Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1909

Comments

MacIntosh Collection

New York: Seymour Furth Music Pub. Co., 1416 Broadway, (1909)

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[Verse 1]
Our deacon went to town and at a swell hotel he stayed,
When a man he never knew
Said “I remember you,”
Just entertain my wife tonight at work I’ll be delayed,
But the landlord whispered,
“Deacon, just be nice,
And you’ll find it safe to follow this advice.”

[Chorus 1]
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone,
Or else that neighbor might get wise and try to win your own,
So try to lead the simple life, but lead it with your own dear wife,
Live thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone.

[Verse 2]
My friend next door went on a trip, his poor wife stayed behind,
And I thought it was no crime
To give her one good time,
So I gave her a cute gold watch, the best time I could find,
Making presents in his absence didn’t go,
So her husband wrote me this to let me know.

[Chorus 2]
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone,
Or else that neighbor might get wise and try to win your own,
With fifty men I’d trust my wife, but with just one, “not on your life,”
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone.

[Verse 3]
I went up in an aeroplane with Jonesey and his bride,
So she would not be afraid
My arm around her strayed,
“Leave her alone or I will leave this lever go” he cried,
“If I do it’s plain this aeroplane will fall,”
Then he said some more but this much I recall.

[Chorus 3]
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone,
Or else that neighbor might get wise and try to win your own,
I knew she wasn’t safe down there that’s why I brought her in the air,
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone.

[Verse 4]
A male and female on a fence were singing in B Flat
It’s an ordinary thing, to hear two young cats sing,
They sang the latest catalogue of catawauls and that
When another Tom yelled “What is this I see?
Quit my bride or there’ll be some catastrophy:

[Chorus 4]
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone,
Or else that neighbor might get wise and try to win your own,
“I cant bring suit, I think it’s tough
A back fence isn’t grounds enough
Love thy neighbor as thyself, but leave his wife alone.

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