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Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs

Q (Frank Staplin) 04 Dec 08 - 04:30 PM
Jim Dixon 05 Dec 08 - 07:14 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Dec 08 - 09:19 PM
Jim Dixon 07 Dec 08 - 03:10 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Dec 08 - 05:44 PM
Jim Dixon 08 Dec 08 - 09:35 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 04:30 PM

Lyr. Add: FLIRTING ON THE BEACH
E. M. Hall, 1878, words and music.

1
I'm going to tell a story
You've often heard before,
It's of a belle I'm going to tell,
I met by the seashore,
Oh she was fascinating,
And as pretty as a peach,
I'll ne'er forget the evening,
We flirted on the beach.
2
I stepped up to this fair one
And tipped my hat to her,
She bowed politely with a smile,
And said "Good evening Sir,"
We walk'd and chatted gaily,
Her home we soon did reach,
For she liv'd in a cottage,
Close by Old orchard Beach.
3
We are married and live happy
As birds upon the wing,
And summer evenings often sit,
To hear them sweetly sing,
We have two little children,
And pet names for them each,
We never have regretted,
Our flirting on the beach.

Chorus:
She was fair and tall and slender
Eyes of azure blue
She was like a flow'r remember*
Dipped in morning dew.

* I remember?
(Dance)
The song was sung and danced by Primrose and West. Sheet music by White, Smith & Co., Boston.
http://memory.loc.gov/music/sm/sm1878/02600/02677/001.gif

There are a lot of these old songs about flirting, some with folk variations.

If you have a favorite or know of one, please post. I will be adding some in the next few days.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LITTLE FLIRT (Andy Hughes, 1870)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 07:14 PM

The Library of Congress has a surprising number of songs with "flirt" in the title. Here's one:

THE LITTLE FLIRT.
Words and music by Andy Hughes.
Philadelphia: Lee & Walker, 1870.

1. Of all the girls that ever was, and all that e'er may be,
There is none I think so charming as the girl that looked at me.
Her eyes they shone like diamonds bright and her curls they were jet black,
And my heart is almost breaking. How I wish she would come back!

CHORUS: O how I wish that I could see this little dear again!
Like cupid's dart she pierc'd my heart and almost turn'd my brain.

2. At Schutzen Park I went one day to see my little dear,
And when she spoke, it seem'd to me that we had met somewhere;
But when I ask'd her where it was, she laugh'd at me so sweet,
And then she said that she'd tell me the next time we should meet.

3. So to her house I went next day, this little dear to see,
And ask her if she'd kept the promise she had given to me.
Then with a smile upon her face, said, "Yes, my dearest Fred,
'Twas up at my papa's house, the night that I was wed."

4. Oh, then with a cruel laugh she offer'd me a chair,
While she would just step out and see if her dear Gus was near,
So that we three could laugh and chat at my flirting scene with her,
But this was rather hard on Fred, so I left without demur.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 09:19 PM

Lyr. Add: FLIRTING ON SKATES
M. C., arr. G. T. Evans; words by H. R. T.

1
O 'tis jolly for the skating,
This whirling round on wheels,
This turning, twirling, falling,
How gay and nice one feels;
To see upon the glassy floor,
A score of tender mates,
Dear me! but ain't it jolly fun,
This courting girls on skates.

Chorus:
Oh! the nids and nads together,
Scoot around like loving mates;
O gracious! ain't it jolly fun,
This flirting round on skates.

You bump against a maiden form,
She screams but ain't it fun.
To see her look you through
"Recover arms" and run,
You follow but she's far too fleet,
Which makes you curse the fates
But never mind- 'tis jolly fun,
This chasing girls on skates.

Chorus

You take a timid damsel,
To touch her that's no sin,
But somehow or another,
Her skates keep turning in,
You stop and stoop to fix her strap,
(An offer no one hates)
When along a burly novice comes,
And bumps you off your skates.

And now another miss appears,
And sweetly asks your aid;
"Just take me round the hall but once,
I'm not a bit afraid!"
You gather all the strength that's left
Trot off at modest rates,-
But 'ere you have the time to think
You both are off your skates.

Chorus

In spite of all the bumps and thumps
And tumbles on the floor,
In spite of ruined *trowserloons
And dresses soiled and tore,
You like this whirling twirling round
In twos and fours and eights,
O bless me! ain't it jolly fun,
This courting girls on skates.

Trow[u]serloons? Not in Webster's or OED. But I can imagine what they looked like.

As sung by Billy Emerson at Maguire's Opera House.
Published by M. Gray, San Francisco, 1871


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Subject: Lyr Add: OH! NO, I NEVER FLIRT (C Tompkins, 1882)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 03:10 PM

OH! NO, I NEVER FLIRT.
Serio-Comic Song
Words & music by Clara Tompkins.
Arranged by Charles E. Pratt.
New York: C. H. Ditson & Co., 1882.

1. I met her down at Brighton. 'Twas on the promenade;
And many a fruitless effort to flirt with her I made;
And as I came toward her, my ears on the alert,
She said to her companion, "You know I never flirt!"

CHORUS: But she gave me a glance of her saucy black eye,
Her saucy black eye, her saucy black eye,
And my heart gave a flutter as she passed me by,
As she laughingly passed me by!

2. And once again I met her, this blushing damsel sweet.
A kindly breeze her 'kerchief took, and dropped it at my feet.
Of course I soon restored it. She took it with a smile,
And never seemed to know that she was flirting all the while.

3. We met again and often, each interview more fond;
And I who only meant to flirt was caught in Cupid's bond.
I asked her if she'd wed me. She made me answer pert:
"I never meant one word I said. I've only learned to flirt!"

FINAL CHORUS: And she gave me a glance of her saucy black eye,
Her saucy black eye, her saucy black eye,
And she said tra-la-la as she passed me by,
As she laughingly passed me by!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Dec 08 - 05:44 PM

Lyr. Add: FLIRTING IN THE STARLIGHT
Words M. J. Messer, music George Delano, 1877

1
There is no time or place, they say,
Where Cupid's power is not,-
From early morn till close of day,
In palace or in co'
I do not doubt the story's true;
Indeed, 'twould not be right,
For truly, I've been there myself,
And tarried late at night.

Chorus:
But flirting in the starlight,
When the dew-drops fall,
When the evening breezes
to the sweet flowers call,
Fond arms caressing,
Warm lips pressing,
Flirting in the starlight
is the best of all.

2
The moonlit nights are jolly, too,
When on the river's breast
We glide along the water blue,
With one we love the best;
Or, with a happy company,
Go yachting down the bay,
And "splice the mainbrace" coming back,
To pass the time away.
3
'Tis fun to take a trotter out
Upon the snow-clad road,
With furs and robes to keep us warm,
When two make just a load;
'Tis also nice to do the dance
And trip the mazy toe,
Or for a quiet little chat
Upon the stairs to go.

Sheet music, waltz, Geo. W. Richardson & Co., NY &c.
American Memory


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Subject: Lyr Add: FLIRT/WHOSE HEART ARE YOU BREAKING TONIGH
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Dec 08 - 09:35 PM

THE FLIRT: WHOSE HEART ARE YOU BREAKING TO-NIGHT?
Pete Wendling and Max Kortlander
New York: Joe Mittenthal, Inc., 1922.

1. I pity you. You can't be true.
Why must you break hearts in two?
You took my love to amuse you.
Now I find out I must lose you.
It's hard to bear sorrow and care.
You'll know when you get your share.

CHORUS: Whose heart are you breaking to-night?
Whose eyes are just seeing the light?
Who are you refusing to see?
Who's the next to suffer like me?
Whose cheeks have been sprinkled with tears?
Who is sad and blue?
Whose heart's aching? Whose heart is breaking
All over you?

2. You live on lies. You think that eyes
Are made to cry over you.
Some day when you love sincerely,
You'll pay the price and pay dearly.
Somehow I feel you can be real.
Why not play fair when you deal?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Flitting Songs
From: Mo the caller
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 06:09 AM

My Old Man
Said follow the van
Don't dilly dally on the way
Off went the van with me home packed in it
I walked behind with me old cock linnet.

...... and .....

Swing low sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home

(Mummy is that the same as the van with me home in it?)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 07:48 PM

Lyr. Add: MA (He's Making Eyes at Me)
Words Sidney Clare, music Con Conrad

1
Little Lilly was oh so silly and shy,
And all the fellows knew,
She wouldn't bill and coo,
Ev'ry night some smart fellow would try,
To cuddle up to her,
But she would cry:
Chorus 1
"Ma, he's making eyes at me,
Ma, he's awful nice to me,
Ma, he's almost breaking my heart,
I'm beside him, mercy let his conscience guide him;
Ma, he wants to marry me, be my honey bee,
Ev'ry minute he gets bolder,
Now he's leaning on my shoulder,
Ma, he's kissing me!"
2
Lilly was so good, Everybody could tell,
You'd never see her roam,
She'd always stay at home,
All the neighbors knew little Lilly too well,
For when the boys would call,
They'd hear her yell;
Chorus 2
"Ma, he's making eyes at me,
Ma, he's awful nice to me,
Ma, he's almost breaking my heart,
If you peek in, can't you see I'm goin' to weaken,
Ma, he wants to marry me, be my honey bee,
Ma, I'm meeting with resistance,
I shall holler for assistance,
Ma, he's kissing me!

The old Eddie Cantor favorite, 1921.
With chords and midi,
MA


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T CALL ME A FLIRT
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Dec 08 - 07:45 PM

DON'T CALL ME A FLIRT
Philadelphia: E. Ferrett & Co, 1850.

1. Don't call me a flirt and I'll gladly excuse
Whatever opinion of me you may choose,
But speak not, oh! speak not of me with the taunt
That I'm trying to win what I really don't want.
Whatever you say, I'll forgive and forget,
So you speak not of me as a heartless coquette.
Say anything else, and I will not be hurt,
But whatever you call me, don't call me a flirt.

CHORUS: Don't, don't, don't, don't,
Ah! pray don't call me a flirt.
Don't, don't, don't, don't,
Ah! pray don't call me a flirt.

2. You may say, if you please, I'm a terrible blue,
For no mischief is done if the charge should prove true.
I would rather my head should with Hebrew be fill'd
Than that I in the acts of a flirt should be skill'd.
Yes, laugh if you will at the books on my shelves.
'Tis a sign that you're not overburdened yourselves.
You may call me a blue and I will not be hurt,
But whatever you call me, don't call me a flirt.

3. You may say I am ugly, ungraceful or thin.
If I own to all that, I'll be owning no sin.
If you say what is true, I've no cause to complain,
And if flase, I won't mind if you say it again.
But oh! to be held up to anyone's eyes
As the thing that all men do most truly despise!
Call me anything else, and I will not be hurt,
But whatever you call me, don't call me a flirt.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs
From: Genie
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 03:15 PM

Q, there are more (and slightly different) lyrics to "Ma!" as sung by Eddie Cantor on an album I have (I think the title is "Makin' Whoopee."
Ma! (He's Makin' Eyes At Me!.

(The lyrics for the second verse I got from the old 1920s sheet music. Cantor uses an instrumental break in lieu of the second verse, on the recording I have.)

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Flirting Songs
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 04 Aug 09 - 05:07 PM

Down at the Old Bull and Bush....


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Subject: Lyr Add: I WANT SOMEONE TO FLIRT WITH ME
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 11:51 AM

I WANT SOMEONE TO FLIRT WITH ME
Words, Sterling & Costello. Music, Albert Von Tilzer.
New York: The York Music Co., 1910.

1. I'm a grownup now and I can't see how
Ev'rybody takes me for a child.
I've a great big heart. If it gets a start,
It sure will love so much 'twill set me wild.
Ev'ryone I know seems to catch a beau.
I'm old enough and now I want one too.
Someone just my size, let me put you wise:
If you flirt with me, I'll flirt with you.

CHORUS: I want someone to flirt with me,
For I'm as lonesome as can be.
Say, you ought to see the eyes that I can make!
Won't somebody notice me, for goodness' sake!
I want someone to love me sure,
But I don't want an amateur.
I want someone to teach me ev'ry thing from A to Z.
I want someone, someone to flirt with me.

2. Once I nearly cried, for one day I tried
Flirting with someone I thought was nice.
We were holding hands on the shining sands.
I guess that party's heart was made of ice.
Not a single kiss; never knew that bliss.
It never cuddled up and held me tight;
So away I stole from that old "North Pole."
Now I want someone to love me right.


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Subject: Lyr Add: A DAINTY LITTLE FLIRT (Pidgin, Blake)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 02:16 PM

A DAINTY LITTLE FLIRT.
Words, Chas. F. Pidgin. Music, Chas. D. Blake.
Boston: Chas. D. Blake, 1884.

1. I know a maiden who has got a lover,
And love has turned her little head;
And mornings early when the birds are singing sweet,
The woods she seeks when she should work instead,
And there she wanders, and there she ponders,
And says if loving truly brings such pain,
I'll treat them sweetly,
But act discreetly,
And never lose my heart to man again.

CHORUS: I'll treat them sweetly, and discreetly,
Be gentle, modest, never pert,
When gone completely,
Cut them neatly,
No doubt they call me little flirt.
Tho' hearts with love and hope may beat so gladly,
Tho' lovers kneel and say my charms enthral,
I like to please to have the men all praise me,
But really I can't wed them all.

2. That little maiden when she met her lover,
Upon his breast did lay her head,
And said she lov'd him and her lips his own did meet;
The youth believed she meant the words she said,
But still she wanders, and still she ponders,
And said 'twas foolish speaking words like these.
I'll treat them sweetly,
But act discreetly,
And never more my love to man disclose.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWEET BLACK-EYED FLIRT (1872)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 07:19 PM

SWEET BLACK-EYED FLIRT
Words, J. H. Hanson. Music, Frank Wood.
St. Paul, Minn.: Munger Bros., 1872.

1. There's a beautiful maiden, as fair as I've seen,
With black flashing eye and the air of a queen.
Her lips red as corals, her teeth rival pearls.
She sure has no equal 'mong heartbreaking girls.
If on you she casts her bright piercing glance,
Your heart it will wound. 'Twill be fatal, perchance.
Beware, ye young men, of the dart from her eyes,
Of her sweet dimpling smile, and her low tender sighs.

2. There are some noble fellows who truly believe
That a maid such as this one can never deceive.
They think she is truthful, believe her sincere,
When talking the nonsense they so love to hear.
Do not trust, my dear boy, to her heartbreaking darts.
Her sole business in life is the breaking of hearts!
She will lead you astray, so be on the alert.
Keep your distance, young chap, from the sweet black-eyed flirt.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LITTLE FLIRT (R. Swan Jr., 1874)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Aug 09 - 11:18 PM

THE LITTLE FLIRT
As sung and danced by Baby Benson.
Composed by R. Swan Jr.
Boston: G. D. Russell & Company, 1874.

1. As through the park I took my way,
In latest fashion dressed,
The golden sun of summer's day
Was sinking in the west.
Within the ramble's grateful shade,
While straying for a seat,
I spied the sweetest, fairest maid
I ever chanced to meet. Ah!

CHORUS: Her step was like the wild gazelle.
Her voice was soft and low,
But what she said I must not tell,
Nor would you care to know.

2. I caught her tender witching glance,
And slightly raised my hat.
Her beaming eyes began to dance.
My heart went pit-a-pat!
I blushed. My speech came very slow.
I looked down at her feet,
With my best grace bowed very low,
And led her to a seat. Ah!

3. I kissed her pouting coral lips.
Oh! it was bliss divine.
Her dimpled hands' pink fingertips
Stole slyly into mine.
I asked her if she loved me well.
She answered soft and low,
But what she said I must not tell.
Now wouldn't you like to know! Ah!


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