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By Harry Ruby and George Jessel

Copyright MCMXIX by Waterson, Berline & Snyder, Co.
Copyright Canada, MCMXIX by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, Co.
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Willie Earl met a sweet young girl one day in France,
Her naughty little glance, put Willie in a trance;
Willie Earl couldn't understand her talk you see,
He only knew two words in French
That he learned in the trench,
They were "oo-la-la" and "wee-wee."
They would spoon beneath the moon above
It was fun to hear them making love.

She'd say "compronay voo, papa?"
and he'd say "oo-la-la! wee-wee"
She'd smile and whisper "mercy bacoo"
He'd answer "I don't mind if I do"
She'd say if you be my papa" then I will be your macherie
She'd pinch his cheek and say "you keskasay:
He'd say "Not now, dear, but later I may;"
Then she'd say "compronay voo, papa?"
and he'd say "oo-la-la! wee-wee."

Willie Earl said, "this little girl is meant for me,
No more I'll cross to the sea,
I'll stay in Gay Paree.
Ev'ry day you would hear him say to his babee,
"Your talk I do not know, but I,
Will manage to get by, with my "oo-la-la" and "wee-wee"
Ev'ry ev'ning Willie would rehearse
Instead of getting better he got worse

She'd say "compronay voo, papa?"
and he'd say "oo-la-la! wee-wee"
She'd say "come see" and then roll her eyes,
He'd answer, "baby you'd be surprised."
Each ev'ning they would promenade,
upon zeboulevarde you see;
One day at lunch she said "cafe voola"
He said "my dear, don't forget where you are;"
Then she'd say "compronay voo, papa?"
and he'd say "oo-la-la! wee-wee."


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