American Old Time Song Lyrics: 19 That's Not English, You Know

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That's Not English, You Know.
Copyright, 1885, by N. Weinstein.

There are fashions we see on the street, and we say,
That's not English, you know, that's not English, you know
When a party don't sport his own cab or coupe,
That's not English, not English, you know.
When youths at the club are quite meek and demure,
And don't dress and look like a regular cure,
And never get jolly and act like a Door,
That's not English, not English, you know.

Chorus.
That's not English, you know, that's not English, you know
You will hear this remarked everywhere you may go;
If you're Yankee in style people sneeringly smile,
That's not English, not English, you know.

When a coachman we treat like the rest of mankind,
That's not English, you know, that's not English, you know;
When no fault with this land no one ever can find.
That's not English, you know, not English, you know.
If a fellow can't talk like a duke or a lord;
If he settles his wash bill, and oft pays his board,
And he doesen't live faster than he can afford,
That's not English, not English, you know. -Chorus.

If a fellow can't dine at Delmonico's oft.
That's not English, not English, you know;
If he can't out-stare ladies and talk very soft,
That's not English, not English, you Know.
If a toothpick umbrella a fellow can't swing,
And he won't skip along with a kangaroo spring;
If at everything Yankee he don't have a fling,
That's not English, not English, you know.-Chorus.

Now there's Dixey who ne'er would allow his song sung,
That's his English, you know, that's his English, you know.
How the hearts of the public his stubbornness wrung,
'Twas his English, his English, you know.
If he'd get an injunction all swells to suppress,
And would think of himself just a little bit less.
But his answer would be to all this, you may guess­That's not English, not English, you know.-Chorus.
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