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Q (Frank Staplin) 01 Jan 10 - 01:58 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE STREET GIRL (Bonnie Parker)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 01:58 PM

Lyr. Add: The Street Girl
Bonnie Parker, c. 1932

1
You don't want to marry me honey,
Though just to hear you ask me is sweet;
If you did you'd regret it tomorrow
For I'm only a girl of the street.
Time was when I'd gladly have listened,
Before I was tainted with shame,
But it wouldn't be fair to you, honey;
Men laugh when they mention my name.
2
Back there on the farm in Nebraska,
I might have said yes to you then,
But I thought the world was a playground;
Just teeming with Santa Claus men.
So I left the old home for the city,
To play in its mad, dirty whirl,
Never knowing how little of pity,
It holds for a slip of a girl.
3
You think I'm still good-looking, honey!
But no I am faded and spent,
Even Helen of Troy would look seedy,
If she followed the pace I went.
But that day I came in from the country,
With my hair down my back in a curl;
Through the length and breadth of the city,
There was never a prettier girl.
4
I soon got a job in the chorus,
With nothing but looks and a form,
I had a new man every evening,
And my kisses were thrilling and warm.
I might have sold them for a fortune,
To some old Sugar Daddy with dough,
But youth called to youth for its lover,
There was plenty I didn't know.
5
Then I fell for the "line" of a "junker,"
A slim devotee of hop,
And those dreams in the juice of a poppy;
Had got me before I could stop.
But I didn't care while he loved me,
Just to lie in his arms was a delight,
But his ardor grew cold and he left me;
In a Chinatown "hop-joint" one night.
6
Well I didn't care then what happened,
A Chink took me under his wing,
And down there in a hovel of hell--
I labored for Hop and Ah-Sing.
Oh no I'm no longer a junker,
The police came and got me one day,
And I took the one cure that is certain,
That island out there in the bay.
7
Don't spring that old gag of reforming,
A girl hardly ever goes back,
Too many are eager and waiting;
To guide her feet off the track.
A man can break every commandment
And the world will still lend him a hand,
Yet a girl that has loved, but un-wisely
Is an outcast all over the land.
8
You see how it is, dont you, honey,
I'd marry you now if I could,
I'd go with you back to the country,
But I know it won't do any good,
For I'm only a poor branded woman
And I can't get away from the past.
Good-bye and God bless you for asking
But I'll stick out now till the last.

Typed in her notebook of poems.
"slip of a girl"- Bonnie Parker was 4' 11" and weighed 90-100 pounds.

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