American Old Time Song Lyrics: 37 Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay

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The original English version written by Richard Morton.
Sung by Miss Lottie Collins.

A smart and stylish girl you see, belle of good society:
Not too strict but rather free, yet as right as right can be.
Never forward, never bold-not too hot and not too cold,
But the very thing, I'm told, that in your arms you'd like to hold!

Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay, ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay,
Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay, ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay,
Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay, ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay,
Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay, ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay.

I'm not extravagantly shy, and when a nice young man is nigh,
For his heart I have a try-and faint away with tearful cry.
When the good young man, in haste, will support me 'round the waist.
I don't come to while thus embraced, till of my lips he steals a taste. - Cho.

I'm a timid flower of innocence-Pa says that I have no sense­I'm one eternal big expense; but men say that I'm just immense.
Ere my verses I conclude, I'd like it known and understood,
Though free as air, I'm never rude-I'm not too bad and not too good. - Cho.

Extra Verses.
You should see me out with Pa, prim, and most particular;
The young men say, "Ah, there you are!" and Pa says, "That's peculiar!"
"It's like their cheek!" I say, and so off again with Pa I go ­He's quite satisfied- although, when his back's turned-well, you know- Cho.

When with swells I go out to dine, all my hunger I resign;
Taste the food and sip the wine-no such daintiness as mine;
But, when I am all alone, for shortcomings I atone;
No old frumps to stare like stone-chops And chicken on my own. - Chorus.
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