New gold watch and derby hat
New silk suit and bloody hands
People stare when he walks by
No one looks him in the eye

But all the kids flocked to shake
The right hand that made him great
And that is why to this day
People always say

Did he meet the man
Did he shake his hand
Then let me shake the hand that shook the hand that shook the hand
Of John L. Sullivan

He went down to Baltimore
He went down to settle a score
People cheered when he took the mat
Knocked him out in twenty seconds flat

And children came from far and near
And talked about it for years
And that is why to this day
People always say


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