SHE'D NEVER HAD A LESSON IN HER LIFE
 
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Mary was fond of music, Mary Green was very smart
Every kind of melody she used to play by heart
Even when quite a little child she never was a dunce
Sat at the grand piano and she played it off at once
They had a young man used to call, his name was Mr Gee
He had a lovely voice and he was lovely company
Whenever he was asked to sing he always used to say
'Delighted , if Mary dear only says that she will play.'

Chorus: Clever Mary, Clever Mary Green
She always was as sharp as any knife
When she played for Mr Gee
She could always find the key
Though she'd never had a lesson in her life.


Mary was fond of mashing, Mary Green was very fly
Every night she used to sit and spoon with Mr Pie
On to the parlour table she had fixed a gramaphone
Every word he used to say was not to her alone
Soon he got tired and stayed away, he dropped her as he thought
Mary was up to snuff and so she took him into court
And when she turned the 'Granny' on, the masher drooped his head
It told the Judge and Jury every word that he had said.

Chorus: Clever Mary, Clever Mary Green
She always was as sharp as any knife
All the court began to grin
Why she couldn't help but win
And she'd never had a lesson in her life.


Mary of course got married, Mary Green to Mr John
I was invited to the wedding feast that followed on
Every kind of dish we had, in style the thing was done
Then we had dancing in galore and other sorts of fun
As it was getting rather late I saw a thing occur
Mary was winking hard at him and he the same at her
And then she said to all of us, 'I think we'll say good-bye,
My husband's getting very tired, my friends, and so am I.'

Chorus: Clever Mary, Clever Mary Green
I know she'll make a loving little wife
Why its almost made me weep
They were tired and wanted sleep
And she'd never had a lesson in her life.
 
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Written and composed by Fred Murray & Orlando Powell
Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
 
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