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ACT I

No. 1 - Opening Chorus

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Chorus: To our Charity Bazaar, come and buy, buy, buy!
From a shop-man to a Czar, low or high, or high,
You'll be smiled upon and petted
By a beauty coronetted;
It's a Charity Bazaar, that is why! that is why!
Ladies: At the Charity Bazaar any man...
Men: Any man
Ladies: Can acquire a crackle jar, or a fan!
Men: Or a fan!
All: Or a titled lady palmist
Will allure the very calmest
At a Charity Bazaar,
That's the plan! That's the plan!
To our Charity Bazaar, come and buy, buy, buy!
Sopranos: Come and buy!
Others: Come and buy!
Sopranos: Come and buy!
Others: Come and buy!
All: Come and buy! Come and buy!
   
Stall Holders: At present we're not very, very clear
What all our pretty, pretty show's about;
It's understood there's something good
The secretary knows about,
To feed the blacks with perfect, perfect stacks
Of dainties never, never nigger ate,
For such an end you'll gladly spend
Five shillings for a cigarette!
Men: Five shillings!
Stall Holders: Five shillings! I'm sure it's cheap enough,
And just another half-a-crown to start it with a puff!
   
  You drink a cup of coffee, coffee up,
And pay an eighteen penny, penny rate;
By acts like these the Soudanese
Will soon become regenerate,
A decent dress his life, his life will bless;
No more, no more he'll bolt his mutton whole;
For such an end you'll gladly spend
A guinea for a button-hole!
Men: A guinea!
Stall Holders: A guinea! The lowest we can quote!
And another half-a-guinea, and we'll pin it on your coat!
All: A guinea, a guinea! The lowest we can quote!
The lowest, lowest we can quote!
   
  To the Charity Bazaar, come and buy, buy, buy!
From a shop-man to a Czar, low or high, or high,
Sopranos: Come and buy!
Others: Come and buy!
Sopranos: Come and buy!
Others: Come and buy!
All: Come and buy! Come and buy!

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