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Papa's Darling is a musical comedy, based on the French play Le Fils Surnaturel by Grenet D'Ancourt and Maurice Vaucaire, with book and lyrics by Harry B. Smith and music by Ivan Caryll. It opened on 2 November 1914 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, where it ran for five weeks.

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  • No. 1 - Opening Chorus - "Swing the clubs, and punch the bag, and whirl the dumb-bells round;  this is the sort of schooling for woman's future ruling..."
  • No. 1a - March Song - Sophie and Girls - "We are comrades all, and we hear the call of the spirit of the day;  on we march in brave array.  Here we educate..."
  • No. 2 - Song - Professor Petipas - "In the Winter I'm rheumatic and the thing I most admire is to sit in gown and slippers by a roaring open fire, reading books..."
  • No. 3 - Song - Germaine - "There's a flow'r that grows mid the alpine snows, in a hiding place no stranger knows;  like a star astray that has lost its way..."
  • No. 4 - Song - Zozo and Girls - "Girls, you have inquired why I am admired, why men follow me here and there ev'rywhere.  It is hard to say why I make my way..."
  • No. 5 - Duet - Germaine and Marcel - "Alone with you!  what shall I say and do?  You're an almost perfect stranger.  Alone with you!  And I'm so timid too..."
  • No. 6 - Finale Act I - "This is the day we all rejoice with most enthusiastic voice, so let us hail him, hail him hero of the day, he is a man of great renown..."


  • No. 7 - Opening Chorus - "Here at last is a chance to be gay;  'Tis a holiday, 'tis a holiday we are here to play, like the mice when the cat is away..."
  • No. 8 - Song - Marcel and Chorus - "I have been like the rest, life seemed an idle jest; thought of tomorrow I had none.  Lived as it pleased me to, did what I liked..."
  • No. 9 - Song - Zozo and Chorus - "A little peasant maid in Germany, a typical Marguerite, dwelt on the banks of the River Moselle in innocence complete..."
  • No. 10 - Duet - Germaine and Marcel - "Where shall we go for our honeymoon, just you and I when we go bye-and-bye? ... Venice I think is the place to spoon..."
  • No. 11 - Finale Act II - "You monster, I have found you out; your crime to all the world I'll shout ... Be calm, Madame, be calm I say - what is the trouble pray? ..."


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