There's a good time to come we are told by some,
If we only live to see;
And I have no doubt it will come about ,
But accept advice from me.
For each of you have an aim in view,
No matter what that aim may be;
So just aim straight, don't fret if you've to wait,
And success will come in time you'll see.

Chorus: Take your time, don't hurry,
Take your time, don't worry,
To be patient try, try, try,
Just wait, wait, wait,
Although it may be late,
You will get it, you will get it by-and-bye .

There's a man I know, to whom I owe
Just two pounds fourteen three,
And whenever we meet by chance in any street,
He is so rude to me:
I met him yesterday and to me this man did say,
You're a humbug and a cheat I fear.
Oh my dear friend, I replied, as I sorrowfully sighed
Perhaps you may be paid next year.


There are lots here now quite ready to vow,
Devotion and love for life;
To the maiden who will promise to be true,
And become a loving, faithful wife:
As a poor old married man, perhaps I can
Experience tell, but no I won't!
But single fellows tarry if you're about to marry,
I'll merely mention one word, Don't!


If a friend should claim (as a friend) your name,
On a bill to raise some tin,
Make some excuse and immediately refuse,
For perhaps hell let you in.
When the bill comes due, you'll find that you
Will very likely have to pay,
So if inclined you feel and your heart you cannot steel,
Pray just remember what I say.

Chorus: Take your time, don't hurry,
Take your time, don't worry,
Though to plead he'll try,try, try,
Don't you be loth,
Though he may take his oath,
That you'll get it, that you'll get it bye and bye.

Written and composed by Arthur Lloyd - 1891
Performed by Arthur Lloyd (1840 - 1904)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
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