MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
The Best Thing In Life
Jim Rossiter NFLD 1 Tape 7 Track 3
Cape Broyle Audio:

In a grand old club one evening sat a number of bright men,
Telling jokes and stories no trouble troubled them,
When a lad drew up quite serious saying that ye say and do,
l'm going to ask one question I hope you'll answer to.

For Borne of you got sweethearts while more got charming wives,
l'm going to ask you general on the best thing in this life,
Now the best thing in life it is war boys fighting for home and for flag,
And the dearest of all is love story never let it drag,
We think that you hear the crowd cheering coming home from the war and the strife,
It is then that your heart's blood is beating war to me is the best thing in life.

The general he had spoken bless his heart he made it well,
His voice did sound like thunder he told his story well,
Though yet there's something better than your glory war and strife,
l'll give you my opinion on the best thing in this life.

The best thing in life it is gold boys just see what your money can do,
It keeps all the poor from starvation and gives us pleasure too,
Like a queen you can sit in your palace like a king you can bow to your wife,
Take all your war and your glory gold to me is the best thing in life.

They all sat in silence as the smoke curled in the air,
They were paying close attention to a gay young millionnaire,
When a crash come from the table and a hand came down quite strong,
Up speaks one gay young fellow saying boys you all are wrong.

There's something better than your glory war and strife,
I'll give you my opinion on the best thing in this life,
The best thing in life it is love boys nothing can touch it at all,
For a mother's love never was equal or yet,
Your sweetheart your home and your babies and the dearest of all is your wife,
Oh, take all your gold and your glory love to me is the best thing in life.


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Text notes: Men in a pub are discussing the best things in life: war, gold, love.

Tune notes: An "abac" form, sung very flexibly.

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