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OCEANA ROLL, THE (Music: Lucien Denni / Lyrics: Roger Lewis) Eddie Morton - 1911 Arthur Collins - 1911 Billy Murray - 1911 Beatrice Kay - 1940 Janet Brace - 1950 Jane Powell (feat. in the film "Two Weeks With Love") - 1951 Chuck Murphy - 1952 Jeanne Little - 1976 As recorded by EDDIE MORTON, 12th July1911, New Jersey: Billy Mccoy was a musical boy On the cruiser Alabama, he was there on that piana Like a fish down in the sea When he rattled off some harmony Every night out on the ocean he would get that raggy notion Start that syncopated motion lovingly No one could sleep way out there on the deep When Billy cut loose out at sea Each fish and worm begins to twist and squirm The ship starts in to dip and does a corkscrew turn Just see that smoke so black sneak from that old smokestack It's floatin' right to heaven and it won't come back Now here and there you'll see a stool and chair A-slippin' 'round the cabin shoutin', "I don't care" And the hammock starts a-swingin' And the bell begins to ringin' While he's sittin' at that piana, there on the Alabama Playin' the Oceana Roll England or Spain, it was always the same He'd be there at the piana on the cruiser Alabama Every morning, noon and nite He would keep it up with all his might Every time he'd start to playin', all the boys would start a-swayin' Everyone would keep on sayin', "Don't you stop" Sailors take care, oh, sailors beware For Bill will play on till you drop Each fish and worm begins to twist and squirm The ship starts in to dip and does a corkscrew turn Just see that smoke so black sneak from that old smokestack It's floatin' right to heaven and it won't come back Now here and there you'll see a stool and chair A-slippin' 'round the cabin shoutin', "I don't care" And the hammock starts a-swingin' And the bell begins to ringin' While he's sittin' at that piana, there on the Alabama Playin' the Oceana Roll ******************** As performed by JANE POWELL in the 1951 film "Two Weeks With Love": Billy Mccoy was a musical boy On the cruiser Alabama, he was there at the piana Like a fish down in the sea When he rattled off some harmony Every night upon the ocean he would get that raggy notion Start that syncopated motion lovingly No one could sleep way out there in the deep When Billy cut loose out at sea Each fish and worm begins to twist and squirm The ship starts in to dip and does a corkscrew turn Just see that smoke so black sneak from that old smokestack It's floatin' right to heaven and it won't come back Now here and there you'll see a stool and chair A-slippin' 'round the cabin shoutin', "I don't care" And then the hammock starts a-swingin' And the bell begins a-ringin' While he's sittin' at that piana, there on the Alabama Playin' the Oceana Roll Each fish and worm begins to twist and squirm The ship starts in to dip and does a corkscrew turn Just see that smoke so black sneak from that old smokestack It's floatin' right to heaven and it won't come back Now here and there you'll see a stool and chair A-slippin' 'round the cabin shoutin' I don't care And then the hammock starts a-swingin' And the bell begins a-ringin' While he's sittin' at that piana, there on the Alabama Playin' the Oceana Roll Ev'rytime he sits down at the piano stool People start a-shoutin', "You're a playin' fool" 'Cause he is the master of the razzmatazz He's known to ev'ryone as Mister Jazz When he gets to goin' with a real hot phrase Even baby Josie gets to shim and shake Brother, you'll declare that he's a bear What a lot o' music he can make Now, listen here, and lend an ear So listen here and lend an ear, and lend an ear Doo-dee-doo-dee-doo-dee-doo-dah-dee-doo Slippin' round the cabin shoutin', "I don't care" And the the hammock starts a-swingin' And the bell begins to ringin' When we're sittin' at that piana, there on the Alabama Playin' the Oceana Roll (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2017)

    


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