American Old Time Song Lyrics: 25 Are You With Us, Casey

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Copyright. 1880, by Chas. D. Blake & Co.
Words and Music by Martin Hennessey.

A crowd of politicians, by promise of high positions.
Enticed me in to dine with them, expenses they'd defray;
Oh, I nearly lost my head when I first beheld the spread,
I thought from life that I had passed away.
On the table there was sherry, And a bowl of Tom and Jerry,
All delicacies in their season, and others that were out;
McGilligan had the call and a rolling sent the ball,
He introduced me to them and they all began to shout:

Are you with us, Casey are you with us?
Are you with us, are you ready for the-fray?
If you're with us we can trust you, if against us we will bust you,
If you're with us we are sure to win the day.

When all were through with eating, they talked of the awful beating
They'd give the opposition when it came election day,
oh, they say'd they a hire a band, grasp each voter by the hand,
And have their votes or chase them far away.
Wot success they all were scheming, of defeat not one was dreaming.
The way they talked of money was, "oh, what did his nibs chip in?"
McGilligan once again said: "Now Casey don't be vain.
We'll make a policeman of you, if you're with us when we win." -Refrain.

The struggle soon was over, the boys they were all in clover.
They'd met success, their candidate had fairly won the day:
Invitations went around, to my sorrow I soon found,
That none of them would ever come my way.
Then myself began a thinking, I did almost take to drinking,
I swore that I'd leave the Demo's and go over to the Rep's;
When I started to tell them so, they said: Casey you may go,
I wanted to argue further, but they chased me off the steps.-Refrain.
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