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There's No Dance In The Old Dame Any More

I'm Mehitabel. Or I was. Through the transmigration of souls, I'm now...me. Thought it was time for another transmigration, but the cancer that took my spouse didn't want me after all.

I used to dance. I used to sing. This is what I used to sing.

Don't much feel like it any more.
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MEHITABEL'S SONG

this is the song of mehitabel
of mehitabel the alley cat
as i wrote you before boss
mehitabel is a believer ...
I'm Mehitabel. Or I was. Through the transmigration of souls, I'm now...me. Thought it was time for another transmigration, but the cancer that took my spouse didn't want me after all.

I used to dance. I used to sing. This is what I used to sing.

Don't much feel like it any more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MEHITABEL'S SONG

this is the song of mehitabel
of mehitabel the alley cat
as i wrote you before boss
mehitabel is a believer
in the pythagorean
theory of the transmigration
of the soul and she claims
that formerly her spirit
was incarnated in the body
of cleopatra
that was a long time ago
and one must not be
surprised if mehitabel
has forgotten some of her
more regal manners

i have had my ups and downs
but wotthehell wotthehell
yesterday sceptres and crowns
fried oysters and velvet gowns
and today i herd with bums
but wotthehell wotthehell
i wake the world from sleep
as i caper and sing and leap
when i sing my wild free tune
wotthehell wotthehell
under the blear eyed moon
i am pelted with cast off shoon
but wotthehell wotthehell

do you think that i would change
my present freedom to range
for a castle or moated grange
wotthehell wotthehell
cage me and i d go frantic
my life is so romantic
capricious and corybantic
and i m toujours gai toujours gai

i know that i am bound
for a journey down the sound
in the midst of a refuse mound
but wotthehell wotthehell
oh i should worry and fret
death and i will coquette
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai

i once was an innocent kit
wotthehell wotthehell
with a ribbon my neck to fit
and bells tied onto it
o wotthehell wotthehell
but a maltese cat came by
with a come hither look in his eye
and a song that soared to the sky
and wotthehell wotthehell
and i followed adown the street
the pad of his rhythmical feet
o permit me again to repeat
wotthehell wotthehell

my youth i shall never forget
but there s nothing i really regret
wotthehell wotthehell
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai

the things that i had not ought to
i do because i ve gotto
wotthehell wotthehell
and i end with my favorite motto
toujours gai toujours gai

boss sometimes i think
that our friend mehitabel
is a trifle too gay

- By Don Marquis, in "archy and mehitabel," 1927
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