SEVENTEEN
(My Girl Is Only eventeen)
 
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I love a girl - she's a dear little girl, and she's only seventeen
I love a girl - the same little girl, and she's only seventeen
I love her dearly, I don't want her pelf
I'd do anything to please this little elf
I'd lay down my life, though I want it myself, and she's only seventeen
Only seventeen, only seventeen,
I've kept her out till a quarter past twelve, I said 'Only seventeen.'

I left her and went to sea when I was only seventeen
I returned after years and I met her again, She was only seventeen
Said she, 'I'm a widow, and money I've got,
Let us get wed, and share each other's lot.'
I said, 'Wait a bit, How many kids have you got?'
She said 'Seventeen'
Only seventeen, only seventeen,
I said 'I'm married too'
She said 'How many have you?'
I said, 'Only seventeen.'

I love a girl - the same little girl, and she's only seventeen
I'm sorry to say that I've married this girl, she was only seventeen
I'll never forget the night we were wed
Her wig fell off as we got into bed
And I stood, and I counted, the hairs on her head, she'd only seventeen
Only seventeen, only seventeen,
She'd five bunches of three, and two keeping watch
And that makes it seventeen.
 
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Performed by Phil Ray (1872-1918)
 
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