Polly Believed in Preparedness

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Polly Believed in Preparedness  (1916) 
by Jerome Kern (music) and P. G. Wodehouse (lyrics)
Song from the musical Have a Heart.
Sheet music cover

[Verse]

Ev'ry maiden today should know men thru and thru,
And it's never to soon to begin.
To study their ways for each year nowadays,
It gets harder to gather them in.
I once knew a girl who was prudence itself,
For she always was looking ahead;
She practiced each glance and left nothing to chance
"Be prepared was her motto, she said.

[Refrain]

Polly believed in Preparedness,
So when she put on a new dress,
She paid attention to things we won't mention
You don't know they're there, but you guess
Though her efforts were frequently wasted,
Still no trouble and forethought, she spared,
For she said "You can't know when the wind's going to blow.
She liked to be prepared.

[Verse]

Now and then, some young man would drop in at her home
For a nice cozy afternoon chat
She made preparations for such conversations
Before he had hung up his hat.
Young men, as you know, often let themselves go,
And are apt to say more than they mean;
So she felt the fitness of having a witness
to take a few notes of the scene.

[Refrain]

Polly believed in preparedness,
She knew what these meetings can be;
So she'd deposit her aunt in a closet,
And father behind the settee
When men talked indiscreetly, how sweetly
she'd smile, as their fervor she shared.
In a corner, alone, stood a small dictaphone
She liked to be prepared.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1975, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 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.