Have you heard about the big strong man?
He lived in a caravan.
Have you heard about the Jeffrey Johnson fight?
Oh what a hell of a fight.
You can take all the heavyweights you got.
We got a lad who will beat the whole lot.
He used to ring the bells in the belfry,
Now he's gonna fight Jack Dempsey.

He was me brother Sylvest' (What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big chest!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west; he knows no rest.
Think of the man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove,
Plenty of room for you and me.
He's got an arm like a leg
And a punch that would sink a battleship (Big ship!)
It takes all the Army and the Navy to put the wind up Sylvest'.

Well, he thought he'd take a trip to Italy.
And he thought that he'd go by sea.
He jumped off the harbor in New York,
And he swam like a man made o' cork.
He saw the Lusitania in distress. (What he do?)
He put the Lusitania on his chest. (Big chest!)
He drank all the water in the sea,
And he walked all the way to Italy.

That was me brother Sylvest' (What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big chest!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west; he knows no rest.
Think of the man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove,
Plenty of room for you and me.
He's got an arm like a leg
And a punch that would sink a battleship (Big ship!)
It takes all the Army and the Navy to put the wind up Sylvest'.

Well, he thought he'd take a trip to old Japan.
And they turned out the whole brass band.
He played every instrument they got,
Like a lad surely beat the whole lot.
Now the old church bells will ring (Hell's bells!)
The old church choir will sing (Hell's fire!)
They all turned out to say farewell to my big brother Sylvest'.

That was me brother Sylvest' (What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big chest!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west; he knows no rest.
Think of the man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove,
Plenty of room for you and me.
He's got an arm like a leg
And a punch that would sink a battleship (Big ship!)
It takes all the Army and the Navy to put the wind up Sylvest'.


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