American Old Time Song Lyrics: 53 The Kiss You Steal In The Dark

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The Kiss You Steal in the Dark.
Copyright, 1896, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words by J. Cheever Goodwin. Music by Woolson Morse.

Kisses vary greatly,
Some you give sedately,
No more warmth about them than there is in ice;
Sisters kiss their brothers,
Daughters kiss their mothers,
But there's in such kisses not a single bit of spice.
Kissing cheeks and kissing hands,
Etiquette, at times, demands;
Kissing sticky babies, too,
All loo oft devolves on you.
Kisses like these possess no savor,
Never a one of them hits the mark;
Give me a kiss with a robust flavor,
The sort of a kiss that you steal in the dark.
Oh, kisses like these possess no savor,
Never a one of them hits the mark;
Give me a kiss with a robust flavor,
The sort of a kiss that you steal in the dark.

Watch two women meeting,
See their honey'd greeting,
Pecking, like two parrots, at each other's lips:
And again, when parting,
At each other darting,
Kissing, tho' with hate they tingle to their finger tips.
Then those kisses on the stage
Generally narrow gauge;
Blows would more congenial be
Both to kisser and kissee.
Kissing of that kind, I pooh-pooh It!
From if, of pleasure, derive no spark;
Give me a kiss with a back-bone to it,
The sort of a kiss that you steal in the dark.
Oh, kissing of that kind, I pooh-pooh it!
From it, of pleasure, derive no spark;
Give me a kiss with a back-bone to it,
The sort of a kiss that you steal in the dark.

Married osculation,
Done with ostentation,
In nine cases out of ten's perfunctory;
Lips you sample dally,
Grow extremely stalely:
Who can blame one if one hankers for variety?
Then the mother of your wife,
If you'd lead a quiet life,
Kisses must be given her,
Though you'd medicine prefer.
I'm, of decorum, no infringer;
Ready, in morals, to toe the mark:
Give me a kiss that has lots of ginger,
The sort of a kiss that you steal in the dark.
Oh. I'm, of decorum, no infringer:
Ready, in morals, to toe the mark:
Give me a kiss that has lots of ginger,
the sort of a kiss that you steal in the dark.
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