Vain and Careless

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Natalie Anne Merchant (born October 26, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993. more »


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Lady, lovely lady,
Careless and gay!
Once, when a beggar called,
She gave her child away.

The beggar took the baby,
Wrapped it in a shawl?
"Bring her back," the lady said,
"Next time you call."

Hard by lived a vain man,
So vain and so proud
He would walk on stilts
To be seen by the crowd

Up above the chimney pots,
Tall as a mast?
And all the people ran about
Shouting till he passed.

"A splendid match surely,"
Neighbors saw it plain,
"Although she is so careless,
Although he is so vain."
But the lady played Bob Cherry,
Did not see or care,
As the vain man went by her,
Aloft in the air.

This gentle-born couple
Lived and died apart?
Water will not mix with oil,
Nor vain with careless heart.

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