Hard Times

Hard Times

Come listen a while and I’ll sing you a song
Concerning the times it will not be long
When everybody is striving to buy
And cheating each other I cannot tell why
And it’s hard hard times.

From father to mother, from sister to brother
From cousin to cousin, they’re cheating each other
Since cheating has grown to be so much the fashion
I believe to my soul it will run the whole nation
And it’s hard hard times.

Now there is the talker, by talking he eats
And so does the butcher by killing his meats
He’ll toss the steelyards, and weight it right down
And swear it’s just right if it lacks forty pounds
And it’s hard hard times.

And there is the merchant, as honest, we’re told
Whatever he sells you, my friend, you are sold
Believe what I tell you, and don’t be surprised
To find yourself cheated half out of your eyes
And it’s hard hard times.

And there is the lawyer you plainly will see
He will plead your case for a very large fee
He’ll law you and tell you the wrong side is right
And make you believe that a black horse is white
And it’s hard hard times.

And there is the doctor, I like to forgot
I believe to my soul he’s the worst of the lot
He’ll tell you he’ll cure you for half you possess
And when you’re buried he’ll take all the rest
And it’s hard hard times.

And there’s the old bachelor, all hated with scorn
He’s like an old garment all tattered and torn
The girls and the widows all toss him a sigh
And this it quite right, and so do I
And it’s hard hard times.

And there’s the young widow, coquettish and shy
With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye
But when she gets married she’ll cut quite a dash
She’ll give him the reins and she’ll handle the cash
And it’s hard hard times.

And there’s the young lady I like to have missed
And I believe to my soul she’d like to be kissed
She’ll tell you she loves you with all pretence
And ask you to call again some time hence
And it’s hard hard times.

And there’s the young man, the worst of the whole
Oh, he will tell you with all of his soul
He’ll tell you he loves and for you will die
And when he’s away he will swear it’s a lie
And it’s hard hard times.