American Old Time Song Lyrics: 48 With A Wife And A Neat Little Home

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 48

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Copyright. MDCCCXCV, by Henry J. Wehman.
Words and Music by Charles Graham.

"And so you want to work, young man?
Well, that you can easily do;
But you must do the beat you can-
I want a lad like you;
I think you've left good friends, my lad;
Now tell me the reason why?"
With a cheerful smile, he paused awhile.
And then made this reply:

"I've a picture here, of a girl so dear,
Through life I'll ne'er forget;
For I know that she will be true to me-
I bless the hour we met.
I was wild, I know-she told me so.
And advised me never to roam;
Though I came away, I'll be happy some day
With a wife and a neat little home."

The years passed by, he kept his word.
And stuck to his post like a man;
And fortune smiles upon him since
To work he first began.
One day in spring he vent away,
But said, "I'll be back again!"
As he went along, he sang a song-
It was the old refrain:- Chorus.

A month or so had passed away,
He stood at the old merchant's door;
"Vacation's o'er; I'm back to-day
To take my place once more! "
Then brought a lovely girl inside,
"My wife, sir," said he-" my Jane!
We've a cosy home that's all our own,"
And then he sang again;- Chorus.
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