Bill Bailey

by Hughie Cannon (1902)

Won’t you come home, Bill Bailey,
Won’t you come home?
She moans the whole day long.
I’ll do the cooking honey, I’ll pay the rent,
I know I’ve done you wrong.

`Member that rainy eve when
I drove you out,
With nothing but
A fine-toothed comb?
I know I’m to blame –
Well, ain’t that a shame! –
Bill Bailey,
Won’t you please come home?

"Bill Bailey," originally titled "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" is a popular song published in 1902.

Its words and music were written by Hughie Cannon (1877–1912), an American songwriter and pianist. It is still a standard with Dixieland and traditional jazz bands. 

Cannon wrote the song in 1902 when he was working as a bar pianist, when Willard "Bill" Bailey, a regular customer and friend, one night told Cannon about his marriage to Sarah (née Siegrist). Cannon "was inspired to rattle off a ditty about Bailey’s irregular hours. Bailey thought the song was a scream, and he brought home a dashed-off copy of the song to show Sarah. Sarah couldn’t see the humor.... [but] accepted without comment the picture it drew of her as a wife."