I STOPPED!... I LOOKED!... AND I LISTENED"
 
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I like to go walking alone, by myself... it's merely for exercise
I wonder around like a mischievous elf, for I always expect a surprise
T'other day I was walking alongside of the hedge
And the hedge was apropos of some trees
I got my surprise as I walked 'long the edge
'Twas a sound wafted my way on the breeze.
So, I stopped!... and I looked!... and I listened!
And I tried to locate this sound
First, I thought it was here... then I thought it was there
A most peculiar sound that I really declare
I had heard it before but I cannot say where
So I thought that this sound must be found
So, I stopped!... and I looked!... and I listened!
The sound seemed to come from the ground
Someone said, "You!" and someone said "Don't!"
Someone said, "Do!" and someone said "Won't!"
So, I stopped!... and I looked!... and I left!

At the bidding of youth, I selected a wife
And I thought, 'Now my troubles are halved.
I'll wed right away and be settled for life
For I've found my true soul-mate at last.
The first year of bliss was a dream of delight
Ye Gads! but my joy was supreme
'Til after cucumber, at supper, one night
She started to talk in her dream.
So, I stopped!... and I looked!... and I listened!
But the case was unique, you'll allow
I was filled with amazement... I was knocked in a heap
For I had no idea that she talked in her sleep!
But I knew it was best, perfect silence to keep
So I thought I would hear this somehow.
So, I stopped!... and I looked!... and I listened!
And the sweat seemed to stand on my brow
"My own Darling, Joe, I love you!" she said
"I worship you so..." Well as my name is Fred
I stopped!... and I looked!...
Well!!!... I'll leave it to you!
 
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Written and composed by F. Clifford Grey & Nat D. Ayer- 1916
Performed by George Robey (1869-1954)
 
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