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Lyr Req: They say that love's a pleasure

GUEST,Guest Amber 19 Jan 17 - 12:31 AM
Joe Offer 19 Jan 17 - 03:04 AM
Joe Offer 19 Jan 17 - 03:16 AM
Richie 19 Jan 17 - 09:34 AM
Lighter 19 Jan 17 - 11:23 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: They say that loves a pleasure
From: GUEST,Guest Amber
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 12:31 AM

I'm looking for the title and artist for this song that My Great Grandmother sang to us in the 70's

They say that loves a pleasure
What pleasure can it be?
For the one I loved most dearest
Has turned his back to me

I don't see why I loved him
For he never cared for me
But my heart will always linger
Wherever he may be

I wrote my love a letter
Saying I was very ill
But the answer that he gave me
Was he had another still

I wrote another letter
Saying I was well and strong
But he never more cared for me
Than the ground he walked upon

I took my blue eyed baby
And kissed him on his lips
In memory of my mother
Who said I'd come to this

I wish I had a mother
For I'd never be here today
But I was young and foolish
And easily led astray

Good bye sweetheart I leave you
Perhaps to meet no more
I go where duty calls me
Upon the foreign shore


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Subject: ADD: They tell me love's a pleasure
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 03:04 AM

Hmmm. I'm guessing here. I found a record of a 1930 recording titled They Tell Me Love's a Pleasure, by Harry Ayers and Grover Rann.

I also found this (click) in a book called Winston County, Alabama: Newspaper Clippings 1909-1914

The Winston New Era, 4 June 1909


They tell me love's a pleasure,
But what pleasure do I see?
For the girl I love so dearly,
Does not care for me.

I asked her if she'd have me,
And this is what she said:
"I would not have you, young man,
If all the rest were dead."

I went one night to see her,
And much to my surprise;
I saw a boy beside her,
Making goo-goo eyes.

Oh my, you should have seen me!
They say that I was pale.
I could not have felt much worse,
Had I been placed in jail.

I thought that I'd play even,
And go with another girl;
So, when I asked for her company,
She said "NO!" with a snarl.

Now I will end my story,
For I am feeling sad -
If love had been a pleasure,
Much pleasure could I have had.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: They say that love's a pleasure
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 03:16 AM

I found a book called Singing About It: Folk Song in Southern Indiana. I ordered the book and should have it in about a week. If you don't have an answer by then, post a new message to this thread and remind me, or contact me by email, joe@mudcat.org

-Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: They say that love's a pleasure
From: Richie
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 09:34 AM

Hi,

I'm studying the "Died for Love" songs. This is a variant theme with floating verses. The last stanza sounds like it's sung by the young man who didn't lover her had a child with her and is now leaving.

The only song the opening reminds me of is an old song maybe Irish that was sung in the US- it begins:

They say that love it is a killing thing,
And it's only brought me pain,

It's somewhat similar I can't remember anymore of it or where I've heard it right now,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: They say that love's a pleasure
From: Lighter
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 11:23 AM

A brief, rude parody beginning "Some say that love is a blessing," and ending, "She'll never find a sucker like me," was sung by U.S. Marines in France in 1918.


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