Historic Sheet Music Collection

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MacIntosh Collection

New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co. (1909)

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[Verse 1]
Young Percival de Lancy has captured great renown, He’s just about the best long distance drinker in the town.
When other men have purchased, and sat “well boys, good bye,”
Young Percy reels upon his heels, and then begins to cry
Ye Ho my lads ye ho, now wait before we go.

And let us have just one more little drink, then we’ll all (do what?)Go home.
I’d like to buy a little Rye, but I can’t drink alone,
Down in the subway soon we’ll have to roam,
So let us have just one more little drink,
Then we’ll all (do what?) go home.

[Verse 2]
Young Percy once decided thro’ life to take a mate, The bride and preacher waited, but young Percival was late.
Her brother search’d the city, the girl was in dispair, But he was in a barroom telling ev’ry body there
Ye Ho my lads ye ho, now wait before we go.


[Verse 3]
He married not the maiden, not in the spring or fall,
He married not her sister, and he married not at all.
I never could love any girl as I love Scotch and Rye. Ye Ho my lads ye ho, now wait before we go.


[Verse 4]
You can’t blame little Percy, for he was born that way, Just born a martyr to the cause, no matter what you say.
And this is just one reason; before he was a son
A reckless German baker hit his mother with a bun.
A wheeze my lads, a wheeze,
Oh pass the bottle please.



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