HE HAD TO GET UNDER, GET OUT AND GET UNDER
 
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Johnny O’Connor bought an automobile
He took his sweetheart for a ride one Sunday
Johnny was togged up in his best Sunday clothes
She nestled close to his side
Things went just dandy till he got down the road
Then something happened to the old machinery
That engine got his goat
Off went his hat and coat
Everything needed repairs.

Chorus: He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
To fix his little machine
He was just dying to cuddle his queen
But every minute when he'd begin it
He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
Then he'd get back at the wheel
A dozen times they'd start to hug and kiss
And then the darned old engine it would miss
Then he'd have to get under
Get out and get under
And fix up his automobile.


Millionaire Wilson said to Johnny one day
'You're little sweetheart don't appreciate you
I have a daughter who is hungry for love
She likes to ride by the way'
Johnny had visions of a million in gold
He took her riding in his little auto
But every time he went to say 'Marry me'
'Twas the same old story again.

Chorus 1: He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
To fix his little machine
He was just dying to cuddle his queen
But every minute when he'd begin it
He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
Then he'd get back at the wheel
A dozen times of love he'd try to speak
And then the radiator it would leak
Then he'd have to get under
Get out and get under
And fix up his automobile.


Chorus 2: He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
To fix his little machine
He was just dying to cuddle his queen
But every minute when he'd begin it
He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
Then he'd get back at the wheel
To kiss and squeeze he'd boldly get to work
And then the brakes would slip; there'd be a jerk
Then he'd have to get under
Get out and get under
And fix up his automobile


Chorus 3: He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
To fix his little machine
He was just dying to cuddle his queen
But every minute when he'd begin it
He'd have to get under
Get out and get under
Then he'd get back at the wheel
He'd start to tell the tale with lots of swank
And then he'd find no petrol in the tank
Then he'd have to get under
Get out and get under
And fix up his automobile.
 
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Words by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie with music by Maurice Abrahams - 1913
Performed by Billy Murry (1877-1954)
 
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