I Am That Roost Inspector Man

Title

I Am That Roost Inspector Man

Description

V1
I got a job once in a HENERY
To clip the wings of all the “Fowls” so they could not fly,
I told the man that I was “Hen Roost” Inspectorite
And could tell the diff’rent nationality of chickens any time of night,
So when night came I went to investigate the Fowls,
When I got there, I do declare the Roost was full of Owls,
OOOO one loudly cried,
Then to all of them I replied, Well
V2
I joined a colored Baseball team
To catch behind the bat
They played a game on Friday just to see where I was at.
I put on my projector umpire said take your place
But I forgot to put the muzzle on to keep the ball from my face.
The first ball was a fly ball that almost reached the sky,
‘Twas me who tried to stop it and I did with my right eye,
The umpire cried out “foul”
That stopped the game for a while, ‘Cause
V3
I saw a man once stand’in on a street corner one day
He had a green bird in a cage crying ev’ry one this way.
Your fortune told a nicken and see your future wife
I thought it was the smartest bird I’d seen in all my life.
So I hands the man my nickel reached for the card like wise
When that bird says, “Look at that, coon, take the calk out of your eyes,
Then I grabbed him by the head,
Next morning to the judge I said. Well
Chorus
I am that “Hen Roost” Inspector man,
Got my knowledge ‘bout chickens,
Way down in Zululand.
1) When I investigate your coop at night
I can tell you right away if them Fowls all right, ‘Cause I
2) Now when I hear that fowl name called
Its Good bye fare thee
I’m gone that’s all, ‘Cause I
3) I can speak Bird language from A to Z
And I don’t ‘low no Fowls to talk back to me,
‘Cause I Am that “Hen Roost” Inspector man

Creator

Lew Payton, Alf. Wilson

Date

1909

Files

Citation

Lew Payton, Alf. Wilson, “I Am That Roost Inspector Man,” The Baseball Sheet Music Project, accessed November 18, 2019, https://baseballsheetmusic.omeka.net/items/show/27.