JILTED

Lucy done gone back on me,
  Dat's de way wif life.
Evaht'ing was movin' free,
  T'ought I had my wife.
Den some dahky comes along,
Sings my gal a little song,
Since den, evaht'ing's gone wrong,
  Evah day dey 's strife.

Did n't answeh me to-day,
  Wen I called huh name,
Would you t'ink she 'd ac' dat way
  Wen I ain't to blame?
Dat 's de way dese women do,
Wen dey fin's a fellow true,
Den dey 'buse him thoo an' thoo;
  Well, hit 's all de same.

Somep'n's wrong erbout my lung,
  An' I 's glad hit 's so.
Doctah says 'at I 'll die young,
  Well, I wants to go!
Whut 's de use o' livin' hyeah,
Wen de gal you loves so deah,
Goes back on you clean an' cleah—
  I sh'd like to know?

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.