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When I Was a Young Man 1. When I was a young man I lived easy, Oh the pleasure which I did see; I married me a wife, she prov'd to me unkindly Oh unkindly she prov'd to be. At length I became a Servant unto her, To milk her Cows and black her Shoes. Women's ways the world cannot please them A poor man's labour is never done. 2. The very first year that I was married I scarce could get one half nights sleep; With her heals (sic) she pealed my shins Till the blood ran trickling dowin my feet She rob'd me of my bed, she rob'd me of my blanket Away then I was oblig'd for to run; ' Women's ways &c. 3. The second year that I was married, She bore me a lovely son; She sat me down to rock the cradle, And then to learn me for to sing. Sing loloby, loloby, loloby baby, Loloby loloby this I sing; Women's ways &c. 4. Thus bespoke his good old mother, As she sat weeping all alone; Saying son their's (sic) women plenty. And why should you be ti'd to one? Take the second one and try her, If she no better be; Take the third, the fourth, & the fifth one Then your troubles will all be free. 5. Come all young men that's mind for to marry: Be sure that you get a loving wife; Do not marry my wive's (sic) sister, For she'll torment you all your life. Neither wed the old woman's daughter, For she'll torment you for ever more; Take from me my wife and welcome, And then my troubles will all be o'er From Contentment, Douglas See also Rockin' the Cradle RG
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