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Catalog Number KSa020129
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Song
Dates of Creation ????????
Air "Oil on the Brain"

Men talk of undiscovered wealth,
Of regions filled with gold;
Of railroad princes made from naught,
And buccaneers of old.
To profit in some sudden way,
Setauket folks have aimed;
And now the heads of all display
Rubber on the brain.
Stocks par, stocks up,
Stocks on the gain;
Everybody's troubled with
Rubber on the brain.

Now rubber forms a leading theme,
Where 'ere the people, meet;
Predominates In thought and dream,
Is bought up on the street.
Say strangers," what controls this class?"
Their acts appear insane!"
The answer made, "is, they have got
Rubber on the brain,"
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.

The times are such the poor are tried,
Yet wanderers we have none;'
Those who within the town abide
Are glued with rubber gum.
Ship-builders seek this field of wealth,
Teamsters grow rich and vain;
While half-grown boys stand upside down,
With rubber on the brain,
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.

The monied men, convulsed with fear
Whom frauds and failures shock,
Are interviewed by leading hands
In quest of rubber stock.
From this they fly until convinced
That all securities claimed
Pay 10 per cent. when they collapse
With rubber on the brain.
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.

Store loungers wrecked by luckless flaw
With turns of gout assailed,
Who strained all points known to the laws-
But in some panic failed.
Are now seen stalking forth exact,
They want no crutch or cane,
Their boyish acts are owing to
Rubber on the brain.
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.

The girls no longer have the blues,
But form a type of health;
Talk up the styles of Arctic shoes
And dwell on future wealth.
Old bachelors with fickle minds,
And fops they now disdain,
Unless their heads are interlined
With rubber on the brain.
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.

Throughout the rage of politics
This fruitful field was shunned;
Poll hucksters kept their distance,
Stump-speakers never come.
The cause of this indifference
To every one was plain.-.
Hayes nor Tilden neither had
Rubber on the brain~.
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.

And midst the works destined to rise,
And worth and wealth command,
This village rubber enterprise
Will take a foremost stand.
Church choirs and minstrels yet may live
To chant this little strain,
And praise the day that filled them
With rubber on the brain.
Chorus-Stocks par, & etc.
Notes Printed copy of Mount poem/ in pencil at top "Miss Clara Mount's father