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IN A SHANTY IN OLD SHANTY TOWN aka IT'S ONLY A SHANTY IN OLD SHANTY TOWN From the film "The Crooner" (1932) (Joe Young / Little Jack Little / John Siras) Ted Lewis & His Band (vocal: Ted Lewis) - 1932 Ted Black & His Orch. (vocal: Chick Bullock) - 1932 Johnny Long & His Orch. - 1940 & 1946 Somethin' Smith & The Redheads - 1956 I'm up in the world, but I'd give the world to be where I used to be, A heavenly nest, where I rest the best, means more than the world to me. It's only a shanty in old Shanty Town the roof is so slanty it touches the ground. But my tumbled down shack by an old railroad track, like a millionaire's mansion is calling me back. I'd give up a palace if I were a king. It's more than a palace, it's my everything. There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown in a shanty in old Shanty Town. (Contributed by Gramam Gibson - January 2005) ***** As recorded by Somethin' Smith & The Redheads: Shanty! Shanty! Shanty! It's only a shanty in old shanty town The roof is so slanty, it touches the ground But my tumbledown shack by an old railroad track Like a millionaire's mansion is calling me back I'd give up a palace if I were a king It's more than a palace, it's my everything There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown In a shanty in old shanty town There's a shanty in a track an' although it's just a shack There's a G.I. loan, gotta pay it back The paint's brand new, but the loan is overdue And I'm double my stack It's a knocked-out pad, but the neighbours are mad 'Cause the cat next door is a swingin' lad Out o' my mind most all o' the time This squaresville settlement's drivin' me mad I'd be just as sassy as Trigger or Lassie I wouldn't even pay my union dues A toast to all, let's have a ball Hi-fi records blow rhythm and blues Gotta queen waitin' there in a contour chair Gave up rockin' 'cause she's no square But I'm jumpin' up and down an' I'm actin' like a clown 'Cause I gotta get back to my shanty town I'd give up a palace if I were a king It's more than a palace, it's my everything There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown In a shanty in old shanty town (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2005) *****

    


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