American Old Time Song Lyrics: 42 Get Your Hammer Out

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

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Copyright, 1894, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words and Music by Edgar Selden.

If you wish to be aggressive, in a manner most expressive,
I will tell you how to do it with dispatch;
Now don't hesitate and stammer, but procure yourself a hammer
For the plot I'm now about to hatch.
If your neighbor tries to "do" you, "roast you brown," or else "hoodoo "you,
He's a "knocker," in the language of the day;
If you thirst for satisfaction it's your priv'lege to take action,
And to "turn about" is but fair play-

Then get your hammer out, oh, get your hammer out;
Knock them black And knock them blue, knock, knock, knock, and do, do, do.
They'll "queer "you if they can, of that there is no doubt; I
So don't be slow and stand no show, but get your hammer out.- Whistle.

If you love a little maiden, and your heart with joy is laden
At the thought that some day she'll be yours for life,
Oh, your future seems so rosy, in a back top flat so cosy,
When at last she is your own true wife;
But, alas! when man proposes some one else, you know, disposes,
And when all your gold And greenbacks has been spent
She will probably refuse you, And unblushingly abuse you
By eloping with another gent. - Chorus.

If you live in expectation of your uncle's expiration,
And believe you'll be remembered in his will;
he will linger on forever, from his breath he will not sever,
Till he's old and tough enough to kill.
After years of weary waiting, speculating and debating,
He makes up his mind to leave this mundane sphere;
His two sisters, full of freckles, both fall heir to all his shekels,
In his will your name does not appear.- Chorus.
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