Ballade of Ye Stylish Skirt

ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT
By ROY K. MOULTON

BALLADE OF YE STYLISH SKIRT

Miss Euphemia Burt
Bought a stylish new skirt,
The kind that’s so tight that it pinches,
To the mode she was hep
But the young lady’s step
Was at best a scant seven inches.

One could not see her feet
As she hopped down the street
She worried the keen traffic copper.
She could not navigate,
And the cars had to wait,
And he feared that she might come a cropper.

And the autos, my word!
It was truly absurd,
For Euphemia never could dodge ’em.
So they stopped with a slam,
And they got in a jam,
And it took a half-hour to dislodge ’em.

When she went to a show
With her regular beau,
To save time, the lady he carried.
And he said: “I can see
A tough life job for me,
If, perchance, we should ever be married.”

He would set down Miss Burt
In her very tight skirt
And lean her right up ‘gainst the wickets,
So she couldn’t fall down
In her Houdini gown,
And then he’d rush off for the tickets.

Two weeks of this stuff
And he had quite enough,
And eloped with a hack driver’s daughter,
Who was not long on style.

The Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio) Nov 20, 1923

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