Mary Ellen

It's mighty quiet in the house
  Since Mary Ellen quit me cold;
I've swept the hearth and fed the mouse
  That's getting fat and overbold.
I've bought a pig's foot for the pot
  And soon I'll set the fire alight;
Then I may eat or I may not,
  Depends upon my appetite.

Since Mary Ellen left me lone
  I haven't earned a bloody bob.
I sit and sigh, and mope and moan,
  And bellyache I quit my job.
My money's mostly gone,--I think
  I ought to save it up for food . . .
But no, I'll blow it in for drink,
  Then do a bunk for good.

I watch my mouse his whiskers preen;
  He watches me with wicked glee.
Today--oh God! It's years sixteen
  Since Mary Ellen wed with me.
Oh how the dear girl hated vermin!
  She left rat poison on the shelf . . .
Friend Mouse, your doom I new determine
  Then--how about myself?

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