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Lyr Add: Prairie Flower

raredance 23 Jan 00 - 01:26 PM
Jim Dixon 21 Apr 11 - 06:57 PM
GUEST,Paul Burke 21 Apr 11 - 07:10 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: PRAIRIE FLOWER
From: raredance
Date: 23 Jan 00 - 01:26 PM

This was triggered by the "Rosalie, the Prairie Flower" and is not nearly so romantic. This is in a similar vein to the better known "I'm A Little Cookie" song. Maybe this was the inspiration.


I'm a little prairie flower,
Growing wilder every hour;
Nobody cares to cultivate me,
I'm as wild as wild can be.

I'm a little patchwork quilt,
All my edges trimmed with gilt;
Nobody's ever wrapped up in me,
'Cause I'm as crazy as can be.

I'm a little snowflake white
Floating downward in the night;
Nobody ever cuddles up to me,
'Cause I'm as cold as cold can be.

I'm a little wrinkled prune,
Very soon I may be strewn;
If I do, look out for me,
I'm as bad as bad can be.
I'm as bad as bad can be.
Turalura, turale.

I'm a little acorn brown
Lying on the dusty ground;
Nobody cares to pick me up,
For I am just a little NUT.

I was a little nut,
Fell out of a tree;
Along came a man,
And stepped on me.

Teedle-dum, teedle-dum.

source: "Paradology" by E O Harbin (1927)

rich r

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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M A LITTLE PRAIRIE FLOWER (Two Leslies)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 06:57 PM

This song is about as silly and inconsequential as they come. If it was a parody of something else, or a satire, that would explain a lot.

You can hear this song at YouTube. This is my transcription.

Words and music by Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes. ©1937.
As sung by The Two Leslies.

[Leslie Holmes sings the words in parentheses. Leslie Sarony sings the rest—I think. That is, unless I have them switched.]

1. (Why were you born so beautiful? Why were you born so small?)
Why was I born so beautiful? Why was I born at all?

CHORUS: Oh, I'm a little prairie flower,
Growing wilder ev'ry hour.
Nobody cares to cultivate me,
So I'm as wild as wild can be.
(He's as wild can be.)

2. (His wildness is a thing to which there seems to be no stop.)
Last night I smacked a jelly just to hear the thing go flop.

3. (To sing The Village Blacksmith at the party he arose.)
I sung the song so nat'rally, the sparks flew from my nose.

4. (Away from two big hooligans today he had to dash.)
I hid behind some broken glass and whispered, "Crash, crash, crash!"

5. (The girls give him bananas and they say he's rather cute.)
For I'm a little devil when I'm full of passion fruit.

6. (Now once he met Mae West and she said he was not so hot.)
She kissed me once and then she stuck me in a flower pot.

7. (His girl sent him a pansy as a valentine, you see.)
I sent her dandelions and now she won't speak to me.

8. (His bloom has gone; he's run to seed; for others he'll make way.)
So like a good old soldier I must gently fade away.

[* The song WAHOO by Cliff Friend has the lines: "I'm just like a prairie flower, growing wilder by the hour." Coincidence?]

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Prairie Flower
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 07:10 PM

..The girls give him bananas..

I gave my girl an apple as we walked along the strand,
I gave my love an orange, we wndered hand in hand,
I gave ny girl bananas, she let me squeeze her tight-
I'm going to give a watermelon to my girl tonight..

"I'm a little prarie flower" was one of my mother's songs. No idea wgere she got it from (she was 1917 vintage)/

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