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Why There's A Tear In My Eye

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Why There's A Tear In My Eye

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1.                      I once loved a beautiful maiden,

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    as fair as the blue skies above,

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    and each night as we wandered together,

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    the moon seemed to smile on our love.


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    We vowed to be true to each other,


    that nothing could cause us to part,

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    but we never once dreamed that the future

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    held only a broken heart


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2. Then there came the night when we parted,

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    we quarreled as all sweethearts do.

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    And I learned what it was to be jealous,

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    when they told me her love was untrue.


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    She told me she had always been faithful,


    she swore that her love could not die.

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    And then when I did not believe her,

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    she kissed me and told me goodbye.

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    Oh-de-lay-ee-oh, de-lay-ee, yo-de-lay-ee.


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3. I found I had falsely accused her,

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    and went back to make her my bride.






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    And there in the door stood her mother

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    she told me my sweetheart had died.


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    I went in and knelt down beside her,


    and there in the hush of that room,

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    I prayed that my maker would take me,

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    and send my soul down to its doom.


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4. So now I have told you the reason,

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    there's always a tear in my eye,

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    through long, weary years I've repented,

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    but I'm longing to lay down and die.


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    And I wonder if I'll be forgiven,


    when I face the master someday.

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    And I wonder if I'll see my sweetheart

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    on that beautiful shore far away.

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    Oh-de-lay-ee-oh, de-lay-ee, yo-de-lay-ee.