In the oral tradition of the Spillers of Soup, my father told this to me and I have passed it down to my sons:
It is better to love a woman and be disappointed than to eat your soup alone.
I have to agree. I've done both a number of times.
I'm a slow learner and many things he said I didn't understand until years or decades later.
He told me: Never lay down with a woman that has more troubles than you.
I have done that too, and I learned why I shouldn'ta.
shoulda quit choo long time ago
I thought I was treatin' my baby square ...
Baby, I'm troo wit choo
I left her standin' in the corner ...