American Old Time Song Lyrics: 41 He Whistled Up A Tune

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 41

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Copyright, 1893, by Spaulding & Komder.
Words and Music by Lew H. Carroll.

I knew a little fellow once, who couldn't speak a word,
And when he needed something done or wanted to be heard,
He had the most peculiar way that one could e'er construe,
To tell you what he'd like to have, the only thing he'd do:

Was to whistle up a tune (whistle), then we'd answer very soon (whistle);
When we found out what he meant, all be wanted would be sent,
Just because we tried to please him night and day,
For he was a darling boy (whittle), he was papa's pride and joy (whistle);
As around the house he'd stroll in a manner odd and droll,
He would whistle in his own peculiar way.

Jake Johnson's little baby-boy would scream and cry each night,
Until the soothing syrup had been brought within its sight;
The kid was bawling loud one night to bring the bottle back,
Jack got up in his stocking feet and stepped upon a tack.

Then he whistled up a tune (whistle), as he tried to find the spoon (whistle);
"I will find it soon," said Jake, never thinking a mistake
Would be liable in darkness more than day;
'Twas the castor oil he found (whistle), gave the kid about a pound (whistle);
When the doctor said he'd die, Jakey winked the other eye,
As he whistled in his own peculiar way.

A bashful fellow got a job in Macy's dry-goods store,
Behind the hosiery counter he sold stockings by the score;
And all went well until one day, while he was ill at ease,
A lady came to him and said, "Show me some stockings, please."

Then he whistled up a tune (whistle), and he acted like a loon (whistle);
"Here's a lovely pair of red, what's the price of those?" she said.
"Seven-fifty, they 're a bargain for to-day." (whistle)
Then she murmured, "they come high" (whistle); "but you're tall." was his reply
"I will call again," said she; "pleased to have you, ma'am," said he,
As he whistled in his own peculiar way.
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