Authors

Jonas Blewitt

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1859

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Tea and Turn Out
J. Blewitt

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Abstract

Lady verse 1
The neighbours, oh let me invite them!
Dear Husband, we must give a ball,
The neighbours will think that we slight them,
Unless we send cards to them all,
Unless we send cards to them all, to them all,
Unless we send cards to them all.

Gent. verse 1
The neighbours, pooh, fiddle de dee, ma'am,
What is all this turmoil about?
Pray why can't you ask them to tea, ma'am?
There's nothing like tea and turn out,
Oh, nothing like tea and turn out, turn out
There's nothing like tea and turn out.

Lady verse 2
In what a strange light you must see things,
To talk of a tea party thus,
How folks will look down on our tea things,
Who spread supper tables for us,
Who spread supper tables, who spread supper tables,
Who spread supper tables for us.

Gent. verse 2
Get wafers, and 'negus and ices,
There's nought so genteel as a Rout,
Go cut up a pound cake in slices,
They can't call that tea and turn out,
They can't call that tea and turn out, turn out
They can't call that tea and turn out.

Lady verse 3
My dear you are talking in riddles!
You're late my proceedings to stop,
I've order'd the lights and the fiddles,
And ask'd Captain Flute to my hop,
And ask'd Captain Flute, and ask'd Captain Flute,
And ask'd Captain Flute to my hop.

Gent. verse 3
If you are in earnest, you must ma'am Pay dearly for what you're about,
In my house if you raise a dust ma'am,
Pray leave T.T. L. and turn out,
Pray leave T.T.L. and turn out, yes, yes,
They can't call that tea and turn out.

Lady
No, no, no, no, we must have a Ball, not a Rout,
Yes, I will, yes I must have a Ball, not a Rout,
not a Rout, Tomorrow I'll send the cards out, A Ball, but no tea and turn out,
A Ball, but no tea and run out, no, no, no, no, no, no, ...

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