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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Best Boogie Woogie Ever

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Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train

Lyrics:

Santa Clause is coming
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

Santa's been checkin'
Checkin' all around the world
Wants to know what's goin' on
With every single boy and girl

Said, Great gosh, Almighty
Much to my surprise
Nobody's been naughty
Everybody's been nice

Now Santa likes to boogie
Santa likes to dance
Santa likes to rock it
Likes to go real fast

Santa likes to ride
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

Santa's got the elves workin'
Workin' overtime
He's doubled up production
On the toy production line

He says there's too much stuff
This year to carry in the sleigh
Got to get a better plan
Got to find a better way

We got toys for the boys
And they're all over the place
Got 'em stacked in the ceiling
Gotta stick it in your face

He says that this year
We're gonna take the boogie woogie
Choo choo train

Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

We got toys for the boys
And they're all over the place
Got 'em stacked in the ceiling
Gotta stick it in your face

Sants Claus is coming
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

Rudolph says, wait a minute
What about me?
Don't leave me sittin' all alone
At home on Christmas Eve

Santa said no way, man
We gotta have your nose
To show us all the way
To show us where to go

We got Dasher and Dancer
And Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid
Donner and Blitzen

We all goin' ridin' in a
Boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

We got toys for the boys
And they're all over the place
Got 'em stacked in the ceiling
Gotta stick it in your face

You know Santa Claus is comin'
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
Santa Claus is comin'
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

We got toys for the boys
And they're all over the place
Got 'em stacked in the ceiling
Gotta stick it in your face

You know Santa Claus is comin'
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

Santa Claus is comin'
In a boogie, woogie, choo, choo, train

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I Wouldn't Tell You No Lie

Lyrics:

This Ford is just a loner my real car's a Cadillac
I got a three story mansion servant's quarters in the back
I am faithful to you baby no matter what they say
When a pretty girl goes walkin' by I look the other way

Hey baby cross my heart and hope to die
I wouldn't tell you no story I wouldn't tell you no lie

My ship is comin' in the check is in the mail
I'd lie to the police to keep you from goin' to jail
I got a diamond mine in Capetown got a gold mine in Peru
I never loved another girl the way that I love you

Hey baby cross my heart and hope to die

I wouldn't lie to you no matter what I do
And if you believe that's true have I got a deal for you
I wouldn't lie to you no matter what I do

I got oil wells from Texas all the way to the Middle East
Everytime they sell a barrel of oil I get a piece
Take my morning bath in Champagne all the way from Paris France
I taught Chet Atkins how to play guitar I taught Fred Astaire to dance

Hey baby cross my heart and hope to die
Hey hey hey baby cross my heart and hope to die

Shake that thing
Well I don't know but I hear tell
They do it well down in Jacksonville
Hey little girl love to hear you sing
Roll it over and shake that thing snake that thing

Well I don't know I hear it's true
They do it fine down in Baton Rouge
Hey little girl-love to hear you sing
Roll it over and shake that thing snake that thing

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Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

Lyrics:

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The World's Biggest Fool

Lyrics:

Never thought I'd ever be best in the world at anything
Like Babe Ruth with a bat or Muhammad Ali in the ring
But that was before you came my way and made me all I am today
Bigger they come harder they fall and me I'm the biggest fool of all

Next stop just up ahead a treat for all the family
The world's largest broken heart on display for all to see
Get the Guinness Book folks on the phone
It's a new world's record for bein' alone
Bigger they come harder they fall and me I'm the biggest fool of all

I'm the world's biggest fool everybody knows my name
Folks all come from miles around just to see me hit the ground
Just to watch me take a fall
I'm the world's biggest fool that's my claim to fame
From Tennessee to Tokyo I've hit a new record low
I'm the biggest fool of all

I'm the world's biggest fool...
Tennessee to Tokyo I've hit a new record low
I'm the biggest fool of all

By: The Tractors

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Way Too Late

Lyrics:

Now I lay me down to sleep somethin' tells me I'm in too deep
Gone too far tempted fate can't stop now it's way too late
Final curtain eleventh hour spilled the beans the milk's gone sour
Check the expiration date we in trouble now it's way too late

Way too late help me Lord way too late man overboard
Way too late I've done my best to go the distance and stand the test
Cat's out the bag cow's out the gate too late now it's way too late
Too late now it's way too late
Catfish lookin' grasshopper hid you should've seen what Katy did
Laid me out cleaned my plate can't back up it's way too late

Way too late help me Lord...
Bugs on the windshield radio blasting foot through the floor into everlasting
All is lost if you hesitate can't stop now it's way too late
Bullfrog shifts into overload tries to get lucky with a horny toad
Not that good but it might be great can't stop now it's way too late

Way too late help me Lord...
Way too late help me Lord...

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With A Girl Like You

Lyrics:

I try to recycle I try to watch what I eat
Try not to lie try not to cheat
I try to do all the things my mama said I should do
But it's hard bein' good with a girl like you

I try to stay focused I try to concentrate
Keep my feet on the ground keep my head on straight
I try to live my life like I'm supposed to
But it's hard bein' good with a girl like you

With a girl like you I get a little confused
Which way should I turn which path should I choose
I'm doin' all that I can what more can I do
It's hard bein' good with a girl like you

I give up drinkin' and I don't fool around
I try not to get too far up or down
I try to do unto others like I'd like to be done unto
But it's hard bein' good with a girl like you

Oh with a girl like you I get a little confused...
It's hard bein' good with a girl like you
It's hard bein' good with a girl like you

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The Little Man

Lyrics:

Why don't we take all the city-slick bankers
And put 'em on John Deere tractors in the summer sun
And sit back and watch 'em sweat
You can bet all the wheat in Oklahoma they'll get...
A different attitude before the plowin's done

It's true for you and it's true for me
You don't need to be smart to see
You've got to be bigger than yesterday...
Just to keep from gettin' behind
The little man is gettin' smaller all of the time

Why don't we take all the IRS boys
And watch 'em try to make a livin' from the family store
When the big chain moves in down the block
There ain't no room for the "mom and pop"
And all across this land, they're closin' their doors
(and you know that's true)
I wrote it for you and i wrote it for me
You don't need to look too hard to see
You've got to make more than the year before
Just to keep from gettin' behind
And the little man is gettin' smaller all of the time
Yeah the little man is gettin' smaller all of the time

Why don't we take all the politicians
And make 'em spend a night with the homeless out in the street
Maybe they'd understand
We've got to start to lend a helpin' hand
It's the little man that made this country great

Well it's true for you and it's true for me
You don't need to be smart to see
You('ve) got to be bigger than yesterday
Just to keep from gettin' behind
The little man is gettin' smaller all of the time
(that's right--you know...)
The little man is gettin' smaller all of the time
The little man is gettin' smaller all of the time

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The Tulsa Shuffle

Lyrics:

All across the south...
They've got the boogie bands that sound so fine
On both coasts they've got the record company machines
Turnin' out hits on an assembly line
But in the heart of America...we've got the beat
That's guaranteed to tap your toes
Oklahoma's got the Tulsa shuffle...
And this am the way it goes....

Up north in Chicago...
You've got your authentic blues bands
And way down yonder in New Orleans...
They got a thing they call Dixieland
All around this whole wide world...
There's one thing that everybody knows
All God's children love the Tulsa shuffle...
And this am the way it goes....

I love England--I love the Beatles
The who and the rolling stones
I love Nashville country and Texas Tex-Mex
And Cajun and Motown soul
But in the heart of America...we got the beat
That's guaranteed to tap your toes
Oklahoma's got the Tulsa shuffle
And this am the way it goes....

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Hale Bop Boogie

Lyrics:

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By: The Tractors

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Rockin This Christmas

Lyrics:

Hang on your holly berries, put up the tree
Love to see you shake it in red and green

We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

Turn out the lights now, call the law
Me and you, baby, gonna go deck the halls

We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

Rockin? this Christmas
Rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

Before too long, we will be feelin? no pain
We?ll be flyin? like a jet powered air-e-oplane

Before too long, we will be feelin? no pain
We?ll be flyin? like a jet powered air-e-oplane

We gonna let it all go, shove it over the line
You show me yours and I?ll show you mine

We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

Rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

Rockin? this Christmas
Rockin? this Christmas
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve
We?ll be rockin? this Christmas
Well, into New Years Eve

Rockin? this Christmas
Rockin? this Christmas
Rockin? this Christmas
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Santa Claus Boogie

Lyrics:

Well I don't know, But I've been told
There's something goin' on at the North Pole
Santa and his elves at a factoy
Dancin' around the world's biggest Christmas tree

They're doin' the Santa Claus boogie
It's the Santa Claus boogie
You've got to take some time to believe in Santa Claus

My uncle Henry's got a bad back
When he tries to walk, you hear him pop and crack
But at Christmas time, the spirit sets him free
He jumps and hollers... Doin' the Santa Claus boogie
It's the Santa Claus boogie
It's the Santa Claus boogie
You've got to take some time to believe in Santa Claus

I knew an indian girl... she was way too young
She liked to talk dirty in her native tongue
You've never seen nobody shake and shimmy
Like an indian dancer doin' the Santa Claus boogie

It's the Santa Claus boogie
It's the Santa Claus boogie
You've got to take some time to believe in Santa Claus

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Settin' The Woods On Fire

Lyrics:

Comb your hair and paint and powder you act proud and I'll act prouder
You sing loud and I'll sing louder tonight we're settin' the woods on fire
You're my gal and I'm your feller dress up in my frock and yeller
I'll look swell but you'll look sweller settin' the woods on fire
We'll take in all the honky tonks tonight we're having fun
We'll show the folks a brand new dance that never has been done
I don't care who thinks we're silly you'll be daffy I'll be dilly
We'll order up two bowls of chili settin' the woods on fire

I'll gas up my hot rod stoker we'll get hotter than a poker
You'll be broke but I'll be broker tonight we're settin' the woods on fire
We'll sit close to one another up our street and down the other
Tonight we'll have ball oh brother settin' the woods on fire
We'll put aside a little time to fix a flat or two
My trey and tubes are doin' fine but the air is showin' through
You clap hands and I'll start howlin' we'll do all the law's allowin'
Tomorrow I'll be right back plowin' settin' the woods on fire

By: The Tractors

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Poor Boy Shuffle

Lyrics:

By:  The Tractors

Workin' man tired of workin' workin' till he's dead
Got to crawl a crooked mile just to get a step ahead
Banker got the money farmer put it in the ground
Banker goin' uptown farmer goin' down

It's a do si do and tip of the hat
One step forward and two steps back
Great gosh a mighty we're doin' the Poor Boy Shuffle

It's an age old dance ain't nothin' new
Damned if you don't damned if you do
Left side right side upside down
Do the hokey pokey turn yourself around

Do si do and tip of the hat...

Sometimes you just got to take a chance
Strike a pose take a stance
And get off your butt and dance

One step two step three step four
Do a boogie woogie in the middle of the floor
Keep on dancin' doin' the Poor Boy Shuffle
[ guitar ]
Taxman Taxman knockin' at the door
Gimme all you got to give then gimme gimme a little more
It's a bad boogaloo it's the ultimate hustle
It's a dance marathon it's the Poor Boy Shuffle

Do si do and tip of the hat...
Sometimes you just got to take a chance...
Do si do and tip of the hat...
Do si do and tip of the hat...
[ piano ]
You got to keep on keep on keep on
You got to keep on keep on keep on
You got to keep on dancin' doin' the Poor Boy Shuffle
 
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Linda Lou

Lyrics:

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Louisiana got that southern style
They got they girls with they teenage smile
Cajun girls and gumbo cryin' out to be your friend
Backroad drivin' on a Saturday night
Knockin' at the door with the friendly light
She say hey hey baby baby baby come on in

She say she call herself Linda Lou
No need to ask her what it is she do
She had a yodel in her walk a swing like a new back door
As sure as BB done got the blues
I got it bad from my head down to my Baton Rouge
Yodel lodel love-hit me like a two by four

Love got a mind of its own love won't leave you alone
Love takes you for a ride you can't run you can't hide
I tell you boys and I tell you true I fell in love down in Baton Rouge
Yodel lodel love yodel lodel Linda Lou

Iko Iko runnin' through my head
Can't remember nothin' that the girl done said
She was a real queen you shoulda seen the one that got away
Back to back road drivin' on a Saturday night
Knockin' at the door with the friendly light
Singin' Iko Iko Jockamo Fi Na Ne

Love got a mind of its own...
I tell you boys and I tell you true...
Yodel lodel love yodel lodel Linda Lou

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Tryin' To Get To New Orleans

Lyrics:

My daddy said son put your guitar down
We gotta build some fence...gotta plow some ground
I told my daddy, "try and understand..."
"This John Deere tractor don't fit my plan..."

And I hit the road
Chasin' down a dream
And I need a little help
I'm tryin' to get to New Orleans

Sidetracked up in Illinois
I'm not that smart...I'm an innocent boy
She called me baby...she called me honey...
She called a cab and took away my money

On the road again
Somewhere south of Moline
And I need a little help
You see I'm tryin' to get to New Orleans

Don't know why...I gotta go
If I don't try I'll never know
About e'touffe and Cajun queens
I need a little help
You see I'm tryin' to get to New Orleans

Hocked my watch...bought a burger and fries
Tried to pretend it was red beans and rice
Midnight in Memphis...hello to Graceland
Next stop...Louisiana
And I'm on the road
Chasin' down a dream

And I need a little help
You see I'm tryin' to get to New Orleans

I need a little help
You see I'm tryin' to get to New Orleans

I'm just an old poor boy
Chasin' down a dream
And I need a little help
You see I'm tryin' to get to New Orleans

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The Elvis Thing

Lyrics:

In nineteen fifty-six... The United States of America
Dropped a hi-fi needle on rock and roll
And coast to coast, we started shakin' all over
One nation, under God, out of control

[Chorus]

It's The Elvis Thing
It cuts right through you
It tangles you up inside... turns your world upside down
Like a mystery train... screamin' through the night
There ain't nothin' been the same since The Elvis Thing been around

I grew up drivin' a tractor and playin' electric guitar
It's a strange road full of detours and twists and turns
And when I ask myself why I do what I do
The answer is simple... there's a reason my earthly heart burns

[Chorus]

Come on, love me tender
Come on, come on, love me true
Just like The Elvis Thing got a hold on me...
I wanna get a hold of you

When they write the history books and try to explain
The second half of the twentieth century
They'll talk about puttin' a man on the moon...
They'll talk about Vietnam...
They'll talk about Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy...
(But you know what they'll really be talkin' about)

[Chorus]

Like a mystery train... screamin' through the night
There ain't nothin' been the same since
The Elvis Thing been around
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Higher Ground

Lyrics:

I had an uncle big as life he called me Captain
He believed he played a part in God's plan
He drove a Hudson Hornet car and a John Deere tractor
Safe in the sweaty palm of God's hand

I can still hear Georgia singin' through the kitchen window
One farm over Johnny joined up with Uncle Sam
Daddy done sold the farm wants to move out to Vegas
Johnny never made it back from Vietnam

They say you can't go home again but every now and then
You gotta look back to where you've been
Cause we're all part of the circle that's spinnin' round
Lord lift me up plant my feet on higher ground

Black Bear Creek runs down through Pawnee County
Where your roots hold you tight like a rusty cage
My mama say you better be careful boy what you wish for
God has a funny way of turnin' the page

They say you can't go home again...

Yeah we're all part of the circle spinnin' round round and round
Lord lift me up plant my feet on higher ground
Lord lift me up plant my feet on higher ground
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Baby Likes To Rock It

Lyrics:

  • You know she likes to take me dancin' on the outskirts of town
    Where the music's turned up and the lights are turned down
    Shakin'--shakin'--shakin' on the dance-- dance floor
    Crowd--crowd--screamin'--screamin'--more--more--more
    She got the boogie woogie woogie spread all over the place
    She's got it stacked to the ceilin'--got it stickin' in your face
    Ya know my baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
     
  • Johnny's in the back room suckin' on his gin
    Police are at the front door screamin' let me in
    Go--go--go--go dancer's busy showin' off her chest
    She don't know what she's doin' but she tries to do her best
    She got the boogie woogie woogie spread all over the place
    She's got it stacked to the ceilin'--got it stickin' in your face
    Ya know my baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
     
  • Baby likes to rock it - Baby likes a rocket
    Baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
    She got the boogie woogie woogie spread all over the place
    She's got it stacked to the ceilin'--got it stickin' in your face
    Ya know my baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
     
  • She said her name was 'emergency' and asked to see my gun
    Said her telephone number was 911
    Got brother Jimmy on the T.V.--killer on the stereo
    She said if you want to get it...you got to let it go
    She got the boogie woogie woogie spread all over the place
    She's got it stacked to the ceilin'--got it stickin' in your face
    Ya know my baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
     
  • Baby likes to rock it - Baby likes a rocket
    Baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
    She got the boogie woogie woogie spread all over the place
    She's got it stacked to the ceilin'--got it stickin' in your face
    Ya know my baby likes to rock it like a boogie woogie choo choo train
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Foot Stomp Stompin'

Lyrics:

Somebody said that Eddy called the local police
I saw the panic in your face saw you get down on your knees
Saw your lips movin' didn't know what you were sayin'
Didn't know if you were beggin' didn't know if you were prayin'
Heard the crowd start to rumble heard the bells start to ring
Saw the sky open up heard the fat lady sing

We're goin' foot stomp stompin' we're goin' foot stomp stompin'
When the spirit starts movin' gets you out of your seat
Get the whole dang crowd start stompin' their feet

The Salvation Army band marched in single file
I thought you just might lose it though I thought I saw a smile
Couldn't tell if you were jokin' couldn't get the story straight
Did a dance we like to call the new age bop hallucinate
Played an old Buck Owens record never ever seen it fail
Got the hungrys for your love tiger by the tail

We're goin' foot stomp stompin'...

You know I love you baby don't know why you act so strange
Somebody said that Eddy said you got to make a change
Don't know why you be so mean don't know why you be so crude
You know I love you baby love to see you in the mood
Love to see you work the crowd love to see you take a chance
Love to see you shake it love to see you dance
[ guitar ]
The music's gettin' loud the joint's completely packed
The band is in the groove got the boogie woogie stacked
Eddy's got the mic-screams I wanna take you higher
Drinkin' double boiler makers gone completely haywire
You you you you make me stutter BB baby baby please
Half dressed quotin' scripture singin' Bringing In The Sheaves

We're goin' foot stomp stompin'...
We're goin' foot stomp stompin'...

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Short'nin Bread

Lyrics:

Refrain:

|
: Mammy's little baby loves short'nin', short'nin',
Mammy's little baby loves short'nin' bread. :|

Put on de skillet, put on de lead,
Mammy's gonna make a little shortnin bread.
Dat aint all she's gonna do,
Mammy's gonna make a little coffee too.

Refrain:

2. Three little darkies lying in bed
Two was sick an' the other 'most dead.
Send for the doctor, the doctor said,
"Feed dose darkies on short'nin bread!"

Refrain:


3. Slip to de kitchen, slip up de lead,
Slip ma pockets full of short'nin' bread.
Stole de skillet, stole de lead,
Stole de gal to make short'nin' bread.

Refrain:

4. Dey caught me wi' de skillet, dey caught me wi' de lead,
Caught me wi' de gal makin' short'nin bread.
Six dollars fo' de skillet, paid six dollars fo' de lead,
Spent six months in jail eatin' short'nin bread.

Refrain:

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Lyrics:

Refrain:

Let me call you Sweetheart
I'm in love with you.
Let me hear you whisper that you love me too.
Keep the lovelight glowing in your eyes so true
Let me call you Sweetheart
I'm in love with you!


I am dreaming, dear, of you
Day by day
Dreaming when the skies are blue,
When they're gray;
When the silv'ry moonlight gleams,
Still I wander on in dreams
In a land of love, it seems
Just with you....

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The Battle Of Jericho

Lyrics:

Chorus:

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho;
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls came tumbling down.


You may talk about your kings of Gideon,
You may talk about your men of Saul
But there's none like good old Joshua
At the battle of Jericho.

Chorus:

2. Now the Lord commanded Joshua;
"I command you and obey you must;
You just march straight to those city walls
And the walls will turn to dust."

Chorus:


3. Straight up to the walls of Jericho
He marched with spear in hand,
"Go blow that ram's horn," Joshua cried,
"For the battle is in my hand."

Chorus:

4. The the lamb ram sheep horns began to blow,
And the trupets began to sound,
And Joshua commanded, "Now children, shout!"
And the walls came tumbling down.

Chorus:


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Oh, Susanna

Lyrics:

I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee
I'm going to Louisiana, my true love for to see
It rained all night the day I left
The weather it was dry
The sun so hot, I froze to death
Susanna, don't you cry

Chorus:

Oh, Susanna,
Oh don't you cry for me
For I come from Alabama
With my banjo on my knee


2. I had a dream the other night when everything was still
I thought I saw Susanna a-coming down the hill
The buckwheat cake was in her mouth
The tear was in her eye
Says I, I'm coming from the south
Susanna, don't you cry

Chorus:

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Goober Peas

Lyrics:

Sitting by the roadside on a summer day,
Chatting with my messmates, passing time away,
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees,
Goodness, how delicious, eating Goober Peas!

Chorus:

Peas! peas! peas! peas! eating Goober Peas!
Goodness how delicious, eating Goober Peas!

2. When a horseman passes, the soldiers have a rule,
To cry out at their loudest, "Mister, here's your mule!"
But another pleasure enchantinger than these,
Is wearing out your grinders, eating Goober Peas!

Chorus:

3. Just before the battle the Gen'ral hears a row,
He says, "The Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now."
He turns around in wonder, and what do you think he sees?
The Georgia Militia - eating Goober Peas!


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4. I think my song has lasted almost long enough,
The subject's interesting, but rhymes are mighty rough,
I wish this war was over, when free from rags and fleas,
We'd kiss our wives and sweethearts and gobble Goober Peas!

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Dixie Land

Lyrics:

O, I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
In Dixie Land where I was born in
Early on one frosty mornin'
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

Chorus:

O, I wish I was in Dixie! Hooray! Hooray!
In Dixie Land I'll take my stand
To live and die in Dixie
|: Away, away, away down south in Dixie! :|


2. Old Missus marry Will, the weaver,
William was a gay deceiver
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
But when he put his arm around her
He smiled as fierce as a forty pounder
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.


Chorus:

3. His face was sharp as a butcher's cleaver
But that did not seem to grieve her
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
Old Missus acted the foolish part
And died for a man that broke her heart
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.

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Dixie Land, or Dixie, as it is generally called, the most popular song of the South, was written by Daniel D. Emmett, of Ohio. In 1859, Mr. Emmett was a member of "Bryant's minstrels", then playing in New York. One Saturday evening he was asked by Mr. Bryant to furnish a new song to be used in the performances the following week. On Monday morning, Mr. Emmett took to the rehearsal the words and music of Dixie. The song soon became the favorite all over the land. In 1860, an entertainment was given in New Orleans. The leader had some difficulty in selecting a march for his chorus. After trying several he decided upon Dixie. It was taken up by the people, sung upon the streets and soon carried to the battlefields where it became the great inspirational song of the Confederate Army.


Many different words were written to the tune. Those by Albert Pike, of Arkansas, were much used and are, perhaps the most worthy of mention.

Like Yankee Doodle, the original words of Dixie voice no great patriotic sentiment, and the music is not of a lofty character. Yet it stirred the hearts of those who fought for the "Flag of Dixie".


Today, to the music of these two songs, there echoes the tread of a united people whose hearts are moved alike by the stirring strains, and who as they listen are ready to say with uplifted hands, bared brows, and reverent lips, "We give our heads and our hearts to God, and our Country". - From The Golden Book of Favorite Songs, 1915.

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Sweet Betsy From Pike

Lyrics:

Did you ever hear tell of Sweet Betsy from Pike,
Who crossed the wide mountains with her lover Ike,
Two yoke of cattle, a large yeller dog,
A tall Shanghai rooster, and a one-spotted hog.
Singing too-ra-li-oo-ra-li-oo-ra-li-ay.

2. They swam the wide rivers and crossed the tall peaks,
And camped on the prairie for weeks upon weeks.
Starvation and cholera, hard work and slaughter
They reached California 'spite of hell and high water.

3. One evening quite early they camped on the Platte,
Twas near by the road on a green shady flat.
Betsy, sore-footed, lay down to repose
With wonder Ike gazed on that Pike County rose.

4. Out on the prairie one bright, starry night,
They broke out the whiskey, and Betsy got tight.
She sang and she shouted and she danced o'er the plain,
And she showed her bare arse to the whole wagon train.

5. The Injuns came down in a thundering horde,
And Betsy was scared they would scalp her adored.
So under the wagon-bed Betsy did crawl
And she fought off the Injuns with musket and ball.

6. The wagon broke down with a terrible crash,
And out on the prairie rolled all sorts of trash.
A few little baby-clothes, done up with care,
Looked rather suspicious, but all on the square.

7. They stopped at Salt Lake to inquire of the way,
When Brigham declared that Sweet Betsy should stay.
Betsy got frightened and ran like a deer,
While Brigham stood pawing the ground like a steer.

8. The alkali desert was burning and bare,
And Isaac's soul shrank from the death that lurked there.
"Dear old Pike County, I'll go back to you"
Says Betsy, "You'll go by yourself if you do!"

9. They soon reached the desert, where Betsy gave out,
And down in the sand she lay rolling about.
Ike in great wonder looked on in surprise,
Saying, "Betsy, get up, you'll get sand in your eyes."

10. Sweet Betsy got up in a great deal of pain.
She declared she'd go back to Pike County again.
Ike gave a sigh, and they fondly embraced,
And they traveled along with his arm round her waist.

11. The Shanghai ran off, and the cattle all died,
That morning the last piece of bacon was fried.
Ike got discouraged, Betsy got mad,
The dog drooped his tail and looked wonderfully sad.

12. They suddenly stopped on a very high hill,
With wonder looked down upon old Placerville.
Ike said to Betsy, as he cast his eyes down,
"Sweet Betsy, my darling, we've got to Hangtown."

13. Long Ike and Sweet Betsy attended a dance.
Ike wore a pair of his Pike County pants.
Betsy was covered with ribbons and rings.
Says Ike, "You're an angel, but where is your wings?"

14. A miner said, "Betsy, will you dance with me?"
"I will that, old hoss, if you don't make too free.
Don't dance me hard, do you want to know why?
Doggone you, I'm chock-full of strong alkali."

15. This Pike County couple got married, of course,
But Ike became jealous, and obtained a divorce.
Betsy, well-satisfied, said with a shout,
"Goodby, you big lummox, I'm glad you backed out!"

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De Camptown Races

Lyrics:

De Camptown ladies sing this song,
Doo-da, Doo-da
De Camptown racetrack's two miles long
Oh, de doo-da day.

Chorus:

G'wine to run all night
G'wine to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray.

2. Oh, de long tailed filly and de big black horse,
Doo-da, Doo-da
Come to a mud hole and dey all cut across,
Oh, de doo-da day.

Chorus:

3. I went down South with my hat caved in,
Doo-da, Doo-da
I came back North with a pocket full of tin.
Oh, de doo-da day.

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

Lyrics:

Place park, scene dark,
Silv'ry moon is shining thro' the trees:
Cast two, me, you,
Sound of kisses floating on the breeze;
Act one, begun,
Dialogue "Where would you like to spoon?"
My cue, with you,
Underneath the silv'ry moon.

Chorus:

By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon,
To my honey I'll croon love's tune,
Honey moon keep a shining in June,
Your silv'ry beams will bring love dreams
We'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.


2. Act two, scene new,
Roses blooming all around the place;
Cast three, you, me,
Preacher with a solemn looking face.
Choir sings, bell rings,
Preacher "You are wed forevermore."
Act two, all through,
Ev'ry night the same encore;

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Ain't Misbehavin'

Lyrics:

Boy tho' it's a fickle age,
With flirting all the rage,
Here is one bird with self-control;
Happy inside my cage.
I know who I love best,
Thumbs down all the rest,
My love was given, heart and soul;
So it can stand the test.

Chorus:

No one to talk with, all by myself,
No one to walk with, but I'm happy on the shelf,
Ain't misbehavin' I'm savin' my love for you.
I know for certain, the one I love,
I'm thru with flirtin', it's just you I'm thinkin' of,
Ain't misbehavin' I'm savin' my love for you.
Like Jack Horner, in the corner, don't go nowhere,
What do I care, your kisses are worth waitin' for,
Believe me I don't stay out late, dont' care to go,
I'm home about eight, just me and my radio,
Ain't misbehavin' I'm savin' my love for you.


2. Girl your type of man is rare,
I know you really care,
That's why my conscience never sleeps;
When you're away somewhere,
Sure was a lucky day,
When fate sent you my way,
And made you mine alone for keeps,
Ditto to all you say.

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Bicycle Built for Two

Lyrics:

Daisy, Daisy, give me you answer true.
I'm half-crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage;
But you'll look sweet
Upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

2. Henry, Henry, here is your answer true;
I'm not crazy over the likes of you.
If you can't afford a carriage,
Forget about the marriage;
'Cause I won't be jammed,
I won't be crammed
On a bicycle built for two.

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Beautiful Dreamer

Lyrics:

By: Stephen Foster 1862

Beautiful Dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day,
Lulled by the moonlight have all passed away.
Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me!

2. Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

3. Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea,
Mermaids are chaunting the wild lorelei;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

4. Beautiful dreamer, beam of my heart,
E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will the clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

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Hucklebuck Boogie

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Swanee River Boogie Woogie

Lyrics:

1.Way down upon the Swanee River,
Far, far away
That's where my heart is turning ever
That's where the old folks stay
All up and down the whole creation,
Sadly I roam
Still longing for the old plantation
And for the old folks at home

Chorus:

All the world is sad and dreary everywhere I roam
Oh darkies, how my heart grows weary
Far from the old folks at home


2. All 'round the little farm I wandered,
When I was young
Then many happy days I squandered,
Many the songs I sung
When I was playing with my brother,
Happy was I
Oh, take me to my kind old mother,
There let me live and die

Chorus:

3. One little hut among the bushes,
One that I love
Still sadly to my mem'ry rushes,
No matter where I rove
When shall I see the bees a humming,
All 'round the comb
When shall I hear the banjo strumming,
Down by my good old home

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Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Lyrics:

  1. I am weak, but Thou art strong;
    Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
    I’ll be satisfied as long
    As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
    • Refrain:
    • Just a closer walk with Thee,
      Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
      Daily walking close to Thee,
      Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
    •  
  2. Through this world of toil and snares,
    If I falter, Lord, who cares?
    Who with me my burden shares?
    None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
  3. When my feeble life is o’er,
    Time for me will be no more;
    Guide me gently, safely o’er
    To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.
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Crazy Hands Boogie Woogie

A swingin' medium-fast Boogie woogie played by the french piano player, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, in the genuine style. A dedication to the greatest boogie piano players like Ammons, Johnson, Lewis and many others.

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"Chopsticks Waltz"

Chopsticks Waltz, of which no one knows the composer, is a little piano piece highly popular throughout the world, Every piano player, even beginners, enjoyed playing it one time in his life. But ironically, people always play it with their fingers in spite of its title. Why? Is it impossible to play with chopsticks? Well. Yoel Ahn demonstrates that there is nothing impossible on the keyboard.

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Crystal Chandeliers

Lyrics:

Oh, the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your walls
The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall
But will the timely crowd that has you laughing loud
Help you dry your tears
When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers?

I never did fit in to well with the folks you knew
And it's plain to see that the like's of me, don't fit with you
So you traded me for the gaiety of well to do
And you turned away from the love I offered you

Oh, the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your walls
The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall
But will the timely crowd that has you laughing loud
Help you dry your tears

When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers?
I see your picture in the news most every day
You're the chosen girl of the social world, so the stories say
Bu,t a paper smile only lasts a while then it fades away
And the love we knew will come home to you someday

Oh, the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your walls
The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall
But will the timely crowd that has you laughing loud
Help you dry your tears
When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers?
When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers?

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Tennessee Yodel Polka

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Mockingbird Hill

Lyrics:

When the sun in the morning peeps over the hill
And kisses the roses 'round my window sill
Then my heart fills with gladness when I hear the trill
Of the birds in the treetops on Mockingbird Hill

Tra la la, tweedle dee dee dee
It gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning
To the mockingbird's trill
Tra la la tweedle dee dee dee
There's peace and good will
You're welcome as the flowers
On Mockingbird Hill

Got a three-cornered plow and an acre to till
And a mule that I bought for a ten-dollar bill
There's a tumble-down shack and a rusty old mill
But it's my Home Sweet Home up on Mockingbird Hill

Tra la la, tweedle dee dee dee
It gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning
To the mockingbird's trill
Tra la la tweedle dee dee dee
There's peace and good will
You're welcome as the flowers
On Mockingbird Hill

When it's late in the evening I climb up the hill
And survey all my kingdom while everything's still
Only me and the sky and an old whippoorwill
Singin' songs in the twilight on Mockingbird Hill

Tra la la, tweedle dee dee dee
It gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning
To the mockingbird's trill
Tra la la tweedle dee dee dee
There's peace and good will
You're welcome as the flowers
On Mockingbird Hill

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The Cowboy Night Herd Song

Lyrics:

(Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers mid 1936)

Roy Rogers 1936

Also sung by: Gary Kirkland

On night guard, I’m a ridin’
‘Round a thousand bedded steers
And tonight my thoughts are slidin’
Down the trail of distant years.

Coyotes howlin’ in the darkness
Chills my weary bones
Varmints prowl around the campfire
Makes the cowboy feel at home.

(Rogers yodels a bridge)

Now the cold north wind is blowin’
Snow comes fallin’ down
Wrapped in my saddle blanket
Sleepin’ on the cold cold ground.

I used to ponder over my luck
Wondered why it never changed
I was happy and free
Around my mammy’s knee
Pullin’ on her apron strings.

(Rogers yodels a bridge)

(bridge The Sons Of The Pioneers)

Now I long to see the sun come shinin’
Stealin’ through my kitchen door
Just to see my dear old mammy cookin’ ham
On that old kitchen stove.

Where the mockingbird sings you to sleep at night
The moonbeams playin’ through the trees
Some like the climate out in New Mexico
But give me back my sunny Tennessee.

(Rogers yodels a bridge to end)

Notes:

The Sons of the Pioneers are one of the original American western
singing/songwriting groups of the 1930s and continue the legend to this day
singing with differing members as time moves along.

(Transcribed by David Story - October 2013)


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Little Bitty

Lyrics:

Have a little love on a little honeymoon
You got a little dish and you got a little spoon
A little bitty house and a little bitty yard
A little bitty dog and a little bitty car.

Well, it's alright to be little bitty
A little hometown or a big old city
Might as well share, might as well smile
Life goes on for a little bitty while.

A little bitty baby in a little bitty gown
It'll grow up in a little bitty town
A big yellow bus and little bitty books
It all started with a little bitty look.

Well, it's alright to be little bitty
A little hometown or a big old city
Might as well share, might as well smile
Life goes on for a little bitty while.

(Yeeeaaahhhh)

You know you got a job and a little bitty check
A six pack of beer and television set
Little bitty world goes around and around
Little bit of silence and a little bit of sound.

A good ole boy and a pretty little girl
Start all over in a little bitty world
Little bitty plan and a little bitty dream
It's all part of a little bitty scheme.

It's alright to be little bitty
A little hometown or a big old city
Might as well share, might as well smile
Life goes on for a little bitty while.

It's alright to be little bitty
A little hometown or a big old city
Might as well share, might as well smile
Life goes on for a little bitty while.

(Whoooo)...

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Daddy What If...,

Lyrics:

(Daddy what if the sun stop shinin', what would happen then?)

If the sun stopped shinin' you'd be so surprised
You'd stare at the heavens with wide open eyes
And the wind would carry your light to the skies
And the sun would start shinin' again.

(Daddy what if the wind stopped blowin', what would happen then?)

If the wind stopped blowin' then the land would be dry
And your boat wouldn't sail son and your kite wouldn't fly
And the grass would see your troubles and she'd tell the wind
And the wind would start blowin' again.

(But daddy, what if the grass stopped growin', what would happen then?)

If the grass stopped growin' why you'd probably cry
And the ground would be watered by the tears from your eyes
And like your love for me the grass would grow so high
Yes, the grass would start growin' again.

(But daddy. what if I stopped lovin' you, what would happen then?)

If you stopped lovin' me then the grass would stop growin'
The sun would stop shinin' and the wind would stop blowin'
So you see if you wanna keep this old world a goin'
You better start lovin' me again, again, you better start lovin' me again.

You hear me Bobby, you better start lovin' me again.
You love me Bobby, you better start lovin' me again...

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The Boogie Woogie Stomp

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Weeping Willow Rag

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"Weeping Willow" is a 1903 classic piano ragtime composition by Scott Joplin. One of Joplin's simpler and less famous ragtime scores, written during a transitional period in Joplin's life. This was one of the few pieces that Joplin cut as a piano roll in a 1916 session.

Weeping Willow
A drawing of a woman in 1900s fashion holds a pair of glasses in her hand in front of some Weeping Willow trees
Front cover of the 1903 sheet music
Rag by Scott Joplin
Published1903
Musical formRag
InstrumentPiano Solo
GenreRagtime
PublisherVal A. Reis Music Co   
 Music:
"Weeping Willow" is sub-titled "A rag time two step", which was a form of dance popular until about 1911, and a common style among rags written at the time.

Its structure is: Intro A A B B A C C D D

It is in the key of G major very lofty and highly melodic. The "B" section makes good use of alternating patterns creating interesting melodic shifts. The Trio ("C" section) is in the key of C major; its chord progression was popular in black folk songs, and was used in Eddie Miller's Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do. The D section emphasizes another fine melody, and accentuates the variety found between sections.

Publication history:

Joplin's recent scuffle with Stark over the publication of The Ragtime Dance created a level of animosity between composer and publisher. Weeping Willow became the second of many pieces published by a firm other than Stark's since Maple Leaf Rag.

The copyright was registered June 6, 1903, and sheet music was published by the Val A. Reis Music Company of St. Louis. The piece was also released on Connorized piano rolls.



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Pineapple Rag

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Tin Pan Alley


Lyrics:

Went down to tin pan alley....see what was going on
Things was too hot down there....couldn't stay very long
Hey hey hey hey....alley's the roughest place I've ever been
All the people down there....livin' for their whisky, wine, and gin

I heard a woman scream....yeah and I peeked through the door
Some cat was workin' on annie with a....lord with a two-by-four
Hey hey hey hey....alley's the roughest place I've ever been
All the people down there....livin' for their whisky, wine, and gin
I heard a pistol shoot....yeah and it was a .44
Somebody killed a crap shooter cause he didn't....shake, rattle, and roll
Hey hey hey hey....alley's the roughest place I've ever been
All the people down there....killin' for their whisky, wine, and gin

I saw a cop standin'....with his hand on his gun
Said "this is a raid boys....nobody run"
Hey, hey, hey....alley's the roughest place I've ever been
Yeah they took me away from tin pan alley
And took me right back...to the pen

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About Maple Leaf Rag

Maple Leaf Rag
First edition cover of the Maple Leaf Rag shows a line drawing of two African-American couples dancing underneath the title Maple Leaf Rag
First edition cover of the Maple Leaf Rag
Rag by Scott Joplin
Published1899
Musical formRag
InstrumentPiano (solo)
GenreRagtime
PublisherJohn Stark & Son



The "Maple Leaf Rag" (copyright registered 18 September 1899) is an early ragtime musical composition for piano composed by Scott Joplin. It was one of Joplin's early works, and became the model for ragtime compositions by subsequent composers. It is one of the most famous of all ragtime pieces. As a result Joplin was called the "King of Ragtime". The piece gave Joplin a steady if unspectacular income for the rest of his life.

Despite ragtime's decline after Joplin's death in 1917, the "Maple Leaf Rag" continued to be recorded by many well-known artists. The Ragtime revival of the 1970s brought it back to mainstream public notice once again.

Background:

The "Maple Leaf Rag" is associated with the city of Sedalia, Missouri, though there is no record of Joplin having a permanent residence there before 1904. Joplin arrived in Sedalia in 1894 as a touring musician and stayed with the family of Arthur Marshall, who later became one of Joplin's students and a ragtime composer in his own right. Joplin show as a solo musician at dances and at the major black clubs in Sedalia, including the "Maple Leaf Club". It is possible that the rag was named after the Maple Leaf Club, although there is no direct evidence to prove the link, and there were many other possible sources for the name in and around Sedalia at the time.

Although there were hundreds of rags in print by the time of the "Maple Leaf Rag's" publication, Joplin was not far behind. His first published rag was "Original Rags" (March 1899). The "Maple Leaf Rag" was already known in Sedalia prior to its publication in 1899; composer and pianist Brun Campbell claimed to have seen the manuscript of the work in around 1898. Prior to its publication, Joplin anticipated that the piece would be a success—he told Arthur Marshall that "The Maple Leaf will make me the king of ragtime composers".

Front cover of the third edition of the "Maple Leaf Rag" sheet music
 
The exact circumstances which led to publication of the "Maple Leaf Rag" are unknown, and there are versions of the event which contradict each other. After approaching several publishers, Joplin signed a contract with John Stillwell Stark on 10 August 1899 for a $0.01 royalty on all sales of the rag, with a minimum sales price of $0.25. The "Maple Leaf Rag" was published between 10 August and 20 September 1899, when the United States Copyright Office received two copies of the score.

The rag was reissued in 1900 or 1901 with a new cover showing a green maple leaf and a photograph of Joplin. In 1903 Stark issued a "Maple Leaf Rag Song", an arrangement of Joplin's music with words by Sydney Brown.

Structure:

AA BB A CC DD
"Maple Leaf Rag" is a multi-strain ragtime march with athletic bass lines and offbeat melodies. Each of the four parts features a recurring theme and a striding bass line with copious seventh chords. The piece may be considered the 'archetypal rag' due to its influence on the genre; its structure was the basis for many other rags, including 'Sensation' by Joseph Lamb.

It is more carefully constructed than almost all the previous rags, and the syncopations, especially in the transition between the first and second strain, were novel at the time.

Generally, the piece is not considered difficult; however, one must have very good coordination in the left hand to perform the piece successfully, particularly for the Trio, which involves leaps of two octaves. When it was first published, it was considered significantly more difficult than the average Tin Pan Alley and early ragtime sheet music common at the time.

The "Gladiolus Rag", a later composition by Joplin, is a developed variant of the Maple Leaf Rag, showcasing Joplin's increasing musical sophistication, and is usually played at a somewhat slower tempo. In addition, the first strain of both Joplin's "The Cascades" and "Sugar Cane" are also similar to "Maple Leaf Rag"'s first strain.

Lyrics:

In 1903 Stark issued a "Maple Leaf Rag Song", an arrangement of Joplin's music with words by Sydney Brown. Brown's lyrics tell the story of a poor man from Accomack County, Virginia, who stumbles into a ballroom where, in spite of his anxiety over the state of his appearance he manages to wow the crowd with the Maple Leaf Rag. While the men are jealous of his dancing abilities and draw their razors, the women love him, and the "finest belle" sends for a carriage and the two of them ride away.

Modern ragtime composer Ron O'Dell has commented that the song has characteristics in common with rap, such as the lyrical themes, the lyrics being written in the African American Vernacular English of the time, and the fact that the lyrics are sung over the least melodic strain of the music.

Popularity and legacy


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A June 1916 Piano Roll recording of Scott Joplin for The Aeolian Company.

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There have been many claims about the sales of the "Maple Leaf Rag", for example that 1 million copies of the sheet music were sold in the composer's lifetime, making Scott Joplin the first musician to sell 1 million copies of a piece of instrumental music. Joplin's first biographer Rudi Blesh wrote that during its first six months the piece sold 75,000 copies, and became "the first great instrumental sheet music hit in America".

However, research by Joplin's later biographer Edward A. Berlin demonstrated that this was not the case; the initial print-run of 400 took one year to sell, and under the terms of Joplin's contract with a 1% royalty would have given Joplin an income of $4, or approximately $113 in current value. Later sales were steady and would have given Joplin an income which would have covered his expenses; in 1909 estimated sales would have given him an income of $600 annually (approximately $15,749 in current prices).

In addition to sales of sheet music, it was also popular in orchestrations for dance bands and brass bands for years. Joplin failed to repeat the success of Maple Leaf Rag, with none of his other famous rags (such as The Entertainer) garnering as much popularity as the Maple Leaf Rag did. The royalties earned by the sheet music sales did provide Joplin with a steady income for the rest of his life, however.

Soon after the "Maple Leaf Rag's" publication the earliest recordings of the rag took place; band leader Wilbur Sweatman recorded it onto Phonograph cylinder a year later, but there are no known copies which have survived. The first surviving record of the rag comes from the second known recording of the rag by the United States Military Band from 1906.

While Joplin never made an audio recording, his playing is preserved on seven piano rolls for use in mechanical player pianos. All seven were made in 1916. Berlin theorizes that by the time Joplin made these recordings he may have been experiencing discoordination of the fingers, tremors and an inability to speak clearly, symptoms of syphilis, the disease that took his life in 1917. The recording of "Maple Leaf Rag", on the Aeolian Uni-Record label from June 1916 was described by biographer Blesh as "... shocking... disorganized and completely distressing to hear." Berlin notes that the "Maple Leaf Rag" roll was "painfully bad" and likely to be the truest record of Joplin's playing at the time. The roll, however, does not reflect his abilities earlier in life.

The song was a selection in the White Star Line songbook in the early 1900's, and was - possibly - played aboard the R.M.S. Titanic during its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.

The tune continued to be in the repertoire of jazz bands decades later, with artists such as the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the 1920's, and Sidney Bechet in the 1930's giving it up-to-date adaptations, maintaining a timeless quality to it. As an indication of its persistent popularity and recognition, it was performed on phonograph records six times in each of the three decades after its first publication. In 1930, it was featured in the gangster movie classic, The Public Enemy. "Maple Leaf Rag" was the Joplin piece found most often on 78 rpm records.

In November 1970, Joshua Rifkin released a recording called Scott Joplin: Piano Rags on the classical label Nonesuch, which featured as its first track the "Maple Leaf Rag". It sold 100,000 copies in its first year and eventually became Nonesuch's first million-selling record. The Billboard "Best-Selling Classical LP's" chart for 28 September 1974 has the record at number 5, with the follow-up "Volume 2" at number 4, and a combined set of both volumes at number 3. Separately both volumes had been on the chart for 64 weeks.

The album was nominated in 1971 for two Grammy Award categories: Best Album Notes and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra), but at the ceremony on 14 March 1972, Rifkin did not win in any category. In 1979 Alan Rich in the New York Magazine wrote that by giving artists like Rifkin the opportunity to put Joplin's music on disk Nonesuch Records "created, almost alone, the Scott Joplin revival."

The "Maple Leaf Rag" is still a favorite of ragtime pianists, and has been described as an "American institution... still in print and still popular". As the copyright has expired, the composition is in the public domain. It appears in the soundtracks of hundreds of films, cartoons, commercials, and video games. In 2004 Canadian radio listeners voted it the 39th greatest song of all time.

In Joplin's will, he requested that the Maple Leaf Rag be played at his funeral. When preparations were being made however, his wife did not allow it because she did not think it was a proper funeral song. She admitted regretting that decision her whole life.

Maple Leaf Rag

Lyrics:

Maple Leaf Rag (Song)
Words by Sydney Brown, Music by Scott Joplin
 
Verse 1:

I came from ole Virginy From de county Acomac
I have no wealth to speak of 'cept de clothes upon my back.
I can do de country hoe down I can buck and wing to show down,
And while I'm in the notion just step back and watch my motion.

Chorus:

Oh go 'way man I can hypnotize dis nation,
I can shake de earth's foundation wid de Maple Leaf Rag
Oh go 'way man just hold you breath a minit,
For there's not a stunt thats in it with the Maple Leaf Rag.

Verse 2:

 I dropp'd into de swellest ball, The great exclusive it,
But my face was dead agin me and my trousers didn't fit.
But when Maple Leaf was started my timidity departed.
I lost my trepidation you could taste de admiration.

Chorus:

Oh go 'way man I can hypnotize dis nation,
I can shake de earth's foundation wid de Maple Leaf Rag
Oh go 'way man just hold you breath a minit,
For there's not a stunt thats in it with the Maple Leaf Rag.

INTERLUDE WITH DANCE

Verse 3:

De men were struck wid jealousy, De razors 'gan to flash.
But de ladies gathered 'round me for I'd sholy made a mash.
De finest belle she sent a boy to call a coach and four.
We rode around a season till we both were lost to reason

Chorus:

Oh go 'way man I can hypnotize dis nation,
I can shake de earth's foundation wid de Maple Leaf Rag
Oh go 'way man just hold you breath a minit,
For there's not a stunt thats in it with the Maple Leaf Rag.

Note: The song is in Eb, not Ab like the rag, and the C section is omitted.

Video:



Allen Dale-Maple Leaf Rag 

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Alley Cat For Piano

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As played by: Allen Dale-Alley Cat 

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Flight Of The Bumble Bee

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Yuja Wang plays the Flight of the Bumble-Bee from Rimsky-Korsakov

Piano Prodigy Tsung Tsung plays Bumble Bee 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

If That Ain't Country

Lyrics:

The old man was covered with tattoos and scars
He got some in prison and others in bars
The rest he got workin' on old junk cars in the daytime
They looked like tombstones in our yard
And I never seen him when he wasn't tired and mean

He sold used parts to make ends meet
Covered with grease from his head to his feet
Cussin' the sweat and the Texas heat and mosquiters
And the neighbors said we lived like hicks
But they brung their cars for pa to fix anyhow

He was veteran-proud tried and true
He'd fought till his heart was black and blue
Didn't know how he'd made it through the hard times
He bought our house on the GI Bill
But it wasn't worth all he had to kill to git it

He drank pearl in a can and Jack Daniels black
Chewed tobacco from a mail pouch sack
Had an old dog that was trained to attack sometimes
He'd get drunk and mean as a rattlesnake
And there wasn't too much that he would take from a stranger

There were thirteen kids and a bunch of dogs
A house full of chickens and a yard full of hogs
I spent the summertime cuttin' up logs for the winter
Tryin' like the devil to find the Lord
Workin' like a nigger for my room and board
Coal-burin' stove no natural gas if that ain't country I'll kiss your ass

If that ain't country it'll hairlip the pope
If that ain't country it's a damn good joke
I've seen the Grand Ole Opry and I've met Johnny Cash
If that ain't country I'll kiss your ass

[ steel ]
Mama sells eggs at a grocery store my oldest sister is a first-rate whore
Dad says she can't come home anymore and he means it
Ma just sits and keeps her silence
Sister she left cause dad got violent and he knows it
Mama she's old far beyond her time

From chopping tobacco and I've seen her cryin'
When blood started flowin' from her calloused hand and it hurt me
She'd just keep workin' tryin' to help the old man
To the end of one row and back again like always
She's been through hell since junior went to jail

When the lights go out she ain't never failed
To get down on her knees and pray because she loves him
Told all the neighbors he was off in the war
Fightin' for freedom he's good to the core and she's proud
Now our place was a graveyard for automobiles

At the end of the porch there was four stacks of wheels
And tires for sale for a dollar or two cash
There was fifty holes in an old tin roof
Me and my family we was livin' proof
The people who forgot about poor white trash

And if that ain't country I'll kiss your ass
If that ain't country...

I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes concerning the great speckled bird
I didn't know God made honky tonk angels and went back to the wild side of life


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You Never Even Called Me By My Name

Lyrics:

Well it was all that I could do to keep from crying
Sometimes it seems so useless to remain
But you don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me by my name

You don't have to call me Waylon Jennings
And you don't have to call me Charlie Pride
And you don't have to call me Merle Haggard anymore
Or even though you're on my fightin' side

And I'll hang around as long as you will let me
And I never minded standin' in the rain
But you don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me by my name

Well I've heard my name a few times in your phone book
(Hello, hello)
And I've seen it on signs where I've played
But the only time I know I'll hear David Allan Coe
Is when Jesus has his final Judgment Day

So, I'll hang around as long as you will let me
And I never minded standin' in the rain
But you don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me by my name

Well a friend of mine named Steve Goodman wrote that song
And he told me it was the perfect country and western song
I wrote him back a letter and I told him it was not the
Perfect country and western song because he hadn't said
Anything at all about momma or trains or trucks or prison or gettin' drunk

Well he sat down and wrote another verse to this song
And he sent it to me and
After reading it I realized that my friend had written the
Perfect country and western song
And I felt obliged to include it on this album
The last verse goes like this here

Well I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick her up in the rain
But before I could get to the station in the pick-up truck
She got runned over by a damned old train

And I'll hang around as long as you will let me
And I never minded standin' in the rain
And you don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
You never even called me, well I wondered why you don't call me?
Why don't you ever call me by my name?

Songwriters
STEVE GOODMAN, JOHN PRINE

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