MISTER PAT O'HARA
 
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Out in Turkey where the Turks
Sleep all the day and no one works
Once there landed, broken handed
Patrick John O'Hara
He was Irish through an through
Full of Irish whiskey too
When he called upon the Sultan there
Mr Sultan looked him over carefully
Then he asked him what he wanted there
Patrick says, 'Me wife has run away from me
Is she in your harem anywhere?'

Chorus: 'Take me to your harem,' said Patrick John O'Hara
'She was a harem-scarem and might have landed there
I'd take her back to Dublin and call the matter square.'
'If she's in your harem,' said Patrick John O'Hara.


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Mr Sultan laughed with glee,
Then to John O'Hara said he
'You might scare 'em in the harem
Unless I was there.
So we'll wait and have some lunch
Then go and see the bunch
Also look for Mistress Pat O'Hara.'
When the Sultan asked him if his wife was there
Patrick said 'The joke's on you today
Georgie's waiting for me home in County Clare
And I'm just here to pass the time away.'

Chorus: 'Take me to your harem,' said Patrick John O'Hara
'I feel a harem-scarem and you ought not to care
I'd tell them back in Dublin when I get over there
'I was in your harem,' said Patrick John O'Hara.


Chorus - repeat:
 
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Written and composed by Benjamin Hapgood Burt - 1910
Performed by Adele Ritchie (1874-1930) [US Artiste]
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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