American Old Time Song Lyrics: 17 What Do They Care About That

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What Do They Care About That?
Written by J. F. Mitchell.

I've just had a terrible row with my wife,
But what do I care about that?
If I go home tight she's afraid of her life,
But what do I care about that?
What right's my old woman to snivel and cry?
If I knock her down she's no right to reply.
Her mother just gave me a splendid black eye,
But what do I care about that?

If I stop out at night she's as mad as can be,
But what do I care about that?
She threatens to fetch her big brother to me,
But what do I care about that?
I'm a lord of creation-I'll never give in,
While she-why she's not worth two penn'eth of gin;
Perhaps you'd like to bang me, you'd better begin,
But what do I care about that?

There's plenty of people who marry for love,
But what do they care about that?
It doesn't last long as divorce cases prove,
They soon make a finish to that.
The cause of the trouble is not far to seek,
The Juggins's wed on a few bobs a week,
Love won't live on bread without a beefsteak,
Now make no mistake about that.

I'm surprised at the girls and the way they all dress,
But what do they care about that?
Their costumes each season grow very much less,
But what do they care about that?
They're all ornamental and got up to kill,
The whole of their toys a small hat box won't fill.
The less clothes they wear-why the larger the bill,
But what do they care about that?

There are actresses now who're not fit for the stage,
But what do they care about that?
Because they're good-looking they soon are the rage,
And folks care a lot about that.
They're smothered in satins, in diamonds and gold,
Their incompetent efforts the audience behold,
While talented people are out in the cold,
But what do they care about that?

The French have got cocky and cheeky of late,
But what do we care about that?
They abused King Alphonso at a terrible rate,
But what do they care about that?
They were fond of a row since the world first began,
But let Frenchmen remember Alfonso's a man,
They may talk of the conquest they made at Sedan,
But what do we care about that?
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