I Wish I was Lying Alone

Young ladies have pity on me and let me in your company mingle,
I once was a maiden so free and like you I was happy and single,
My mother advised me to wed, till seventeen I had tarried,
To the church I set off in a thrice with a man on that day to get married.
I wish I was lying alone.

For a short time he loved me sincere, he used me both kindly and civil
The honeymoon scarcely was over till he turned out to be a fair divil
The bed he took upon his back and off to the pop shop he carried,
I oftimes wish I was dead before I ever got married.
I wish I was lying alone.

To the landlord he won't pay the rent because he declares he's not able,
There's nothing to be taken away but two broken chairs and a table,
The bedclothes, the kettle, the broom, the washing-tub off he has carried,
May Old Nick come and fetch him off soon, I wish I never was married.
I wish I was lying alone.

When he buys meat once a month, or I am greatly mistaken
'Tis only a sheep's head and pluck or a bit of sweet liver and bacon,
He says bread and butter are dear and times are shockingly harried,
I drink water while he drinks strong beer, I wish I never was married.
I wish I was lying alone.

One night he came home in a rage, he bursted my new boots asunder,
The cat he kicked under the grate and the table threw out of the window,
The bellows he threw at my head, my clothes to the pawn shop he carried,
I often times wish I was dead before I ever got married.
I wish I was lying alone.

He has but one coat to his back and his old coat it is all tattered,
On Sunday he lies up in bed while his shirt and stockings are washing,
His trousers are all full of holes, my long apron before him he carries,
He grunts and he snores like a pig, I wish I never got married.
I wish I was lying alone.

Oh,if I was single again, I'd be happy and joyous all right,
May Old Nick come and fetch him away some morning before it's daylight.
So young maidens, single remain, by a tyrant you'll never be harried,
If I was but single again, by Jingo I'd never get married.
I wish I was lying alone.
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