If I Thought You Wouldn't Tell

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If I Thought You Wouldn't Tell  (1909) 
by Irving Berlin
Publication copyright 14 October 1909. Music by Ted Snyder.
Verse 1

A maiden pretty, from Jersey City,
Paid a visit to some cousins out of town.
She answered "Mercy" when Cousin Percy
Said, "I'd dearly love to show you all around."
Like bees a-buzzin'
She and her cousin
Were together ev'ry minute of the day.
One night he kissed her, she shouted "Mister,"
But he answered in a cute and cunning way:

Chorus

"If I thought you wouldn't tell your mother,
I would try and take one more.
Promise not to tell your father or your brother,
And I'll make it three or four.
If I thought that you could keep a secret,
I would keep you busy, Nell.
I'd forget that I'm your cousin
And I'd take half a dozen,
If I only thought you wouldn't tell."

Verse 2

One evening early, he took the girlie
To a restaurant where drinks were often tried
He ordered porter, she ordered water,
Then she said, "I'll take a cocktail on the side."
She drank a dozen,
Just then her cousin
Whispered, "Dearie, don't you think we should go home?"
She answered, "Later, please call the waiter,"
Then she murmured in a rather husky tone:

Chorus

"If I thought you wouldn't tell your mother,
I would try and take one more.
Promise not to tell your father or your brother,
And I'll make it three or four.
If I thought that you could keep a secret,
I would keep you busy, Nell.
I'd forget that I'm your cousin
I would take all they would sell."

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