Sweet Violets (1951)
(wm of chorus) by Joseph Emmet, from his 1882 play Fritz Among the Gypsies (w of verses) Various (P) 1951 Dinah Shore
There once was a farmer who took a young miss
In back of the barn where he gave her a –
Lecture on horses and chickens and eggs
And told her that she had such beautiful –
Manners that suited a girl of her charms,
A girl that he wanted to take in his –
Washing and ironing and then if she did
They could get married and raise lots of –

[chorus] Sweet violets, sweeter than the roses,
Covered all over from head to toe,
Covered all over with sweet violets.

The girl told the farmer that he’d better stop
And she called her father and he called a –
Taxi and got there before very long
‘Cause someone was doing his little girl –
Right for a change and so that’s why he said
If you marry her, son, you’re better off –
Single ’cause it’s always been my belief
Marriage will bring a man nothing but–
[To chorus] Sweet violets .…

The farmer decided he’d wed anyway
And started in planning for his wedding –
Suit which he purchased for only one buck
But then he found out he was just out of –
Money and so he got left in a lurch
Standing and waiting in front of the –
End of this story which just goes to show
All a girl wants from a man is his –
[To chorus] Sweet Violets .…