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Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel (Daniel Decatur Emmett) I jest arrived in town fo' to pass the time away, And I settled all my bizness accordin' But I found it so cold when I went up de street Dat I wished I was on de oder side ob Jordan. cho: So take off your coat, boys, and roll up your sleeves, For Jordan is a hard road to trabel, So take off your coat, boys, and roll up your sleeves, For Jordan is a hard road to trabel, I believe. I look to the East I look to the West And I see ole Kossuth a-comin' With four bay horses hitched up in front, To tote his money to de oder side ob Jordan. David and Goliath both had a fight A cullud man come up behind 'em, He hit Goliath on de head wid a bar of soft soap And it sounded to de oder side ob Jordan. If I was de legislator ob dese United States I'd settle de fish question accordin'. I'd give de British all de bones and de Yankees all de meat And stretch de boundary line to de oder side ob Jordan. Der's been excitin' times for de las' year or two About de great Presidential election Frank Pierce got elected and sent a hasty plate ob soup To his opponent on de oder side ob Jordan. Louis Napoleon after all is emperor of France And all Europe begins to tremble accordin. But the Yankees don't care for if with us he wants to fight He'll wish he'd staid on de oder side ob Jordan. So take off, &c. RG
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