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The Kid of Coney IslandFred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements$

Woody Register

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167320.001.0001

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The Kid of Coney Island
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  • I see the av'rage business man a-work'mg hard all day,
  • He does not need more dough, he likes to hustle though.
  • He's got the habit, hates to see a nickel get away,
  • He's trying now to snare, some other fellow's share.
  • At fifty he's a wreck, dyspepsia, gout and heart disease.
  • He can't have any fun, but, say, he has a son;
  • And Willie gets his papa's cash and blows it in with ease,
  • While daughter spends her share to buy a titled piece of cheese.
  • They are a joke, ha, ha, ha, ha I a lovely joke, ha, ha, ha, ha!
  • They are better than a pantomime to me.
  • How I laugh in royal glee,
  • Ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, he!
  • Oh what fools, oh my what fools these mortals be.
  • —“What Fools We Mortals Be”