American Old Time Song Lyrics: 11 Seeing New York Sights

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 11

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Written, and sung with great success by Frank E. Tracy.

When I reached the age of twenty-one,
I tell you, I felt fine;
I drew my savings from the bank,
And I swore to have a "time;"
I treated all the boys in town,
Was drunk for several nights;
Then I packed my trunk and took the train,
To see the New York sights.

Oh, the first thing that I run against,
When I got in New York,
Was a great big chap with a dandy air,
And, oh, Lord, how he could talk;
We both got drunk at my expense-
He said: "Come, we'll fly our kites;"
Then arm in arm we started in
To see the New York sights.

He took me to a concert hall,
Full of females, fat and lean;
I then began to "hoop 'er up,"
Got stuck on every girl I seen;
While in this joy, upon the stage
Came a damsel dressed in tights;
I felt so fine, that I ordered wine,
While seeing the New York sights.

By and by, after treating a dozen times,
Quite curious I did feel;
My friend and all my money was gone,
And my head was "doing a reel;"
I wished I was dead, I felt so sick
From the beer or the electric lights;
Then I fell to sleep, and dreamt that I
Had seen all the New York sights.

In the morning when I woke again,
The sun it brightly shone,
I found I was locked up for ten days
In a prison cell alone;
When my time was up I dashed for home
Where I should have been by rights;
Quite satisfied once was enough,
To see the New York sights.
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