Notes from the skirting board

by Ben Paley

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Verse I: Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears, While we all sup sorrow with the poor. There's a song that will linger forever in our ears Oh, hard times come again no more. Chorus: 'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary, Hard times, hard times, come again no more. Many days you have lingered around my cabin door Oh, hard times come again no more. Verse 2: While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay, There are frail forms fainting at the door. Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say Oh, hard times come again no more.
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Verse I I've been a good old donkey but they turned me out to die They had me on the common where the grass don't grow so high But now I'm in the clover in the fields of golden grain I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again Verse 2 They had me up Salt River but I kicked the stable down I knew that Mr Roosevelt would ride me in to town He mounted to the saddle, he grabbed the bridle rein I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again Chorus Hee haw hallelujah, hee haw hallelujah I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again. Verse 3 He shouted on to Washington clear the track and let us by You never saw a donkey in your life that jumped so high I carried him to victory, he rode me on to fame I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again Verse 4 The Rooster and the Eagle fought a duel in the sky While I was kicking gravel in the big white elephant's eye The rooster whipped the Eagle, he proved that he was game I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again Chorus Hee haw hallelujah, hee haw hallelujah I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again Verse 5 They had me on the racetrack for another stake this Fall Mr Roosevelt, he rode me to the presidential hall When he led me to the manger to feed my hungry frame I was back in old Columby in the same old stall again. Verse 6 You'll see my handsome profile in the papers everywhere And soon you'll hear them singing all about me on the air The world is gonna miss me when I am dead and gone But when the angels find me I'll be sleeping in the White House barn Chorus Hee haw hallelujah, hee haw hallelujah I'm back in old Columby in the same old stall again. Hee haw hallelujah, hee haw hallelujah The Democratic donkey is in his stall again
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Who's that knocking at my window Knocks so loud but won't come in It is your own true-hearted lover Go rise you up and let him in Go 'way go 'way don't wake my mother For love's a thing she can't endure She's been the ruin of many a lover She'll be the ruin of many a more I've come to whisper in your ear, love Do you think it's any harm I've come to win you of your mother Pray trust yourself in your darling's arms Go 'way go 'way don't wake my father For he lies on his bed of rest And on his breast he carries a weapon To kill the one that I love best I wish I was a little sparrow I'd circle like a turtle dove I'd fly away to a lonesome valley And settle down in the land of love

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released April 5, 2020

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