En clef de fa
1. It was down in Old Joe's barroom,
on a corner by the square;
the drinks were served as usual,
and the usual crowd was there.
"Let her go, let her go, God bless her,
wherever she may be;
She may search this wide world over,
never find a man as sweet as me."
2. On my left stood Joe McKennedy,
his eyes were bloodshot red;
he turned to the crowd around him,
those were the very words he said:
3. "I went down to the St. James Infirm'ry,
I saw my baby there,
stretched out on a long white table,
so sweet, so cold, so fair."
4. "Oh, when I die, please, bury me
in my high top Stetson hat,
put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watchchain,
so the gang'll know I'm standing pat."
5. "I want six crap shooters for pall bearers.
Chorus girl to sing me a song.
Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon.
Raise Hell as I roll along."
6. "Roll out your rubber tired carriage,
roll out your old time hat.
Twelve men going to the graveyard
and eleven coming back."
7. "Now that I've told my story,
I'll take another shot of booze.
And if anyone should happen to ask you,
I've got those gamblers' blues."