Wolfe Tones /

The Big Strong Man

have you heard about the big strong man?
well, he lives in the caravan
have you heard about the Jeffery Johnson fight
well lordy what a hell of a fight
you can take every heavy weight you've got
we've got a lad who can beat the whole lot
well, he used to ring the bells in the belfry no he's gonna fight
Jack Dempsey...

He was my brother Sylvest (What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big Chest!)
well, he killed fifty badmen in the west
he knows no rest, thinkin' a man's hell 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 can sick a battle ship (Big Ship!)
well it takes all the army and the navy to put the wind up Sylvest

well he'd thought he'd take a trip to Italy
and he thought he'd go by sea
well he jumped of the harbour in New York
and he swam like a man made of cork
he saw the Lusitania in distress (What'd he do?)
well he put the Lusitania on his chest
drank up all the water in the sea and he walked all the way to Italy

He was my brother Sylvest (What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big Chest!)
well, he killed fifty badmen in the west
he knows no rest, thinkin' a man's hell 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 can sick a battle ship (Big Ship!)
well 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
well he played every instrument they got
he played the whole lot
well the old church bells were ringing (Hell's bells!)
the old church choir were singing (Hell's choir!)
they all turned out to say farewell to my big brother Sylvest

He was my brother Sylvest (What's he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (Big Chest!)
well, he killed fifty badmen in the west
he knows no rest, thinkin' a man's hell 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 can sick a battle ship (Big Ship!)
well it takes all the army and the navy to put the wind up Sylvest