ILGWU Archives (#5780pb27f13e), Kheel Center, Cornell University.

Edna Gerber sings "It's not cricket to Picket," in a performance of Pins and Needles circa 1938.



From “Pins and Needles”
Music and lyrics by Harold Rome
Sung by Barbra Streisand

It's not cricket to picket not cricket
Oh, no it's just not coming for to picket
You haven't any right you know
You're acting in great haste
Just think of the predicament
In which your boss is placed
And entre-nous I think
It's in exceedingly bad taste
Not cricket to picket not cricket.

It's not cricket to picket not cricket
Atrocious and gauche you know to picket
Go home and starve like gentlemen
Not like a noisy brood
Real ladies never make a fuss
Though they lack clothes and food
And money's never talked about
For that would be quite rude
Not cricket to picket not cricket

It's not picket to cricket not picket
Uncultured and unmannerly to picket
You know you're misbehaving now
You mustn't lose your mind
You're being so inelegant
And frankly quite unkind
Excuse my indiscretion
But you're older than refined
Not picket to cricket not picket

It ain't ticket to stick it not picket
Now offer some, get each man there a cricket
Oh, dear, where is your decency
No Vanderbilts or Astors
Would act in such a vulgar way
Befitting all disasters
I beg you get the hell away
You lousy bunch of.-------------

What do you mean disturbing the peace?
Come with you often
Oh, you see, you're brushing my mink
Get your hands off, kid!
You don't seem to know who i am
Or whom i know
Listen, i'm an intimate friend of Mayor Walker --
You won't get me in the...



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