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The Devil Has Brought Up All The Coal, song lyrics


Song: The Devil Has Brought Up All The Coal
Lyrics: Irving Berlin(1)(2)

Music: Irving Berlin(1)
Year: 1918(1)
Genre:
Country: USA


Ev'ryone's hollering "Me oh! my,
We're in a terrible hole;"
Ev'ryone's hollering "tell us why,
There is a shortage of coal?"
I have the whole thing figured out,
Really it isn't so bad;
I know the cause without a doubt,
Why there's no coal to be had.
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(CHORUS 1:)
The devil has brought up all the coal,
He's going to save it, I swear,
Until the Kaiser(3) gets there,
He means to make it warm for Mister William,
The devil has spent his little roll,
For all the coal from ev'ry were;
He's piling it up by the on,
And oh! what he'll do to that Hun(4);
There'll be a hot time in Hades,
When the Kaiser gets there,

Satan is freezing 'way down below,
He feels a terrible chill;
Still he won't use up his coal, oh! no,
Satan is wating for Bill.
If he can stand it, why can't we?
Tell all the grumblers to pause;
Although we freeze let's shout with glee,
It's for a wonderful cause.

(CHORUS 2:)
The devil has brought up all the coal,
He's going to save it, I swear,
Until the Kaiser gets there,
He means to make it warm for Mister William,
I'd give Mister Rockefeller's roll,
To see the Kaiser, I declare;
And whisper in his little ear,
"You don't know the half of it dear."


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Company, Music Publishers, Strand Theatre Bldg., Broadway at 47th St., New York City, NY.

2 - Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989) biography from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

3 - A biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859 - 1941) Emperor of Germany from 1888 until 1918, born, Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert from the Biography Channel, plus more on the German Kaiser from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

4 - German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II, nicknamed his soldiers "Huns" after the soldiers of Attila the Hun. It became used as a derogatory term for Germans by those outside of Germany.

5 - World War One Coal Shortages, from the Black Country Living Museum. By late 1917 the United States was also experiencing coal shortages, but that may have been due as much to a shortage of rail cars.