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The Bowery Grenadiers We're a gallant bunch of heroes, We've been organized ten years. And we're known throughout the city As the Bowery Grenadiers; We've had three fights with the Houlihans And won ten thousand cheers. You can bet your neck you won't forget The Bowery Grenadiers! cho: We can lick the Brooklyn Guards If they'll only show their cards. We can run like the devil If the ground is level For about four hundred yards. And the girls, the little dears, They're in love up to their ears When they see the style And smell the hair ile Of the Bowery Grenadiers. When the ladies are in danger And the flames about them roar, We're the lads who fight through fire and smoke For a rescue quick and sure. But when we march on a Saturday And the Mulligans beat tattoo We're good old stock with a cobble rock And a length of gaspipe, too. Collected by John Alison, who wrote the tune). note: Volunteer fire departments in New York in the mid-1800s were largely Hibernian social (and anti-social) clubs; several buildings were known to have burned down while two competing volunteer groups slugged it out to see who would have the honor of fighting the fire. RG
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