American Old Time Song Lyrics: 34 The Okeelys

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THE O'KEELYS.
Copyright, 1891, by Frank Harding;.
Words and Music by Jas. Swope.

Said Brady to Patrick O'Keely one day:
"O'Keely, you owe me a V!"
Said Patrick, "I do, but you bet I won't pay;
I haven't the money, you see."
Said Brady, "You have, for I know you're the man
Who got twenty-five for your vote."
"You lie, Mister Brady, and whip you I can,"
Said Pat, as he took off his coat.
Said Brady, I don't like that last remark, Pat,
Shut up or I'll give you a thump."
But Pat, being drunk, sure he didn't mind that,
So he said it again, like a "chump."

Chorus.
And the doctor thinks O'Keely will recover.
But he will be laid up a month or more;
When he struck out with his paw, Brady broke O'Keely's jaw,
So many stars O'Keely never saw before.

A few days ago in a game of baseball.
The umpire, O'Keely's son James,
Was making mistakes, and the boys, one and all,
Were calling him indecent names.
The score it was close, and each side, to a man,
Was working to come out ahead;
'Twas in the eight inning the trouble began.
When Jimmy, the umpire, he said:
"For kicking, I'll fine you ten dollars, McKnight."
At this the boys set up a howl.
Just then, when O'Cool made a home run to right,
Jim O'Keely pronounced It a "foul."

Chorus.
And the doctor thinks O'Keely will recover,
But he will be laid up a month or more;
When the gang went in for blood, James O'Keely'e name was mud,
So many stars O'Keely never saw before.

O'Keely's son Mike, who was known as a sport,
Was playing draw poker one night
With some of the boys at O'Brien's resort,
Sure no one expected a fight.
The rumpus began when the deal came to Mike,
Who dealt some big hands to each man:
A straight flush, a full, and four kings, all alike,
Were out when the betting began.
O'Keely was raising them all out of line,
When somebody called him at that;
He shouted, "You suckers, the money is mine.
For I have got five aces 'pat.'"

Chorus.
And the doctor thinks O'Keely will recover,
But he will be laid up a month or more;
They nearly broke O'Keely's face,
knocked his teeth all out of place.
So many stars O'Keely never saw before.

'Twas Daniel O'Keely, a brother of Pat,
Who went out to have a good time;
He drank day and night, and bad whiskey at that.
And for it he spent his last dime.
While strolling along, Casey's mule did he see.

Hitched up fn a yard to a rail;
Dan laughed as he thought what a joke it would be
To burn up a jackass's tail.
So Dan lit the tail, which became very hot,
Then laughed at the joke, like a fool;
But in his excitement poor Daniel forgot
To get out of the way of the mule.

Chorus.
And the doctor thinks O'Keely will recover,
But he will be laid up a mouth or more;
When the mule kicked out at Dan, there was a sore Irishman,
So many stars O'Keely never saw before.
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