American Old Time Song Lyrics: 30 The Band Flayed Annie Laurie

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The Band Flayed "Annie Laurie."
Copyright, 1890, by Willis Woodward & Co.
Words and Music by Paul Dresser.

Do the men who write of topics always meet with great success?
Yes. to hear them tell it;
When you're "done up" in a court-room do you always get redress?
Yes, to hear them tell it;
Did you ever see a lawyer who would not take up your case.
That is if you had money and a confidential face;
Do they ever give your money back or fail to give a brace?
Oh! yes, to hear them tell it;
And the band played "Annie Laurie," and "Annie Rooney," too.

Does the "hayseed "come to town without a bundle in his pocket?
Yes, to hear him tell it:
Does he blow his money in for diamonds, watch and chain and locket?
Yes, to hear him tell it;
When the hayseed meets the bunco and the "bunco " begins to skin
The poor old Reuben out of every dollar of his tin,
Would the hayseed take the bunco's cash if he should chance to win?
On! no, to hear him tell it;
And the band played "Annie Laurie," and "Annie Rooney," too.

Do the challenges of fighters prove they really care to fight?
Yes, to hear them tell it;
When they step into the ring they're going to knock things out of sight;
Yes, to hear them tell it;
The Jacksons, Slaving, Corbetts in the papers whoop their whoop;
You'd think, that so much bluster would at last give them the croup,
But John L. Sullivan can put the whole mob "in the soup ";
Oh! yes. you hear me tell it;
And the band played "Annie Laurie," and "Annie Rooney," too.

Does the man who stays out late at night come home without a head?
Yes, to hear him tell it;
When his wife calls him at daylight does he Jump right out of bed?
Yes. to hear him tell it;
He sits down to his breakfast, tells his wife he's feeling great,
And sends her to the cellar, while he sneaks out through the gate;
Does he stop to enter you saloon on account of cruel fate?
Oh! yes, to hear him tell it;
And the band played "Annie Laurie," and "Annie Rooney," too.

Does the man who goes to England get the least bit of fair play?
Yes, to hear them tell it;
Those invited to the ring-side are the best sports of the day;
Yes. to hear them tell it;
When they'll try and do a man up who came there with open hand,
To battle fair and square against a worthless cut-throat, band?
Would there he a chance for any man who came from this fair land?
Oh! yes, to hear him tell it;
And the band played "Annie Laurie," and "Annie Rooney," too.

Oh! Chicago is the greatest city now upon the earth;
Yes, to hear her tell it;
And her bluster keeps the city of New York in constant mirth;
Yes, you hear me tell it;
Chicago and St. Louis boast of great things that are there.
New York smiles on serenely while they pull each other's hair,
But Chicago's going to make a great success of our World's Fair;
Oh! yes, to hear her tell it;
And the band played "Annie Laurie," and "Annie Rooney," too.

When a woman sues for a divorce her husband is to blame;
Yes, to hear her tell it;
She tells how she was beautiful before she changed her name;

Yes, to hear her tell it;
The trial is over, the Carters and Potters go on the stage,
Because most of the papers have their names on every page;
There going to do some acting, and they know they'll be the rage;
Oh! yes, to hear them tell it;
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