Nesting Time in Flatbush (from Oh Boy!, 1917)

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The songs referred to in the first verse are “It’s Tulip Time in Holland” (1915) and “When It’s Apple-blossom-time in Normandy” (1912).

Lyrics

I’ve always liked the sort of song you hear so much today,
Called “When it’s something-or-other time” in some place far away.
Oh, “Tulip time in Holland,” a pleasant time must be,
While some are strong for “Apple-blossom-time in Normandy.”
But there’s another time and place that makes a hit with me.

When it’s nesting time in Flatbush,
We will take a little flat,
With welcome on the mat
Where there’s room to swing a cat.
I’ll hang up my hat, I’ll hang up my hat;
Life will be so sweet with you.
When it’s nesting time in Flatbush,
In Flatbush Avenue.

Our little home may have defects like all these flats in town:
It’s wiser not to lean on the walls, because they might fall down.
It’s rather badly lighted, which makes it hard to see.
The neighbors play the Gramophone each night till after three.
But it will be a Paradise if shared, my love, with thee!

When it’s nesting time in Flatbush,
As you heard me say before,
You will see the janitor
With the girl whom I adore.
On the seventh floor, on the seventh floor,
We will start to bill and coo,
When it’s nesting time in Flatbush,
In Flatbush Avenue.