American Old Time Song Lyrics: 35 Everybody Takes Off The Hat To Me

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Everybody Takes Off the Hat to Me.
Copyright, 1892, by Wm. Kobinng & Sons.
Words by George Cooper. Music by Eduard Holst.

To put my best foot foremost was my motto from a boy;
I love to win the crowd's applause, it gives me boundless joy.
When I'm abroad a smile I see on faces here and there­in fact, respectability I eminently share.

Everybody takes off the hat to me whenever I pass by;
A solid man-that's what I am, and rated very high;
I'm very careful how I act, so none my faults may see;
And that is why, as I pass by, everybody takes off the hat to me.

Of course, 'tis money makes the man, yet I do nothing rash;
I only do just all I can to gobble up the cash.
I organized a banking scheme, a great financial stroke.
And money poured in like a stream, but soon the bank it broke.

Spoken-Yes, it busted. Many lost all. I didn't; that's the reason- Cho.

The ladies are my chief delight, their mammas think that I
Am most particularly bright, and for a match they sigh.
I'm looking for an heiress fine, my bank account to swell;
All other offers I decline, the darlings know this well.

Spoken-Why shouldn't I secure an heiress? Just look at me; observe my
demeanor.- Chorus.

I'm always dressed in fine attire, the swell I never ape;
To make impressions I desire I travel on my shape.
I use the choicest language, and wherever I may go,
I'm always bound to do "the grand," avoiding all that's low.

Spoken-So you see, this is why- Chorus.
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