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I LOVE A PARADE From the Cotton Club show "Rhythmania" (1931) (Music: Harold Arlen / Lyrics: Ted Koehler) Arden-Ohman Orch. (vocal: Frank Luther) - 1932 Harry Richman (feat. in the short film "I Love A Parade") - 1932 Also recorded by: Bessie Smith; Boston Pops Orch.; Maxine Sullivan. As recorded by Harry Richman, Aug 15th 1932, New York: I walk every step o' the mile, And think it was really worthwhile To see a parade come marching down the line. I don't know a son of a gun Who wouldn't be willing to run To see a parade come marching down the line. Perhaps I'm what you'd call a patriot, But one thing's certain, whether I am or not! I love a parade; The tramping of feet, I love ever beat I hear of a drum. I love a parade; When I hear a band I just wanna stand And cheer as they come! That rat-a-tat-tat! The flair of a horn! That rat-a-tat-tat! A bright uniform! The sight of a drill Will give me a thrill! I thrill at the skill Of anything military! I love a parade; A handful of vets, A line of cadets, Or any brigade, For I love a parade! Look, here they come! Oh what a sight! Listen to the crowd! They're cheering, hip hip hooray! Oh, everybody loves a parade! And look at those teams, Tramp tramp tramp, never missing a beat! And here comes the band, they'll be here soon! Listen to what they're playing, Sousa's "Stars And Stripes For Ever!". Oh boy, that's what I call a tune! And look at that drum major, Watch him with that stick, I'll wager he doesn't miss a trick! The captain is yelling, It's the command, They're going to drill, Here's where I get a thrill! Oh by jove, that's it! Excuse me, lady! Oh, quit shoving! Say, who do you think you are? Oh yeah? Thanks! Get out of the way, you mug! Hallo Charlie! Hallo Lou! I love a parade; The tramping of feet, I love ever beat I hear of a drum. I love a parade; When I hear a band I just wanna stand And cheer as they come! That rat-a-tat-tat! The flair of a horn! That rat-a-tat-tat! A bright uniform! The sight of a drill Will give me a thrill! I thrill at the skill Of anything military! I love a parade; A handful of vets, A line of cadets, Or any brigade, For I love a parade! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - March 2012)

    


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