Don't You Want a Paper, Dearie?

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Don't You Want a Paper, Dearie?  (1906) 
by Jerome D. Kern (music) and Paul West (lyrics)
Song from the Broadway musical The Rich Mr. Hoggenheimer.

[Verse]

By the seashore, close together sitting,
Were youth and miss.
Time was short, the hours were swiftly flitting:
How they wished a kiss!
Other eyes were looking at them shyly,
Till the maid blushed red!
Then he bought a paper and, so slyly,
To the maid he said:

[Refrain]

Don't you want a paper, dearie?
Read it through and through.
Tales of war and tales of money,
Things that people do;
Tales of lovers true forever,
Just like me and you!
Look a little closer, dearie,
That's in the paper too.

[Verse]

So they made believe to read the paper:
Clever little game!
Till the rest observed their little caper,
Thought they'd try the same.
Ev'ryone a paper seem'd a-needing,
News boys humm'd the tune.
Then they sat in couples, closely reading,
All the afternoon.
This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1945, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.