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No. 12 - Song - Nancy and Chorus

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Nancy: If you want to show your passion
In a floral kind of fashion,
You must choose the proper blooms for your bouquet.
There are several I know of
With a meaning à propos of
Just the sort of thing that lovers like to say.
Though of feelings rather rashful,
Yet you can't help feeling bashful,
Now a peony that word will represent;
Then a very choice carnation
Will express your admiration,
And I'm sure the girl will gather what is meant.
Ev'ry flow'r has a meaning, more or less,
That is not so very difficult to guess.
If you love a maiden dearly,
But you don't know what to say,
I advise you just to send the girl a beautiful bouquet.
Ladies: Ev'ry flow'r has a meaning, more or less,
That is not so very difficult to guess, you may guess.
If you love a maiden dearly,
But you don't know what to say,
All: We advise you just to send the girl a beautiful bouquet.
   
Nancy: Then to prove that your affection
Will not fail you, make selection
Of a violet of deep delicious blue;
And a pansy, for the latter
May throw light upon the matter,
It will say to her, "My thoughts are all of you!"
Then I really don't see why you,
If you chance to have it by you,
Shouldn't send a bit of sweet forget-me-not,
And unless you think that it'll
Be suggestive, add a little
Piece of dainty orange blossom to the lot.
Ev'ry flow'r has a meaning, more or less,
That is not so very difficult to guess.
If you love a maiden dearly,
But you don't know what to say,
I advise you just to send the girl a beautiful bouquet.
Ladies: Ev'ry flow'r has a meaning, more or less,
That is not so very difficult to guess, you may guess.
If you love a maiden dearly,
But you don't know what to say,
All: We advise you just to send the girl a beautiful bouquet.
   
Nancy: Now this sort of conversation
Ought to meet with approbation
From those gentlemen who very often find
That their fancy's rather fickle,
And they get into a pickle
Just because they really can't make up their mind.
On a maiden you may shower
Any sentimental flower,
Of the consequences do not be afraid,
She cannot get satisfaction
In a breach of promise action,
For your gifts are all so liable to fade.
If you've sent her a note of any sort,
It may be produc'd as evidence in court,
And some rather heavy damages
Perhaps you'll have to pay,
But there's nothing compromising in a beautiful bouquet.
Ladies: If you've sent her a note of any sort,
It may be produc'd as evidence in court, dence in court,
And some rather heavy damages
Perhaps you'll have to pay,
All: But there's nothing compromising in a beautiful bouquet.

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