American Old Time Song Lyrics: 55 For The Sake Of The Girl You Love

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 55

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Copyright, 1897, by Coupon Music Pub. Co.

He stood Inside the prisoner's dock, a look of shame was on his face.
The white-haired judge sat like a rock, his eyes were stern, no look of grace;
The judge then said, "The crime is proved, one year in jail," his voice then broke
The audience sighed by pity moved, the prisoner rose and that he spoke:

"For the sake of the girl I love be merciful, judge, to me,
I'll forsake all my old time ways, a better man I will be;
I'll shun the ways of the bad, your reward will be great above,
If mercy you show to me for the sake of the girl I love.

"The sentence stands." the judge then said, "unless a fine Instead you pay."
Stern justice when by mercy led, decrees oft makes that none gainsay:
A cheer unchecked rang through the court, a dozen hands the fine would pay,
The judge assumed an august port, and then all present heard him say:

"For the sake of the girl you love I'll merciful be to thee.
But forsake all your old-time ways, a better man you must be;
Avoid the ways of the bad, your reward will be great above,
If true to your word you prove, for the sake of the girl you love."
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