Saturday Night at McSorley's.
Copyright, 1892, by Frank Harding.
Words and Music by J. Joseph Goodwin. Arranged by Noble McDonald.
For a night's sport there's no fun like dancing
In the Fourth Ward below Franklin Square;
McSorley, the Cherry Hill piper.
Has opened a dance hall down there.
The boys and the girls from the fact'ries
Assemble on Saturday night
To waltz and to dance the Mazourka,
And end up the sport with a fight.
Sweet Katie O'Connor, stately Maggie McDonough,
They dance so slow with little Joe and Annie Donnelly's beau.
Tim Houlihan's Lizzie, a blonde undoubtedly dizzy.
With Mickey Friel they waltz And spiel on Saturday night at McSorley's.
The hall's in the rear of a bar-room,
Next door to a stable that's old;
The mules and the horses are kicking;
They can't sleep at night, I am told.
There's noisy Fitzgereld and MeFadden,
With noisy O'Neill and O'Brien;
There's noisy Mies Brown and Miss Madden,
All howling for whiskey and wine.
May Susie and Jennie; Jake, the grocer; and Hennie,
Bartenders fair with plastered hair, they all assemble there.
Mamie McManus and Kiltie, girls both pretty and witty.
They'll truck a joke, or drink And smoke, on Saturday night at McSorley'e.
Next Saturday night there'll be prizes
For those who know best how to waltz,
And the contest will be for all comers,
No matter what may be their faults.
Joe Levy, the Baxter Street clothier,
Will offer new suits for the men,
With dresses And hats for the ladies,
The hall will be open at ten.
Fay Simpson will be there; oh, what a crowd you will see there-
Sweet Katie Coyle, McLoughlin's girl, will spiel and twist and twirl;
Casey, the pride of New Jersey, will dance with Mary Ann Kersey,
The crowd will stay and waltz away on Saturday night at McSorley's.