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58                                       CHRISTY^S
Wake up, Mose!
"the engine's coming."
The music, with piano-forte accompanimcnt, published by W. C. Peters & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.
Oh, white folks, listen to my song, come listen to my
ditty; I'll tell you 'bout a colour'd chap, born in de Empire
City. He used to run de machine, he was de engine
tender; Oh, golly! be was some, when he got upon a
Chorus. Oh, wake up, Mose! Wake up, Mose! Wake up, Mose! de fire is burning, Round de corner de smoke is curling; Take de rope, and keep her running; Fire! Fire! Fire! &c.
Oh! Mose he went to college, and says he am a
poet; And while de rope am good and strong, he says he's
bound to go it; Dat "Milton" went to "paradise," and Byron he was
witty, But Mose he means to 'mortalize dis same ole
Empire City.
Chorus. Oh, wake up, &c.
„ Oh! Bonaparte was de chap that went to Santalena, And Billy Brutus was de man dat sarsigenated Ceasa; Cromwell was de Oliver that gave it to 'em pretty, And Billy Patterson was de one that named the Empire City.
Chorus. Oh, wake up, &c.