Jack and May were newly wed, a loving pair were they,
Until the other day, when Jack said to his May
'Tonight I have to talk some business with some businessmen
But rest assured that I'll return at ten'
That night he left the flat and simple wifey sat
Up with the cat for Jack who never came
The day was dawning when he rambled home again
And said, 'My darling please let me explain

Chorus: I heard the clock strike One AM, One AM, One AM
It told me of my promise when I left you in the hall
Before I knew 'twas Two AM, Three AM, Four AM
But you know I promised to be home at ten
So I didn't go home at all'

Jack remarked, 'It's easily seen that I'm not all to blame
My explanation's tame, It's true though just the same
Much rather than disturb you from your slumber so divine
I lingered just to pass away the time
And then again you see, I didn't take the key
Which proves that my intentions were the best
I even said a prayer, that you might not despair
Besides I knew how much you needed rest.'


Jack had been forgiven and the future seemed so bright
Until the other night, his May was not in sight
She went to see a sick friend but had promised to come back
At sixty minutes after nine, to Jack
At sixty minutes past, next morn she came at last
Her opening speech was, 'I've been with my friend
Because they said she'd die, I wanted to be nigh
And so I waited for the coming end'

Performed by Alice Lloyd (1873-1949)
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