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Come, All Young Men
105 COME, ALL YOUNG MEN The last two lines of the chorus of this song are similar to the lines in the chorus of "I'll Not Marry at All." Campbell and Sharp have a song entitled Married and Single Life (No. 73), which begins "Come, all ye young people" and which has as the first line of stanza 2, "If you go to get married, don't hasten it on," but there the similarity ends.
Obtained from Mr. Cleophas L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1929.
1. Come, all young men, take warning by me: Never be so fast as I've been.
I married me a wife;
She makes me tired of my life,
Makes me strive and do all that I can, can, can;
Makes me strive and do all that I can.
Chorus I lived all my days By the hating of her ways;
And I'm sure I'll not marry any more, more, more; And I'm sure I'll not marry any more.
2. When I come home at night,
I never speak a word she can hear. So fatal is my doom I go marching to my room
With cold joints all trembling with fear, fear, fear; With cold joints all trembling with fear. Chorus
3.  She dresses me in rags and the worst of old rags; She dresses like a lady so fine,
Goes sweeping through town By day and by night,
Where them rowdy boys do drink wine, wine, wine; Where them rowdy boys do drink wine. Chorus
4. Oh, come, welcome death; Come, take away her breath
And give me back my freedom once more, more, more; And give me back my freedom once more. Chorus
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