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source: 1909 Imperial Songster no 87.
By Ernest Chappell and especially written in consideration of the Burns/Johnson fight.
Tune: Wearing of the Green and chorus: The Baby’s Name
SITE SOURCE: Sport

Christening the Baby

Since boxing has become the craze I’m fairly off my dot
For everybody’s talking fight, I wish they all were shot
It’s Tommy Burns and Johnson no matter where you go
For it’s the only subject that people seem to know

There’s Tomkins, he’s my pal, he’s got it on the brain
He’ll argue fight from morn till night and drive you near insane
His wife he took the baby to be christened yesterday
When the parson said “What’s its name?” I then heard the old girl say
The baby’s name is Sullivan, Felix, Foley, Jackson and Roche

Squires and Thompson, Burns and Johnson
Robert Fitzsimmons and Battling Nelson
Bill Lang, Bob Quigley, Slavin and Victor the Chief
Hefferty Tim, Jefferies, Jim Griffo and Paddy O’Keefe

Now my old woman’s just as bad, she’s got the boxing craze
And just to show what she can do on my right optic gaze
She bought a book on boxing and she practises on me
She knocked me out for three last night while we were having tea

And just because I came home late and up the stairs did creep
She landed me an uppercut and sent me off to sleep
And last week when we went to church to have our kiddie named
The Parson nearly took a fit when my old girl exclaimed

Squires and Thompson, Burns and Johnson
Robert Fitzsimmons and Battling Nelson
Bill Lang, Bob Quigley, Slavin and Victor the Chief
Hefferty Tim, Jefferies, Jim Griffo and Paddy O’Keefe