Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, The (1868)
(w) George Leybourne (m) Gaston Lyle & Alfred Lee, (Originally written to honor Jules Léotard, after whom the acrobatic costume was later named. These are three verses of many.) (1st major record) 1934 Walter O’Keefe (RR) The Chipmunks (RR) Bruce Springsteen.
Verse 1: Once I was happy, but now I’m forlorn
Like an old coat that is tattered and torn;
Left on this world to fret and to mourn,
Betrayed by a maid in her teens.

The girl that I loved she was handsome;
I tried all I knew her to please
But I could not please her one quarter so well
As the man upon the trapeze.

Chorus He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
That daring young man on the flying trapeze.
His movements were graceful, all girls he could please
And my love he purloined away.

Verse 2:
This young man by name was Signor Bona Slang,
Tall, big and handsome, as well made as Chang.
Where’er he appeared the hall loudly rang
With ovation from all people there.

He’d smile from the bar on the people below
And one night he smiled on my love.
She wink’d back at him and she shouted “Bravo,”
As he hung by his nose up above. [chorus]

Verse 3: Her father and mother were both on my side
And very hard tried to make her my bride;
Her father he sighed, and her mother she cried,
To see her throw herself away.

‘Twas all no avail, she went there every night,
And would throw him bouquets on the stage,
Which caused him to meet her; how he ran me down,
To tell you would take a whole page. [chorus]