American Old Time Song Lyrics: 31 Gently Does The Trick

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GENTLY DOES THE TRICK.
Sung by Arthur Corney.

Some people in this world go very much too fast,
They start out at a pace that knocks them up at last;
And some are much too rough, and some are clumsy, too,
But "gently" is the dodge that knowing people do.

Chorus.
For 'tis gently, gently, gently does the trick,
Do it softly, slowly, never be too quick;
For sneaking ladies' lockets,
Or for clearing out back pockets,
Oh, 'tis gently does the tuck.

Some people pay their rent and other people don't,
Some people really can't And other people won't;
I hope that mine of you have weaknesses that way,
Bill should you shoot the moon, remember what I say.

Chorus.
Do it gently, gently, gently docs the trick,
Sneak out softly, slowly, never be too quick;
Just lei a silent tear drop.
And then leave word at the beer shop
That you've gently done the trick.

Now if a boiler bursts and shoots you in the air.
You have a kind of feel, you'd rather not be there;
Your elevation seems-well, anything but nice-
But don't come down a "whop," no, take a friend's advice.

Chorus.
Come down gently, gently, gently does the trick,
Come down softly, slowly, never be too quick;
Your eye the distance gauges,
And you drop by easy stages,
For 'tis gently does the trick.

Some people go to church, and say they go to pray,
And others go to see what they can take away;
And some hand round the plate, and some are most devout,
And some put three pennies in, and others take them out.

Chorus.
But 'tis gently, gently, gently does the trick,
Do it softly, slowly, never be too quick;
And when the plate is filing.
Give a "brown" and take a shilling,
But its gently does the tuck.

Now, perhaps, in prison you may suddenly be popped
For picking something up that no one ever dropped;
Be humble, meek and mild, yea! pious if you will.
For if you are not good they'll put you on the ' mill."

Chorus.
Where 'tis gently, gently, gently docs the trick,
Turn it softly, slowly, never be too quick;
It put your legs in order,
But you softly cuss the warden,
Yes, 'tis gently does the trick.
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