American Old Time Song Lyrics: 17 America Still Ahead

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 17

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We peruse the papers every day, and curious things we hear
About the people and their ways, that live both far and near;
Being of enquiring mind we strive to make out
The hearts of all persons, and what they are about.
Now there is Miss Langtry, famed both far and wide, .
Mashed on Freddie Gebhard, we know that she is not his bride,
They claim her as a beauty, in the world 'tis said the best.
But for hops, Yankee girls can knock her out, & America still ahead.

Now there's an English actor, I believe that's what he's called,
By the name of Osmond Tearle, and in New York was installed,
He says Americans are ham-fatters and don't know how to act,
And he came here to show us and prove to us the fact.
Now there is T. W. Keene. I'm sure has stood the test,
For woman, Mary Anderson undoubtedly is the best,
There is no use of further talk, I'm sure you all have read,
That Edwia Booth can show them all that America still ahead.

For boxers and prize-fighters England tries to claim the belt,
With Tom Sayers and Tom King, Heenan wasn't fairly dealt,
But if they are ambitious they soon very quickly learn,
That there is men in this country with whom she can have a turn.
Now there is Slade, the half-breed, from a foreign land has come,
Along with Jem Mace, to fight John Sullivan,
There is no use of further talk, I'm sure you all have read,
That Sullivan has knocked them out, and America still ahead.
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