Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1919

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My Wife is Out On Strike
Words by Jack Mahoney
Music by James F. Hanley

New York: Shapiro, Bernstein, & Co. (1919)

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Abstract

[Verse 1]
Now ev’rybody’s out on strike, that’s all you hear today,
They all want shorter hours and they must have longer pay,
My wife has joined the strikers last night she walked out on me,
She’s holding out for ev’ry nickel of my salary;

[Chorus]
Oh! I’m so very happy, my wife is out on strike,
I wouldn’t mind giving her more pay, if she would only stay away,
Hooray! She quit our union,
I can do just what I like,
It’s all sweet music to my ears,
I feel like giving three big cheers,
I hope she holds out twenty years,
My wife is out on strike.

[Verse 2]
When she walked out she said she’d be a walking delegate,
I hope she keeps on walking till she finds another state,
I know some men who must be in the house each night at nine,
I bet they wish their wives would strike in sympathy with mine:

[Chorus]
Oh! I’m so very happy, my wife is out on strike,
I never fear if I go home late,
I don’t want her to arbitrate,
Hooray! She quit our union,
I can do just what I like,
That she’s away I don’t regret
I know a lot of girls you bet, strike breakers are not hard to get,
My wife is out on strike.

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