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Somebody Lied, song lyrics

Song: Somebody Lied(1)
Lyrics: Jeff T. Branen(2)

Music: Evans Lloyd(2)
Year: 1907(2)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA


George Washington so his'try says, Would never tell a lie;
I wish there were more Washigntons, I do, I hope to die.
When I was but a little boy, somebody felt my head;
Says he "you'll be a President some day, that's what he said.

(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, you see;
There never was a President that ever resembled me.
Somebody lied, As plain as plain can be;
Somebody lied, As sure's your're born,
Somebody falsified to me.

When first I started out in life, to be a President;
I got a liv'ry stable job, that wasn't worth a cent,
Somebody said, "There stands a a mule, go curry her for me;
Don't be afraid of her hind legs, she's gentle as can be.
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(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, you see;
That mule just twisted in her stall and handed me one that's all.
Somebody lied, As plain as plain can be;
Somebody lied, As sure's your're born,
Somebody falsified to me.

(Additional verses also by Jeff T. Branen)

The day my brother Bill was born I never shall forget;
My mother said, "An Angel brought the darling little pet."
The nurse said, "No, the doctor brought him, really, on the dead."
But when I asked my dad, said he: "I found him in the shed."
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(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, you see;
I never could quite understand,
It sounded might queer to me;
'Cause somebody lied --- plain as A. B. C,
Somebody strayed from the righteous path,
Somebody falsified to me.

One day while I stood waiting at the depot for my train,
A lady stepped right up to me, her eyes were full of rain;
"Come, hold this bundle, won't you please," I said, "Why, certainly."
"I've got to buy a ticket, so I'll be right back," said she.

(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, you see;
That bundle it contained a kid
That yelled unmercifully.
Somebody lied, As plain as plain can be;
I missed my train, lost out with my wife,
Somebody falsified to me.

I went one night to sit up with my best friend, who was dead;
His wife, she left me all alone to watch beside his bed.
That night when all was dark and still, a form stole through the door,
I near dropped dead when someone said, "He's gone forevermore."

(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, you see;
My friend, he rose right up in bed,
"Give me some gin," said he.
Somebody lied, As plain as plain can be;
My dead friend was dead drunk, that's all;
Somebody falsified to me.

My dad once said that Shakespeare said: "There's nothing in a name."
And later on I told my dad, I really thought the same,
Until I stopped an Irishman upon the street one day
And said, "just kindly step aside you dog-gone A. P. A."
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(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, you see;
I dont' intend to tell you what
That Irishman did to me,
Somebody lied --- Plain as plain can be,
Somebody lied --- as sure's you're born,
Somebody falsified to me.

I hired a boat one time and took a stranger for a row ---
A mile from shore our boat went down, the wind did howl and blow,
I had a life preserver, but the stranger yelled: "that's mine!
When I get back to shore" says he, "I'll throw you out a line."

(CHORUS:)
Somebody lied! Somebody lied, to me,
I would have drowned but I held my breath
And floated to shore, you see,
Somebody lied --- as plain as plain can be,
Somebody lied --- as sure's you're born,
Somebody falsified to me.


Notes:

1 - Recorded on July 13, 1908, on Victor Record #5546, according to the Library of Congress

2 - The sheet music is dated 1907. Published by Will Rossiter, Chicago, Illinois.

3 - Bert Williams adapted this song for the musical Bandana Land (1907-1909), which was part of the early Black musical theatre movement.