American Old Time Song Lyrics: 15 The Accent On

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 15

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THE ACCENT ON.
Copyright, 1886, by Sydney Rosenfeld.

In speaking we should emphasize the proper sound, of coarse,
It's strange how ofi the accent gives a word its proper force;
To properly accentuate some plan should be pursued,
Thus when we use the word subdued, put the accent on the "dude,"
Thus when we use the word subdued, put the accent on the "dode."

The small boy to the grocer said: We're out of cash to-day,
But daddy says if you will trust, why all the more he'll pay I
The grocer said: Go home, my son, and tell your daddy quick,
I like not his arithmetic, with the accent on the "tick,"
I like not his arithmetic, with the accent on the "tick."

A married man went on a spree and tasted all the taps,
He reached his doorstep in a state of positive collapse;
His wife looked out the window as the bell he tried to pull,
Says she: Well, you are beautiful, with the accent on the "full,"
Says she: Well, you are beautiful, with the accent on the "full."

Now once there was a wicked youth who spent his father's cash.
In gambling all the livelong day until there came a crash,
His father spoke with tearful eyes: My son, your steps retrace,
You are a very sad disgrace, with the accent on the ace,"
You are a very sad disgrace, with the accent on the "ace."

Two ladies once discussed the mouths that each or both possessed.
Both mouths were large, 'twas hard to say which was more nobly blessed;
Youre is a tiny little thing, one cried with fitful spasm,
But this you know was pure sarcasm, with the accent on the "chasm,"
But this you know was pure sarcasm, with the accent on the "chasm."

Thank you, kind friends, for this applause, It's more than I deserve,
It only goes to show how much a man can do with nerve:
But now the moment comes when I no longer am inspired,
'Twere best perhaps that I retired, with the accent on the "tired,"
'Twere best perhaps that I retired, with the accent on the "tired."
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