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DARDANELLA BLUES, THE (Music: Johnny S. Black / Lyrics: Fred Fisher) Sophie Tucker (feat. in the Broadway Show "Tick Tac Toe") - 1920 Billy Murray & Ed Smalle - 1920 The Dardanella blues, the Dardanella blues Was written just to tell the news About the little fellow who wrote Dardanella And the girl that he refused For when he wrote that strain, that Dardanella strain She said, "You'll never change my name 'Till you write another one that's just as grand" So he composed this sweet refrain Oh, that Dardanella Blues Ask the band to play it, and I'll say they won't refuse It's one sensation, with a jazz improvement The orchestration shows up every movement Oh, the Dardanella Blues The words are simply nothing, nothing but a good excuse I heard them say the bass is just a little hard to play But that is why they like the Dardanella blues Now when this melody, found popularity It reached ev'rybody's ears The girl that threw him down when he wrote Dardanella Thought that he would go in tears Instead he used his wit, and wrote another hit And called it "Dardanella Blues" His girl came back and now his song is going fine And after all he didn't lose Oh, that Dardanella Blues Ask the band to play it, and I'll say they won't refuse It's one sensation, with a jazz improvement The orchestration shows up every movement Oh, the Dardanella Blues The words are simply nothing, nothing but a good excuse I heard them say the bass is just a little hard to play But that is whythey like the Dardanella blues ******************** As recorded by BILLY MURRAY & ED SMALLE, July 21st 1920: Dya-dah-dah-dah-dya-dah-dah-dah-dah Dya-dah-dah-dah-dya-dah-dah-dah-dah The Dardanella blues, the Dardanella blues Was written just to tell the news About the little fellow who wrote Dardanella And the girl that he refused For when he wrote that strain, that Dardanella strain She said, "You'll never change my name 'Till you write another one that's just as grand" So he composed this sweet refrain Oh, that Dardanella Blues Ask the band to play it and I'll say they won't refuse It's one sensation, with a jazz improvement The orchestration shows up every movement Oh, the Dardanella Blues The words are simply nothin', nothin' but a good excuse I heard them say the bass is just a little hard to play But that is why they like the Dardanella, the Dardenella blues That Oriental strain, it ruined ev'ry brain Oh, those Dardanella blues When my sweetie learned it, that's the only song she'd choose She'd always teach it, miss her daily labours She'd even preach it to her next door neighbours Oh, the Dardanella blues She's so wild about, that my love she'll soon refuse There goes the part that made me lose her heart, oh, my sweetheart And if she goes, I blame those Dardanella, the Dardanella blues (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2016)

    


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