American Old Time Song Lyrics: 10 What Became Of A Lie

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What Became of a Lie.
By Mrs. M. A. Kidder.

First, somebody told it.
Then the room wouldn't hold it,
So the busy tongue rolled it
Till they got it outside;
When the crowd came across it,
It never once lost it,
But tossed it, and tossed it,
Till it grew long and wide.

From a very small lie, sir.
It grew deep and high. sir.
Till it reached to tin; sky, sir.
And frightened the moon;
For she hid her sweet face, sir,
In a veil of cloud-lace, sir,
At the dreadful disgrace, sir,
That happened at noon.

This lie brought forth others,
Dark sisters and brothers,
And fathers and mothers-
A terrible crew;
And while headlong they hurried,
The people they flurried'.
And troubled, and worried,
As lies always do.

And so, evil-boded.
This monstrous lie goaded,
Till at last it exploded,
In smoke and in shame;
While from mud and from mire,
The pieces flew higher,
And hit the sad liar,
And killed his good name!
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