Only Been Down to the Club, Lyric Variant 02


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Only Been Down to the Club, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is lamination-related creasing on the document. The upper right corner was folded into the laminate. There is one moderate tear and two minor tears at the upper right edge. There are two minor tears at the left edge. There are three textual corrections handwritten in pencil.


Folk songs, American Marital conflict -- Songs and music Clubs -- Songs and music Bribery -- Songs and music

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Down to the Club. The Club Meeting. Love. I've Only Been Down to the Club


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Only Been Down to the Club.

Last night I was out rather late,
‘Twas only an innocent spell.
My wife for my coming did wait,
When sleeping I thought she would be.
I found her in temper and tears.
Oh, she cried, It’s a sin and a shame.
And she scratched both my eyes and my ears,
But I told her I soon would explain.


The club had a meeting last night, love.
Of business we had a great sight, love.
Don’t think for a moment I’m tight, love.
I’ve only been down to the club

My boots I left in the hall,
And softly I crept up the stairs.
I kept rather close to the wall
And thought to ascend unawares.
But just as I got to the door
I seemed to get lost in the dark.
I stumbled and fell on the floor,
And just then I could only remark:

She sobbed, she wept, and she screamed
And said she’d go back to her Ma.
While I on the mantle piece leaned,
And tried to enjoy my cigar.
I promised to buy her a dress
If she’d let me alone for a while,
And I gave her a sweet little kiss,
And I saw her beginning to smile.

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Only Been Down to the Club, Lyric Variant 02

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Only Been Down to the Club

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216 mm x 279 mm

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Alexandra S. Toomey

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