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The One Thing or the Other At the age of twenty-one, I was in the prime of life Me mother often told me to go and choose a wife To go and choose a wife,, I knew little about the bother At the same time I was thinking on the one thing or the other Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now Right-fol-di-daddy Mush-a-whack-a-row-di-dow-now Right-fol-di-dee I went to a wee girl that I for sometime knew To tell her what me mother was advising me to do What d'you earn? cries the sister; What d'you earn! cries the mother And to cut the story short, says I: It's the one thing or the other Now we have got married, we lead a happy life I'm her loving husband, and she's my loving wife We live in peace and unity, right well content together In our daily occupation at the one thing or the other A year passed away, and we never knew a care But now the people say that we're going to have an heir It's a son, cries the sister; It's a daughter, cries the mother And to cut the story short, says I: It's the one thing or the other 'Twas on a Monday morning, just as me story runs 'Twas on a Monday morning, when first I heard the twins It was on a Monday morning my grief I couldn't smother As I listened to the squalling of the one thing and the other From Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, Kennedy RG oct99
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