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332 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
82 YOU'VE GOT TO PUT ON AIRS
Contributed by Mr. Martin G. Fowler, of Petersburg, Indiana. Pike County. Learned by him from Mr. Claiborn Scott, a cousin by marriage. Mr. Fowler writes that he learned this song more than sixty years ago, and that neither he nor Mr. Scott ever saw it in print. May 21, 1935.
Cf. Cox, No. 184 ("Putting on the Style").
1. Oh, when a girl is about sixteen,
She really thinks she's "some" ; It's the dressed-up beau with the big mustache
She always fetches home. Two hours before the looking-glass,
To catch him she prepares; And when she gets her fix-ups on,
0 don't she spread on airs?
There's no use in talking, no use talking,
The truth itself declares If you do with folks that fashions do,
You've got to put on airs.
2. There's the rowdy boy with the big boots on;
He's always out for fun ,* And in one pocket is a pair of knucks
And in the other a gun. We see him race to the moving crowds,
And they all go off in pairs, But the one that leads the procession on
Is the one that puts on airs.
3. There's old man Smart; he drives to church
And takes his family along; There he sings and he prays and he cuts a dash,
And he takes the preachers home. Away from church he takes his drinks,
And curses loud and long; Now people think it not amiss,
Because he spreads it on.