When Sue and I went skating (James R. Murray)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-21)  CPDL #77470:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 536 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When Sue and I went skating
Composer: James R. Murray
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 Root & Cady

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Original text and translations

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One night, not long ago, I went
To try if I could skate;
The night was fine, the sky was clear,
The ice, they said, first rate;
With some one clinging to your arm,
Dressed up extremely nice,
It isn’t quite so bad a thing,
This skating on the ice!
I thought that I could skate, you see,
Although I had not tried;

So, brave and bold, I started out,
Says I, “we'll let her slide!”
With some on hanging on your arm
Whose face is very sweet,
There’s lots of fun in skating, if
You skate upon your feet!
We glided outward from the store,
I didn’t move a foot!
But one went out, and quick as thought,
The other followed suit;
And pretty soon I heard a fall,
The ice began to crack;
It isn’t quite so nice a thing,
This skating on your back!

That really was a moving scene!
And quickly brought the tears;
We righted up, and tried again,
With many doubts and fears.
My skates went back a foot or so,
I always shall suppose;
It isn’t quite so nice a thing,
This skating on your nose.

Since then, I haven’t dared to try
The slippery, treacherous ice;
But when the boys and girls slip by,
It “looks” extremely nice;
But “memory often tells me how”
Fond hopes may have a fall,
And Susan, since our skating-time,
Won’t speak to me at all!