American Old Time Song Lyrics: 42 Taking In The Town

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

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Copyright, 1890, by Wm. A. Pond & Co.
Words by Edward Harrigan. Music by Dave Braham.

Oh, Mr. McGuiness from Troy,
A maker of collars and cuffs,
He thought he would visit New York,
To see all the roughs and toughs.
Of course he called in for to see his old friend,
Mr. Reilly, we'll do it up brown;
I've a dollar to spend and another to lend,
While we take in the sights of the town.

Oh, then, we'll go to Barney Rafferty's,
'Cross the way from Corney Cafferty'e,
Not forgetting Mayor Hafferty,
As we travel 'round.
Then we'll go to Rody Larrigan's,
Just next door to Michael Garrigan's,
Not forgetting Teddy Harrigan,
Taking in the town!

Oh, we visited Tammany Hall,
McGuiness was not in arrears:
Oh my, it was packed to the walls,
McGuiness he hollered three cheers.
They shouted for Home Rule, Protection and Tariff,
McGuiness, he wouldn't keep down;
He held on to the floor until out of the door,
I induced him to take in the town.-Chorus.

We went into a show for a dime,
To see the great two-headed pig
Sing a comic song all out of tune,
And the skeleton dance in a jig.
A buxom young lady in tights then appeared,
Poor McGuiness heart gave a bound;
Oh, he threw up his hat, and said "Jehosiphat!
That's the best sight I've seen in the town!" - Chorus.

Then we went to the Eden Musee,
McGuiness, he paid all the tax.
He was mashing, most of the time,
A beautiful lady in wax.
He threw her sweet kisses, and all the young Misses
Then laughed and said what a clown;
Oh, the fat little cop, then he hit him a swop:
Oh, look out how you take in the town!- Chorus.

Oh. now Mr. McGuiness from Troy,
Went to bed in the morn about five,
With whiskey in him like a lake;
'Twas the liquor that kept him alive.
Oh, not superstitions, but over officious,
He went for to turn the gas down;
Then the whiskey took fire, like an electric wire,
Poor McGuiness was blown out of town!-Chorus.
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