Timothy Kelly, who owned a big store,
Wanted his name painted over the door,
One day Pat Clancy, the painter man came,
Tried to be fancy and misspelled the name;
Instead of Kelly with double “LY”,
He painted Kelly, but one “L” was shy,
Pat said, “it looks right, but I want no pay,
I’ve reasoned it out in my own little way.”
If I knock the “L” out of Kelly,
It would still be Kelly to me;
Sure a single “LY” or a double “LY”,
Should look just the same to an Irishman’s eye.
Knock off an “L” form Killarney,
Still Killarney it always will be,
But if I knock the “L” out of Kelly,
Sure he’d knock the “L” out of me.
If I me.
Timothy Kelly looked up at the sign,
He told Pat Clancy “that’s no name of mine,
As a sign painter you’ll never go far,
You’re a fine painter, like Kelly you are;
Shame on you Clancy, just see what you’ve done,
You’ve spoiled the name of an Irishman’s son”,
“Don’t let an “L” come between us”, said Pat,
“I’ve figured it out like a real diplomat.”
Grant, Bert; Lewis, Sam M.; and Young, Joe, "If I Knock the L Out of Kelly (It Would Still Be Kelly to Me)" (1916). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1632.
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