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PUTTING ON THE STYLE (George P. Wright / Norman Cazden) Vernon Dalhart - 1926 Rod McKuen - 1956 Lonnie Donegan - 1957 Vipers Skiffle Group - 1957 Chad Mitchell Trio - 1961 Travellers 3 - 1963 Faraway Folk - 1970 The Fleadh Cowboys - 1997 Eighteen and eighty-four, June the twenty-first Thought I'd write a poem, if I could a verse Sitting by the window something made me smile I saw a fellow passing, putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style What the stylish people are a-doing all the while When I look around me I very often smile To see so many people putting on the style Young man and his true love a-going to see the scenes Looking mostly like a bunch of garden greens Gingerbread and candy eating all the while Going to see the show, boys, putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style What the stylish people are a-doing all the while When I look around me I very often smile To see so many people putting on the style Young man in the the carriage, going like mad Pair of spanking horses he borrowed from his dad Cracked his whip so suddenly he made the ladies smile Oh, isn't he a-going it, putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style What the stylish people are a-doing all the while When I look around me I very often smile To see so many people putting on the style Young man in the dramshop, smokes the dirty pipe Looking like a pumpkin only partly ripe Drinks, swears, and gambles, thinking all the while That this is something equal to putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style What the stylish people are a-doing all the while When I look around me I very often smile To see so many people putting on the style Preacher in the pulpit shouts with all his might "Glory Hallelujah!" with the people in a fright Thinking of pretences come out on double file But the preacher's only putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style What the stylish people are a-doing all the while When I look around me I very often smile To see so many people putting on the style Sweet sixteen at meetin', going to see the boys, She turns her head and sniggers at every little noise She turns her head on this side, and then on that a while Oh, isn't she a swell, boys, putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style What the stylish people are a-doing all the while When I look around me I very often smile To see so many people putting on the style ************************* As recorded by the CHAD MITCHELL TRIO: Young man in a carriage, driving like he's mad With a team of horses, he's borrowed from his dad He cracks his whip so lively, just to see his lady's smile But she knows he's only putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me, I'm very apt to smile To see so many people putting on the style Sweet sixteen, she goes to church, just to see the boys She laughs and she giggles at every little noise She turns this way a little, she turns that way a while But everybody knows she's only putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me, I'm very apt to smile To see so many people putting on the style Young man in a restaurant smokes a dirty pipe Looking like a pumpkin that's only halfway ripe Smoking, drinking, chewing, and thinking all the way There is nothing equal to putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me, I'm very apt to smile To see so many people putting on the style Preacher in the pulpit shouting with all his might Glory Hallelujah, puts the people in a fright You might think that Satan's coming up the aisle But it's only preacher putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me, I'm very apt to smile To see so many people putting on the style Young man just back from college makes a big display With a great big jawbreak that he can hardly say It can't be found in Webster, and won't be for a while But everybody knows he's only putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me, I'm very apt to smile To see so many people putting on the style Doctor comes to see you, just to hold your hand Feeds you pills and medicines and tells you you'll feel grand And all the times he's talking, he wears a great big smile Thinks he'll make a lot of money putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me, I'm very apt to smile To see so many people putting on the style ************************* As recorded by LONNIE DONEGAN: Sweet sixteen goes to church just to see the boys Laughs and screams and giggles at every little noise Turns her face a little, and turns her head awhile But everybody knows she's only putting on the style She's putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me I sometimes have to smile Seeing all the young folks putting on the style Well the young man in the hot rod car, driving like he's mad In a pair of yellow gloves he's borrowed from his dad He makes it roar so lively just to make his girlfriend smile But she knows he's only putting on the style He's putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me I sometimes have to smile Seeing all the young folks putting on the style Preacher in the pulpit, roars with all his might Sings Glory Hallelujah, puts the folks all in a fright Now you might think it's Satan coming down the aisle But it's only our poor preacher boys putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me I sometimes have to smile Seeing all the young folks putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me I sometimes have to smile Seeing all the young folks putting on the style Putting on the agony, putting on the style That's what all the young folks are doing all the while And as I look around me I sometimes have to smile Seeing all the young folks putting on the style ************************** A MODERN VARIATION: Puttin' on the agony, puttin' on the style That's what folks around us are doing all the while And, as I look around me, I really have to smile To see so many people puttin' on the style Young man in a roadster, driving like he's mad. There's no double about it, he borrowed it from dad He zooms around a U-turn just to see his girl friend smile But she knows he's only puttin' on the style Puttin' on the agony, puttin' on the style That's what folks around us are doing all the while And, as I look around me, I really have to smile To see so many people puttin' on the style Lady wears a mink coat, diamonds 'round her wrist And her wealthy escort adds to the glowing list And that's the way she gets him to march her down the aisle Though we know she's only puttin' on the style Puttin' on the agony, puttin' on the style That's what folks around us are doing all the while And, as I look around me, I really have to smile To see so many people puttin' on the style Take a look at Congress, passing all those bills Thinking they will cure us of all the nation's ills The way they promise plenty to all the rank and file Pardon me, I call it puttin' on the style Puttin' on the agony, puttin' on the style That's what folks around us are doing all the while And, as I look around me, I really have to smile To see so many people puttin' on the style Preacher in the pulpit, doctor by a bed Lawyer in his office, accountant in the red Men who go a-courting, women who beguile, Ev'rywhere you see folks puttin' on the style Puttin' on the agony, puttin' on the style That's what folks around us are doing all the while And, as I look around me, I really have to smile To see so many people puttin' on the style Folks who go campaigning, asking for your vote Folks who keep explaining things that Shakespeare wrote Since the days of Cleo, temptress of the Nile Ev'rywhere we've had folks puttin' on the style Puttin' on the agony, puttin' on the style That's what folks around us are doing all the while And, as I look around me, I really have to smile To see so many people puttin' on the style *****************************

    


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