Stern old bachelor    (video)

 

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1. I am a stern old bachelor, my age is forty-four,

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    I do declare I'll never live with women any more.

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    I have a stove that's worth 10 cents, a table worth fifteen

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    I cook my gruel in oyster cans and keep my things so clean.

 

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Oh, little sod shanty, little sod shanty give to me,

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for I'm a stern old bachelor, from matrimony free.

 

+  instrumental = CHORUS

 

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2. When I come home at night, I smile and walk right in,

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    I never hear a voice shout out, I say, where have you been ?

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    On a cold and stormy night, in my cozy little shack

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    I sing my songs and think my thoughts with no one to talk back.

 

+  CHORUS       +  instrumental = CHORUS

 

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3. I go to bed whene'er I please and get up just the same,

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    I change my socks three times a year with no one to complain.

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    At night when I'm in peaceful sleep my snores can do no harm,

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    I never have to walk the floor with a baby in my arms.

 

+  CHORUS    + +  instrumental = CHORUS

 

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4. And when I die and go heaven as all good bachelors do,

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    I will not have to grieve for fear my wife will get there, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh, little sod shanty, little sod shanty give to me,

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for I'm a stern old bachelor, from matrimony free.

 

 

(orig. = capo 1st)    (The Carter Family)