WHERE WAS MABEL WHEN THE BAND STRUCK UP?
 
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It was Miss Mabel's party, the rooms were full of guests
Girls with very low necked frocks and swells with snow-white vests
The band had just struck up a waltz, a catchy, well known air
To ev'rybody's great surprise Miss Mabel was not there.

Chorus: Where was Mabel When the Band struck up?
Nobody seemed to know
'Mabel' her friends all cried
'Where ever did she go?'
In the summer house they found her
Along with cousin Jim
She was busy with a needle and thread
Sewing on a button for him.


It was Miss Mabel's party, and the guests felt somewhat vexed
To think their host was not there, said they, 'Whatever next.'
And when Miss Mabel did turn up the single fellows thought
They'd like to be, like cousin Jim, a little button short.

Chorus:

It was Miss Mabel's party, and the missing pair were chaffed
Miss Mabel blushed a rosy pink, her cousin only laughed
They're married now and happy, as of course you will suppose
And insead of sewing buttons Mabel's sewing baby clothes.

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Written and composed by Walter Hastings & Albert Perry - 1903
Performed by Lottie Lennox (b. 1886)
 
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