RETURN TO: ON THE MAKE

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SCENE: Young Tony Cermak and his Bohemian saloon gang, relative newcomers to Chicago’s southwest side, square off against their Irish counterparts and street rivals.

HIT ‘EM AGAIN HE’S IRISH

(IRISH BOY/CERMAK RIVAL)

where do you think you’re coming from
when you talk like that to me?
there’s gonna be some damage done
with a mouth so loose and free

you think that you got numbers?
you think that you’re so smart?
you ready to lay some lumber?
or does your wood stay on the cart?

(TONY)

why, this is where I’m coming from
when I talk like that to you
we’re the group that’s on the come
we’re here to spread the news

we know we got numbers
we’re gonna make our way
we’re gonna lay that lumber
when you hear us say

hit ’em again he’s Irish
hit ’em again it’s free
hit ’em again he’s Irish
and hit ’em once for me

hit ’em again he’s Irish
he may finally see
that we’re not speaking Irish
’cause we don’t feel the need

hit ’em again he’s Irish
hit ’em again it’s free
hit ’em again he’s Irish
and hit ’em once for me

wherever we were coming from
without much plan to be
we were to add what was begun
and follow that strong lead

but all these Micks just grumble
they just block our way
so we shall be so humble
and so humbly say:

hit ’em again he’s Irish
hit ’em again it’s free
hit ’em again he’s Irish
and hit ’em once for me

hit ’em again he’s Irish
he may finally see
that we’re not speaking Irish
’cause we don’t feel the need

hit ’em again he’s Irish
hit ’em again it’s free
hit ’em again he’s Irish
and hit ’em once for me