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No. 13 - Act II Opening Chorus

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Chorus: Every kind of party we have read about
From the Half-Crown Hop
to the Threepenny Free-and-Easy,
None of them seemed the kind to lose your head about;
Yes, but this is quite a different sort of thing!
Ladies: We have seen a lot of small affairs,
Carnival or garden fète,
All: We have been to fancy ball affairs,
Small and Earlies — home at eight,
Small and Earlies — home at eight, at eight!
Every kind of party we have read about
From the Half-Crown Hop
To the Threepenny Free-and-Easy,
None of them seemed the kind to lose your head about;
But this is a different sort of thing!
Ladies: We are ladies of the county,
Of the County, if you please;
By our graciousness and bounty
We betray our pedigrees —
British county, haughty county,
Cliquey county pedigrees!
Men: We are British County Magnates,
County Magnates and J. P.'s;
Thanks to us, the county stagnates,
County stagnates by degrees.
Rather stodgy, Farmer Hodgey,
Getting podgy, by degrees.
All: Farmer Hodgey,
Getting podgy, by degrees.
This is quite the finest party
That has ever been seen;
Fun is free and friends are hearty,
Jewels blazing, Frocks amazing,
All is life and light and laughter,
All the waiters declare
There never can have been
Such a splendid party anywhere,
There never can have been
Such a splendid party anywhere!
This is quite the finest party
That has ever been seen;
Fun is free and friends are hearty,
Jewels blazing, Frocks amazing,
All is life and light and laughter,
All the waiters declare
There never can have been
Such a splendid party anywhere,
There never can have been
Such a splendid party anywhere!
All is laughter, life and light,
Fun is free and friends are bright,
No such party anywhere this night!

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