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ONE MEATBALL (Lyrics: Hy Zarat / Music: Lou Singer - based on the 1855 song "The Lone Fishball" by George Martin Lane) Josh White - 1944 The Andrews Sisters - 1944 Tony Pastor & His Orch. - 1944 Patti Clayton - 1944 Candy Candido - 1944 Nat Gonella & His Georgians (vocal: Helen Mack) - 1945 Bing Crosby & Lauritz Melchior (Radio Transcript) - 1947 David Carroll & His Kookettes - 1964 Dave Van Ronk - 1966 Ry Cooder - 1970 Josh White Jr. - 1979 Calvin Russell - 1993 Baby Jane Dexter - 1993 Professor Elixer's Southern Troubadours - 1995 Bjorn Berge - 2002 Also recorded by: Les Brown & His Band Of Renown; Ann Rabson; Annie Ross; Frank Sinatra & Lou Costello (Radio Transcript); Mel Davis; Mustard's Retreat; The Red Clay Ramblers; Mick Kolassa; Rocky Zharp ....... and others. As recorded by JOSH WHITE: A little man walked up and down He found an eating place in town He read the menu through and through To see what fifteen cents could do One meatball, one meatball He could afford but one meatball He told the waiter near at hand The simple dinner he had planned The guests were startled, one and all To hear that waiter loudly call ... What? "One meatball, one meatball Hey, this here gent wants one meatball" The little man felt ill at ease Said, "Some bread, sir, if you please" The waiter hollered down the hall "You gets no bread with one meatball One meatball, one meatball Well, you gets no bread with one meatball" The little man felt very bad One meatball was all he had And in his dreams he hears that call "You gets no bread with one meatball One meatball, one meatball Well, you gets no bread with one meatball" ******************** As recorded by THE ANDREWS SISTERS with Vic Schoen & His Orch., 23rd October 1944: A little man walked up and down And found an eating place in town He looked the menu through and through To see what fifteen cents could do One meatball, one meatball He could afford but one meatball He told a waiter near at hand The simple dinner he had planned The folks were startled, one and all To hear that waiter loudly call "One meatball, one meatball Hey, this here gent wants one meatball" The little man felt ill at ease And said, "Some bread, sir, if you please" The waiter's voice roared through the hall "You gets no bread with one meatball One meatball, one meatball You gets no bread with one meatball" The little man felt very bad The one meatball was all he had Now in his dreams he hears that call "You gets no bread with one meatball One meatball, one meatball You gets no bread with one meatball" One meatball, one meatball You gets no bread with one meatball ******************** THE LONE FISHBALL (1855) There was a man went up and down To seek a dinner through the town What wretch is he who wife forsakes Who best of jam and waffles makes He feels his cash to know his pence And finds he has but just six cents He finds at last a right cheap place And enters in with modest face The bill of fare he searches through To see what his six cents will do The cheapest viand of them all, Is "Twelve and a half cents for two fishball." The waiter he to him doth call And gently whispers, "One fishball" The waiter roars it through the hall The guests they start at "One fishball!" The man then says, quite ill at ease "A piece of bread, sir, if you please" The waiter roars it through the hall "We don't give bread with one fishball" Who would have bread with his fishball Must get it first, or not at all Who would fishall with fixin's eat Must get some friend to stand a treat ******************** (Contributed by Nancy - July 2003) (Updated by Mel Priddle - August 2016) ********************

    


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