Reader longs to hear childhood song again


DEAR SUN SPOTS: At times you help people find words to an old song. I wonder if you might have the lyrics for one I found hilarious as a teenager way back in the 1940s. It ended with the words “Can’t get away to marry you today; my wife won’t let me.”

Do you know if there is a recording of it? It would give me such pleasure to hear it again.

Thank you for your efforts and for your wonderful column. It’s the first thing I read in the Sun Journal. — No Name, Farmington

ANSWER: Sun Spots had no difficulty locating the lyrics for “There Was I Waiting at the Church,” but perhaps because it’s an old song (1906) a recording was much harder to come by. There is an MP3 of it available at for 99 cents. Perhaps another reader will have a recording of the song they’d be wiling to share.

If you have a record player, you might try one of the stores that sells old LPs:

* Enterprise Records, 613A Congress St., Portland, 773-7672

* The Record Connection, 254 Main St., Waterville, 873-1798

“There Was I Waiting at the Church”

by Fred W. Leigh (melody) and Henry E. Pether, 1906

I’m in a nice bit of trouble, I confess;

Somebody with me has had a game.

I should by now be a proud and happy bride,

But I’ve still got to keep my single name.

I was proposed to by Obadiah Binks

In a very gentlemanly way;

Lent him all my money

So that he could buy a home,

And punctually at twelve o’clock to-day —


There was I, waiting at the church,

Waiting at the church, waiting at the church;

When I found he’d left me in the lurch.

Lor, how it did upset me!

All at once, he sent me round a note

Here’s the very note, this is what he wrote:

“Can’t get away to marry you today,

My wife, won’t let me!”

Lor, what a fuss Obadiah made of me

When he used to take me in the park!

He used to squeeze me

till I was black and blue,

When he kissed me he used to leave a mark.

Each time he met me he treated me to port,

Took me now and then to see the play;

Understand me rightly, When I say he treated me,

It wasn’t him but me that used to pay.

Just think how disappointed I must feel,

I’ll be off me crumpet very soon.

I’ve lost my husband — the one I never had!

And I dreamed so about the honeymoon.

I’m looking out for another Obadiah,

I’ve already bought the wedding ring,

There’s all my little fal-the-riddles

Packed up in my box

Yes, absolutely two of ev’rything.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: The Livermore Falls Betterment Group will be hosting its annual History Night and Cruise-In on Friday, May 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Livermore Falls.

This year’s theme is the history of all sports in the greater Livermore Falls, Jay and Livermore area. We are looking for old photos, uniforms or newspaper clippings from anything pertaining to sports in our area over the years.

For those willing to share their memories, we will return them after the event. For those wanting to donate them, a group of local residents is interested in starting a local sports hall of fame. Those items would be greatly appreciated.

For more information or to help out, please call me. Thank you. — Ken Jacques, 779-0367, email [email protected]

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