TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN
 
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Men... Tell me, pretty maiden, are there any more at home like you?

Ladies... There are a few, kind sir, but simple girls, and proper too.

Men... Then tell me, pretty maiden, what these very simple girlies do?

Ladies... Kind sir, their manners are perfection, and the opposite of mine.

Men... Then take a little walk with me and then I can see
What a most particular girl should be.

Ladies... I may love you too well to let you go
To flirt with those at home, you know

Men... Well don't mind little girl, you'll see I'll only want but you

Ladies... It's not quite fair to them if you told them that you were true

Men... I won't care a pin for your sisters if you love me

Ladies... What would you say if I said I liked you well?

Men... I'd vow to you

Ladies... On bended knee?

Men... On bended knee

Ladies... If I loved you would you tell me what I ought to do
To keep you all mine alone to always to be true to me?
If I loved you would it be a silly thing to do?
For I must love someone

Men... Then why not me?

Ladies... Yes, I must love someone really, and it might as well be you
Tell me, gentle stranger, are there any more at home like you?

Men... There are a few, sweet maid, and hotter boys you never knew

Ladies... Then tell me, gentle sir, the things these very rakish fellows do

Men... Dear maid, they flirt with girls too freely,
And it's not the same girl twice

Ladies... Then take me round and let them show, for an hour or so
How such fellows can really go.

Men... I never introduce them to a girl, I intend
To be my most particular friend.

Ladies... I won't mind what they do, no man would ever flirt with me.

Men... It's not worth risking it, I know with them you won't agree.

Ladies... I don't want to know them if you will do the flirting.

Men... Of course I will try, for we're doing very well.

Ladies... I'll vow to you.

Men... On bended knee?

Ladies... On bended knee
If I loved you would you tell me what I ought to do
To keep you all mine alone, to always to be true to me?
If I loved you would it be a silly thing to do?
For I must love someone

Men... Then why not me?

Ladies... Yes, I must love someone, and it might as well be you.
 
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Written and composed by Paul Rubens, Ernest Boyd Jones & Leslie Stuart - 1899
 

Florodora was an Edwardian musical comedy and became one of the first successful Broadway musicals of the 20th century. The music was by Leslie Stuart with additional songs by Paul Rubens, and the lyrics were by Edward Boyd-Jones and Rubens.
The original London production opened in 1899 where it ran for a very successful 455 performances. The New York production was even more popular, opening the following season and running for 552 performances. After this, the piece was produced throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. The show was famous for its double sextet and its chorus line of "Florodora Girls".
The piece was popular with amateur theatre groups, particularly in Britain, into the 1950s

 
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