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IN A SHANTY IN OLD SHANTY TOWN From the film "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 The Pennsylvania Collegians (vocal: Rex Blane) - 1932 Joe Green's Ambassadors (vocal: Frank Luther & Dick Robertson) - 1932 Jack Hylton & His Orch. (vocal: Pat O'Malley) - 1932 Belle Baker - 1932 Singin' Sam - 1932 Harold Van Emburgh - 1932 Spark Plug Smith - 1933 Johnny Long & His Orch. - 1940 (Re-recorded 1946) Don Plant - 1941 Edmond Hall (Instr.) - 1944 Buck Clayton (Instr.) - 1944 Hadda Brooks - 1947 Henry "Red" Allen & His Orch. (vocal: "Red" Allen) - 1947 Doris Day - 1950 Big Bill Broonzy - 1952 Rose Murphy - 1953 Pepi Adorno & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1954 The Ink Spots - 1955 Somethin' Smith & The Redheads - 1956 Max Bygraves - 1957 Mitch Miller & The Gang - 1959 Lloyd Price - 1960 Tommy Kane - 1960 The Knightsbridge Chorale - 1960 Fats Domino - 1961 Gary Miller with Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen - 1961 Mac Beattie's Melodiers - 1967 Mickey Gilley - 1975 Also recorded by: Teresa Brewer; Coleman Hawkins Quintet; Dizzy Gillespie; The Mills Brothers; Jerry Lee Lewis; Jimmy Roselli; Arthur Smith; Billy Vaughan, Orch. & Chorus; Bobby Angel & His Five Eyed Jacks; Matty Matlock; Art Mooney & His Orch.; Marshall Lytle & The Shooting Stars; Quaker City String Band; Russ Conway; Lawrence Welk; Slam Stewart & His Royal Rhythm Boys; Carmen Cavallaro; Jerry Murad´s Harmonicats; Dick Charlesworth & His City Gents; Del Wood; Johnny Mann Singers; Bert Weedon .......... and many others. 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 Graham Gibson - January 2005) ******************** As recorded by JOHNNY LONG & HIS ORCH, 12th September 1940 and re-recorded 4th February 1946: There's a shanty in a town on a little plot o' ground With the green grass growin' all around, all around The roof's so worn, so badly torn That it tumbles to the ground Just a tumbledown shack and it's built way back About twenty-five feet from the railroad track Lingers on my mind most all of the time Keeps callin' me back to my little old shack I'd be just as sassy as Haile Selassie If I were King, wouldn't mean a thing Put my boots on tall, read the writin' on the wall And it wouldn't mean a thing, not a doggone thing There's a Queen waitin' there in a rockin' chair Just blowin' her top on Gator's Beer (sic) Lookin' all around and truckin' on down 'Cause I'm dyin' to get back to my shanty town (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2017) ******************** 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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