STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES
 
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The day Doctor Bodie brought me in his bag
Just as a present for ma
They sent off a wire to the vicar of Bray
'We must have it Christened' said Pa
To Christen me Mafeking, Rockfeller, Washington,
Bottomley, Churchill they tried
But I rubbed water all out of my peepers
Then blinked at the parson and cried.

Chorus: Sticks and stones may break my bones
Names will never hurt me
Call me any old name, any old name, they're all the same
Sticks and stones may break my bones
Names won't break my head
But when I'm dead and in my grave
You'll be sorry for all you've said.


When I started courting, I did feel so soft
My young woman thought I was dumb
I walked her ten miles without saying a word
You can't when you're sucking your thumb
She murmured, 'I like you, you look so refined
You remind me of young Romeo
Would you mind If I call, you my own Dicky Bird?'
I just smiled a sad smile and said, 'No

Chorus: Sticks and stones may break my bones
Names will never hurt me
Call me any old name, any old name, they're all the same
Sticks and stones may break my bones
Names won't break my head
But when I'm dead and in my grave
You'll be sorry for all you've said.
 
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Performed by Jay Laurier (1879-1969)
 
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