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Bachelor & Co.: "Give me a book ... Heigh-ho!"



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Drawing and song by Kenneth Phillips Britton. Original [ca. 192-] in James Brownlee Rankin Autograph Collection,
(Princeton University Library collection number C0120,
box 1, folder 1.)
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Source for drawing at left: James Baillie, Single. Hand-colored lithograph. New York, 1848. (Courtesy of American Antiquarian Society)

Give me a book instead of a wife
And I shall ask no more of life.
A book all grief and pain assuages
Through the silent thoughts upon its pages.
A book has not a painted face
And can be kept right in its place.
CHORUS
Heigh-ho! The bachelor life!
A book shuts up in time of strife,
But you can’t say the same of any man’s wife.
Heigh-ho!
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Give me a book instead of a wife
And I shall ask no more of life.
A book gives joy and bright romance,
But never wants to go out and dance.
A book at night likes it covers, too,
But it never pulls them off of you!
[CHORUS]
Heigh-ho! The bachelor life!
You can cut a book with a carving knife,
But you can’t say the same of any man’s wife.
Heigh-ho!

Kenneth Phillips Britton.

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