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Frank Maher Lyr Req: If I Knock the 'L' out of Kelly (9) Lyr Add: IF I KNOCK THE 'L' OUT OF KELLY 28 Jun 99


IF I KNOCK THE 'L' OUT OF KELLY (IT WOULD STILL BE KELLY TO ME)
Words, Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young. Music, Bert Grant.
New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., 1916.

1. Timothy Kelly, who owned a big store,
Wanted his name painted over the door.
One day Pat Clancy, the painter man came,
Tried to be fancy and misspelled the name.
Instead of "Kelly" with double-L Y,
He painted "Kely," but one L was shy.
Pat said, "It looks right, but I want no pay.
I've reasoned it out in my own little way."

CHORUS: "If I knock the L out of Kelly, it would still be Kelly to me.
Sure a single-L Y or a double-L Y
Should look just the same to an Irishman's eye.
Knock off an L from Killarney, still Killarney it always will be,
But if I knock the L out of Kelly, sure he'd knock the L out of me."

2. Timothy Kelly looked up at the sign.
He told Pat Clancy, "That's no name of mine.
As a sign painter, you'll never go far.
You're a fine painter, like Kelly you are!
Shame on you, Clancy. Just see what you've done.
You've spoiled the name of an Irishman's son."
"Don't let an L come between us," said Pat.
"I've figured it out like a real diplomat." CHORUS

I also have "Chickery Chick" around somewhere. If or when I find it, I'll send it to you.


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