Sweet Nellie (Ellis Coles/Michael T Wall)

Sweet Nellie was a lovely girl, living in our town,
And every time I saw her, the boys all gathered 'round;
The old men they would whistle as she walked down the street,
They all knew that Nellie could sweep them off their feet.

One day a stranger came to town, it was love at first sight,
It broke our hearts to see him out with Nellie every night;
Then she said she'd marry him, there'd be no turning back,
To say goodbye to lovely Nell, the little church was packed.

I wandered to the tavern - the very next day,
And who I saw there at the bar almost took my breath away;
For there was Nellie's husband lookin' tired and old,
And in a drunken manner, boys, here's the story that he told.

He said, we left after the reception and we went up to our room,
I was so, so happy to be the lucky groom;
As she started to undress - it almost broke my heart,
To see her beauty disappear as she took off part by part.

She first took off her curly hair and placed it on a stand,
She took off her eyelashes and placed them in me hand;
She then took out her false teeth - the worst I ever saw,
Next came off the girdle, boys, and the 18-hour bra.

Now as I looked straight at her I could not believe my eyes,
I did not know an hour ago, I was in for this surprise;
I cursed the men who made these things, it should be against the law,
Especially the girdle and the 18-hour bra.

So, young men, take my warning if you're looking for a wife,
Be sure to find a good one with whom to spend your life;
Examine her all over and be careful, don't you fall,
For the lovely, shapely girdle and the 18-hour bra.

####.... Ellis Coles/Michael T Wall, 1975, Published by BMI Canada Ltd, Banff Publishing Company (Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved) ....####
Recorded by Michael T Wall (Sing Along With...Michael T Wall, trk#8, 1983 LP, Canadian Country Music, Toronto, Ontario, distributed by Holborne Distributing Co Ltd).

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