I MARRIED A WIFE
 
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Once I was single and then
Once I was single and then
When I was single, my pockets did jingle
I wish I was single again
Again and again and again
Again, again, and again and again
When I was single, my pockets did jingle
I wish I was single again.

I married a wife, oh then
I married a wife, oh then
I married a wife, the plague of my life
I wish'd I were single again
Again and again and again
Again, again, and again and again
I married a wife, the plague of my life
I wish'd I were single again.

My wife took a fever, oh then
My wife took a fever, oh then
My wife took a fever, I hoped t'wouldn't leave her
I longed to be single again
Again and again and again
Again, again, and again and again
My wife took a fever, I hoped t'wouldn't leave her
I longed to be single again.

My wife she died, oh then
My wife she died, oh then
My wife she died, and I laughed till I cried
With joy to be single again
Again and again and again
Again, again, and again and again
My wife she died, and I laughed till I cried
With joy to be single again.

I married another, oh then
I married another, oh then
I married another, far worse than the other
And longed to be single again
Again and again and again
Again, again, and again and again
I married another, far worse than the other
And longed to be single again.

Young men who have wives, oh then
Young men who have wives, oh then
Be kind to the first, for the next may be worse
And you'll long for the first one again.
 
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Sung by Ernest Butcher (1885-1965)
 
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