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I USED TO BE AFRAID TO GO HOME IN THE DARK >From the Broadway Musical "Miss Innocence" (1908) (Egbert Van Alstyne / Harry Williams / Benjamin Hapgood Burt) Charles A. Bigelow (Broadway Production) - 1908 Billy Murray - 1908 Up against the bar Joe Morgan stood Leaning on a scotch highball Said the keeper, why don’t you be good Aren’t you ever home at all All your other pals have passed away Every one has gone to bed While you’re celebrating, wifey dear is waiting Then Joe Morgan said You have handed me some facts She is waiting with an axe… I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all I used to tell my wife I was robbed in the park When my bankroll looked small But your old Y.M.C.A.F.E Was the cause of my downfall I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all There was once a time when wifey dear Never thought I told her lies But that awful darn song of last year Was the thing that put her wise I have given every known excuse When I’m out at night you see But I get a calling, with the speech appalling That won’t go with me So I stay downtown tonight For she’s never lost a fight I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all. I used to tell my wife I was robbed in a park When my bankroll looked small But your old Y.M.C.A.F.E Was the cause of my downfall I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all (Transcribed by David Storey - December 2013) ******************** Alternate recording by BILLY MURRAY: Up against the bar Joe Morgan stood Leaning on a scotch highball Said the keeper, "Why don’t you be good? Aren’t you ever home at all? All your other pals have passed away Every one has gone to bed While you’re celebrating, wifey dear is waiting" Then Joe Morgan said "You have handed me some facts She is waiting with an axe" I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all I used to tell my wife I was robbed in the park When my bankroll looked small But your old Y.M.C.A.F.E Was the cause of my downfall I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all Presents very often ease a smart So I thought the other night I went in and tried to diamond her (sic) But the prices were not right Then I bought a nice hatpin instead And when I got into our flat Ducky darling grabbed it, shouted as she nabbed it "What girl gave you that?" Oh, a hatpin brings bad luck And I soon knew I was stuck I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all. I used to tell my wife I was robbed in a park When my bankroll looked small But your old Y.M.C.A.F.E Was the cause of my downfall I used to be afraid to go home in the dark Now I’m afraid to go at all (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - December 2013)

    


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