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ANNA IN INDIANA (Billy Gorman / Eddie Gorman / Harry Rose) Arthur Fields - 1921 Eddie Cantor - 1921 Also recorded by: Billy Jones; Francis Hennings. I just got a letter from a Hoosier girl of mine She said, "Sweetie dear, wish that you were here" Kissin' that I'm missin' makes me long for you again So I'm going to pack my grip and hop aboard a train To see my Anna in Indiana She's just as playful as a baby grand piana She went to school, though you wouldn't think so For a dumber girl could never live She thanks me for each kiss I give Anna in Indiana Will have my arms as far around her as they'll go Town girls want your good behaviour Kiss a Rube girl, it's a favour I'm going back to Indiana I just sent a wire to that Hoosier girl of mine I said, "Dear, prepare, I will soon be there You can tell the Rubens I am coming there to stay" I have brought a wedding ring and now I'm on my way To wed my Anna in Indiana She's just as playful as a baby grand piana Not very nifty, weighs just two-fifty But a great big fat girl now and then Is relished by the best of men Anna in Indiana Will have my arms as far around her as they'll go I'm all through with Broadway Sallys Now I long for hills and valleys I'm going back to Indiana Anna in Indiana She finds her chickens roosting on a square piana As we were wooing, the birds were cooing But as I said, "Anna, I love you" A cow let out a loud mooooo Anna in Indiana Would like to have me hearing cock-a-doodle-doo Ducks are calling, Anna's falling I'm going back to Indiana (Transcribed from the Arthur Fields recording by Mel Priddle - August 2007) ********************* ALTERNATE VERSION: I just got a letter from a Hoosier girl of mine She said, "Sweetie dear, wish that you were here" Kissin' that I'm missin' makes me long for her again So I'm going to pack my grip and hop aboard a train To see my Anna in Indiana She's just as playful as a baby grand piana Not very nifty, weighs two-fifty But a great big fat girl now and then Is relished by the best of men Anna from Indiana Will put my arms around as far as they will go I'm all through with Broadway Sallys Now I long for hills and valleys I'm going back to Indiana Anna will be at the train to meet me with the flivver She always brings the lambs and pigs when e'er she comes to town Just for extra company she brings the chickens with her I stand up going home and let the animals sit down I'm going back to Indiana I'll see my Anna from Indiana She's just as playful as a baby grand piana She owns one acre, I'm going to make her Go and find a place to live uptown She hides the farm when she sits down Anna in Indiana Will put my arms around as far as they will go When I buy her sasperilla She thinks I'm a Rockerfeller I'll be drinking sasperilla with her brother and her Pa The Reubens will be dancing to "The Turkey in the Straw" They'll know I'm from the city by the color of my neck But I don't care by heck I'm going back to Indiana To wed my Anna in Indiana She's just as playful as a baby grand piana With all the women she went in swimmin' But the women started in to shake For fear she'd overflow the lake Anna in Indiana Will put my arms around as far as they will go She's not rough, she's sentimental She's not Jewish, she is gentle I'm going back to Indiana (Contributed by Mel - August 2007)

    


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