THAT WAS BEFORE MY TIME
 
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I hear people say, that us girls of today
Are awfully forward and fast
That our doings, these times, would have counted as crimes
In the goody good days of the past
Such innocent things as gold lockets and rings
Each shy little maiden would shun
They never made bets, nor yet smoked cigarettes
And of sweethearts they wanted but one.

Chorus: That was before my time, you know
A long, long time ago
For girls to wear dresses, their figures to show
Was reckoned an awful crime
They went to tea meetings along with their Ma's
And filled up their time darning socks for their Pa's
Well, it may have been so, but it happened you know
Before my time.


These model young men who got home by ten
And gloried in ruffles and frills
Always made it a rule to attend Sunday School
And settle their landlady's bills
Married men never swore, and their Mother-in-law
They were always delighted to see
While toffee and tarts were a joy to their hearts
And they drank nothing stronger than tea.

Chorus: That was before my time, you know
A long, long time ago
When fellows would faint at a boxing show
And blush at a pantomime
As sober as judges each night they retired
And the loan of a 'fiver' they never required
Well, it may have been so, but it happened you know
Before my time.


To look out for sport in an ancient law court
Would have meant disappointment and pain
For a promise to wed could be broken 'tis said
And the injured one never complain
A jilted sweetheart never made juggins part
And take on another rich mash
They knew not the way to make love letters pay
They would rather take poison than cash.

Chorus: That was before my time, you know
A long, long time ago
Breeches of Promise were not in the show
When Adam was in his prime
Girls always stuck to the same old mash
Thought more of the man than they did of his cash
Well, it may have been so, but it happened you know
Before my time.
 
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Performed by Marie Lloyd (1870-1922)
 
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