MY LEETLE ROSA
by Ernest Longstaffe (1927) Yesterday I went into the flower shop and I ask-a the man, 'How mooch you want for-a one red-a rose in da window?' The flower-a man, he look-a and he say, 'Two-a shilling each.' Then I say, 'I canna pay-a so mooch, mak' a leetle cheap.' The flower-a man he say, 'No cheaper — they're two-a shilling each.' I go outside and look-a in da window at the nice-a red-a rose, And pretty soon a young-a lady come (a beautiful young-a lady) And she say-a, 'Oh the pretty red-a rose — How mooch?' The flower-a man he smile and say-a, 'Six-a pence each.' The lady she buy-a one-a red-a rose, and she go away. I go-a once-a more to da flower-man, I say, 'Scusa me — Signor, How mooch you want for one-a red-a rose in da window?' The flower-a-man, he say, 'I tell you before, they're two-a shilling each.' I say, 'Mak' a little cheaper of me Signor, mak' a leetle cheap?' The flower-a man he say, 'No cheaper — two-a shilling each. What-a for you want-a red-a red-a rose?' I say, 'I tell-a you what for I want-a the red-a red-a rose. I had a leetle girl-a once, and she was just like-a dis (so high) And because she look-a like dis-a flower, we call-a her 'Rosa'. We were so happy together — me, da mamma and-a da leetle Rosa. But one day-a da mamma she die. Signor. I bury her quite away in da country and-a leetle Rosa and-a me were left alone. How I love-a that child. She was such a sweet leetle-a child And every night when I come-a home from da work I go da hill-a top. And I say-a, 'Hello Rosa' And she say-a from da window up-a high, 'Hello Papa' And-a every night Signor, I go that-a way. But one night just-a like-a always I say, 'Hello Rosa.' But there was no 'Hello Papa.' She was-a no-a there Signor — she was dead. I bury my leetle Rosa by da mamma And I have been all alone. Signor, I just-a want-a red-a red-a rose To put on da grave of my leetle-a Rosa. That is all — Signor that is all. Scusa me. Signor to take-a so mooch of your time. Scusa me, Signor, what you say? The whole bunch-a for nothing? The whole bunch-a for me for nothing? Thank-a you (Gratzia) Thank-a you (Gratzia) Signor, Thank-a you.'
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