American Old Time Song Lyrics: 09 Derry Down Derry

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DERRY DOWN DERRY.
From "The Mikado."

Kat. There is beauty in the bellow of the blast,
There is grandeur in the growling of the gale,
There is eloquent outpouring
When the lion is a-roaring,
And the tiger is a-lashing of his tail!

Ko. Yes, I like to see a tiger
From the Congo or the Niger,
And especially when lashing of his tail!

Kat. Volcanoes have a splendor that is grim,
And earthquakes only terrify the dolts,
But to him who s scientific
There's nothing that's terrific
In the falling of a flight of thunderbolts.

Ko. Yes; in spite of all my meekness,
If I have a little weakuess,
It's a passion for a flight of thunderbolts.

Both. If that is so.
Sing derry down derry!
It's evident, very,
Our tastes are one!
Away we'll go.
And merrily marry,
Nor tardily tarry
Till day is done!

Ko. There's beauty in extreme old age-
Do you fancy you are elderly enough?
Information I'm requesting
On a subject interesting;
Is a maiden all the better when she's tough?

Kat. Throughout this wide dominion
It's the general opinion
That she'll last a great deal longer When she's tough.

Ko. Are you old enough to marry do you think?
Won't you wait till you are eighty in the shade?
There's a fascinating frantic
In the ruin that's romantic;
Do you think you are sufficiently decayed?

Kat. To the matter that you mention
I have given some attention,
And I think I am sufficiently decay'd.

Both. If that is so,
Sing derry down derry!
It's evident, very,
Our tastes are one!
Away we'll go,
And merrily marry,

Nor tardily tarry
Till day is done!
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