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I'll introduce you to my chum Josiah Jones Esquire
A prophet and a mesmerist yet neither saint nor liar
For no matter what he prophesies, it's certain to come true
Last week said he 'I prophesy your landlord waits on you.'

Chorus: So he did, so he did, but I didn't think he would
For I knew the man was ill and therefore didn't think he could
But when I got home to my surprise,
My landlord gave me two black eyes
Jones said he would, and swore he could, and hang it! so he did.


One night to see a drama play my chum and I both went
And he, with a bit of devilry was on enjoyment bent
For in the midst of some great scene said Jones, quite calm and cool
'I'll mesmerise that actor, and will make him look a fool.'

Chorus: So he did, so he did, but I didn't think he would
For I knew the actor well and therefore didn't think he could
But before a sentence I could speak, the actor he began to squeak
Jones said he would, and swore he could, and hang it! so he did.


Last week my old chum prophesied our ceiling would fall in
And that our cat would fight each night on top of our dustbin
Then prophesied my neighbour Brown my feelings much would hurt
And that our parson that same week would go and pawn his shirt.

Chorus: So he did, so he did, but I didn't think he would
For I knew our parson's modesty and didn't think he could
But sure enough last Tuesday morn our parson put his shirt in pawn
Jones said he would, and swore he could, and hang it! so he did.


Once Jones and I had words about a girl whose name was 'Fan'
Said I to Jones, 'You're fairly done, for I'm the accepted man.'
But said, ' Johnny Jones you love the girl but I'll make you sip sorrow
For I'll let you know sir, for your cheek I'll marry the girl tomorrow.'

Chorus: So he did, so he did, but I didn't think he would
For I knew the girl loved me and therefore didn't think he could
But in spite of love 'tis strange to say he made her marry him next day
He said he would, and swore he could, and hang it! so he did.
 
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Performed by Slade Murry (1859-1913)
 
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