WHY DO THE BOYS RUN AFTER THE GIRLS?
 
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When'er you stray down some shady lane
What is the sound you hear?
Something like this - kiss-kissy-kiss
Breaks on your listening ear
Two in the moonlight under a tree
Arms round each other's necks
One is a he and one is a she
Never two of one sex.

Chorus: Why do the boys run after the girls?
And why do the girls love boys?
Why do they stroll down green shady lanes?
Sharing each other's joys
Ever since Eve made poor old Adam grieve
Together they're always found
No matter the weather
You'll find them together
For as long as the world goes round.


When'er you go some fancy ball
Mashers, the smart young elves
Do twists and twirls with pretty girls
Never done by themselves
After the dancing, ices for two
In snug conservatries
When no one's near, and no one to hear
Oh, what a nice long squeeze.

Chorus:

When'er you go to Mentone or Nice
Honeymoon pairs you see
They bill and coo - they always do
While it's a novelty
But shortly after, reckoning the cost
He sighs to think he's booked
She sits and winks, and doubtless thinks
What a nice fish she's hooked.

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Performed by Ella Lane (1877-1962)
 
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