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Harold Rome

"Chain Store Daisy" (karaoke)

"Chain Store Daisy" (sheet music)


When I was young, I studied hard

And thirsted after knowledge

And often burned the midnight oil

So I could go to college.

They told me my fine education

Would help improve my situation.

So then I crammed and crammed till

I was almost in a coma

And thesised and examed until

I got me a diploma.

"Aha," they said, "now comes admission

Into a very high position."

Out I went and looked around

And Macy's is the place I found.

I filled my blanks and application

And went for my examination.

They took my weight and took my height

And tapped my chest and tested my sight,

Examined my head, took prints of my toes,

Looked at my teeth and up my nose,

Examined my throat and measured my hips,

And even took prints of my finger tips.

They made me say "ah,"

And told me to grunt,

Examined my back, examined my front.

Then they tested my I.Q.

And asked what I'd like to do.

And when that exam was through,

what there was to know, Macy's knew.

 

[SPOKEN] So I got the job.

 

[SUNG] Life is a bitter cup of tea.

Now I'm just Sales Girl Seventy-Three.

I used to be on the daisy chain;

Now I'm a chain store daisy.

Once they gave me the honor seat;

Now I stand up with pains in my feet.

I used to be on the daisy chain;

Now shoppers drive me crazy.

I sell smart but thrifty

Corsets at Three-Fifty

(Better grade: Four-Sixty-nine).

I sell bras and girdles

For Maudes and Myrtles

To hold in their plump

Behind this counter.

Once I wrote poems put folks in tears;

Now I write checks for ladies' brassieres.

I used to be on the daisy chain;

Now I'm a chain store daisy.

 

[SPOKEN] Oh, yes, madam.

Oh, no, madam.

I guess, madam.

That's so, madam.

Of course, madam.

That's the very best:

Exactly the kind that's worn by Mae West.

For you, madam.

We do, madam.

That's true, madam.

In blue, madam.

That one is $19.74.

It ought to be expensive:

It's the largest in the store!

 

[SUNG] Once I had a yearning

For all higher learning:

Studied till I made the grade.

I pursued my knowledge

And finished college.

Well, look at the kind of grade I made!

I'm now selling things

To fit the figure:

 

[SPOKEN] Make the big things small

And the small things bigger.

 

[SUNG] I used to be on the daisy chain;

Now I'm a chain store daisy.


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