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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleHard times come again no more
Roud No.2659
Collected FromUnknown
LocationUnknown
CountyUnknown
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 5 - Miscellaneous: Williams, A: MS collection No Mi 588
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

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,
Oh, hard times come again no more.
Many years hast though 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,
Thought their voices are silent their pleading looks will say -
Oh, hard times come again no more.

Chorus

Verse 3

There's a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
With a worn heart, whose better days are o'er,
Though her voice would be merry 'tis sighing all the day -
'Oh, hard times come again no more.'

Chorus

Verse 4

'Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
'Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore,
'Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lonely grave -
Oh, hard times come again no more.

Chorus
 
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Notes
In the Chorus 2 Line 1 the original text read:

'Tis the song, the sigh of the many

In Verse 4 Line 3 the original text read:

'Tis a dirge that is murmured around her lonely grave -


Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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