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John-S Lyr Req: The Darling Baby (14) Lyr Add: THE DARLING BABY (trad) 26 Jun 02

Jacob, that's the one.

OK, here goes.

Now when I was young, a bachelor, the brightest e'er you've seen,
My friends all said I looked so very miserable and mean.
Till at last I took unto myself a darling wife, alas!
My friends all said to me, "Jack, old boy, you must have been an ass."

I was like the man with the donkey. Whenever he carried the donkey it was wrong; whenever the donkey carried him it was wrong. It was the same with me. Whenever I was single I was wrong; now I'm married, I'm wrong. Everybody kept shouting at me, "What do you want a wife for?" Yes, what do I want a wife for? Last night as I got into bed there comes a knock at our front door and I shout, "Who's there?" "It's me." "Who's me?" "It's Watson, your father-in-law. Tell her that her mother's sick and wants to see her straight away."

So of course up gets my wife, on goes her bonnet and shawl, and off she goes to see her poor dear mother, leaving me in charge of the baby, not six weeks old,and not a single soul in the house to look after it but myself, the servant girl having left that same day, the place being far too big for her. So it begins to cry and I begin to sing:

CHO: Oh, my darling cheeker billy chum,
Wait until your mommy comes.
Wouldn't you like to suck your thumb?
Was ever a man so bored?
But the more I cootchy-cootchied so,
And walked him up down, to and fro,
And I give him everything, you know,
But the more the darling roared!

Oh dear, Oh Lord, what could I do? And I searched all about
For to find a box of matches for the candle had gone out.

And I was running around in the dark and I bumped into a table and took all the bark off my shin. And this is what I was singing as I was rubbing my leg:

Oh my darling...

Well at last I found a Lucifer, a solitary one.
Dear, oh Lord, to my surprise, when I first saw my son!
For his cheeks were of a beetroot red and the tears flowed down like rain,
And when I went to pick him up, he started out again:
And this is what I sung when I shoved the bolster over his head:

Oh my darling...

Well I give him toys and I give him food and I give him everything.
Without my clothes, I leapt about and danced the highland fling.
But no, he wouldn't have it at all. He yelled and cried the more.
And when I gave it up for lost, my wife came through the door.

His mother, my wife. And when he saw her he was quiet as a mouse, the wretch. She says, "I hope the baby's been good," and I says, "yes." And here am I for the last three hours leaping up and down like an eejit and singing as if I was mad:

Oh my darling...

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 1-Jul-02.

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