I had an only brother, we were twins,
In feature, form and voice we are both the same-
We resemble each other as closely as two pins,
We are perfectly alike in all but name.
When we go out people would take their oath,
That the likeness between us it was sich,
They could never tell the other one from both,
Or distinguish the other one from which.
Now supposing as how he was I,
Or supposing as how I was he;
Or supposing we both were some one else,
Who the dickens do you suppose we both would be?
Now supposing that I should fall in love,
And take unto myself a darling wife;
With her I would be all hand and glove,
A happy man the rest of my life.
But supposing she couldn't tell me from Jim,
Whatever would the consequences be,
If she'd all the time been taking me for him
And after marriage find that he was me.-Chorus.
Now supposing that I was taken ill
With the measles, the whooping cough, or gout;
Then the doctor would bring potion, draught and pills,
But who to give them to there'd be a doubt.
For if ever I was laid upon my back,
My brother they'd be sure to put to bed,
And if he should get the worst of the attack,
They'd be certain sure to say that I was dead. ---Chorus