American Old Time Song Lyrics: 34 They All Came Back

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 34

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THEY ALL CAME BACK.
Copyright, 1891, by Francis, Day & Hunter.
Written, Composed and Sung by Lester Barrett.

I have a birthday every year, and sometimes two or three;
I always give a party, and a good old roaring spree;
The last was extra jovial, we'd an extra cask of beer.
And as my friends departed, they all gave a hearty cheer.

Chorus.
But they all came back, they couldn't stay away;
They'd scarcely turned the corner when I heard them shout "hooray!"
They swore they'd never leave me, they were fairly on my track;
The barrel wasn't empty, so they all came back.

Our landlord put the brokers in, the rent was in arrears-
In fact, I owed a lot of things, the writs came in in pairs;
The house was full of bailiffs, you couldn't move about;
I borrowed cash and paid the rent, then turned the fellows out.

Chorus.
But they all came back, they couldn't stay away;
We began to feel deserted if without them for a day;
They swore they'd never leave me, they were fairly on my track;
I hadn't paid the taxes, so they all came back.

I And a lot of jolly pals one night felt rather free,
We went into a restaurant and had a little spree;
We ordered everything they had, the landlord looked dismayed,
And for a lark we thought we'd slope, and leave the bill unpaid.

Chorus.
But we all went back, we couldn't stay away;
We had a splendid supper, and we didn't want to pay;
We all got out And bolted, we were nicely on the track,
The bobbies overtook us, so we all went back.

I thought that us an actor I would be a shining light;
As Hamlet I appeared, but it was only for one night;
The audience were critical, of that there was no doubt;
Before the second act began they everyone went out.

Chorus.
But they all came back, they couldn't stay away;
They must have been disgusted with my acting in the play;
They swore that they would kill me, they were fairly on my track;
They pelted me with brickbats when they all came back.
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