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REAL AMERICAN FOLK SONG, THE "fr Ladies First" 1918 musical New York sb Nora Bayes George Gershwin (m) Ira Gershwin (l) 1918 as rec by Ella Fitzgerald w Nelson Riddle & his Orch July 18th 1959 Hollywood Near Barcelona the peasant croons The old traditional Spanish tunes. The Neapolitan street song sighs, You think of Italian skies. Each nation has a creative vein, Originating a native strain, With folk songs plaintive and others gay, In their own peculiar way. American folk songs, I feel, Have a much stronger appeal! The real American folk song is a rag, a mental jag, A rhythmic tonic for the chronic blues. The critics called it "a joke song", but now They've changed their tune and they liked it somehow! For it's inoculated With a syncopated Sort o' meter, Sweeter Than a classic strain, Boys you can't remain Still or quiet, For it's a riot! The real American folk song is like a fountain of youth; You taste and it elates you, And then invigorates you! The real American folk song, the masses coaxed on, is a rag! The real American folk song is a rag, a mental jag, A rhythmic tonic for the chronic blues. The critics called it "a joke song", but now They've changed their tune and they liked it somehow! For it's inoculated With a syncopated Sort o' meter, Sweeter Than a classic strain, Boys you can't remain Still or quiet, For it's a riot! The real American folk song is like a fountain of youth; You taste and it elates you, And then invigorates you! The real American folk song is a rag! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - June 2012)

    


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