ISN'T IT A PITY I'VE TO DIE?
 
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You wouldn't think to look at me that I'm real flesh and blood
You'd think I was a model or a picture I'm so good
The people say I am the best boy living in our street
There's only our house in it, so of course, I can't be beat.

Refrain: But Isn't it a pity I've to die?
What a shame that I've to leave the earth
Everybody tells me when they see my curly wig
I'm far too pretty for a boy, I should have been a pig
I'm the only one in our house with red cheeks and eyes of blue
I'm nicer than the angels in the sky
It grieves me when I think of how you'll miss me when I've gone
Oh isn't it a pity I've to die.


A burglar broke into a house and up the stairs he crept
He stole into an old maid's room, and thought she soundly slept
She jumped up, locked the door, and held a pistol to his head
And cried, 'I'll shoot you where you stand.' But he looked up and said,

Refrain: 'Isn't it a pity I've to die?
What a shame that I've to leave the earth.'
She said, 'well, I'll give you one chance to gain your liberty
I will not shoot you if you consent to marry me
But if you refuse to marry me your time on earth is short
For through your brain I'll let the bullets fly'
He looked at her face a moment, then he stood erect and said
'Oh isn't it a pity I've to die.'


My missus told me Yesterday she had no grub for me
So I made up my mind to cook the tom-cat for my tea
I placed him on the table, singed his whiskers off his head
But as I was going to wring it's neck, he looked at me and said,

Refrain: Isn't it a pity I've to die?
What a shame that I've to leave the earth
I said, 'I'm sorry puss, to have to part with you.'
He said, 'Well, cook the dog.' I said, 'I can't, it's in the stew
Besides, I'm nearly starving, and must have something to eat.'
Then he looked up at me with tear dimmed eyes
And said, 'I promised Murphy's cat I'd marry her tonight
Oh isn't it a pity I've to die.'
 
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Performed by Wilkie Bard (1874-1944)
 
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