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No. 10 - Song - Princess - "I don't want much."
Lyrics by Percy Greenbank

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Princess: I'm a maiden who is rather modest,
Quite content with simple things am I,
When a girl at school,
My teachers, as a rule,
Found out I wasn't hard to satisfy.
Other girls were keen on winning prizes,
But they wanted such a lot, you see:
One was all I got,
I didn't want a lot —
I thought the first prize good enough for me.
For I'm a modest maiden,
That's what ev'rybody tells me,
They say that nowadays one very seldom sees
A simple little girl who isn't hard to please,
But I'm a modest maiden,
Oh, so modest that I don't want much.

There are maids who long for heaps of jewels,
Rubies, diamonds, or ropes of pearls;
I should never care
Much jewell'ry to wear,
But then of course I'm not like other girls.
Only one thing of the sort I wish for,
And I mean to get it, if I can —
Quite a simple thing,
A tiny little ring
Given to me by some nice young man.
Oh, I'm a modest maiden,
That's what ev'rybody tells me,
And when he puts that simple ring upon my hand,
I'll be the very happiest girl in all the land,
For I'm a modest maiden,
Oh, so modest that I don't want much.

There are girls who, when they go to dances,
Like to get their programme full, right through,
If they ever chance
To miss a single dance,
They are so vexed they don't know what to do.
Now if I'm not dancing all the evening,
I don't worry, it must be confessed,
Oh, it's quite as nice
To dance just once or twice,
And to sit out somewhere for the rest.
Oh, I'm a modest maiden,
That's what ev'rybody tells me,
I like to find a cosy place for sitting out,
With easy chairs and not too many lights about.
For I'm a modest maiden,
Oh, so modest that I don't want much.

There are girls who, when they do get married,
Love to go to all the remnant sales,
Buying endless stocks
Of blouses, hats and frocks,
And bits of ribbon, lace and chiffon veils.
And they spend a lot of time and money,
Till their hubbies very likely frown,
I'd be quite content
If once a year I went
Just to Paris for a simple gown.
For I'm a modest maiden,
That's what ev'rybody tells me,
I don't want half-a-dozen blouses peek-a-boo,
A muslin frock from Panquin or from Worth will do,
For I'm a modest maiden,
Oh, so modest that I don't want much.

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