American Old Time Song Lyrics: 52 The Dances Down At Dans

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 52

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Copyright, 1893, by H. W. Petrie.
By H. W. Petrie.

Danny keeps a dance hall at the other end of town.
And Sunday nights the boys and girls just turn things upside down.
With the entrance in the alley, a few doors off the street.
The gayest crowd there congregates that ever you did meet.
You need not brine your lady, you will always find one there;
You need not wear a collar, you need not part your hair.

And it's the first four fo'ard! Ladies change!
There's noise enough for fifty German bands, tra la!
In a holy half a minute, A policeman is not in it
If he looks around for trouble down at Dan's.

Sunday night Pat Casey had no other place to go.
And he invited Doolan's girl to have a whirl or so.
Then for Danny's place they started to have a time, you bet!
They reached it in good time and danced the first, ones in the set.
Then Doolan's form was seen to come inside Danny's door.
He saw his girl with Casey, and that provoked a war.- Chorus.

Doolan struck at Casey, and he hit Tim Monahan,
Another minute and the boys were fighting to a man.
Then the orchestra played "Comrades." the place began to hum;
And Doolan struck Pat Casey's head into the big bass drum.
Poor Danny yelled "Keep quiet, or they will stop the ball"-
They had to call the soldiers to clear out Danny's hall- Chorus.

Sorry pictures were they as they came in court next day,
The judge said, "Thirty days apiece," and all were led away.
Then Pat Casey swore with Doolan that even he would get.
Said Doolan: "We will meet, at Dan's, and then I'll make you sweat."
The thirty days were over, they met at Dan's once more.
But all forgot the row at once, when Dan cried "Forward four." - Cho.
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