If I Knock The "L" Out Of Kelly

(It Will Still Be Kelly To Me)
Music by Bert Grant
Words by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young
Published 1916 by Waterson, Berlin and Snyder Co.


Tim-o-thy Kel-ly,
who owned a big store,
Want-ed his name paint-ed
o-ver the door,

One day Pat Clan-cy
the paint-er man came;
Tried to be fan-cy and
mis-spelled the name;

In-stead of Kel-ly with
dou-ble "L-Y" He paint-ed
Kel-ly, but one "L" was shy,

Pat said "it looks right,
but I want no pay,
I've rea-soned it out in my
own lit-tle way."

If I knock the "L" out of Kel-ly,
It would still be Kel-ly to me;
Sure a sin-gle "L-Y" or a dou-ble "L-Y",
Should look just the same to an I-rish-man's eye.

Knock off an "L" from Kil-lar-ney,
Still Kil-lar-ney it al-ways will be
But if I knock the "L" out of Kel-ly,
Sure he'd knock the "L" out of me.

Tim-o-thy Kel-ly looked
up at the sign,
He told Pat Clan-cy
"that's no name of mine,

As a sign paint-er
you'll nev-er go far,
You're a fine paint-er
like Kel-ly you are;

Shame on you Clan-cy,
just see what you've done,
You've spoiled the name
of an I-rish-man's son,"

"Don't let an "L" come
be-tween us," said Pat,
"I've fig-ured it out
like a real dip-lo-mat."

If I knock the "L" out of Kel-ly,
It would still be Kel-ly to me;
Sure a sin-gle "L-Y" or a dou-ble "L-Y",
Should look just the same to an I-rish-man's eye.

Knock off an "L" from Kil-lar-ney,
Still Kil-lar-ney it al-ways will be
But if I knock the "L" out of Kel-ly,
Sure he'd knock the "L" out of me.