American Old Time Song Lyrics: 52 The Day The Farmer Came To See The Town

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THE DAY THE FARMER CAME TO SEE THE TOWN.
Copyright, 1895. by H. W. Petrie, New York.
Words and Music by Walter P. Keen.

He landed at the ferry, and he looked a silly gawk,
The day the farmer came to see the town:
A cabby tried to catch him, but he said he'd rather walk,
The day the farmer came to see the town.
The kids began to guy him, for he was so lull and thin.
And us he looked so innocent, the "coppers" bud to grin;
And a lovely Nanny Goat was cultivated on his Chin,
The day the farmer came to see the town.

Refrain.
In his jaw he had a wisp of straw,
All the day he wandered up and down.
"Oh, by gosh!" was all that he could say,
The day the farmer came to see the town.

He got to Seventh Avenue, and into an hotel.
The day the farmer came to see the town;
The clerk supplied him with a room, And soaked him very well,
The day the farmer came to see the town.
He "would not dare to try the elevator," so he said,
But walked up seven stories to his lodgings overhead;
And they made him lake a lantern when he wished to go to bed,
The day the farmer came to see the town.-Refrain.

he took a walk on Broadway, and he thought it great, of course,
The day the farmer came to see the town.
he wondered how the cable curs could go without a horse,
The day the runner came to see the town.
He went to look, and when he suw the middle rail ajar,
he thought he'd guessed the secret und he shouted out "hurrah!"
So he dropped a nickel in the slot and got a cable car,
The day the farmer came to see the town.-Refrain.

He went to mail a letter to the folks upon the farm,
The day the farmer came to see the town.
Instead of in the "letter box" he used a "fire alarm,"
The day the farmer came to see the town.
He read the sign to break the glass and then he smashed it in.
In less than thirty seconds he was treated to a swim,
For the Fire Brigade came rushing up and turned the hose on him.
The day the farmer came to see the town.-Refrain.

He went into a beer saloon to get some ginger ale,
The day the farmer came to see the town;
A ragged urchin came to him and told a sorry tale,
The day the farmer came to see the town.
With tearful eyes he listened to the piteous refrain,
Then gave the boy some money and he took a drink again,
But very soon he found the boy had stole his watch und chain,
The day the farmer came to see the town.-Refrain.

It didn't hurt him very much, for he was rather tough,
The day the farmer came to see the town.
So wandered down the Bowery, for he hadn't seen enough,
The day the farmer came to see the town;
And there he met a lovely girl, whose cheeks were like the rose;
She took him to a concert hall, and what do you suppose:
When he got out of t here he only had a suit of clothes.
The day the farmer came to see the town.-Refrain.
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