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Song and Chorus of Rough on Rats

Words by W.A. Boston
Music by Jules Juniper

Price, 35 cents

Published by E.S. Wells, 22 Summit Ave., Jersey City

Copyright, April 1882, by E.S.Wells

The words may also be sung to the tune of "Little Brown Jug"

Non-music related advertisements on the back page including Rough on Rats brand poison


Squalling children, scolding wife,
Were not the pest of my poor life
Wherever I lived in house or flats,
My plague has been those horrid Rats;
They ate our meat, our bread and shoes,
We could not have qui-et snooze;
One day my wife did chance to doze
they pinned my baby by the nose

R-r-rats! Rats! Rats! Rough on Rats!
Hang your dogs and drown your cats;
We give a plan for every man
To clear his house with Rough on Rats

I got a cat, I set a trap,
And thought to have a quiet nap,
But scare in bed we snug were laid
When round the room the villains played
My wife jumped out up-on the floor,
To strike a light, but soon did roar
As well she might, for you must know,
The steel-trap had her by the toe

But Rats were not the only pest,
To spoil our food, and spoil the rest,
Fresh troubles di each day a-rise,
Mice, Roaches, Bugs, Mosquitoes, Flies
But now I've got the tip at last.
And soundly sleep and eat quite fast;
For we have banished all the crew,
And you shall learn the secret too.


The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.