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Oh, Dear, What can the Matter Be? song lyrics

Song: Oh, Dear, What can the Matter Be?
Words: L. May Wheeler

Music: to the tune of "Oh, Dear, What can the Matter Be? (1793)"
Year: 1884 (1)
Genre:
Country: USA


Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Dear, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Women are wanting the vote.

Women have husbands, they are protected,
Women have sons by whom they're directed,
Women have fathers -- they're not neglected,
Why are they wanting to vote?

Women have homes, there they should labor,
Women have children, whom they should favor,
Women have time to learn of each neighbor,
Why are they wanting to vote?

Women can dress, they love society,
Women have cash, with its variety,
Women can pray, with sweetest piety,
Why are they wanting to vote?
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Women are preaching to sinners today,
Women are healing the sick by the way,
Women are dealing out law as they may,
Why are they wanting to vote?

Women are trav'ling about, here and there,
Women are working like men everywhere,
Women are crowding - then claiming 'tis fair,
Why are they wanting to vote?
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Women have reared all the sons of the brave,
Women have shared in the burdens they gave,
Women have labored your country to save,
That's why we're wanting to vote!

Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Dear, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
When men want every vote.


Notes:

1 - Music and Dance of the 18th Century, by John J. Krumm, p.141