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Any Other Time

Title:     Any Other Time
Author: Banjo Paterson [More Titles by Paterson]

All of us play our very best game --
Any other time.
Golf or billiards, it's all the same --
Any other time.
Lose a match and you always say,
'Just my luck! I was 'off' to-day!
I could have beaten him quite half-way --
Any other time!'

After a fiver you ought to go --
Any other time.
Every man that you ask says 'Oh,
Any OTHER time.
Lend you a fiver! I'd lend you two,
But I'm overdrawn and my bills are due,
Wish you'd ask me -- now, mind you do --
Any other time!'

Fellows will ask you out to dine --
Any other time.
'Not to-night, for we're twenty-nine --
Any other time.
Not to-morrow, for cook's on strike,
Not next day, I'll be out on the bike --
Just drop in whenever you like --
Any other time!'

Seasick passengers like the sea --
Any other time.
'Something . . I ate . . disagreed . . with me!
Any other time
Ocean-trav'lling is . . simply bliss,
Must be my . . liver . . has gone amiss . .
Why, I would . . laugh . . at a sea . . like this --
Any other time.'

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Most of us mean to be better men --
Any other time:
Regular upright characters then --
Any other time.
Yet somehow as the years go by
Still we gamble and drink and lie,
When it comes to the last we'll want to die --
Any other time!

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Banjo Paterson's poem: Any Other Time