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The Butterfly Dude (Johnny Burke)

Oh, the latest sensation, I think,
It's the dude you will see at the rink;
He's all cuffs and collar, and not worth a dollar,
And gives you the wink for a drink.
He's fond of good parties and sprees,
With the girls he's always at ease;
And a white paper dicky, and a swinger like Mickey,
For mercy's sake give us a breeze.

Oh, the dude, the butterfly dude,
Ain't he a dolly, he talks like a molly;
Oh, the dude, the butterfly dude,
Oh, say, did you ever fall in with a dude.

Oh, you should see the dude at his aunt's,
With his gaiters worn over his pants;
He's not built for our set, he don't like us, you bet,
He blubbers with low, vulgar cants.
"He's the mischief," they tell us, "on skates."
Such stories he often relates,
He is a fine cigar sign and he's wasting his time,
He ought to be up in the States.

Oh, the dude, the butterfly dude,
Ain't he a dolly, he talks like a molly;
Oh, the dude, the butterfly dude,
Oh, say, did you ever fall in with a dude.

Oh, you should see the dude on the street,
To every young lady he'll meet;
Then off goes his hat with a tap-e-tap-tap,
And he says to himself ain't he sweet.
At every party, how strange,
The same swallowtail he'll arrange;
It was worn by Pa-Paw when he courted Ma-Maw,
The beauty of Gallagher's Range.

Oh, the dude, the butterfly dude,
Ain't he a dolly, he talks like a molly;
Oh, the dude, the butterfly dude,
Oh, say, did you ever fall in with a dude.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.57, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

See more songs by Johnny Burke.

Also published by Gerald S Doyle in Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers, First edition, p.5, 1927.

Gerald Doyle noted in his first edition that "we have been unable to find out who was the composer of these verses. They were found in an old Christmas number, but no author's name was published. It is said that this song was very popular around the time when the skating rinks first opened."

From Wikipedia:
Cant - jargon, argot or cryptolect of a group, often implying its use to exclude or mislead people outside the group.
Gaiters - garments worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Swallowtail - ⁴ Phr split-tail coat: swallow-tail coat. man's full-dressed jacket with two long tapering tails at the back, similar to an angular cut made in the tail of a cod-fish to mark ownership.

Gallagher's Range was a name given to a row of houses in St John's West close to the gas company house and the railway trestle. The park next to the Range was the West End Park later renamed Victoria Park in 1899.



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