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When I Was Single

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The Great Park's version of the traditional 'When I Was Single' recorded in Aarau, Switzerland in March 2018.

Download includes a pdf of the lyrics and versions of two other songs recorded the same afternoon.

Two new songs recorded on this day appear on the album 'Woe', released August 2018.

Review of 'When I Was Single' from African Paper:
africanpaper.com/2018/08/11/the-great-park-when-i-was-single/

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released July 24, 2018

Stephen Burch: Martin D35 acoustic guitar and vocals.

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Stephen Burch. Problem folk, songs with words.

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Track Name: When I Was Single
WHEN I WAS SINGLE MY POCKETS WOULD JINGLE
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN

BUT

I MARRIED ME A WIFE AND SHE'S THE PEST OF MY LIFE
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN
I SPENT ALL OF MY MONEY ON A VERY CHEAP RING
AND THEN SHE AND THE GOLDSMITH HAD A MIGHTY FINE FLING
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN
BUT THEN MY WIFE SHE GOT SICK
AND I PRAYED THAT IT WAS QUICK
SO THAT I COULD BE SINGLE AGAIN
AND SURE ENOUGH MY WIFE SHE DIED
AND I LAUGHED UNTIL I CRIED
TO THINK I WAS SINGLE AGAIN

BUT

I MARRIED ME ANOTHER AND SHE'S THE DEVIL'S GRANDMOTHER
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN
WELL SHE DID BEAT ME AND BANG ME
AND SHE SWORE SHE WOULD HANG ME
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN
AND SHE LOOKED FOR A ROPE AND SHE FOUND HERSELF A ROPE
SHE FOUND HERSELF A ROPE AND SHE GREASED IT WITH SOAP
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN
AND THEN SHE SEARCHED FOR A CHAIR
AND SHE FOUND HERSELF A CHAIR
SHE FOUND HERSELF A CHAIR
JUST TO KICK FROM UNDER ME THERE
AND I WISH I WAS SINGLE AGAIN
AND THEN SHE SEARCHED FOR A TREE
AND SHE FOUND HERSELF A TREE
SHE FOUND HERSELF A TREE FROM WHICH TO STRING ME
OH TO BE SINGLE AGAIN

BUT

THE BRANCH IT DID BREAK AND MY NECK DID ESCAPE
AND I WAS SINGLE AGAIN

SO YOUNG MEN TAKE A WARNING FROM THIS
BE GOOD TO THE FIRST CAUSE THE LAST IS MUCH WORSE
OH TO BE SINGLE AGAIN
BE GOOD TO THE FIRST CAUSE THE LAST IS MUCH WORSE
OH TO BE SINGLE AGAIN
BE GOOD TO THE FIRST CAUSE THE LAST IS MUCH WORSE
OH STAY SINGLE MEN

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