American Old Time Song Lyrics: 19 Ohara, Get The Gag

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Written by John Wilkinson. Sung by F. Peggy.

My name is Pete O'Hara, boys,
In New York I do live;
And if you will but listen now,
The history I will give
Of a byword that is flung at me,
Wherever I may lag,
The "kids "cry out when I'm about,
"O'Hara, get the gag!"

I am an American citizen,
Born under the American flag;
But I don't know what they mean at all,
When they cry out: "Get the gag!"

The other day I left my house,
And went upon a spree;
I took a boat and went afloat,
Up the river to Fort Lee;
And feeling tired and played out,
I sat down on a crag,
When a friend came by, I heard him cry:
"O'Hara, get the gag! "-Chorus.

I am not rich at all, my friends,
I have to work hard now;
And every penny I have got,
Was earned by the sweat of my brow;
I bought a horse the other day,
Some they called him a nag,
When I said: " Get up, " they cry: "Dry upO'Hara, get the gag! " -Chorus.

I am about tired of this thing,
In fact I'm almost mad;
And if they would forget that phrase,
Indeed I would be glad;
If I was only on the force,
Those fellows I would bag,
For crying out, when I'm about,
"O'Hara, get the gag! "-Chorus.
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