I LIVE IN HOPES
 
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Now I can't 'elp being single
If I could, before today
You bet I would have tasted wedded bliss
No, I don't know what it tastes like but as I always say
'What you've never 'ad you never miss'
Some say I ought to marry 'cos I'm getting on yer see
Ah, but the right man up to now I 'aven't struck
But I think I'd likes an 'usband, you know, with a grown up family
'Cos at my time of life you never know yer luck.

Chorus 1: And I says to myself, tho' you may be on the shelf
Never mind, Mary Anne! Don't care
For there's lots of tunes to play on old fiddles so they say
So I live in hope if I dies in despair.


Chorus 2: So I says to myself, tho' you may be on the shelf
Never mind, Mary Anne! Don't care
And if the worst comes to the worst,
Then to hell with safety first
'Cos I live in hope if I dies in despair.
 
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Written and composed by Harrington / Powell
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
Recorded 1936 by Marie Lloyd Junior (1888-1967)
 
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