Historic Sheet Music Collection

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MacIntosh Collection

New York: Jack Mills Inc., 152 W. 45th St., (1922)

Some of these resources may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the library or the institution.


There are two funny men, the best I’ve ever seen
One is Mister Gallagher, the other Mister Shean,
When these two cronies meet It surely is a treat,
The things they say, and the things they do, and the funny way they greet,

[Chorus 1]
Oh! Mister Gallagher
Oh! Mister Gallagher
Hello what’s on your mind this morning Mister Shean
Ev’rybody’s making fun
Of the way our country’s run
All the paper say we’ll soon live European
Why, Mister Shean
Why, Mister Shean
On the day they took away our old canteen
Cost of living went so high, that it’s cheaper now to die
Positively Mister Gallagher, absolutely Mister Shean.

[Chorus 2]
Oh! Mister Gallagher
Oh! Mister Gallagher
If you’re a friend of mine, you’ll lend me a couple of bucks
I’m so broke and badly bent
And I haven’t got a cent I’m so clean you’d think that I was washed with Lux
Oh! Mister Shean
Oh! Mister Shean
Do you mean to say you haven’t got a bean
On my word as I’m alive, I intended touching you for five,
Oh I thank you Mister Gallagher, you are welcome Mister Shean.

[Chorus 3]
Oh! Mister Gallagher
Oh! Mister Gallagher
Once I think I saw you save a lady’s life In a rowboat out to sea
You were a hero then to me
And I thought perhaps you’ve made this girl your wife
Oh! Mister Shean
Oh! Mister Shean
As she sunk I dove down like a submarine
Dragged her up upon the shore, now she’s mine forever more,
Who the lady Mister Gallagher, no the rowboat Mister Shean.

[Chorus 4]
Oh! Mister Gallagher
Oh! Mister Gallagher
What’s the name of that game they play on the links
With a stick they knock the ball
Where you can’t find it at all
Then the caddie walks around and thinks and thinks
Oh! Mister Shean
Oh! Mister Shean
You don’t even know a hazard from a green
It’s become a popular game, and you don’t even know it’s name,
Sure it’s croquette Mister Gallagher, no, lawn tennis Mister Shean


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