American Old Time Song Lyrics: 09 Our Great Mikado

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From "The Mikado."

Our great Mikado, virtuous man,
When he to rule our land began,
Whereby young men might best be steadied;
So he decreed, in words succinct,
That all who flirted, leered or winked,
Unless connubially linked.
Should forthwith be beheaded, beheaded, beheaded
Should forthwith be beheaded.

And I expect you'll all agree
That he was right to so decree;
And I am right, and you are right,
And all is right as right can be;
And all is right as right can be,
Right as right can be.

This stern decree, you'll understand,
Caused great dismay throughout the land,
For young and old. and shy and bold,
Were equally affected.
The youth who winked a roving eye,
Or breath a non-counubial sigh.
Was thereupon condemned to die-
He usually objected, objected, objected,
He usually objected.

And you'll allow, as I expect.
That he was right to so object;
And I am right, and you are right,
And everything is quite correct;
And everything is quite correct,
All is quite correct.

And so we straight let out on bail
A convict from the country jail,
Whose head was next, on some pretext,
Condemned to be mown off.
And made him headsman, for we said:
"Who's next to be decapited
Cannot cut off another's head,
Until he's cut his own' off;
His own off, his own off.
Until he's cut his own off."

And we are right. I think you'll say,
To argue in this kind of way;
And I am light, and you are right,
And all is right, too-loo ral-lay.
And you are right, and we are right,
And all is right, too-loo-ral, loo-ral-lay;
And you are right, and we are right,
And all is right.
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