COMING THRO' THE DYE.
Copyright, 1891. by Frank Tousey.
Words by C. Osborne.
If a body dyes a "body" when it's old and worn,
If a body takes that "body" to a shop to pawn;
"Gimme a V; it's new, you see!" Says Uncle "that's a lie!
Why, there's the collar, green and yellow, comin' thro' the dye!"
Once a crony bought a pony at a circus fair.
Told his daughter that he'd bought a genuine Shetland mare;
Truth to tell, he cleaned her well, but noticed by-und-by,
The more he brushed, the more the dust kept comin' thro' the dye.
Ten Havanas for two tenners seem a trifle cheap;
I was thrifty, so bought fifty-had 'em up to keep;
Late one night I struck a light, and lit one just to try,
But found, with grief, that cabbage leaf was comin' thro' the dye.
Sister Mary bought a canary from a butcher's boy,
Ever since, in our back area, it has been our joy:
Strange to say, it never whistles, echo answers why?
We found some old cock sparrow's bristles comin' thro' the dye.
When you're landed, second-handed, with a suit of clothes,
Ball-rooms nightly find you lightly waltzing on your toes;
But something splits and gives you fits, and while you sigh and cry,
You feel the stitches of your breeches comin' thro' "the dye.
Johnny Duffy brought some coffee at ten cents a pound.
"Ere they fake It." says he, "take it home and have it ground."
In the mill they ground it, till his wife the shouted," Hi!
As sure as greens, here's donkey's beans a-comin' thro' the dye!"