American Old Time Song Lyrics: 33 Hungry Man From Camden

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 33

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Of a hungry man I'm going to sing,
And the tears to your eyes It will surely bring;
He could swallow almost anything,
This hungry man from Camden.
He'd eat a hundred times a day.
And for his board could not pay;
, He could get outside a bale of hay.
This hungry man from Camden.

The way he'd eat it could not be beat.
All kinds of meat both sour and sweet;
He'd eat everything they had in the place,
And bit a big chunk from his mother-in-law's face;
He chewed up his father, devoured his mother,
He swallowed his sister and tackled his brother;
He swallowed the clock, bit a hole in the door,
Chewed a hole in the roof and swallowed the floor;
He chewed up his shoes and chewed up his hat,
Made a raid on the kitchen and swallowed the cat;
He chewed umbrellas and eat seven stoves,
And bit off one-half of the servant-girl's nose.
And that's the way be used to eat,
This hungry man from Camden.

He eat so much it made him thin;
His hair fell out and his cheeks fell in;
His bones were sticking through his skin.
This hungry man from Camden.
He struck this city one fine day.
And for a meal he could not pay;
He took a walk along Broadway,
This hungry man from Camden.

The very first thing he chanced to meet
'Twas a German band coming down the street;
He swallowed them all as fast as they came;
He chewed up the music and eat the base-drum.
He tackled a crowd coming home from a ball,
They began to dance and he swallowed them all;
He went down to the ferry and swallowed a boat;
he went out on election and chewed up his vote;
At last he came into Brooklyn town.
He met a big preacher and gobbled him down;
He swallowed a pump, put his teeth through the handle,
And ate the reports of the Brooklyn scandal.
Then, getting disgusted with grub so light,
He swallowed himself clean out of sight,
And that's the way he used to eat.
This hungry man from Camden.
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