George Leybourne
I'm a good-natured fellow pray let me confess,
And I can't bear to see a female in distress,
While crawling up West a few weeks since I met,
With a little adventure I'll soon not forget;
A cabman was bullying a sweet little dear,
Said I, 'What's your trouble miss? pray have no fear.'
Said she, 'Oh, I've left my purse I declare,
Upon the piano in Bloomsbury Square!'

Chorus: Bloomsbury Square! Bloomsbury Square!
Seldom I'd met with a darling so fair,
Lovely brown hair! right down to there!
And the angel she hung out in Bloomsbury Square!

I paid the vile cabman and called him a brute,
He offered to punch me but that did not suit,
Said she, 'How can I thank you for being so kind?
So awkward, I've left all my money behind.
Dear me, I'm to buy a silk dress for a friend,
Oh, could you, for one day the money me lend?
I'll give you my card if you please I live there,
Oh, do call and see us in Bloomsbury Square.'


Two crisp little 'fivers' I placed in her hand,
And parted with her at the top of 'The Strand',
I called as I promised next day about four,
And a very cantankerous old codger I saw;
I asked for his daughter in a passion he went,
He'd no daughter, I mentioned the money I'd lent,
He talked of 'extortion' and freely did swear,
A policeman saw me out of Bloomsbury Square.


In the column of agony in the D.T.
I advertised hoping the fair one to see,
I walked round the square all search was in vain,
Should I never see her nor my 'tenner' again?
Oh, yes I was favoured once mor her to meet,
And quite unexpectantly too, in Bow Street,
Oh, yes there she stood in the 'dock' I declare,
My sweet little swindle of Bloomsbury Square.

SPOKEN: She'd performed her sweet little trick on somebody who'd invoked the power of the law. And the law gave innocent little angel six months for reflection... that horrid Cabby was there, he told his horrid chums about my being 'had', so now, whenever I've a cab they all drive me to...


Male music hall performers produced songs that acknowledged the growth in confidence and visibility of women in society. G W Hunt composed a number of songs during the 1870's concerning sophisticated and fashionable young men who were tricked by predatory women. This music sheet illustration shows a woman in argument with a cab driver whose fair she cannot afford, the chivalrous gentleman, in this case played by George Leybourne, pays for the woman's cab fair as well as lending her money with which to purchase a dress. He discovers afterwards that it was a swindle and the woman escapes with his money.

Written and composed by G.W. Hunt - 1878
Performed by George Leybourne (1842-1884)
From Music Hall Lyrics Collection
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