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No. 9 - Opening Chorus - Act II

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Chorus: Very fine tea-house, this,
Very good trade they do,
Very much sought for home of bliss,
Very nice tea-girls, too!
Very good tea they blend
With very nice Geisha tune,
Very good place to come and spend
Very hot afternoon!
Afternoon!
Very fine tea-house,
Very fine tea-girls,
Very fine afternoon!
Ladies: Down before you
Low we bend,
We implore you
Condescend
On your most exalted persons
To permit us to attend.
We will bring you
Eggs or fish,
Anything you
Deign to wish,
If you'll indicate the nature
Of the undeserving dish.
Men: Very nicely
You enquire
What precisely
We desire,
With a studious politeness
That we cannot but admire.
Methods seemly,
Manners bland,
Are extremely
In demand;
Yours are more than merely polish'd,
One might say they were japanned!
All: If a gentleman could ever
Stoop to anything so clever,
He might say We were japanned!
[Ladies:] Down before you
Low we bend,
We implore you
Condescend
On your most exalted persons
To permit us to attend.
We will bring you
Eggs or fish,
Anything you
Deign to wish,
If you'll indicate the nature
Of the undeserving dish.
Geisha: Full of feminine fascination,
Graceful gesture, roguish glance;
We're a liberal education
In the art of song and dance.
Ah, ah!
We're alternately shy and shameless,
Fondly free or coyly cold,
Archly innocent,
Blandly blameless,
Bold as brass or good as gold.
Ah, ah!
With all deference,
Name your preference,
Bold as brass or good as gold.
Chorus: Very fine tea-house, this,
Very good trade they do,
Very much sought for home of bliss,
Very nice tea-girls, too!
Very good tea they blend
With very nice Geisha tune,
Very good place to come and spend
Very hot afternoon!
Afternoon!
Very fine tea-house,
Very fine tea-girls,
Very fine afternoon!
Very fine tea-house,
Very fine tea-girls,
Very fine afternoon!

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