American Old Time Song Lyrics: 38 I Changed My Mind

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 38

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Copyright, 1892, by Francis, Day & Hunter.
Words and Music by Arthur Seldon.

When I was young my mother used to worry ev'ry day
To had a real good servant girl, And then to have her stay:
My father thought this very queer, And ofttimes they would fight,
I used to think my mother wrong and think my father right.

I changed my mind, I have a servant now,
And since I have I wish that I was dead;
Once my home was all my own. but, ah me, that time has flown.
My servant girl now is the boss in stead.

I used to court a pretty little charmer down the street,
To my disgust I found that she another chap did meet;
I vowed to have his blood, so laid in wait for him one night,
To let him know just who I was, but when he hove in sight-

I changed my mind, I did not like his looks,
He was so broad, and taller by a head;
But to fight some one I meant, so straight home I quickly went.
And I whacked my little brother John instead.

I always liked athletics, so a football team I Joined,
I didn't know the game at first, but then I quickly learned;
We had such sport at practice that I ached to play a game,
I knew I'd make a record as a wonder, gain a name.

I changed my mind, just as we made a start
They picked me up in pieces, almost dead;
As the nail was not in sight, for I gripped It very tight.
While the whole mob just kept kicking me instead.

The first time I got on a horse I'll always recollect.
They told me he was broken in, he nearly broke my neck;
I'd always thought horse riding was quite easy, hitherto.
But after half an hour of it I don't mind telling you.

I changed my mind, he gave one final kick
And shot me like a rocket o'er my head:
When again I want to ride I shall either get Inside,
Or get upon a rocking-horse instead.
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