I CAN'T FORGET THE DAYS WHEN I WAS YOUNG
 
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I'm not so young as I used to be, when I was in my prime,
But you can have a bit on 'Mouldy Martha' every time;
I've had my share of married life
And kind of settled down,
And when ever I get the gladeye from the pot-man at the 'Crown'

Chorus: Oh, I can't forget the days when I was young,
And it don't seem so very long ago;
I was happy, blythe and gay,
I could drive dull care away,
Oh, I can't forget the days when I was young.

I've had my share of married lor lummy, not 'arf, what, oh!
But my poor Bill went up aloft, a couple of years ago,
And when I scrub the bedroom out,
And gaze beneath the bed,
At the lavender trousers that he wore the morning we got wed;

Chorus: Oh, I can't forget the days when I was young,
And it don't seem so very long ago;
When I sit for hours and stare,
At those trousers on the chair,
Oh, I can't forget the days when I was young
.

Of course you know I'm not the flapper now that I used to be,
But you all understand me and I think you'll agree with me,
It's not the youngest fruit that makes the sweetest jam.
And there's many a bit of frozen mutton tastes as good as lamb,

Chorus: Oh, I can't forget the days when I was young,
And it don't seem so very long ago;
When I was twenty two,
Well, that's nothing to do with you,
Oh, I can't forget the days when I was young
.

 
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Words by Sam Mayo & Worton David and music by Sam Mayo - 1919
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
Performed by Ada Reeve (1874-1966)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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