MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
You Don't Know How the Dear Girl is Made
Jim Rice NFLD 1 Tape 9 Track 6
Cape Broyle Audio:
Music hall or stage song

The reception just now 'tis the style all around,
And 'tis practiced in all shades of light,
But be careful my boys and mind what you're about,
When the time comes to pick out a wife.
For their ways may be loving their smiles may be sweet,
When you look towards them they're timid and afraid,
But be careful now look well before making the leap
You don't know how the dear girl is made.

In the good time ago in my Grandmother's time
When the girls didn't enamel no paint,
Didn't wear palpitators their bosoms to swell,
Nor lace themselves up till they'd faint.
Didn't wear patent clasps nor the close bloom of youth,
Or the rose on their cheeks didn't paint,
You'd want to know a girl well before making the leap,
You don't know how the dear girl is made.

(laughs)

The girls long ago didn't pencil their brow,
Nor use cotton to make their skin fair,
The girls long ago combed the hair on their head,
But now they'll comb back on a chair.
For their ways may be loving their smiles may be sweet,
When you look towards them they're timid and afraid,
Be careful look well before making the leap,
You don't know how the dear girl is made.

I have got more to tell you and I'll see you alone,
I have said too much here I'm afraid,
But before you get married examine them well for,
They're fearful and awfully made.

(laughter)


Notes

Sources:

History: probably an Irish stage song.

Text notes:The song cautions men to pick their wives wisely.

Tune notes: Sung freely in 6/8. A major key melody.

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