SHE MAY HAVE SEEN BETTER DAYS (James Thornton - 1894) George J. Gaskin - 1896 Paul Whiteman & His Orch. - 1937 Also recorded by: Beatrice Kay; Danny Moss; George Jessel; Johnny O'Tolle & His Naughty Band. While strolling along with the city's vast throng On a night that was bitterly cold I noticed a crowd who were laughing aloud At something they chanced to behold I stopped for to see what the object could be And there on a doorstep lay A woman in tears from the crowd's angry jeers And then I heard somebody say She may have seen better days when she was in her prime She may have seen better days once upon a time Though by the wayside she fell, she may yet mend her ways Some poor old mother is waiting for her who has seen better days If we could tell why the poor creature fell Perhaps we'd not be so severe If the truth were but known on this outcast alone Maybe we would all shed a tear She was once someone's joy, cast aside like a toy Abandoned, forsaken, unknown Every man standing by had a tear in his eye For some had a daughter at home She may have seen better days when she was in her prime She may have seen better days once upon a time Though by the wayside she fell, she may yet mend her ways Some poor old mother is waiting for her who has seen better days The crowd went away, but I longer did stay For from her I was loath to depart I knew by her moan, as she sat there alone That something was breaking her heart She told me her life, she was once a good wife Respected and honoured by all Her husband had fled ere tney were long wed And tears down her cheeks sadly fell She may have seen better days when she was in her prime She may have seen better days once upon a time Though by the wayside she fell, she may yet mend her ways Some poor old mother is waiting for her who has seen better days (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2009)