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The Big Print Giveth (and the little print taketh away)

Song: The Big Print Giveth (and the little print taketh away)
Lyrics: n/a

Music: n/a
Year: circa 1952(1)
Genre: Western Swing
Country: USA


Now one day I saw a lovely house,
In the finest part of town,
but I looked up the man who owned it,
bought it and put two hundred down.
I signed the legal contract,
but the light was kind of dim,
When I was one day late with the monthly payments,
it reverted back to him.

CHORUS:
Oh, the big print giveth
and the little print taketh away,
So if you don't read the little print
You'll wake up some fine day and say
Wish I'd read the little print
I'd be much(?) more happy today.

Then I took out some insurance
on my brand new automobile.
You know it cost me every cent
That I could borrow, beg or steal.
The car got smashed in an accident,
but that didn't threaten none,
Til' I discovered that I was covered
just between the hours of twelve and one!
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(CHORUS)

You got to know your ipso factos
and your nolo contenderes,
Oh, you can't just read the good things,
You've gotta read what the lawyer sees.
Aww man, you gotta be sharp these days,
Just slicker than a porpoise,
else you'll think you're taking a lawful wedded wife
and end up with a habeas corpus.
Now ignorance of the law is no excuse,
That maxim holds good still.
But ignorance of the law never stopped no lawyer
from sending in his bill.
So as herein before and foresaid,
if there's something you've gotta sign,
take a real fine squint,
of that real fine print,
before you gets on that dotted line.

Now one moonlit night I met a babe
And awww man we had a ball,
Then I got a lovely letter from her
saying quote "I'm your baby doll",
"Please come and get me," unquote,
Well I did, but I must have been blind,
I didn't see that little fine PS that said,
"My husband doesn't mind".
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CHORUS:
Oh, the big print giveth
and the little print taketh away,
So if you don't read the little print
You'll wake up some fine day and say
Wish I'd read the little print
I'd be ^^^ ^^^,
I'd be ^^^ ^^^,
I'd be much(?) more happy today.


Notes:

1 - Sung by Tex Williams, circa 1952.

2 - If you have the album or a 45 with this song and can check to see who is given credit as the author, it would be appreciated if you would send us an email and let us know.

3 - ^ is a missing syllable. If you know what the missing parts are, please email us and let us know. Thank you.