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The Bowery (MacEdward Leach)
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(From Melody Lane)

Now, on the night that I struck New York,
I went out for a quiet walk;
Folks who belonged to the city said,
'Twas better for me if I took Broadway;
But I was offered a gilded sight,
There was the Bow'ry in a blaze of light;
And I had one of the devil's own nights!
And I'll never go there any more!

On the Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They do funny things,
And they say funny things,
On the Bow'ry!
The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more!

Now, I had walk'd but a block or two,
When up came a fella and me he knew;
Then a policeman came walking by,
Chased him away and I ask'd him why?
"Wasn't he pulling your leg?" said he;
Said l, "He never laid hands on me!"
"Get off the Bow'ry, you yap!" said he,
And I'll never go there any more!

On the Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They do funny things,
And they say funny things,
On the Bow'ry!
The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more!

I went into an auction store,
I never saw any thieves before;
First they handed me a pair of socks,
Then said they, "How much for the box?"
Someone said, "Two dollars!" I said, "Three!"
He emptied the box and he gave it to me,
"I sold you the box, not the socks," said 'e,
And I'll never go there any more!

On the Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They do funny things,
And they say funny things,
On the Bow'ry!
The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more!

I went into a concert hall,
I didn't have a good time at all;
Just the minute that I sat down,
The girls began singing a New Coon In Town.
I got up mad and I spoke up brave,
"Somebody put that man out," said she;
A chap like a bouncer attended to me,
And I'll never go there any more!

On the Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They do funny things,
And they say funny things,
On the Bow'ry!
The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more!

Now, I went into a barber's shop,
The talk I thought it would never stop;
I t'ought he surely misunderstood,
They clipped off my hair as close as they could;
He shaved me wit' a razor that scratched like a pin,
He took off my whiskers and most of my chin;
And that was the biggest scrape ever I got in,
And I'll never go there any more!

On the Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They do funny things,
And they say funny things,
On the Bow'ry!
The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more!

I struck a place that they called a "dive,"
I was in luck to get out alive;
Then a policeman heard my woes,
Saw my black eyes and my broken nose;
"You been held up!" said the copper fly!
"No, but I been knocked down!" said I;
He laughed at me but I coudn't see why!
And I'll never go there any more!

On the Bow'ry, the Bow'ry!
They do funny things,
And they say funny things,
On the Bow'ry!
The Bow'ry!
I'll never go there any more!

####.... Variant of a comic stage song written in 1891 by Charles H Hoyt [1859-1900] of Concord, NH, with music by Percy Gaunt [1852-1896] of Dalenville, NY, for the broadway musical, A Trip To Chinatown, which toured for a year, then came to the Madison Square Theater in New York City in 1892, where it played for 650 performances. It had the longest run of any play up to that time. ....####

Collected in 1951 from John M Curtis [c.1877-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

From the American Heritage Dictionary:
Yap - (slang) crude, loud, stupid person.

New Coon In Town was written by J S Putnam in 1883 and is considered one of the first of a genre of comic song which, according to the New Grove Dictionary Of American Music, was popular from around 1880 to the end of the First World War, with words in a dialect purporting to be typical of black American speech.


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