I'M GOING TO SETTLE DOWN
 
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I've just come back from Canada
The place they grow the corn
When I went out I hadn't got a cent
Er I've come back with the same amount
I never should have gone
Excepting for the reason that I went
One night we sat around a fire and sung an homely song
It upset me so I said, 'Boys, look 'ere.'
Well, I called 'em boys though some of 'em had whiskers two feet long
I said, 'I'm homesick boys, I'm going to 'clear'.'

Chorus: 'Yuss I'm going to settle down in England
I'm going to settle down in life
All I've saved as a settler out here
I'm going to settle on the wife
Then one of the boys said, 'Half a moment,
While you've got the settling thirst
Before you settles down in England
You can settle up in Canada first.'


That song of 'ome it touched me
Though I've oft been touched before
I pictured 'ome and mother's face quite plain
And when I pictured all the pubs I knew in days of yore
That did it, I began to cry like rain
The boys said, 'You shan't go.' but I run in me hut to hide
I locked the door I felt in such a stew
They brandished their revolvers shouting, 'Come out.' I replied
I wouldn't leave my little wooden hut for you

Chorus: 'I'm going to settle down in England
I'm going to settle down in life
All I've saved as a settler out here
I'm going to settle on the wife
Then one of the boys said, 'Half a moment,
While you've got the settling thirst
Before you settles down in England
You can settle up in Canada first.'
 
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Performed by Gus Elen (1862-1940)
 
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