LONG YEARS AGO
 
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Long years ago on Pancake day
When father was at work they say
Some twins were born and one was me
One was a boy and one a he
I looked like Jim, Jim looked like me
I breathed like Jim, Jim breathed like me

Chorus: 'Twas long years ago, long years ago
How it happened I really don't know
Can't recollect my memory's so slow
I was one of twins, it's a mystery
But when we tumbled in the sea
Whether they buried my brother or me
'Twas long years ago.


Long years ago or p'r'aps was more
My uncle slept upon the floor
So I bought him a shut-up bed
On which to lay his big fat head
That shut-up bed shut up one night
With him inside it shut up tight

Chorus: 'Twas long years ago, long years ago
How it happened I really don't know
Can't recollect my memory's so slow
I sold that bed to an old maid grey
With Uncle in it and I can't quite say
If she brought back my uncle or the bed next day
'Twas Long years ago.


My past I can not dwell upon
I don't know why, I suppose it's gone
A girl phrenologist down town
She felt my bumps for half-a-crown
The name of every bump she knew
I recollect but one or two

Chorus: 'Twas long years ago, long years ago
How it happened I really don't know
Can't recollect my memory's so slow
Me bumps were felt by Madam Flynn
I don't know if this is the bump of sin
Or the bump that I got when my wife walked in
'Twas long years ago.
 
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Performed by Jack Pleasants (1874-1924)
 
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