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The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel For Single Girls Burned Down 
By: Tex Williams
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The Night Miss Nancy Anne’s Hotel For Single Girls Burned Down
(Tex Williams)

Now, Miss Nancy Anne ran a boarding house with a faded sign that read
“Single Rooms for Single Girls…No Men Allowed” it said.
But rumor had it that a gentleman with a yen for love for a fee
Could always go to Nancy Anne’s for some feminine company.

Well, one night in June in the billiard room, I was chalking up with a friend.
He was set to break when the door burst open and Leo James rushed in.
He yelled, “There’s a fire that just broke out and it’s down at Nancy Anne’s!”
So we dropped our cues onto the pool room floor and into the street we ran.

Though the flames were hot and the smoke was thick, not a single life was lost—
And the reason for the blaze was never found.
But it long will be remembered in our local history as the fire that fairly scandalized the town…
The night Miss Nancy Anne’s hotel for single girls burned down.

When we got to the place, the front was ablaze and so was the second floor.
So we cut around the side and up the alley, and stopped beside the back door.
We were catching our breath when the door flew open and knocked poor Leo flat,
And out through the smoke ran Mayor Wills wearin’ nothing but a black silk hat!

And right behind him with his shirt-tail afire came the local Chief of Police,
And banker Jones with a red-haired girl that he’d always called his niece.
Then I spied Miss Nancy Anne herself helping someone out of the fire—
Her arm around the red bald head of old Judge McIntyre!

A deacon, a dentist, a deputy sheriff and one state congressman—
The county physician, the city mortician—out through the flames they ran!
A grand parade of girls in gowns and hat-clad gentlemen…
Through thick gray smoke that faintly smelled of French perfume and Gin!

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Now everybody was out of the girls’ hotel by the time the roof caved in,
And we were headin’ back to the billiard hall when Leo turned to my friend.
He said, “I believe that’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen in town—
The so-called elite caught out in the street with their pompous purity down!”

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