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The Family Maiden Aunt

  • (Judy Small)

    Gone now the years of my halcyon twenties
    And thirties are looming alarming ahead
    And family members have started their sighing
    Indulgently at me and shaking their heads

    'Cause here I am, the family maiden aunt
    Oh isn't-it-sad, marriage-hopes-are-fading aunt
    The lonely-future-expectation-laden aunt
    I wonder what on earth's to become of me now

    My cousins and siblings in wedded bliss settled
    Between them x spouses and about fifty kids
    And me, I'm still single, without any prospects
    A very sure sign that my life's on the skids

    And here I am, the family maiden aunt
    Oh isn't-it-sad, marriage-hopes-are-fading aunt
    The lonely-future-expectation-laden aunt
    I tell you what, I wouldn't swap it for quids

    'Cause who do you think it is who's always got the time to play
    At gatherings of the family clan extended
    And who delights in sharing all the magic of their day
    And gets to give them back again at night

    Yes it's me, the family maiden aunt
    Oh isn't-it-sad, marriage-hopes-are-fading aunt
    The lonely-future-expectation-laden aunt
    I tell you what, I wouldn't swap it for quids

    'Cause who do you think it is that gets to take them to the zoo
    Or ferry them to Manly for a fun day
    And who delights in doing all the things they love to do
    And still gets to give them back at night

    Yes it's me, the family maiden aunt
    Oh isn't-it-sad, marriage-hopes-are-fading aunt
    Well there's nothing about my life that I'd be trading aunt
    I tell you what, I wouldn't swap it for quids

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1964:] I was much attached to [my maiden aunts] and they were unfailingly indulgent to me. Maiden aunts seem scarcely to exist today; of my own generation I can name less than half a dozen. (I know many unmarried women endowed with nephews and nieces, but these have discarded their maidenheads and found their own independent social circles. 'Maiden aunt' in its true sense should mean one who remained an integral part of the family.) Perhaps they were destroyed by Kipling and 'Saki' Munro. [...] A generation ago there were maiden aunts in almost every English family and though notoriously ridiculous they exerted for the most part a highly benevolent influence. (Evelyn Waugh, A Little Learning 48f.)

    [1986:] Written in 1982. I wrote this song in sheer self-defence after my sister had married and my family turned to me as the next likely family bride! I subsequently discovered that I am (at least) the fourth generation maiden aunt in my family - a tradition I'm proud to uphold, and to advocate! (Judy Small Song Book 53)

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