American Old Time Song Lyrics: 39 Something That Nobody Knows

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

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Something That Nobody Knows.
Copyright, 1889, by White, Smith & Co.
Words by J. O'Halloran. Music by U. G. Lee.

We see and we hear of strange things ev'ry day,
And a man now, wherever he goes,
Is bound to get mixed in some puzzling way
About something that nobody knows.
I have wandered and wandered about this queer world,
And considered whens, wherefores and sos;
Yet I'm deeper and deeper into mystery hurled
About something that nobody knows.

Why do girls pencil, powder and paint up their facer
'Tis a secret they will not disclose;
It may be that they think it adds to their grace,
But it's something that nobody knows.
Why do they wear bustles and pull their staystrings
'Till tighter and tighter it grows?
For my life I can't tell you what happiness it brings,
And it's something that nobody knows.

Can you tell why the Hubites get beat as they do,
And with tailenders act as if froze?
All the best clubs they vanquish, and yet it is true
There is something that nobody knows.
Why do big sal'ried players stay out late at night,
And have such a high-colored nose?
You may know there is something and something not right,
But its something that nobody knows.

Now will Lowry let up on the pugilists great.
And forgive them for striking hard blows?
Do you think law and order will be kept in his state?
That's something that nobody knows.
If John L. gets in, will he work very hard
While dressed in his striped prison clothes?
Will he go breaking stone in the old prison yard?
That's something that nobody knows.

Will elixir of life make the old young again,
While the lamb's blood with human blood flows?
Will young maidens marry men rich, old and lame?
That's something that nobody knows.
Will the man over So be dressed like a dude
As younger and younger he grows?
Will he stand on the corner, and with maidens act rude?
That's something that nobody knows.
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