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I'm A Poor Unfortunate Miserable Man (Leach)

I'm a poor unfortunate miserable man,
An I'll tell you the reason I'm so;
I was traveling around the whole livelong day,
And looking for something to do.

First I invented the heel for a shoe,
And a very fine model I made, I made;
It's as if it would never wear out,
For I'm a shoemaker by trade.

I was here and there and everywhere,
Into every old boot and shoe store;
But they told me there my intention was clear,
For someone had been there before.

What is the reason that I'm always late,
For there's nothing I ever went for,
But for to find out why I am behind time,
For someone has been there before.

I courted a girl and she lived way out west,
And I loved her as dear as my life;
One night as I went to impose upon her,
And asked her if she'd be my wife.

What do you think but she give me the sock,
And she kicked me right over the door;
She said it was nonsense to impose upon her,
For someone had been there before.

What is the reason that I'm always late,
For there's nothing I ever went for,
But for to find out why I am behind time,
For someone has been there before.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional comedy song ....####

Collected in 1951 from Robert (Bobby) O'Brien [1943-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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