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He never came back

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He never came back


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1. An old Jane about 49 came in to view the town,

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    she registered up at Smith's Hotel as Miss Ada Brown.

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    She said she was just 25 and that she was in love

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    with a young lad about 16, she called him her turtledove.

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    The wedding day at last arrived, the birds did merrily sing,

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    he touched her up for a hundred to go out and buy the ring.

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    He never came back, no, he never came back


    he's been gone for a year or more.

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    That sassy young thing better have that ring,

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    when we meet on that beautiful shore.


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2. I went down to a restaurant as hungry as a bear,

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    and like a raving thief I did, I grabbed the bill of fare.

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    The waiter said, Now what for you?”  “A piece of steak !” I said,

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    he’d taken my order and bowed his head and slowly walked away.

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    No, he never came back, no, he never came back,


    I waited an hour or more.

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    His neck I will break, if he has not that steak

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    when we meet on that beautiful shore


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