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Miss Bailey (G. Colman) (D) G - D - / G - D - A captain bold, in Halifax, who dwelt in country quarters Seduced a maid, who hanged herself one morning in her garters. His wicked conscience troubled  him. He lost his stomach daily; He took to drinking Ratafia and thought upon Miss Bailey. Oh Miss Bailey Unfortunate Miss Bailey One night betimes he went to bed for he had caught the fever Said he "I am a handsome rogue , and I'm a gay deceiver." His candle just at twelve o'clock began to flicker  palely. A ghost stepped up to his bedside and said: "Behold Miss Bailey." "Avaunt, Miss Bailey" then he cried, "You can't affright me, really  !" "Good Captain Smith," the ghost replied ,"You've used me ungenteely The coroner's quest goes hard with me because I've acted frail-ly And parson Biggs won't bury me, though I'm a dead Miss Bailey". "Dear Ma'am ," says he, "Since you and I, accounts must once for all close. I have a ten pound note  in my regimental small clothes. T'will bribe the sexton for your grave." The ghost then vanished gaily, Crying "Bless you wicked Captain Smith, remember poor Miss Bailey" The captain from his bed arose, his fever now departed His appetite being keen again, for town he quickly started He ordered beef and mutton, too, as he once used to daily He eyed the pretty ladies, and forgot about Miss Bailey So come you maidens and beware of captains and their quarters Don't let them hand your petticoats, nor lead them near your garters But if you let them dilly dally round your flounces daily Stay away from hempen ropes, remember poor Miss Bailey ------------------------------------------------------------------- Traditional, Last two verses by Mick Hamly Verses 1-4 attributed to G. Colman; alternatives to phrases:  smited  man, but  burn quite  your face looks white and mealy  Dear corpse  I've really got a one pound note MJ Note: tune is used also for Coortin' in the Kitchen; tune's name is Ally Croker MS DC
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