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POOR MR. CHISHOLM aka HOE DOWN THE BAYOU From the Movie "Second Chorus" (1940) (Bernie Hanighen / Johnny Mercer) Fred Astaire Poor Mr. Chisholm Played on the mandolin But he couldn't win Cause he tried to swing And he broke a string every time Poor Mr. Chisholm Just couldn't dig the jive When he did arrive at the proper note He arrived by boat every time He tried to jazz up his mandolin But never could quite control it He always brought Bach and Handel in When it took a lick, he always broke a pick Poor Mr. Chisholm You're quite a gay old blade With your serenade, but you're corny, Jack Better truck on back to Dubuque Get a Uke- You disgrace your kin On the mandolin every time (Transcribed by Carlene Bogle - May 2005) ********************** POOR MISTER CHISHOLM (Fred Astaire & Perry Botkin) Bernie Hannighen (m) Johnny Mercer (l) 1940 as recorded by Fred Astaire with Perry Botkin & his Band September 22nd 1940 Los Angeles Got a mandolin, bought it secondhand, From a Mister Chisholm in the local band. Had the sweetest tone, resonant and low, Often made you wonder why he let it go! If you have the time, how they parted company, And he offered it for sale, mate, fascinating bail! Poor Mr. Chisholm Played on the mandolin, But he couldn't win Cause he tried to swing And he broke a string, Every time! Poor Mr. Chisholm Just couldn't dig the jive; When he did arrive At the proper note He arrived by boat Every time! He tried to jazz up his mandolin, But never could quite control it. He always brought Bach and Handel in; When it took a lick He always broke a pick! Poor Mr. Chisholm, You're quite a gay old blade With your serenade! But you're corny, Jack, Better truck on back To Dubuque, Get a uke! You disgrace your kin On the mandolin Every time! What a man! You disgrace your kin On the mandolin Every time! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - October 2012)

    


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