George Cooper, 1863
My wife is a most knowing woman,|
She always is finding me out,
She never will hear explanations
But instantly puts me to rout,
Thereís no use to try to deceive her,
If out with my friends, night or day,
In the most inconceivable manner
She tells where Iíve been right away,
She says that Iím "mean" and "inhuman"
Oh! my wife is a most knowing woman.
2. She would have been hung up for witchcraft
3. Not often I go to dinner|
And come home a little "so so,"
I try to creep up through the hall-way,
As still as a mouse, on tip-toe,
Sheís sure to be waiting up for me
And then comes a nice little scene,
"What, you tell me youíre sober, you wretch you,
Now donít think that I am so green!
My life is quite worn out with you, man,"
Oh, my wife is a most knowing woman!
4. She knows me much better than I do,
5. Yes, I must give all of my friends up|
If I would live happy and quiet;
One might as well beíneath a tombstone
As live in confusion and riot.
This life we all know is a short one,
While some tongues are long, heaven knows,
And a miserable life is a husbands,
Who numbers his wife with his foes,
Iíll stay at home like a true man,
For my wife is a most knowing woman.
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