Pennywhistle notation and Dulcimer tab for this song is also available
Stern Old Bachelor I am a stem old bachelor, My age is forty-four- I do declare I'II never live With women any more. I have a stove that's worth ten cents, A table worth fifteen, I cook my gruel in oyster cans And keep my things so clean. cho: O little sod shanty Little sod shanty dear to me, I am a stern old bachelor From matrimony free. When I come home at night I smile and walk right in I never hear a voice call out, or say, "Where have you been?" On a cold and stormy night In my cozy little shack, I sing my songs and think my thoughts With no one to talk back. I go to bed when e'er I please And wake up just the same, I wash my socks three times a year With no none to complain. At night when I'm in peaceful sleep My snores can do no harm, I never have to walk the floor With a baby on my arm. I am a stem old bachelor, My age is forty-four- I do declare I'II never live With women any more. And when I die and go to heaven As all good bachelors do, I'll never have to grieve to fear My wife will get there too. RG
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