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For The Circus Girl (Gaiety, 5 December 1896) a major attraction was the set, featuring a Parisian circus ring viewed from behind. The plot, such as it was, involved confusion between the circus people and a bunch of English folk let loose in Gay Paree. Leading lady Ellaline Terriss’s big hit was Monckton’s lilting A simple little string, whose currency extended to the ballroom, where it provided music for the ‘barn dance’.
Dora: I was a little baby not so very long ago, They put me in my little crib and rocked me to and fro; They fed me with the greatest care, They’d dance me and would sing And when I sat upon a chair They tied me in with string. Dora / Chorus: Just a little bit of string, Such a tiny little thing, Tied as tightly as a string could be; So that if I [she] tried to play I [she] could never slip away For they’d got me [her] on a string, you see.
Dora: When I was rather older, as a first of April treat, I used to take a penny out and drop it in the street; And when a careless passer by To pick it up would spring, The penny used to rise and fly, Up on a bit of string. Dora / Chorus: Just a little bit of string, Such a tiny little thing, And as slender as a string could be; But the man would stand and swear When the penny wasn’t there, For I’d [she’d] got it on a string, you see.
Dora: And now I’m quite a woman and expect to be a wife, I will not lead the customary miserable life; My husband shall be safe at home As happy as a king, And if he ever tries to roam, I’ll try a bit of string. Dora / Chorus: Just a little bit of string, Such a tiny little thing, Shall I [she] tell you [us] what the string may be? Make him put his slippers on, And be sure his boots are gone, And you’ve got him on a string, you see.
Harry Greenbank (1865-1899) Ross, Adrian (1859-1933)