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Martha's Two Conditions

Updated: Sep 5

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I first laid eyes on Martha

at a village meet and greet,

I booked a second date

and she chose where to eat

A few months after that

at my cottage homestead,

She fell into my arms

on my hideaway bed

My hideaway bed

is hidden no more

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

I asked for Martha’s hand

way back that September,

She returned me a look

I will always remember

She said, “John Donald John

on two conditions only,

That you not go before me

and you don’t leave me lonely”

“Martha, dear Martha

I’ll not leave you alone,

But as far as my going

that’s a total unknown”

She said, “John Donald John

I’ll take one out of two,

But you must pledge loyalty

before I’ll marry you”

“Martha, dear Martha

you’re my love ’til I die,

And I’ll swear on the Bible

without a word of a lie”


My hideaway bed

is hidden no more

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

As months and years went by

four little ones arrived,

Walks beneath the moonlight

made Martha feel alive

But on the greyest Fall day

a knock came to our door,

I heard the word “crash”

and I dropped to the floor

We rushed to the hospital

to be by her side,

When the children first saw her

they broke down and cried

My hideaway bed

is hidden no more

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

For two nights and two days

I held her hand in mine,

Then she leaned close to me

to give a gentle sign


“Dear John Donald John”

she whispered but faintly,

“I’m going soon before you

so I’ll speak my mind plainly”

“You’ve kept the two conditions

and I love you more than then,

Now find another mother

for our darling children”

“Martha, dear Martha

there’s no other than yourself,

I will bring up our children

on my own by myself”

My hideaway bed

is hidden no more

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

Martha passed that very day

and I held our children tight,

She might be gone from us

but she’s near at moonlight

My hideaway bed

is hidden no more

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

Our family is larger now

grandkids have even grown,

I try to tell them often

of the nan they’ve never known

I never wed another

though there were a few petitions,

So I finally can say

I met Martha’s two conditions

My hideaway bed

is hidden no more

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

As Martha and me

dance the kitchen floor

As Martha and me

dance forever more

As Martha and me

dance just like before

As Martha and me

dance right out the door

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