O then, o then

 

Verse 1

Once I was a young man, O then, O then,
Once I was a young man, O then;
A-courting I went, and my money I spent,
And the world went merry with me just now, then.

Verse 2

I married me a wife, O then, O then,
I married me a wife, O then,
My wife she fell sick and the fever took her quick,
And the world went merry with me just now, then.

Verse 3

I went for the doctor, O then, O then,
I went for the doctor, O then,
He couldn't do her good, nor I didn't wish he would,
For the world went merry with me just now, then.


Verse 4

My wife she did die, O then, O then
My wife she did die, O then,
My wife she did die, be hanged if I could cry,
For the world went merry with me just now, then.

Verse 5

I went for the coffin, O then, O then
I went for the coffin, O then,
I went for the coffin, and I couldn't speak for laughing,
For the world went merry with me just now, then.

Verse 6

I put her in the coffin, O then O then,
I put her in the coffin, O then,
I put her in the coffin and I saw the bitch a-laughing,
And the world went merry with me just now, then.

Verse 7

I took her to the grave, O then, O then,
I took her to the grave, O then,
I heard the bands play and I danced all the way,,
And the world went merry with me just now, then.

Verse 8

And now she's in, O then, O then,
And now she's in, O then,
And now she's in, we'll have a glass of gin,
For the world went merry with me just now, then.