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Lyr Req: America Never Took Water

angel 12 Mar 00 - 09:49 PM
Charlie Baum 22 Mar 00 - 01:49 PM
Jim Dixon 16 Jan 11 - 12:53 AM
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Subject: America Never Took Water
From: angel
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 09:49 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to this (World War I) era song around 1919, "America Never Took Water"?

Thanks for any help you can give.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: America Never Took Water
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 22 Mar 00 - 01:49 PM

Two versions of the sheet music, with notes and lyrics, are in the Lester Levy sheet music collection. Click here to access one of them.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: Lyr Add: AMERICA NEVER TOOK WATER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jan 11 - 12:53 AM

AMERICA NEVER TOOK WATER (AND AMERICA NEVER WILL)
By J. Keirn Brennan, Gus Edwards, and Paul Cunningham
New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1919.
"Sung with great success by Belle Baker."

1. Slowly but surely a transport of joy,
Docked at her pier up the bay.
"Tell us the news old pal, we've been away!"
That's what each boy seemed to say
When someone said, the country's going dry,
They listened then they all began to cry.

CHORUS:
Why America never took water,
So why should she take it now?
England gave us Ale and Porter;
To drink their wines the French have taught us how.
Of water in the trenches,
We surely had our fill,
So we can't understand why you should hand it to us still,

For America never took water,
And America never will!

2. One fighting Yank said, "If such is the case,
This is no place then for me!
I'm going back again, back o'er the sea,
Where I can live happily."
His comrades said, "Before you start to go,
It seems to us it's time you ought to know.

CHORUS 2:
That America never took water,
So why should she take it now?
England gave us Ale and Porter;
To drink their wines the French have taught us how.
Old Jack and Jill took water.
That's why they took a spill.
The same thing's apt to happen to this famous drinking bill,

For America never took water,
And America never will!


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