HOW DO YOU DO?
 
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You've heard of the latest craze that's out
A new style of greeting, without a doubt
The old style of greeting was 'How do you do?'
But the Johnnies have gone in for a style quite new
When a Johnny meets a Johnny in the street
Sure he raises his hat in a style so neat
Shakes hands in the usual orthodox way
The one to the other will be sure to say
'How do you doodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oo?
How do you doodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oo?
Awfully pleased to meet, meet you
How do you doodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oo?'

Everybody's got it, both the young and the old
The high and the low, the meek and the bold
There's a policeman standing there upon his beat
That's his style of greeting when a friend he'll meet
Ah, but then there's Paddy when he meets a pal
He'll say 'Begorrah! then, You're looking mighty well'
Shake hands in the usual orthodox way
The one to the other will be sure to say
'How the devil do you doodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oo?
How the devil do you doodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oo?
Awfully pleased to meet, meet you
How do you doodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oo?'
 
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Recorded 1903 by Pat Rafferty (1860-1952)
 
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