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    "The Man on the Flying Trapeze (after Gaston, Leybourne & Lee)" Lyrics

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    Once I was happy but now I'm forlorn
    Like an old coat that is tattered and torn
    Left in this wide world to weep and to mourn
    Betrayed by a maid in her teens
    Oh, this maid that I loved she was handsome
    And I tried all I knew, her to please
    But I never could please her one quarter so well
    As the man on the flying trapeze!

    He floats thro' the air with the greatest of ease
    The daring young man on the flying trapeze
    His actions are graceful, all girls he does please
    And my love he has stolen away

    He'd play with a miss like a cat with a mouse
    His eyes would undress ev'ry maid in the house
    Perhaps he is better described as a louse
    But still people came just the same
    He'd smile on the bar to the people below
    And one night he smiled on my love
    She blew him a kiss and she hollered "Bravo"!
    As he hung by his nose up above!

    He floats thro' the air with the greatest of ease
    The daring young man on the flying trapeze
    His actions are graceful, all girls he does please
    And my love he has stolen away

    I wept and I whimpered I simpered for weeks
    While she spent her time the with the circuses freaks
    The tears were like hailstones that rolled down my cheeks
    Alas and alack and Alaska
    I went to this fellow the blackguard and said
    I'll see that you get your deserts
    His thumb to his nose he put up with a sneer
    He sneered once again and said "Nortz" Oh!

    He floats thro' the air with the greatest of ease
    The daring young man on the flying trapeze
    His actions are graceful, all girls he does please
    And my love he has stolen away

    One night to his tent he invited her in
    Filled her with compliments and kisses and gin
    That started her off on the road to ruin
    She made the supreme sacrifice
    But even tho' I loved her I said "Take my name
    I'll gladly forgive and forget!"
    She rustled her bustle and then without shame she said
    "Maybe later , not yet"! Oh!

    He floats thro' the air with the greatest of ease
    The daring young man on the flying trapeze
    His actions are graceful, all girls he does please
    And my love he has stolen away

    One night I as usual went to her dear home
    Found there her father and mother alone
    I asked for my love and soon t'was made known
    To my horror that she'd run away
    Without any trousseau she fled in the night
    With him with the greatest of ease
    From two stories high he had lowered her down
    To the ground on his flying trapeze!

    He floats through the air with the greatest of ease
    The daring young man on the flying trapeze
    His actions are graceful, all girls he does please
    And my love he has stolen away

    Some months after that I went into the hall
    To my surprise I found there on the wall
    A bill in red letters which did my heart gall
    That she was appearing with him
    He'd taught her gymnastics and dressed her in tights
    To help him to live at his ease
    He'd made her assume a masculine name
    And now she goes on the trapeze!

    She floats through the air with the greatest of ease
    You'd think her a man on the flying trapeze
    Her actions are graceful, all girls she does please
    And that's what's become of my love
    This song was submitted on November 23rd, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Spike Jones, N Unknown Writer.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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