American Old Time Song Lyrics: 28 Gilhooleys Violet Tea

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Copyright, 1890, by Hitchcock & McCargo Publishing Company.
Written and Composed by Charles D. Crandall.

Last week my wife and daughter told me they thought we oughter
Take up the style that's going round and give a "Violet Tea,"
A hundred invitations to friends and our relations
Were sent and on each corner stamped: D. Q. R. S. V. P.

China cups and saucers, with violet filagree,
The real old violet water, imported from Paree;
McGinnis sang ' "Sweet Violets," and took the upper C.
Oh! what a time those folkses had down at our "Violet Tea"

There's Mary Ann McToosey, also her sister Lucy,
Who's lover is from Dublin town, they said they could not stay;
I noticed that they lingered, It was so very recherche;
Some sixty-eight were present at our little "Violet Tea. " -Chorus.

Few ladies took "Young Hyson, " while others thought they'd try some
Of the "Oolong "and "Formosa, " 'twas the best variety;
The men they tarried longer, partook of something stronger;
'Twas morning when the last man left our little "Violet Tea." -Chorus.

McAllister's "four hundred, " so many times have blundered,
ATe trying hard to heat it, but they have not done so yet;
Reporters from the papers saw my friend McAldee,
Who gave them all the points about Gilhooley's "Violet Tea." -Chorus.
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