Jack and Joe

Cat. #0962 (MFH #319) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on February 9, 1970

A year ago, Jack an' Joe set sail across th foam
A fortune then to turn before coming home
Jack was th first to gain his wealth
An' started home one day
An' as th pals shook hands to part
Poor Joe could only say

Give my love to Nella, Jack
Kiss her once for me
She's th sweetest girl, in all th world
I'm sure you'll say, t'is she
Treat her kindly Jack ole pal
Tell her I am well
Th parting words, don't forget
To give my love to Nell

One year had past, an' Joe at last
Had gained wealth for his life
He started home, across th foam
To make sweet Nell his wife
An' then he learned a year ago
That Jack an' Nell had wed
An' then he sighed, his first regret
That he had ever said

They chanced to meet, upon th street
Said, Joe, you selfish elf
Th next girl I learn to love
I'll kiss her for myself
But all is fair, in love you see
Since you an' Nell have wed
I'll not be angry with you, Jack
But once't again he said