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First Line: Listen, sweetheart, to my plea
Last Line: Treat me rough, kid; treat me rough!
Subject(s): Household Employees; Servants; Domestics; Maids


Listen, Sweetheart, to my plea;
Cut this highly cultured game.
All this fine gentility
Grows to be exceeding tame.
What I want is low-brow love,
Heavy, knockdown cave-man stuff;
I'm no cooing turtle dove;
Treat me rough, kid; treat me rough!

Can the soft and weepy sighs,
Chop the meek and humble pose.
I'm no cut-glass raffle prize,
I'm no fragile little rose!
Grab me with a python grip.
If I struggle, call the bluff.
Want my love? Then take the tip,
Treat me rough, kid; treat me rough!

I don't want my hand caressed
With a nice respectful peck;
Yank me wildly to your chest;
If I fight you, break my neck.
Please don't be a gentle dub,
Spilling la-de-dah-ish guff,
Woo and win me with a club.
Treat me rough, kid; treat me rough!





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