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No. 3 - Song - Mrs. Hoppings and Chorus

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Mrs. Hoppings: I have always had a passion
For a man of rank and fashion
Like the heroes of the stories in the "Herald,"
Or the high and haughty nobles
Of the Novelette and "Bow-Bells,"
Like Sir Rupert or the Viscount of Fitzgerald.
I expected to discover
I was followed by a lover
Who was Marquis, Duke, or even Royal Highness,
So I looked across my shoulder
Just to make him rather bolder,
But he never seemed to overcome his shyness.
I'm romantic!
Chorus: She's romantic!
Mrs. Hoppings: I should like to ride to marriage
In a coronetted carriage.
I'm romantic, but I never yet
Have been wedded by the hero of a penny novelette.
Chorus: She's romantic! So romantic!
She would like to ride to marriage
In a coronetted carriage.
She's romantic, but she never yet
Has been wedded by the hero of a penny novelette!
   
Mrs. Hoppings: Once I met a handsome creature,
Quite a lord in ev'ry feature,
Who impress'd me with a sentimental feeling;
And his manner did unnerve me
As he ask'd if he could serve me,
And before my very feet I saw him kneeling.
But I thought it rather shocking
When he said "Remove your stocking!"
So I told him his request was hardly modest;
Then he answer'd "I assure you,
If you don't I cannot cure you,"
And I found that he was just a chiropodist.
I'm romantic!
Chorus: She's romantic!
Mrs. Hoppings: But I felt a perfect ninny
When he said "My fee's a guinea!"
I'm romantic, and I shan't forget
How I took him for the hero of a penny novelette.
Chorus: She's romantic! So romantic!
But she felt a perfect ninny
When he said "My fee's a guinea!"
She's romantic, and she won't forget
How she took him for the hero of a penny novelette!
   
Mrs. Hoppings: Then a foreign party eyed me
And would try to walk beside me,
And I thought his look was full of love unspoken;
And I wonder'd what he needed,
But I didn't know if he did
For his English was uncommon badly broken,
Till he said "Oh, Signorina,
I can play ze concertina,
But I plaiz-a very bad and not in one key;
Lend-a me uno sovrano
For mecanico piano,
And I give your name-a to ze blooming monkey."
I'm romantic!
Chorus: She's romantic!
Mrs. Hoppings: It was such a sharp reminder,
Finding him an organ grinder!
I'm romantic, but it's safe to bet
That I'm not the silly maiden of the penny novelette.
Chorus: She's romantic! So romantic!
It was such a sharp reminder,
Finding him an organ grinder!
She's romantic, but it's safe to bet
That she's not the silly maiden of the penny novelette!
   
Mrs. Hoppings: I was courted by a party
Looking pretty strong and hearty
Though he said he lived on beans and soda-water.
He was always on the topic
Of his mission philanthropic
That would put an end to crime and war and slaughter.
And of course it wasn't funny
That the cause demanded money,
He was always on the beg or on the borrow;
And I stood it up to twenty,
Then I said that it was plenty,
And he promised he would pay me back tomorrow!
I'm romantic!
Chorus: She's romantic!
Mrs. Hoppings: But I caught the worthy hero
Supping at the Trocadero!
I'm romantic, but the girl he met
Was the golden-haired Delilah of the penny novelette.
Chorus: She's romantic! So romantic!
But she caught the worthy hero
Supping at the Trocadero!
She's romantic, but the girl he met
Was the golden-haired Delilah of the penny novelette!

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