I Cain’t Say No (1943)
(w) Oscar Hammerstein II (m) Richard Rodgers (I) Musical: Oklahoma! by Celeste Holm. 1955 film version by Gloria Grahame
Verse: It ain’t so much a question
Of not knowin’ what to do
I know’d what’s right and wrong since I been ten
I heered a lot of stories and I reckon they’re true
About how girls are put upon by men
I know I mustn’t fall into the pit
But when I’m with a feller, I fergit

Chorus 1: I’m jest a girl who cain’t say no
I’m in a turrible fix, I always say, “Come on, let’s go”
Jest when I oughta say, “Nix”

When a person tries to kiss a girl
I know she oughta give his face a smack
But as soon as someone kisses me
I somehow, sorta, wanna kiss him back
I’m jest a fool when lights ’re low
I cain’t be prissy and quaint. I ain’t the type that can faint
How can I be what I ain’t. I cain’t say no

Interlude: Whatcha gonna do when a feller gets flirty
And starts to talk purty? Whatcha gonna do?
S’posin’ that he says that yer lips
‘Re like cherries or roses or berries
Whatcha gonna do?
S’posin’ that he says that yer sweeter ’n cream
And he’s gotta have cream or die
Whatcha gonna do when he talks a that way,
Spit in his eye?

Chorus 2: I’m jest a girl who cain’t say no,
Cain’t seem to say it at all I hate to disserpoint a beau
When he is payin’ a call!

Fer a while I act refined and cool,
A settin’ on the velveteen settee.
Then I think of thet ol’ golden rule,
And do fer him what he would do fer me!
I cain’t resist a Romeo in a sombrero and chaps;
Soon as I sit on their laps, somethin’ inside of me snaps.
I cain’t say no!