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Lyr Req: Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid?

Kim from Mission Hills 07 Jul 10 - 02:38 AM
GUEST,Willa 07 Jul 10 - 10:08 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Jul 10 - 05:44 PM
GUEST,Sheena 23 Jan 11 - 07:14 AM
Jim Dixon 24 Jan 11 - 10:08 PM
GUEST 04 Oct 11 - 03:03 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid?
From: Kim from Mission Hills
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 02:38 AM

If somebody can find the lyrics of this song, I'd be grateful as I'm unsure about the words, particularly in verses 2 and 3. If anybody has them or can come across them write to Kim from Mission Hills on this site.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Why Am I Always The Bridesmaid?
From: GUEST,Willa
Date: 07 Jul 10 - 10:08 AM

This might help.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIu4SgRswWU


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY AM I ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 05:44 PM

A filmed performance by Lily Morris herself can be seen at YouTube. Here is my transcription, with only one gap where I found a couple of words unintelligible.


WHY AM I ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID?
Words and music by Charles Collins and Fred. W. Leigh, 1917.
As sung by Lily Morris.

1. Why am I dressed in these beautiful clothes?
What is the matter with me?
I've been a bridesmaid for twenty-two brides.
This one will make twenty-three.
Twenty-two maidens I've helped off the shelf.
No doubt it seems a bit strange.
Being the bridesmaid is no good for me,
And I think I could do with a change.

CHORUS: Why am I always the bridesmaid, never the blushing bride?
Ding, dong, wedding bells only ring for other girls*.
One fine day—oh, let it be soon!—
I shall wake up in the morning on my own honeymoon.

2. Twenty-two times I have been to the church,
Followed** the bride up the aisle.
Twenty-two maidens have answered "I will,"
Meaning "I won't" all the while.
Twenty-two couples I've seen go away,
Just ... (?) on their own.
Twenty-two times I have wished it was me,
And gone back home to mother alone.

3. I had a good chance a week or two back,
Took my young man home to tea.
Mother got playful and gave him a pinch,
Yes, pinched my fiancé*** from me.
Being a widow, she knew what to do,
No use for me to complain.
When they got married—today, if you please—
I was only the bridesmaid again.


* pronounced to rhyme with "bells"
** pronounced "follered"
*** pronounced "financé"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid?
From: GUEST,Sheena
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 07:14 AM

The words in the 2nd verse are :- Just him and her on their own.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 10:08 PM

Ah, yes: pronounced "'im an' 'er" of course.

Thanks, Sheena.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Why Am I Always the Bridesmaid?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 03:03 PM

The missing lyrics are 'Just him and her on their own'
Hope this helps


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