The average unmarried female
Basically insecure
Due to some long frustration may react
With psychosomatic symptoms
Difficult to endure
Affecting the upper respiratory tract

In other words
Just from waiting around
For that plain little band of gold
A person can develop a cold
You can spray her
Wherever you figure the streptococci lurk
You can give her a shot for whatever she’s got
But it just won't work
If she’s tired of getting the fish-eye
From the hotel clerk
A person can develop a cold

It says here:
“The female remaining single
Just in the legal sense
Shows a neurotic tendency
See note, Note:
Chronic organic syndromes
Toxic or hyper tense
Involving the eye, the ear, and the nose, and throat”

In other words
Just from waiting around
For that plain little band of gold
A person can develop a cold
You can feed her all day with the Vitamin A
And the bromo fizz
But the medicine never gets anywhere
Near where the trouble is
If she’s getting a kind of a name for herself
And the name ain’t "his"
A person can develop a cold
And further more
Just from stalling and stalling and stalling the wedding trip
A person can develop La Grippe

When they get on the train for Niagara
And she can hear church bells chime
The compartment is air conditioned
And the mood sublime
Then they get off at Saratoga
For the 14th time
A person can develop La Grippe
La Grippe, La post nasal drip
With the wheezes and the sneezes
And a sinus that's really a pip
From the lack of community property
And a feeling she’s getting too old
A person can develop a bad, bad, cold!


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Adelaide's Lament song meanings
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    General Commentsong from 'Guys and Dolls' that Mandy performed on some show for Bravo some years ago.
    the girl has a powerful voice
    blinxbcron June 24, 2005   Link

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