American Old Time Song Lyrics: 04 Tassels On The Boots

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'Twas at a fancy ball
I met my charmer fair,
'Midst waltzing swells and dashing belles,
The prettiest dancer there.
I watched her while the music played
The latest waltz of "Cootes,*
And fell in love-no, not with her.
But the tassels on her boots. Oh! yes!
Spoken-Yes! through those little peep-holes In that pretty
white skirt, I could plainly see-

Those tassels on her boots,
A style, I'm sure, that suits
Our Yankee girls, with hair in cur's-
Those tassels on her boots.

I watched her up the stairs,
Where we to supper went;
Upon those tassels on her boots
My soul was so intent;
They asked me to propose a health
Said I, " Here's one that suits.
So fill your glasses up and drink
To the tassels on the boots."
Spoken-I meant to drink the ladies' healths, but I could
think of nothing but-Chorus.

I asked this girl "if I
Might call, she said, " You may.
But tell me why you gaze upon
The ground in such a way?
You're sad, perhaps, for life is full
Of very bitter fruits;"
"Oh, no," I said, "I'm looking at
Those tassels on your boots.
Spoken-What is a more lovely sight when you walk down
Broadway than to look at-Chorus,

I called on her next day,
And Cupid's cruel shoots
Soon made me throw myself before
Those tassels on her boots.
Now when we're married and we've got
A lot of little toots,
I'll make them, whether boys or girls,
Wear tassels on their boots.
Spoken-If I were to have twenty children, they should every
one wear those pretty, pretty, pretty- Chorus.
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