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No. 18 - Sextet - "The Mi-ai"

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Tanaka: When Japanese father
Thinks he'd rather
Like his daughter wed,
1st Geisha: And Japanese mother
Has no other
Notion in her head,
Guest: They search about for good young men
Of suitable age,
With lots of yen,
Makei: And when a nice one they have found,
They ask him just to toddle round,
2nd Geisha: They introduce their daughter fair.
3rd Geisha: And hold a Miai then and there.
Girls: One little glance from maid to man,
One little peep from round a fan,
Men: One little glance from man to maid,
That's how the game is played.
All: Oh, who wouldn't try the glad Miai
When they get the chance,
For one little wife you win for life
With one little tender glance!
   
Tanaka: Now Japanese fellow (Truth to tell, O!)
Shyness may display;
1st Geisha: But Japanese daughter
Has been taught her
Parents to obey.
Guest: They just sit down upon a seat
And suddenly both their glances meet;
2nd Geisha: Then she thinks, "What a handsome lad!"
Makei: And he thinks, "Well, she's not so bad!"
3rd Geisha: And so they smile and nod assent,
All: While ev'ryone is quite content.
Girls: One little glance from maid to man,
One little peep from round a fan,
Men: One little glance from man to maid,
That's how the game is played.
All: Oh, who wouldn't try the glad Miai
When they get the chance,
For one little wife you win for life
With one little tender glance!

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