NAUGHTY DOINGS ON THE MIDWAY PLAISANCE

W. C. Robey
Will Rossiter, Chicago
Arranged by Otto Bonnell

Another song from and about the Chicago Exposition of 1893 and the attractions of the Midway, particularly the “Kouta-kouta” dance in the Algerian pavilion and the hypocritical behavior of the patrons who were scandalized by the performances, but went back for more.

I paid a visit to the Fair, the wondrous sights to see;
I really felt bewildered, I confess,
Such marvelous inventions of ingenuity;
‘Twas strange to see the diff’rent styles of dress,
I walked about until I saw a sign that pointed so,
I nudged ny friend and gave a knowing glance,
“He winked his eye,” and said that he would take me if I’d go
And see the doings on Midway Plaisance.

CHORUS:
On the Midway, the Midway, the Midway Plaisance,
Where the naughty girls from Algiers do the “Kouta Kouta” dance,
Married men when with their wives give a longing glance,
At all the naughty doings on the Midway Palisance.

The Javanese, the Japanese, the Chinamen so gay,
Were playing on the “Tom-tom” loud and strong,
They said it was the music of “Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-aye,”
And now and then they banged an old cracked gong;
I took a trip to Egypt, and got on a donkey’s back,
Their playful tricks of course I didn’t know,
His heels went up, and so did mine, they hit him such a whack,
Like “Gallagher” they shouted, “Let her go!”

You’ll see the would-be pious girl, she’ll take in ev’ry show,
Then turn unto her friend and say,”Oh, my!”
She’ll say, “Oh, George, you nasty thing; it’s wicked, that you know,”
Then go outside and “wink the other eye,”
The saint who’d faint to see the legs of table or of stool,
Will wait the opportunity or chance,
To get into some quiet corner there, and take it very cool,
Applauding while they do their naughty dance.

NAUGHTY DOINGS ON THE MIDWAY PLAISANCE