Heptune presents:

The Coat and the Pants Do All the Work

    (Bert Hanlon, Ben Ross, Larry Shay)

Transcribed from vocals by Tom Stacks performing with Harry Reser's Six Jumping Jacks, recorded December 24, 1926;
From Harry Reser's Six Jumping Jacks, volume 2, The Old Masters, mb 128.

Now we never give the credit
Where credit's really due,
You've heard that many times before,
It's really nothing new;
The man who works the hardest,
He never gets the dough,
And here's another little thing
I'm positive you know:

Oh, the coat and the pants do all of the work,
And the vest gets all the gravy;
Now, the captains get the bars,
The generals get the stars,
The soldiers do the fighting,
And all they get is scars.
Now, a baby cries for mama,
But he never even recognizes dad,
Oh, the coat and the pants do all of the work,
And the vest gets all the gravy!

Oh, the coat and the pants do all of the work,
And the vest gets all the gravy;
Now, a dairy maid's a wow,
She does her best, somehow,
But after all the cheering,
You can't forget the cow!
Now an onion breaks a friendship,
But a billy goat can drive a crowd away...



 

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Published 8/27/01.


 
 

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