American Old Time Song Lyrics: 45 Girl Wanted

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 45

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GIRL WANTED.
Copyright, 1894, by Gus C. Weinberg.
Words and Music by Gus C. Weinberg.

Jim Brown had just been married, he got a lovely spouse-
She said she'd do the cooking when they went keeping house;
She cooked a lovely dinner, with vegetables and meat;
He tried it, then he told her it was not fit to eat.
Girl wanted, girl wanted, next day this sign appeared upon the door:
Girl wanted, girl wanted, and wifey is not cooking any more;
She said it was like mother used to make it-
He told her if it was she ought to shake it,
So at the break of day those that chanced to go that way
Saw the sign "Girl Wanted."

The first girl was a pretty girl, with handsome form and face;
Brown fell in love, and so, of course, the girl secured the place;
Brown's wife was jealous of her charms, she thought something amiss;
She watched and saw her husband give that pretty girl a kiss.
Girl wanted, girl wanted, next day this sign appeared upon the door;
Girl wanted, girl wanted, that pretty girl ain't working any more.
You ought to see that pretty girl skedaddle;
He lost his hair and teeth during the battle;
So at the break of day those that chanced to go that way
Saw the sign "Girl Wanted."

The next girl was a country girl, her face would give one frights;
She lost her breath in trying to blow out electric lights
She went to build a fire, and the wood was somewhat, green,
And just to start it going, why, she poured on kerosene.
Girl wanted, girl wanted, next day this sign appeared upon the door;
Girl wanted, girl wanted, that country girl ain't working any more;
And now she's living up a little higher-
No more she's got to monkey with the fire.
So at the break of day those that chanced to go that way
Saw the sign "Girl Wanted."

The next one was a colored girl, she was so awful fat,
And sported chicken feathers upon a gaudy hat-
That day she climbed two flights of stairs to get a piece of rope,
But when she reached the top, she stepped upon a piece of soap.
Girl wanted, girl wanted, next day this sign appeared upon the door;
Girl wanted, girl wanted, that colored girl ain't working any more;
Her funeral occurred next day at seven-
Another colored angel's up in heaven,
So at the break of day those that chanced to go that way
Saw the sign "Girl Wanted."

Grover Cleveland was a neighbor, he thought he'd be in line-
One day they saw him fuss around in tacking up a sign;
Of course they all felt curious, they wondered what it said-
A crowd soon gathered 'round it, and this is what they read:
Boy wanted, boy wanted, next day this sign appeared upon the door;
Boy wanted, boy wanted, and Grover doesn't want girls any more.
A girl could never hold his proud position-
To have a boy has been his great ambition,
So at the break of day those that chanced to go that way
Saw the sign "Boy Wanted."

The next girl was an actress, she'd been upon the stage-
She posed in living pictures when they were all the rage:
One day she put her costumes on for Brown's special delight,
And wifey, who had been down town, flew in and saw the sight.
Girl wanted, girl wanted, next day this sign appeared upon the door;
Girl wanted, girl wanted, that actress isn't working any more.
She nearly broke their home and all the fixtures,
For wifey drew the line at living pictures.

So at the break of day those that chanced to go that way Saw the sign "Girl Wanted."
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