American Old Time Song Lyrics: 37 Keep Away

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Copyright, 1891, by Francis, Day & Hunter.
Written by W. T. Lytton. Composed by Geo. Le Brunn.

Good advice I'm just about to give you-
Something that may save you much distress;
Ere my song is done you will confess
That what I say is all serene.
Suppose a little bill you owe your tailor.
He's the last man you would wish to meet.
Should you spot him coming down the street
Then act upon this plan:

Keep away, keep away! take my tip, 'tis the best thing you can do!
Keep away, keep away! for distance lends enchantment to the view!

If you court a lovely little maiden,
Who has hopes or coming into "oof,"
But if underneath her father's roof
That parent says you're not to go;
You feel so sad you really can't resist it,
Ev'ry night as usual there you jog,
But when daddy buys a savage dog
To ornament the step-Chorus.

When you go off on the "tiddly-hi-ti,"
As you naughty husbands often do,
Rolling home just as it's striking two,
To find your dear wife sitting up.
And with her ma-in-law upon the door-step,
Anxious to give you a taste of "jaw,"
Fingers itching at your face to claw,
If you'd enjoy the scene- Chorus.

Next, suppose you do a little flirting
(Which is scarce the proper thing to do),
And your little wifie comes in view­"Alike all over "then you feel;
But if, instead of going for your whiskers,
She makes for the damsel by your side,
Don't attempt the ladies to divide,
But let them fight it out.-Chorus.
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