WEDDING BELLS
 
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Married ladies pity me, in this world of ours
You get all the sweets of life, I get all the sours
Loved by husbands, loved by friends, I hardly think it right
My only friend's a tabby cat, and he stays out all night.

Chorus: Wedding bells, wedding bells, How I love your melody
You ring your bells for other gals, but never ring for me
On the shelf, by myself, I've been lying all my life
I wonder if I ever shall be, somebody's darling wife.


Often I stand near the church when the bell it rings
Watch them throw the boots and shoes, rice, and other things
Squeezing through a crowd today to gaze upon the bride
A policeman threw a boot at me with his big foot still inside.

Chorus:

O'other evening, in the park, what do you suppose
Some man came up from behind, kissed me on the nose
Then he dragged me near a lamp, it nearly turned my blood
He said he'd made a big mistake - then shoved me in the mud.

Chorus:

I was pretty as a child, that's what I have heard
How we alter as we grow, moult just like a bird
I was nearly married once - his face I can't forget
He lodged with mother twenty years - the left us all in debt

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Written and composed by Murray & Leigh - 1903
Performed by Vesta Victoria (1874 - 1951)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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