American Old Time Song Lyrics: 30 Lazy John

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Copyright, 1882, by W. L. Thompson & Co.
Words and Music by Lamartine.

There was a boy whose name was John, his name was John,
But the people called him lazy John, lazy John;
He would not work, he would not play.
But slept and dreamt his life away.
This do-less, good-for-nothing boy was lazy John.

Sleep on, lazy John, nap and yawn 'till life is gone;
Hush, softly, do not wake him, sleep on.

To school one day this boy did stray, nod, nid, nod;
But he yawned and slept the live-long day, nod, nid, nod;
His head went bobbing, bobbing down,
'Till on the floor went Johnnie's crown,
This boy was the laugh of all the town, nod, nid, nod.-Chorus.

One day he rolled into the pond, nod, nid, nod;
Now that was the last of lazy John, nod, uid, nod;
For there he went to sleep so sound,
His head went bobbing to the ground,
And so you see the boy was drowned, nod, nid, nod.-Chorus.

His funeral was very slow, nod. nid, nod;
Not faster than a snail would go, nod, nid, nod;
The preacher he did go to sleep,
And the mourners all forgot to weep.
But the lazy bones wen planted deep, nod, nid, nod.-Chorus.
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