Litter Bertie McClore madly loved Mildred Moore,
But one thing that gave him a pang;
Was wherever she’d walk and whenever she’d talk,
Why she’d use the worst kind of slang.
But when Bertie quite bold, would lecture and scold,
She’d say to him when he got through:
“If you think I’m too tough, and you don’t like my stuff,
Why you know just what you can do.”
Make a noise like a hoop and just roll away, roll away, roll away,
Won’t you please loop the loop and just stroll away,
Kiddo just skidoo.
Fade away like the sun on a cloudy day, rowdy day, dowdy day,
If my slang is too thick, get a drum beat it quick,
And just roll, roll away.
Bertie tried all his might to get her to talk right,
But he couldn’t make her obey;
Till the poor silly gawk just from hearing her talk,
Caught her slang now he talks that way.
Now one day Mildred said, shortly after the wed;
“Please buy me a hat, Honey dear,
Now be good, Bertie do, and buy mamma one too,”
Then he yelled so mother could hear.
Shields, Ren and Helf, J. Fred., "Make a Noise Like a Hoop and Roll Away" (1908). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1429.
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