Born to strict Victorian parents
Her upbringing lavish and chic
Product of the best finishing school
A part of every exclusive clique

Raised by a straight-laced nanny
From the time she was a baby
Her parents both stern and loving
Determined she'd grow up a lady

Aspiring to pursue a vocation
Her parents perished the thought
Momma took a whiff of her smelling salts
Her stunned Poppa was overwrought

If only they would let her try, she implored
She promised it would be respectable
Her dream was to join the royal ballet
They said that was quite unacceptable

One night, some friends went slumming
At a burlesque outside of town
Our gal fell in love with the dancing
The girls did when the lights went down

There were feathers and bangles and sparkle
And the women even painted their toes
The things they did and the things she saw
Before they started shedding their clothes

Right then, she knew she had stumbled on
What would soon be her profession
She could shake her bootie as well as anyone
Dancing soon became her obsession

For a straight-laced, uptown, rich girl
Her movements were quite unique
She did plenty of bumping and grinding
Before she mastered her technique

She started dancing at the night club
And the customers came there in droves
The gal danced and stripped and flirted
All decked out in feathers and bows

She had top billing as The Shady Lady
How that gal could shimmy and wiggle
College kids called her the cat's meow
And loved to watch her strip and jiggle

Applause almost brought the house down
Each night when that gal was through
And before she took her final bow
Oh my, how those feathers flew

Now in what's call her declining years
She's still a hottie and I don't mean maybe
Doing her own thing long before her time
But granny always remained a lady

Kathleen McCoy EldridgeŠ
November 13, 2006
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Artwork: From Dover Electronic Design Series

Music: " St. Louis Blues "
Music by Margi Harrell
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