I sing of a feminine gender,
One whom I thought so divine,
Delicate, gentle and tender,
Hoping some day she'd be mine;
For opera this girl was crazy,
And opera singers, as well,
For when I said, 'Be mine',
She replied, 'I decline',
And the reason I quickly will tell.

Chorus: She said, at Her Majesty's Theatre,
There was the man of her choice,
Signor MacStinger, a baritone singer,
With such a magnificent voice,
I tried with my voice to enchant her,
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la,
But she said it wouldn't fizz,
Yours is nothing like,
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la.

Said I, 'Darling, be not so silly,
Let me not live dear alone,
Smile on your own loving Billy,
And turn up your big baritone;
I'll take lessons from Mrs. Weldon,
If you say that you'll marry me,
Just wait for a year, and I have no fear,
I'll warble as well then, as he.'


I tried to persuade my dear Nancy,
For that was the sweet creature's name
Said I, 'If long-hair is your fancy,
With pleasure I'll wear mine the same';
And though (as you see) I have done so,
Wear fur on my coat too as well,
I find it no use, I get naught but abuse,
And she sticks to her baritone swell.


I've paid notes and gold for her daily,
Plainly I've stated my case,
In joke I have said to her gaily,
That my notes were good - his were bass,
But last night she pointedly told me,
My hopes and my wishes were vain,
So I'll leave off my fur, and cut off my hair,
And never be happy again .

Last Chorus: She can purchase Her Majesty's Theatre,
She can marry the man of her choice,
And be Mrs. MacStinger, the wife of a singer,
With such a magnificent voice;
And though my warbling could not enchant her,
Tra,la, la,la, la,la,la
And she says it wont fizz,
It's much better than his,
Tra, la, la, la, la, la,la.

Written and composed by Arthur Lloyd - 1882
Performed by Arthur Lloyd (1840 - 1904)
From Music Hall Lyrics Collection
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