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Jim Dixon 04 Mar 11 - 02:53 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: IN MY LITTLE BOTTOM DRAWER (G Fields)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 02:53 PM

You can see a scene from the film at YouTube. The song begins at 2:30.

Words and music by Will E Haines & Jimmy Harper, © 1934.
As sung by Gracie Fields in the film "Sing as We Go" (1934)

For years and years I've been a lonely spinster on the shelf.
I'm right fed up with spending all me money on meself.
I'm all prepared for married life. Its secrets I've been taught.
And here's some little odds and ends I've been and gone and bought:

One bridal gown,
One eiderdown—
I've been saving 'em up since eighteen ninety-four.
Got me ribbons and me bows,
And me these and thems and those,
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

One baby's cot,
One flower pot,
Where I've planted a rambling rosebush for the door.
Got a motto for the wall.
It says "'Eaven 'Elp Us All"
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

Got a pianna
Under the staircase,
And I'm teaching meself to play "The Maiden's Prayer."

One toilet set,
One bassinet,
Now I'm waiting for love to open up the door,
With a book by Doctor Fife
On 'ow to be a perfect wife,
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

We'll 'ave a bathroom,
A beautiful bathroom,
And a lovely bath where we can keep the coal.

Horseshoe for luck,
Pail for the muck,
And a President 'Oover's cleaner for the floor.
If me plans all go to pot,
I can sell the bloomin' lot,
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

[YouTube also has a later studio recording from 1956, with piano accompaniment only. In place of the above verse that begins "One toilet set, it has the following verses:]

One toilet set,
One bassinet,
Now I'm waiting for love to open up the door.
Got me Aristotle's works
And a case of eggs from Burke's,
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

I've answered every advert in the Matrimonial Times.
I've bought me own confetti and a set of wedding chimes.
At night, I count me treasures just to see they 'aven't strayed.
I'm very patriotic. Ev'ry one is British made.

One chiffonier,
One keg o' beer,
And some orange and purple lino for the floor
Got a new pyjama set
Made of bright red flannelette,
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

One Persian rug,
One china jug,
And some beautiful silverware from Woolworth's store,
With a book by Doctor Fife
On 'ow to be a perfect wife,
All packed up in me little bottom drawer.

[Continues with "We'll 'ave a bathroom" as above.]

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