FAITHLESS MARIA
 
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Oh! Pity me, pray and hear what I've to say;
For, my bosom has been set on fire
By one I considered as true as the day;
But now she's a faithless Maria.
And when I recount all my troubles and woes,
And miseries which to you now I'll disclose,
You'll say in this world you would hardly suppose
There was such a false maid as Maria.

Chorus: I may be to blame but I love her the same,
Though my feelings she tried hard to injure;
She's as false as she's fair and she's twelve pounds a year,
And she lives in the land of Green Ginger.

I'm a journeyman baker and first went to Hull
One Saturday night in September;
And Maria, a cook, and her elegant look
I shall ever have cause to remember.
Each day on my round I would go with my bread,
Contented 'til love nearly turned my poor head,
You see how I blush and my face will go red,
When I mention the name of Maria.

Chorus:

I called every morning and how she would run,
When I knocked and shouted out, 'Baker.'
And smiled too, beside, when I said, 'For my bride.'
I would take her and never forsake her!
But a policeman came on the Green Ginger beat,
And as they're always looking for something to eat,
No matter if pudding that's stale, or cold meat,
Of course, he made love to Maria.

Chorus:

At last, when I asked her to settle the day,
She said with a smile of derision;
She rather would marry her officer bold,
Who belonged to the borough division.
'What! deceive your poor baker who loves you so true?'
She only said, 'Rubbish!' and answered, 'Pooh, Pooh.'
My heart, it went down, like a lump of stale dough,
As I took a last look at Maria.

Chorus:

I could weep, I could cry, I shall pine, I shall die,
Each day I get thinner and thinner,
I grieve at my meals whether supper or tea,
And I fret at my breakfast and dinner.
You see at a glance how I'm wasting away,
Like butter exposed on a hot, sunny day,
I nearly drop down when I hear the folks say,
'There's the baker who once loved Maria.'

Chorus:

 
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Written and performed by Harry Clifton (1824-1872)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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