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Songs my mother used to sing...

GUEST,"Oh Why did I get married" 03 Oct 08 - 12:33 AM
GUEST,Take It Back and Change it for a boy 03 Oct 08 - 01:30 AM
GUEST,Now Why Did I Get Married 03 Oct 08 - 01:35 AM
GUEST,Mother 03 Oct 08 - 01:46 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Oct 08 - 09:24 AM
Gene 03 Oct 08 - 09:51 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Oct 08 - 09:57 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Oct 08 - 11:13 AM
topical tom 03 Oct 08 - 02:15 PM
GUEST 05 Jun 10 - 02:20 PM
Joe_F 05 Jun 10 - 10:37 PM
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GUEST,Dick Huey - Dubois,Pennsylvania 25 Sep 14 - 12:08 AM
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Bert 25 Sep 14 - 11:45 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY DID I GET MARRIED
From: GUEST,"Oh Why did I get married"
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 12:33 AM

I have been looking for words to songs my mother used to sing, and hoped to find them on this link. I could not find. After I got them written down, I thought to post them because someone else might actually be looking for them.

WHY DID I GET MARRIED

Oh come gather all around me, you boys who want a wife.
Come listen to my story, you'll thank me all your life.
For I was once was a bachelor and wish'd I was again.
Why did I leave that single bliss, to don a ball and chain.

Oh why did I get married, what can the reason be.
If you want to see a missing link, just take a look at me..

Now the night that I proposed to her, here's the answer I got.
You'll have to build a house on it before I'll share your lot.
Well I went to see her father, and he cussed to beat the band.
Before I got the old man's foot, I took the daughters hand.

Now why did I get married, why did I don that neck yoke.
Why if I sass back, I'll get a slap, and liable to get my neck broke.

Now my wife she keeps the bank account while I keep right on working.
And I have to wear one shirt so long, that it looks like an old lace curtain.
Now my wife gets fatter every day, weighs 400 gross.
I haven't kissed her now in years, since I can't get that close.

Oh why did I get married, look what I've went and done.
Why it costs three times as much for two, to live as cheap as one.

Now she said I was the light of her life, but I went out too often.
Well I'll bet she strikes another match, the minute I'm in my coffin.
So boys before you get mixed up with a diamond rings and kisses,
Just remember that old safety rule, to stop, and look, and listen.

Oh why did I get married. I wish I was single again.
Old Solomon didn't have a thousand wives, a thousand wives had him.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TAKE IT BACK AND CHANGE IT FOR A BOY
From: GUEST,Take It Back and Change it for a boy
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 01:30 AM

I have been trying to find words to my mother's old songs she sang. I could not find them on this home link page. I managed to find the words. Thought maybe someone else might be interested in this old one.


TAKE IT BACK AND CHANGE IT FOR A BOY

Oh from a nursery creeping, a little boy came peeping,
Shining through a head of golden curls.
Now the funny bundle, such a funny bundle,
'Twas a tiny little baby girl.

They'd gone to town that morning, when the day was dawning,
And mother thought it filled his little heart with joy.
But he only shook his head, and to his mother said:
"Oh gee, I wished that you had bought a boy."

Now can't you take it back and change it for another?
I don't want a baby sister, don't you see,
Cuz I'd rather had a little baby brother,
Who could play a game of ball with me.

For it taint no fun to play with dolls and such things,
And a girl ya know could never fix a toy.
Oh, I'll tell you what to do, if it's all the same to you,
Can't you take it back and change it for a boy?

Now ain't it awful funny? Did it cost much money?
Won't it need an awful lot of care?
That's not a good one, mother. You'll have to get another.
Can't you see it ain't got any hair?

Now don't his teeth come with it? Will his nose grow? Well, will it?
Won't it make an awful lot of noise?
Oh, take it back today, and take it right away,
And get one where they only sell just boys.

Can't you take it back and change it for another?
For I don't want a baby sister, don't you see,
Cuz I'd rather have a little baby brother
Who could play a game of ball with me.

For it ain't no fun to play with dolls and such things,
And a girl ya know could never fix a toy.
So I'll tell you what to do, if it all the all the same to you,
Can't you take it back and change it for a boy?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY DID I GET MARRIED
From: GUEST,Now Why Did I Get Married
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 01:35 AM

WHY DID I GET MARRIED

Oh, come gather all around me, you boys who want a wife.
Come listen to my story, you'll thank me all your life.
For I was once was a bachelor and wish'd I was again.
Why did I leave that single bliss, to don a ball and chain?

Oh why did I get married? What can the reason be?
If you want to see a missing link, just take a look at me.

Now the night that I proposed to her, here's the answer I got.
You'll have to build a house on it before I'll share your life.
Well, I went to see her father, and he cussed to beat the band.
Before I got the old man's foot, I took the daughter's hand.

Now, why did I get married? why did I don that neck yoke?
Why if I sass back, I'll get a slap, and liable to get my neck broke.

Now my wife she keeps the bank account while I keep right on working.
And I have to wear one shirt so long, that it looks like an old lace curtain.
Now my wife gets fatter every day, weighs 400 gross.
I haven't kissed her now in years, since I can't get that close.

Oh, why did I get married? Look what I've went and done.
Why, it costs three times as much for two, to live as cheap as one.

Now, she said I was the light of her life, but I went out too often.
Well, I'll bet she strikes another match, the minute I'm in my coffin.
So, boys, before you get mixed up with a diamond rings and kisses,
Just remember that old safety rule, to stop, and look, and listen.

Oh why did I get married? I wish I was single again.
Old Solomon didn't have a thousand wives, a thousand wives had him.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOTHER
From: GUEST,Mother
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 01:46 AM

MOTHER

There are friends who will want you, but just for a day.
Pals you think true, they'll all cast you away.
But there's one loving soul, boys, I'd sure recommend
Through this whole world of sorrow she'll be true to the end.

Mother, though her hands are all callused and old.
Mother, silver hair that has lost all its gold.

You left alone, went to roam through the years ,
And all that you left her was heartache and tears.
So kiss her old brow and whisper softly and true:
"Mother, you're just an angel and I love you."

Now on a door of a cottage, a wreath sadly hung,
And a hearse stood there waiting as a choir softly sung.
The flowers in their beauty, and the old parson he prayed.
It was a last tribute, as we left for her grave.

Now she don't need you tonight, son, when you crave her caress.
She reared you to manhood, and now you laid her to rest.
Those flowers in their beauty, while to her they're unknown,
Cuz she's with the angels up around that great throne.

So don't wait that late, son, to try to and repay,
Give those flowers and those treasures, but give them today.
Let her know that you love her, and show her that you care,
Because she's your mother, God love her, she as true as a prayer.

So kiss her old brow and whisper softly and true,
"Mother, you're just an angel and I love you."


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Subject: Lyr Add: CAN'T YOU TAKE IT BACK AND CHANGE IT...?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 09:24 AM

Thanks, Heather, for these songs. I've been doing a bit of research on them.

Sheet music for this song can be seen at Indiana University Sheet Music Collections.


CAN'T YOU TAKE IT BACK AND CHANGE IT FOR A BOY?
Words and music by Thurland Chattaway
New York: E. B. Haviland Pub. Co. Inc., 1911.

1. From a nurs'ry creeping, little Boy came peeping,
Shyly peeping through a golden curl
At a little bundle, such a funny bundle.
'Twas a little tiny baby girl,
Came to town that morning, as the day was dawning.
Mother thought 'twould fill his heart with joy.
But he shook his head, then to mother said:
"Gee, I wish that you had bought a boy."

CHORUS: Can't you take it back and change it for another?
I don't want a little sister, can't you see,
'Cause I'd rather have a little baby brother,
Who could play a game of ball with me.
For it ain't no fun to play with dolls and such things,
And a girl, you know, could never fix a toy,
So I'll tell you what to do: if it's just the same to you,
Can't you take it back and change it for a boy?

2. Ain't it awful funny? Did it cost much money?
Won't it be an awful lot of care?
'Tain't a good one, mother. Have to get another.
Can't you see it ain't got any hair?
Don't its teeth come with it? Will its nose grow, will it?
Don't it make an awful lot of noise?
Take it back today. Take it right away,
And buy one where they only just sell boys.

[Thurland Chattaway is the lyricist who, along with composer Kerry Mills, wrote RED WING.

[According to the Online 78 rpm Discographical Project, this song was recorded by Byron G Harlan in 1911, Dick Thomas in 1947, Rex Allen and his Arizona Wranglers in 1947, and Rosalie Allen, around 1946 or 47.

[It's also sung by a female vocalist whom I can't identify on the album "Tennessee Ernie Meets the Girls", 2000.]


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: Gene
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 09:51 AM

RE: I have that LP & [Mp3] of Rex Allen singing Take It Back & Change It For A Boy.

Email or PM me: CN8GV9@Aim.Com


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 09:57 AM

WHY DID I GET MARRIED was written by Carson Robison and Frank Luther.

The Online 78 rpm Discographical Project lists these recordings:
Bud & Joe Billings in 1929
Carson Robison 1929
Frank Luther 1929
Frank Luther & Carson Robison 1930

The only currently available recording that I could find is sung by Cal Carson on the album "The Complete Hit of the Week Recordings, Vol. 2: 1930-1931," Archeophone CD #3003, 2005. I listened to a sound sample, and this is what I heard:

Come an' gather all around me, you boys that want a wife.
Come an' listen to my warning. You'll thank me all your life,
For I was once a bachelor and I wish I was again.
I'd never give up that single bliss, to wear a ball and chain.

Oh, why did I get married? Why did I don this neck-yoke?
If I talk back, she'll gi' me a smack....


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 11:13 AM

The song called MOTHER above is really MY MOTHER, written and recorded by Hank Snow. It is currently available on several albums.

There is another copy of the lyrics at this web site:
http://www.metrolyrics.com/my-mother-lyrics-hank-snow.html
Lyrics are nearly the same as those posted above, EXCEPT:

The chorus has:
"...all wrinkled and old"

Verse 4 begins:
"She won't meet you tonight, son...."


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: topical tom
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 02:15 PM

When a younger woman my mother used to love dancing and went to many dances. I guess that explains her love for the song "Three O'clock in the Morning" Here are the lyrics as sung by the Andrews Sisters.


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 02:20 PM

Thank you so much. I was looking for this for a friend of mine. Is it in song? Do you know if I can buy it anywhere? Thanks again


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 10:37 PM

LYR ADD: From The Dirty Song Book

Crock of Shit

I've been married forty years,
Shared my hopes and shared my fears.
All I earned, spent every bit.
Man, this love's a crock of shit.

I sent all my kids to school.
Now they think that I'm a fool.
They don't like me 'cause I spit.
Man, this love's a crock of shit.

Young man, if you've never wed,
Listen close to what I've said.
You've got freedom in your mitt.
Man, this love's a crock of shit.


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 10:41 PM

Sorry -- I should have searched first. It's in the DT, from me.


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Subject: My Dad Al Huey used to do this song.
From: GUEST,Dick Huey - Dubois,Pennsylvania
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 12:08 AM

Why Did I Get Married

come gather all around me, you boys who want a wife.
Come listen to my story, you'll thank me all your life.
For I was once was a bachelor and wish'd I was again.
I wouldn't give up that single ness to ware this ball and chain.

Oh why did I get married, what can the reason be.
If you want to see a missing link, just take a look at me..


Now why did I get married, why did I don that neck yoke.
Why if I talk back, she'll hit a crack and liable to get my neck broke.

Now my wife she keeps the bank account while I keep a right on a working.
I wear old shirt's so long, that it looks like an old lace curtain.
Now why did I get married why did I put on that neck yoke, cause if I talk back she'll hit me a crack and I'm liable to get my neck broke.

Now my wife gets fatter every day, she goes 400 gross.
I haven't kissed her now in years, cause I can't get that close.

Oh why did I get married, look what I've went and done.
Why it costs three times as much for two, to live as cheap as one.


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 10:20 PM

All my friends are married.
Every Tom and Dick and Harry.
You must be strong if you're to go it alone.
Here's to the bachelors and the bowery bums.
To those who feel that they're the ones
who are better off without a wife.

chorus:
I like to sleep until the crack of noon.
At midnight I'm howlin at the moon.
I go out when I want to and I come home when I please.
I don't have to get permission
when I wanna go out fishin.
And I never have to ask for the key.

- Tom Waits


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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: Bert
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 11:45 PM

A couple of previous threads

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Subject: RE: Songs my mother used to sing...
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 26 Sep 14 - 11:00 AM

What a gem, here's a rare recording of this song on You Tube, I'd love the chords if anyone can oblige?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgrxPsOetbQ


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