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posted 7/2004

score from Smith and Morse, editors. New York: Leo Feist. 1922


Susan van Doozen

SUSAN VAN DOOZEN
    from Cape Cod Ballads. 1902. pages 79-80

I 'll write, for I 'm witty, a popular ditty,
    To bring to me shekels and fame,
And the only right way one may write one to-day
    Is to give it some Irish girl's name.
There's "Rosy O'Grady," that dear "steady lady,"
    And sweet "Annie Rooney " and such,
But mine shall be nearly original, really,
    For Susan Van Doozen is Dutch.

O Susan Van Doozen ! the girl of my choos'n',
You stick in my bosom like glue ;
While this you 're perusin', remember I'm, mus'n',
Sweet Susan Van Doozen, on you.
So don't be refus'n' my offer, and bruis'n'
A heart that is 'willing to woo ;
And please be excus'n', not, cold and refus'n',—
O Susan Van Doozen, please do !

Now through it I'll scatter—a quite easy matter—
Some lines that we all of us know,
How "The neighbors all cry as she passes them by,
'There 's Susan, the pride of the row !' "
And something like "daisy" and "setting me crazy,"
—These lines the dear public would miss—
Then chuck a "sweetheart" in, and " never to part" in,
And end with a chorus like this:

O Susan Van Doozen ! before I'd be los'n'
One glance from your eyes of sky-blue,
I vow I'd quit us'n' tobacco and booz'n',
(That word is not nice, it is true).
I wear out my shoes, 'n' I 'm los'n' my roos'n',
My reason, I should say, dear Sue,—
So please change your views 'n' become my own Susan,
O Susan Van Doozen, please do !