American Old Time Song Lyrics: 17 Put By For A Rainy Day

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 17

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Oft-times the world may laugh and jeer,
At what I'm going to say,
That is: provide yourselves, my friends,
In case of a rainy day.
For if you don't, when you grow old-
On what I say depend.-
If you can't help yourself,
'Tis hard to find a friend.

So, now be careful and be wise,
And, like me, stow away
A little pelf, to protect yourself,
In case of a rainy day. .

Be not extravagant nor mean,
Have just what you require;
Be kind and provident to all,
It is my heart's desire.
When I see my fellow-creature
Is trodden down with strife,
To help him on the road,
Is a proud time of my life.-Chorus.

"Waste not, want not, " my motto is-
A maxim I would teach;
And this, another, I'd prescribe:
"Touch nothing out of reach."
For, "honesty's best policy,"
So honest people say,
And just remember, though but small,
Put by for a rainy day.-Chorus.

A pin a day is a groat a year,
Which proves that the smallest mite
Put by, will soon accumulate,
And shows my words are right.
So persevere when in your youth,
And then when old you'll say:
I care not how the world treats me,
I thought of a rainy day.-Chorus.

I'm hale, I'm jolly, you can see,
And I like my friends to call:
Though the best of friends I've ever found.
Was my pocket after all;
For, that old friend sticks to me still,
Through thick And thin, I say, .
If you would be advised by me,
Put by for a rainy day.-Chorus.

"A friend in need's a friend indeed,"
But how often when you're poor,
Those friends will pass you one by one,
And on you close the door!
So, let your motto be like mine,
Whate'er the world may say, .
Look out for number one-that is,
Put by for a rainy day.-Chorus.
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