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The Programme I'll Discuss With You

No. 14, Sung by Bobinet and Marquise

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MARQUISE:
The programme I'll discuss with you,
So kindly take me through it.
I want to know what you can do,
And how you mean to do it;
For, though it must be up-to-date,
My friends and my relations
Of course will only tolerate
Respectable gyrations.
BOBINET (bowing):
Madame has made it clear as day,
She wants a most refined display.
MARQUISE:
I beg you won't by any chance
Perform an unbecoming dance,
You might, perhaps, suggest it so - (dance)
But nothing more than that, you know,
nothing more than that, you know!

BOTH:

I/She beg(s) you/I won't by any chance
Perform an unbecoming dance,
You/I might, perhaps, suggest it so - (dance)
But nothing more than that, you know!
nothing more than that, you know!

BOBINET:
We've got the champion pugilist,
And everybody backs him;
Cuirasses that a shot resist
By Dowe and by Maxim,
Of comic songs you'll hear the gem,
And, when our audience wearies,
We wake them up by showing them
Our Tableaux Vivants series!
MARQUISE:
Oh! hush! my worthy fellow, hush!
You wouldn't like to see me blush!
BOBINET:
There's nothing that will make you start,
We only deal in works of art,
And realize a picture, so - (dance)
With just a little less, you know,
just a little less, you know!

BOTH:

There's nothing that will make me/you start,
They/We only deal in works of art,
And realize a picture, so - (dance)
With just a little less, you know!
just a little less, you know!

(Dance. )

MARQUISE:

Although I've danced the minuet,
So stately, grave, and haughty,
I've never tried a dance as yet
That anyone called naughty.
Skirt dancing now is all the rage,
I'd learn it in a minute;
But do you think at middle age
It's prudent to begin it?
BOBINET (bowing):
Madame would look extremely sweet
When tripping on those dainty feet!
MARQUISE:
You've no idea what ladies do!
I've seen them dance the gay Chahut,
And fling their little feet up so - (dance)
But rather more than that, you know,
rather more than that, you know!

BOTH:

You've/I've no idea what ladies do!
I've/She's seen them dance the gay Chahut,
And fling their little feet up so - (dance)
But rather more than that, you know
rather more than that, you know!

(Dance. )

 

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