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Bigj Lyr Req/Add: Free and Easy (10) Lyr Add: FREE AND EASY 26 Jul 98


I'm a lad that's free and easy
Wheresoe'er I chance to be,
And I'll do my best to please ye,
If you will but list to me.

CHORUS: So let the world jog as it will
I'll be free and easy still.

Some there are who meet their troubles
Others drown their cares in drink
All one's trials are but bubbles,
Fretting forges many a link.

The great have cares I little know of,
All that glitters is not gold;
Merit is seldom made a show of,
And true worth is rarely bold.

Then why waste our time in fretting,
The longest lane must have an end;
Industry strives hard in getting
Stores, for knaves and fools to spend.

I care for all, yet care for no man,
Those who mean well should not fear.
I like a man, I love a woman,
What else makes this life so dear.

That's a version from the book 'Victorian Street Ballads' published in 1937 - reproductions of street ballads. However, while I haven't heard Dave's version - a fine singer - I suspect it is probably similar to the version sung by Johnny Collins, remembered thus:-

I'm the lad that's free and easy
Though but a simple country man.
But I'll do my best to p[lease you
For they call me Honest John.

Chorus
So let the world jog on as it pleases,
I'll be free and easy still.
Free and easy, free and easy,
I'll be free and easy still.

There's a girl that I could fancy
Oh that she would fancy me
Then I'd call her Lovely Nancy
Still I'd free and easy be.

If this girl she should prove civil
I would true and constant be.
If she's saucy as the Devil
Still I'll free and easy be.


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