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You'd Better Be Nice To Them Now, song lyrics

Song: You'd Better Be Nice To Them Now
Lyrics: William Tracey(2) and Jack Stern(3)

Music: William Tracey and Jack Stern
Year: 1918(1)
Genre:
Country: USA


Girls are filling men's positions nowadays,
And making good at every thing they try,
They've found out they're useful in a lot of ways;
Go, get the money is their battle cry.
Boys, you've got to hand it to the ladies,
Here's some good advice for you.
You'd
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(1st CHORUS:)
better be nice to them now,
Oh! You'd better be nice to them now.
Take your sweetie to a preacher right away,
She may come in handy for a rainy day.
It's all on account of the war.
Your job isn't safe anymore;
For you don't know what may happen in a year or two.
By then there won't be anything a girl can't do;
So don't you abuse 'em, or your bound to lose 'em,
You'd better be nice to them now. Now.

Ever since the nation granted women's right(5),
They've been preparing so they'd stand the test.
They've been sitting up and scheming ev'ry night,
And picking out the trade that they like best.
Pretty soon the girls will form a union,
Then you'll have no chance at all.
You'd
This song was originally posted on protestsonglyrics.net
(2nd CHORUS:)
better be nice to them now,
Oh! You'd better be nice to them now.
If you're married, then you needn't be afraid,
You'll never have to work if wifie learns a trade.
The girls have it all their own way.
They're more independent each day.
Say, don't be surprised if we have a lady "Cops" in time.
And if we do, the men will all commit some crime,
And when the cops get 'em, They'll love 'me and pet 'em,
You'd better be nice to them now. Now.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music, published by Douglas & Newman Music Company, 1604 Broadway, New York City, NY.

2 - William Tracey (1893 - 1957) is believed to be William G. Tracey as listed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

3 - Jack Stern (1896 - 1985) was a music composer who went on to write songs for a number of movies.

4 - While considered condescending towards women by modern standards, this song is about the changing role of women in the workforce brought on by World War 1.

5 - This song makes reference to "since the nation granted women's right", this may be just a general reference since the federal US government did not enact the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States until 1920 that prohibited sex-based restrictions on voting at either the federal or state level.