Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0036


Cover: photos of Lew Dockstader, one in blackface; Publisher: Held and Hager Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

Relational Format

music score

Original Format


Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


First verse
Every morning at six o'clock I go to my work, over coat buttoned up round my neck no job would I shirk Winter wind blows round my head cuting up my face, I tell you what I'd like to have my dear old father's place.
Everybody works but father And he sits around all day, Feet in front of the fire Smoking his pipe of clay, Mother takes in washing So does sister Ann, Everybody works at our house but my old man. man.
Second verse
A man named Work moved into town, and father heard the news, Work, so near my father started shaking in his shoes, When Mister Work walked by my house he saw with great surprise, My father sitting in his chair with blinders on his eyes.
Third Verse
At beating carpets father said he simply was immense, We took the parlor carpet out and hung it on the fence, My mther said:now beat it dear, with all you might and main, And father beat it right back to the fireside again

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Everybody Works but Father / words by Jean Havez



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