Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

Lyrics

Late one night
When we were all in bed
Old Mother Leary
Left a lantern in the shed.

And when the cow kicked it over,
She winked her eye and said,
"There'll be a hot time
In the old town, tonight".

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Information About Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

Hot Time in the old town tonight is a parody of the American song "A Hot Time in the Old Town", composed in 1896 by Theodore August Metz and Joe Hayden. Metz was the band leader of the McIntyre and Heath Minstrels.

One history of the song reports "While on tour with the McIntyre and Heath Minstrels, their train arrived at a place called 'Old Town'. From their train window, Metz could see a group of children starting a fire, near the tracks. One of the other minstrels remarked that 'there'll be a hot time in the old town tonight'.

The dialect and narrative of the song intimate an African-American revival meeting. The song was a favorite of the American army in the early 20th Century.

The parody version was inspired by Catherine O'leary, an Irish immigrant in Illinois, whose cow allegedly started the great Chicago Fire of 1871. This is referenced in the song, "Late one night, When we were all in bed, Old Mother Leary, Left a lantern in the shed, And when the cow kicked it over?".

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Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

This version happened 5 nights ago

5 nights ago,
when we were all in bed
Old Mrs. Leary left the lantern in the shed
and when the cow kicked it over,
she winked her eye and said
it'll be a hot time, in the old town, tonight!
FIRE FIRE FIRE!

4 nights ago,
when we were all in bed
Old Mrs. Leary left the lantern in the shed
and when the cow kicked it over,
she winked her eye and said
it'll be a hot time, in the old town, tonight!
FIRE FIRE FIRE!

3 nights ago,
when we were all in bed
Old Mrs. Leary left the lantern in the shed
and when the cow kicked it over,
she winked her eye and said
it'll be a hot time, in the old town, tonight!
FIRE FIRE FIRE!

2 nights ago,
when we were all in bed
Old Mrs. Leary left the lantern in the shed
and when the cow kicked it over,
she winked her eye and said
it'll be a hot time, in the old town, tonight!
FIRE FIRE FIRE

1 night ago,
when we were all in bed
Old Mrs. Leary left the lantern in the shed
and when the cow kicked it over,
she winked her eye and said
it'll be a hot time, in the old town, tonight!
FIRE FIRE FIRE!

(You can exchange these other words to the end of each verse)

Water, Water, Water!
Jump, Lady, Jump!
Save my Child, Save my Child!

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Lily, United States

25 July 2016 at 3:24pm

Interestingly enough my mom used to sing this to me. But the version was WAY different. It went "late one night when we were all in bed cowgirl Cheryl left a lantern in the barn and when the horse kicked it over she winked her eye and said there's gonna be a hot time in your camp tonight"

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Laura, Wisconsin, USA

12 September 2014 at 9:06pm

Interesting. In my suburban Chicago Girl Scout troop in the late '80s, we called her "Lady O'Leary", started 9 nights ago, and added one line of chanting every verse, starting with "Fire, fire, fire fire", then "Pour on water, pour on water", "Save my children, save my children", then "Jump, lady, jump! Jump, lady, jump!" and then circling back to the first one when we got to 5.

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Chloe, Canada

7 August 2014 at 3:30am

I like the variants.

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Tess, United States

24 February 2011 at 5:00pm

haha, we sang "Old Lady Leary." :p Showed how much respect we had as kids! The song is talking about a theory people had about what started the great chicago fire.

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Gwyn, United States

9 January 2011 at 8:23am

... we had to play this for pep band.. and sing the lyrics... it was fun :)

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Sheania, Tempe

7 April 2009 at 6:05pm

this song is awesome

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