Have a Heart/Have a Heart

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Have a Heart  (1916) 
by Jerome Kern (music) and P. G. Wodehouse (lyrics)
Have a Heart
Verse 1

A girl in a department store has quite a wretched time of it.
I shouldn't care to have her job myself.
It seems to me a foolish way
To have to spend the whole damn day,
Stuck up behind A counter hauling what-nots off the shelf.
I hate your strict employers who are nutty about discipline,
Who run a store with punishment and fine.
Why pick on some poor little thing
Who's been out all night tangoing,
Because she gets to work at one o'clock instead of nine.

Refrain

Have a heart!
Have a heart!
Remember she is human just like you.
Wouldn't you regard with loathing,
Hats and coats and underclothing,
If you hadn't got to bed till half-past two?
A shopgirl in the city is deserving of your pity,
Of pleasure life for her is not a whirl.
So I'm making it my mission,
To improve her sad condition,
And like Heaven, I protect the working girl.

Verse 2

Each girl in my employment on arriving in the morning is
Provided with refreshments on a tray.
It costs but a little to supply Dill pickles and Martini's dry,
Which put her in A mood to face the labors of the day.
If later she should be fatigued, she totters to the reading room
Or staggers to a moving picture show,
Or in the Rest Room she may get a soda and a cigarette;
These simple acts of kindness mean a lot to her you know.

Refrain

Have a heart!
Have a heart!
Recollect a salesgirl isn't a machine.
Ev'ry day with much completeness,
I am scatt'ring light and sweetness,
So she gets a chance to rest her aching bean.
I'm leader of the movement for effecting an improvement,
The battle flag of freedom I unfurl.
She grows weary showing corsets,
If she never lies down or sits,
So like Heaven, I protect the working girl.