the ballet at the Empire.

She always took around the plate, folks could not say her nay
And as the Army marched along, the dear girl led the way
She danced just like a fairy Queen, but rude boys by the score
Would follow in a mighty throng, and shout, 'Bravo, encore'.

Chorus: Sister 'Ria, sister 'Ria
Of the Army soon began to tire
So she sold her tamborine - now she's nightly to be seen
Dancing in the ballet at the Empire.

But 'Ria was missing one fine day, and very sad to tell
Not only her, but other things, had walked away as well
Some wicked individual had tempted her, you know
To leave the mighty Army and become a real live 'Pro'.

Chorus: Sister 'Ria, sister 'Ria
Of the Army soon began to tire
So she sold her tamborine - now she's nightly to be seen
Dancing in the ballet at the Empire.

 
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Written and composed by A. J. Mills & Arthur Lennard - 1895
Performed by Lizzie Fletcher (d. 1915)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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