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TEN CENTS A DANCE From the Broadway Musical "Simple Simon" (1930) (Music: Richard Rodgers / Lyrics: Lorenz Hart) Ruth Etting (Broadway Production) - 1930 High Hatters (vocal: Welcome Lewis) - 1930 Greta Keller - 1930 Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orch. (vocal: Elsie Carlisle) - 1931 Jack Hylton & His Orch. (vocal: Pat O'Malley) - 1931 Roy Fox & His Band (vocal: Betty Bolton) - 1931 Clive Errard's Dance Band - 1931 Elsie Carlisle - 1931 Doris Day (feat. in the film "Love Me Or Leave Me") - 1955 Ella Fitzgerald - 1956 Lovey Powell & Brooks Morton - 1956 Shorty Rogers & His Giants (Instr.) - 1957 Ted Heath & His Music (Instr.) - 1959 Anita O'Day with Billy May's Orch. - 1960 Eileen Farrell - 1960 Chita Rivera - 1962 Shirley Horn - 1963 Carol Burnett - 1963 Pat Dahl - 1966 Chris Connor - 1972 Nancy Nevins - 1975 Frank Chacksfield, His Orch. & Chorus - 1975 Joan Morris - 1981 Dorothy Loudon - 1986 Also recorded by: K.T. Sullivan; Ralph Sharon Trio; Elisabeth Welch; Chase Masterson; Deborah Holland; Rebecca Kilgore; Stefanie Powers; Wesla Whitfield; Barbara Lea; Abbey Lincoln; Billy Mayerl; Pam Munter; Janet Seidel; Johanna Spanjerberg; Megan Mullally; Kim Criswell; Elizabeth Curtis; Nancy Hayes; Ethel Merman; Emily Bergl .......... and others. I work at the Palace Ballroom But, gee, that Palace is cheap When I get back to my chilly hall room I'm much too tired to sleep I'm one of those lady teachers A beautiful hostess, you know The kind the Palace features At exactly a dime a throw Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me Gosh, how they weigh me down Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys tough guys who tear my gown Seven to midnight I hear drums Loudly the saxophone blows Trumpets are breaking my eardrums Customers crush my toes Sometime I think I've found my hero But it's a queer romance All that you need is a ticket Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance Fighters and sailors and bowlegged tailors Can pay for a ticket and rent me Butchers and barbers and rats from the harbours Are sweethearts my good luck has sent me Though I've a chorus of elderly beaus Stockings are porous with holes in the toes I'm there till closing time Dance and be merry, it's only a dim. Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me Gosh, how they weigh me down Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys tough guys who tear my gown Seven to midnight I hear drums Loudly the saxophone blows Trumpets are breaking my eardrums Customers crush my toes Sometime I think I've found my hero But it's a queer romance All that you need is a ticket Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance (Contributed by ebollendorf - August 2005) (Updated by Mel Priddle - April 2016)

    


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