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I Used to Work in Chicago

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I Used to Work in Chicago

I used to work in Chicago, in a department store,
I used to work in Chicago. I did, but I don't anymore.
     A lady came in, and asked for some cake
     I asked her what kind she'd adore--
     "Layer," she said, so layer I did
I don't work there anymore.
I used to work in Chicago, in a department store,
I used to work in Chicago. I did, but I don't anymore.
     A lady came in, and asked for a fowl
     I asked her what kind she'd adore--
     "A goose," she said, so I gave her a goose
I don't work there anymore.

(similarly)

     A lady came into the hat shop,
     I asked, "What kind would you like?"
     "Felt" she said, felt I did

     A lady came in for a sleeper
     I asked, "which berth would you like?"
     "Upper" she said; Up 'er I did

     A lady came in for a waterbottle
     I said, "what kind would you like?"
     "Rubber " she said; rub 'er I did

     A lady came in for a sweater
     I asked, "what kind would you like?"
     "Jumper, she said"; jump 'er I did

     A lady came in for a ticket
     I asked, "Where would you like to go?"
     "Bangor," she said; bang 'er I did

Also:
     Hardware...nails....nail her I did
     Hardware...screw....screw her I did
     Fruit......plums....plumb her I did
     Cinnamon...sticks...stick her I did
     Peas.......split....split her I did
     Milk.......cream....cream her I did
     Covers.....spread...spread her I did
     Rope.......jump.....jump her I did
     Booze......liquor...lick 'er I did
note: First two verses from the streets of Brooklyn, ca 1938.
     Additional verses from More Rugby Songs, via AJS.
     And from The Erotic Muse, Cray.  RG
RG, AJS, EC
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