Did you ever see a maiden in a little rolling chair room for two, Sue and you
Hear the salty breezes whistle through her curly locks of hair,
Oceans blue so are you
For another lucky fellow is attending by her side,
There to stay if he may,
And she whisper in his ear,
Don’t be quite so distant dear, tho’ we first met yesterday.
Do you think you’d like me better if you thought that I liked you,
Do you think that I’d be angry if you stole a kiss or two,
Do you think that you could love me
In the sweet, sweet bye and bye,
If you think that you could learn to why don’t you try.
why don’t you try.
Just another season later in another rolling chair there is Sue, so you are
But you don’t remember Susan and her curly locks of hair,
Nor does Sue, think of you
So at last you get a quainted and you think you’ve made a hit,
But you’re wrong all along
For there’ll be another year,
And there’ll be another dear, who will hear the same old song.
Williams, Harry and van Alstyne, Egbert, "Why Don't You Try or The Rolling Chair Song" (1905). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1731.
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