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On The Old Fall River Line


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Words by Wm Jerome & Andrew B Sterling Music by Harry Von Tilzer 1913 

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Talk about your spoo - ning, and moo – ning Take a trip to Boston, it’s fine

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Sailing up the bay boys hur-ray boys I was on the upper deck when I met mine

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I said Sue …in your sail-or suit you look cer-tain-ly cute (wolf whistle)

On The Old Fall River Line , On The Old Fall River Line

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I fell for Suzies line of talk and Su - zie fell for mine

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Then we fell in with a parson and he tied us tight as twi-----ne

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But I wish O Lord I fell overboard On The Old Fall Ri - ver Line

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When the boat is landing they’re standing spooners by the dozen , and more

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While the captains calling and baul - ing

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"Is there anybody wants to go a - shore?"

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Ev ’ – ry bod - y just answers then

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"Turn the boat round a - gain" ……TO CHORUS

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