Ernest Le Messurier, tenor, sings "Shall I Have It Bobbed Or Shingled?" on a Gennett disc issued in Canada in 1924.
This comic song is by Bert Lee and Robert Patrick Weston.
Sweet Suzy Simpson had such lovely hair; it reached down to her waist.
Till friends sweetly told her that around Mayfair having hair was bad taste.
"Bobbed or shingled it must be, dear," said they, "if you wish to wed."
Till in black despair in the fatal chair in the hairdresser's shop she said:
"Shall I have it bobbed or shingled? Shall I have it shingled or bobbed?
Sister Cissy says, 'Oh, have it shorn short, Sue,
Shingled, shorn and shaven like the swell set do.'
Shall I have it shingled shorter?" said Suzy as she sighed and sobbed.
"Sister Cissy said she'd sooner see it short and shingled,
But both my brothers Bert and Bobby say it's better bobbed."
Inside a butcher shop in Golders Green, just after closing time,
A cat got her tail in the sausage machine and was cut off in her prime.
She ran out with her tail ripped off and swanked it to the cats with pride,
And the tabs and toms put their to's and froms in the sausage machine and cried.
Lady Godiva on a snow-white mare once rode through Coventry,
And she was wearing all her lovely hair. Oh, it reached down to her knee.
Peeping Tom at his windowpane exclaimed when he saw the sight:
"Oh, your hair's all wrong, 'cause it's much too long," and Godiva replied, "You're right...
This song was in the revue "Ace High" (1924), which was staged by Capt. Merton W. Plunkett in his "Dumbells" show series.
The Canadian Encyclopedia gives this info: "In June 1919, Plunkett returned to Canada, borrowed $18 000, and created a civilian version of the Dumbells which included Merton Plunkett (the impresario), Jack Ayre (musical director) and Allan Murray from the 3rd Division, and others from the London tour and the H.M.S.One of several Canadian Army concert parties in France during WWI, the original Dumbells were drawn from the 3rd Division by Merton W. Plunkett at Ferfay, France, in 1917 and included Jack Ayre (pianist and musical director), Elmer A. Belding, Ted Charters, and Allan Murray. Taking their name from the 3rd Division's insignia, a red dumbell, the group entertained front-line soldiers with popular songs and collectively conceived skits about army life. In the summer of 1918, after recruiting Ben Allan from the 16th Battalion's Party, "Red" Newman and Charlie MacLean from the Y-Emmas, and Ross "Marjorie" Hamilton from the Maple Leaf Concert Party, Plunkett brought the Dumbells to London where they performed at the YMCA's Beaver Hut, the Victoria Palace, and the Coliseum before returning to France. Amalgamating with other top army performers in 1918-19, the Dumbells became the elite Canadian concert party in Europe and are remembered for their unique army version of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. In June 1919, Plunkett returned to Canada, borrowed $18 000, and created a civilian version of the Dumbells which included Merton Plunkett (the impresario), Jack Ayre (musical director) and Allan Murray from the 3rd Division, and others from the London tour and the H.M.S. Pinafore production: Hamilton, Bert Langley, W.L. Tennent, Allan, Newman, MacLean, Fred Fenwick, and Al Plunkett. Immensely popular, the Dumbells toured Canada, the U.S., and England with Biff, Bing, Bang (1919, revised 1921), which played twelve weeks at the Ambassador in New York and was the first "all-Canadian" show on Broadway, The Dumbells Revue of 1922; Carry On (1922); Cheerio (1923); Oh, Yes and Aces High (1924); Lucky 7 (1925); Three Bags Full, Joy Bombs, That's That and Let'er Go (1926); Oo! La! La! (1927); Why Worry? (1928), which introduced women into the show, Here 'Tis and Come Eleven (1929); Happy Days (1930), the last show with women; As You Were (1931); and The Dumbells (1933)."