Historic Sheet Music Collection

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Score

Publication Date

1919

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Good gracious Annabelle
by Ed Rose, Geo. Whiting & Lew Pollack.
New York: McCarthy & Fisher

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Abstract

Annabelle came to our house to spend the holidays,
Much to our dismay, decided she would stay,
The neighborhood is quarrelling and the reason’s very plain
When Annabelle starts gossiping, you’ll hear them all exclaim:

Good gracious Annabelle how you love to tattle,
You’ve got the neighborhood shaking like a rattle,
Just because you heard that Mister Jones had left his wife,
Why should you tell ev’ry one about their married life, keep quiet;
Good gracious Annabelle, have a little pity,
Good gracious Annabelle, now you’re in the city
Don’t tell ev’ry one you see that you came from Kankakee
And that your folks run a beanery

Annabelle would go around the neighborhood each day,
Hear what they would say, then give it all away.
She even scandalized our cat, ‘cause it stayed out all night
No wonder when they saw her, ev’ry one cried out in fright.

Good gracious Annabelle youre just like a parrot,
Good Gracious Annabelle, there’s rats in your garret,
Just because I told you not to use your knife last week,
I didn’t mean that you should use your fingers when you eat, keep quiet;
Good gracious Annabelle, have a little pity,
Good gracious Annabelle, now you’re in the city
When the waiter brings the check and on it you see
“Horses neck” don’t say they killed a horse by Heck Good gracious Annabelle.

Good gracious Annabelle how you love to tattle,
You’ve got the neighborhood shaking like a rattle,
Don’t think all the conversation, dear, depends on you,
Give someone else a chance to say a word or two, keep quiet,
Good gracious Annabelle, have a little pity,
Good gracious Annabelle, now you’re in the city
When you’re in a Caberet, don’t ask the orchestra to play
The latest tune called “Dolly Gray,”

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