American Old Time Song Lyrics: 39 I'm The Man That Brought Columbus Over Here

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 39

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Copyright, 1893, by Frank Harding.
Words and Music by James Thornton.
Arranged by G. M. Rosenberg.

I'm not a man who likes to boast about what I have done,
But to-day I think I am the greatest man beneath the sun.
Columbus claims to've landed here in fourteen ninety-two,
But I was here before him, or any of his crew.

I built the Rocky Mountains, and I placed them where they are;
I sold whiskey to the Indians behind my little bar;
'Twas me that built Niagara Falls; I first discovered beer,
And that was long before Columbus landed over here.

I never shall forget the day he landed on the pier.
Myself and twenty Indians set up a hearty cheer.
he asked me why an Indian wore feathers on his head;
Just to keep his "Wig-warm," that is just what I then said.

I've seen an Indian summer and I've seen an Indian fall
While dancing with an Indian girl at an "Indian Rubber" hall;
I was member of an Indian club when baked Indian was dear,
And that was long before Columbus landed over here.

'Twas me who paid his fare o'er here, from dear old sunny Spain,
And I'm sorry for to say, he never paid me back again.
He brought a lot of Spanish dancers with him, that is true,
And some of them have been o'er here since fourteen ninety-two.

You'll find them In the "Black Crook "and the "Babies In the Wood,"
And some of them were ballet girls before the famous flood;
But no one knows their history, or when they did first appear,
But it was long before Columbus landed over here.
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