American Old Time Song Lyrics: 17 Don't Leave Your Father, Kate

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

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Don't Leave Your Father, Kate.

We have arranged a picnic, out in Fairmount Park,
To spend a Summer's Sunday in frolic until dark.
The ride on the cars was lovely, we left all troubles behind.
There was Annie with her mother, her father and his friend.
And Kate and her brothers, with father, mother and aunty,
All carrying loads of baskets with plenty meals and candies.
'Twas then while Kate and her brothers were romping on the green.
Her father thus did tell her with earnest in his mean :

Stick to your father, Kate, while in the park,
Danger lurks from every tree, from every hollow dark,
Remember there are rivers and creeks which full of sharks.
So don't leave your father, Kate, while you're in the park.

The time rolled so quickly, it was a sunny day,
So Kate, Annie and two others, they took a stroll, they say.
Wandering from the picnic grounds, and thinking it no harm.
They reached the lovely Schuylkill, it had a peculiar charm.
To take a little steamer and go to Riverside-
Have ice cream, cakes and lager, and a little boat ride.
On the Wissahickon, the lonely, they passed the hours away.
Forgetting all the lesson which Kate's father did say.-Chorus.

The picnic was in uproar, there was an awful fear.
A weeping father and mother, oh! Kate, Annie appear ;
The brothers, brave and noble, run to the Schuylkill's shore.
The park guards set the watchword, look for the missing four!
The missing ones are coming, like culprits they ring their hands,
They know they well earned the wrath of loving friends.
They soothe a father's anger, and implore his blessing instead,
And Kate will ever remember the words her father said.-Chorus.
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