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Of Late I've Been Driven Near Crazy Of late I've been driven near crazy All on account of my wife. She ran away with a Chinee And left me to mourn all my life. I wrote her a million of letters And asked her my faults to forget. No matter how many I wrote her, These are the answers I get. Wait 'til the gang on the corner Refuses to take a big bowl, Wait `til the bank robbers in Canada Bring back all the money they stole, When Jay Gould and the great Knights of Labor And all the trade unions agree, And the people don't back-bite their neighbors Then, my darling, I'II come back to thee. She stole all my clothes and my money. She left me as poor as a mouse. Her actions were awfully funny. She stole all I had in the house. But I wrote her and said l'd forgive her If she would but come back again. This morning I received a large letter And this is what it did contain. Wait `til the actors and married men Agree with all business men. Wait 'til we find one who's hen-pecked That's in love with his mother-in-law. When the K.C.'s and Eagles and Masons Unite in a grand jubilee. When the Chinese rule this nation Then, my darling, I'll come back to thee. note: A sort-of update of Waly, Waly From Folk Songs out of Wisconsin, Peters Collected from Lester Coffee, Harvard, IL, 1946 who learned it ca. 1870-1880 RG
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