I'M NOT SUCH A FOOL AS I LOOK
 
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I was born in a neat country town, of schooling but little I had
The pride of her sex was my mam, though I can't say so much for my dad
He somehow found that wa'nt lost, for which he was soon brought to book
This proved to me good as advice, for I'm not such a fool as I look.
Tol lol de rol lol de rol lol, tol de rol lol de rol lay.

A genius, you'll find, I have got, for writing in blank verse or rhyme
And for melodrama, opera or farce, I have jokes that will suit 'em all, prime
My writings (and they're not amiss) would fill a large ciphering book
I beg you won't doubt what I say. I'm not such a fool as I look.
Tol lol de rol lol de rol lol, tol de rol lol de rol lay

I'm resolved not to drink table-beer when ale's to be had in it's stead
And you'll not catch me sleeping on straw, can I, any how, get a good bed
If of friends you would offer the best, commend me unto a good cook
You may laugh but you know what I mean. I'm not such a fool as I look.
Tol lol de rol lol de rol lol, tol de rol lol de rol lay.

When first I reached Lunnun's famed Town
'Mong the wonderful sights I saw in't
There was one, such a beauty, oh dear, with whitey brown hair and a squint
She ogled me then whispered softly and my arm she so lovingly took
'Don't you wish you may get it' says I. I'm not such a fool as I look.
Tol lol de rol lol de rol lol, tol de rol lol de rol lay.

Introduced to an elderly dame, who's purse was as long as my arm
I failed not to visit her oft, and she, faith, suspected no harm
For our courtship a short month sufficed, and then we got married odd zook
She grew ill - died - but left me her cash,
This proves I'm not such a fool as I look.
Tol lol de rol lol de rol lol, tol de rol lol de rol lay.

And now that I'm single again, and, whats more, have got plenty of pelf
I'll try, since my wife has cut me, to cut a fine figure myself
So, if there be any lass here, in a good house would like a snug nook
She might do worse than share it with me for I'm not such a fool as I look.
Tol lol de rol lol de rol lol, tol de rol lol de rol lay.
 
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Written and composed by W.T. Wilcox
 
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