Second Verse Same As The First

 

Jim Adams’ lyrical challenge this week is to write about a song that encompasses  “Different” or “Same.”  Herman’s Hermits’ release of a 1910 music hall piece  “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” manages to hit the theme head on.  The widow next door has married eight successive men named Henry, but not only that in the song, the second verse is the same as the first as well.

The 1965 Hermits’ version was one of  the fastest-selling songs in history and became the group’s second Number One on the Billboard chart.

Lyrics:

I’m Henry the eighth I am Henry the eighth I am, I am I got married to the widow next door She’s been married seven times before And every one was an Henry (Henry) She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam) I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry Henry the eighth I am Second verse same as the first I’m Henry the eighth I am Henry the eighth I am, I am I got married to the widow next door She’s been married seven times before And every one was an Henry (Henry) She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam) I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry Henry the eighth I am I’m Henry the eighth I am Henry the eighth I am, I am I got married to the widow next door She’s been married seven times before And every one was an Henry (Henry) She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam) I’m her eighth old man, I’m Henry Henry the eighth I am H-E-N-are-why Henry (Henry) Henry (Henry) Henry the eighth I am, I am Henry the eighth I am yeah

Songwriters: FRED MURRAY, R P WESTON

 

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