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I'm Shy Mary Ellen,I'm Shy
by Stanley Holloway



I've courted Mary Ellen
For fourteen solid years,
But she made me blush when she
One night boldly said to me,
"You've never kissed me once, John."
"Though I'd like you to," she cried.
"Why don't you call me pretty names?"
I hung my head and sighed.

"I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy.
It does seem so naughty, oh my!
Kissing is nicey, I've often heard say,
But still how to do it, I don't know the way.
So you put your arms 'round my waist,
And I will not struggle or cry,
And you do the kissing and cuddling instead,
'Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy."

Last year with Mary Ellen
To Lowestoft I went.
Mary Ellen said to me,
"I'm going bathing in the sea;
So while I go and have a splash
Where all the ladies go,
You go and have a bathe among the men."
I said, "No, no!

I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy.
It does seem so naughty, oh my!
Men are so rough, and I'm sure they will stare.
They'll splash me and duck me if I go in there.
The girls ain't so rough as the men,
And they wouldn't duck me, or try;
So I'd rather bathe here along with the girls,
'Cause I'm shy, Mary Ellen, I'm shy."
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Lyrics submitted by Leslie Turriff.