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No. 15 - Song - Caroline and Chorus - "Fancy Dress."

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Caroline: I've a passion for fancy dress,
More or less!
Chorus: More or less!
Caroline: I look sweet as a shepherdess
That's made by a Dresden potter.
I have ribbons in bows and knots,
Lots and lots!
Chorus: Lots and lots!
Caroline: Like Elizabeth, Queen of Scots,
When Oliver Cromwell shot her!
Oh, only fancy, fancy dress,
Fancy me as Good Queen Bess!
Only I never could get my breath
With a waist like Queen Elizabeth!
Chorus: Only fancy, fancy dress,
Fancy her as Good Queen Bess!
Only she never could get her breath
With a waist like Queen Elizabeth!
   
Caroline: I would dress like a girl of mark,
Joan of Arc!
Chorus: Joan of Arc!
Caroline: Riding out in St. James's Park,
And waving a flowing banner!
I'd have armour in lovely taste,
Highly chased,
Chorus: Highly chased,
Caroline: If it pinched me about the waist,
I'd loosen it with a spanner.
Oh, only fancy, what a lark!
Fancy me as Joan of Arc!
I should have never a bruise or scar
If I fell beneath a motor car!
Chorus: Only fancy, what a lark!
Fancy her as Joan of Arc!
She would have never a bruise or scar
If she fell beneath a motor car!
   
Caroline: I might dress as the Empress Queen,
Josephine!
Chorus: Josephine!
Caroline: When a maiden of seventeen
To Julius Caesar wedded!
I could put on an Empire gown,
Quite low down!
Chorus: Quite low down!
Caroline: And the beautiful ruby gown
She wore when she was beheaded!
Oh, only fancy, don't you know,
Fancy me as Empress Jo!
Only it wouldn't improve my charms
If I wore my waist just under my arms!
Chorus: Only fancy, don't you know,
Fancy her as Empress Jo!
Only it wouldn't improve her charms
If she wore her waist just under her arms!
   
Caroline: There's a dress I could wear, I'm sure,
Pompadour,
Chorus: Pompadour!
Caroline: As she looked in her odd amour
With Alfred, the Young Pretender!
I'd have hoops that would stand about
Five feet out!
Chorus: Five feet out!
Caroline: Making people look rather stout,
Unless they are tall and slender!
Oh, only fancy, if you please,
Fancy me as La Marquise!
Wouldn't the Cavaliers make a fuss
If they saw me climb on top of a 'bus!
Chorus: Only fancy, if you please,
Fancy her as La Marquise!
Wouldn't the Cavaliers make a fuss
If they saw her climb on top of a 'bus!

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