American Old Time Song Lyrics: 42 Copy Your Uncle Tom

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 42

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Copyright. 1894, by T. S. Harms & Co..
Words and Music by Arthur West.

When a little boy at school my father used to say
Sometimes, after breakfast: "We'll have Uncle Tom to-day."
He used to come and visit us four times a year, perhaps,
And really, Uncle Tom was quite the best of good old chaps.
I always knew that I was right for candy in galore,
I always loved his smiling face when he came to the door;
I always was downhearted when the old man went away,
And when he'd gone my mother and my father used to say:

"Copy your Uncle Tom, my boy, copy your Uncle Tom;
There's never any harm occurs where he comes from.
If you want to be a man it's the best And wisest plan
Take the tip from father And copy your Uncle Tom."

Just about a week ago, as I went up the town,
In a famous music hall, and one of great renown,
'Twas there I saw my Uncle Tom as happy as could be,
And two nice ladies, young and fair, he introduced to me.
Oh, what a pleasant time we had, and when the show was done
My Uncle Tom said: "Come, my lad, it's time you had some fun;
Now always be a Roman, boy, when once you get in Rome,
For we must do our duty and escort the ladies home." - Chorus.

First we saw the ladies home and left them at the gate,
Uncle Tom then stands a drink, and I reciprocate;
We kept reciprocating till the clock was striking three,
And on my journey home the ground was always striking me.
Now, last or all, I got a cab, and then-oh lor', oh lor'!
My dear, respected parents both were waiting at the door;
In answer to the question which I knew they had to pop,
Where had I been? I answered them, "Been Tommying Uncle Cop."-Cho.
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