THE ONE WE LOVED SO WELL
 
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Her gentle soul has passed away and we are left to weep
We dream about her all the day, her spirit haunts our sleep
She was so young and beautiful but oh our 'Army' Journals tell
She was pious, brave and good, but she came from St John's Wood.
The one we loved so well.

Chorus: The one we loved so well, dear friends
The one we loved so well
She converted all the sinners
And took ten to one on winners
The one we loved so well.


She took in washing once or twice, but then she got the 'sack'
For though she did the washing well she never took it back
'Where are my clothes?' the people asked
But oh those 'tickets' plain did tell
How she'd run 'em up the 'spout' but had failed to get them out
The One we loved so well.

Chorus: The one we loved so well, dear friends
The one we loved so well
She would put their washing in
To provide herself with gin
The one we loved so well.


She'd never been inside a church, but once in all her life
And that was when some foolish masher made her his dear wife
But he soon went 'far, far away' and left his broken hearted Nell
To patronise the 'Pubs' with the cash from 'Burial Clubs'
The one we loved so well.

Chorus: The one we loved so well, dear friends
The one we loved so well
She did a waltz around
With the insurance twenty pound
The one we loved so well.


Her landlady is nearly mad with weeping for her sake
And swears if she could capture her, all her bones she'd break
Ten pails of tears she freely shed
When she found out that good and pious Nell
All her silver spoons had got, and had pledged the blessed lot
The one we love so well

Chorus: The one we loved so well, dear friends
The one we loved so well
She knew her little book
Stole the spoons, then took her hook
The one we loved so well.


But now that darling's passed away and a jolly good job too
She was about the greatest 'sell' that ever yet you knew
Yet we shall think with pride of our dear devoted darling Nell
Though she came to sudden death through some gin that caught her breath
The one we loved so well.

Chorus: The one we loved so well, dear friends
The one we loved so well
If we'd had our way you know
She'd have died long, long ago
The one we loved so well.
 
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Performed by Walter Munroe (d. 1914)
Performed by Slade Murray (1859-1913)
 
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