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TENEMENT SYMPHONY From the film "The Big Store" (1941) (Music: Hal Borne / Lyrics: Sid Kuller & Ray Golden) Tony Martin (Film Soundtrack) - 1941 Larry Clinton & His Orch. - 1941 Anne Shelton - 1944 Geraldo & His Orch. (vocal: Dorothy Carless) - 1944 Arthur Godfrey with Marion Marlowe - 1953 Sammy Davis Jr. - 1964 As originally performed by TONY MARTIN with St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers in the 1941 film: Schubert wrote a symphony, too bad he didn't finish it Gershwin took a chord in `G' and proceeded to diminish it I sought a variation on a theme that I thought pretty And I found my inspiration on the east side of the city The Cohens and the Kellys The Campbells and Vermicellis All form a part of my Tenement Symphony The Cohen's pianola The Kellys and their victrola All warm the heart of my Tenement Symphony The Campbells come tumb'lin' down the stairs Doodlie-ah, doodlie-ah, doodlie-ah Oh Marie! Oh Marie! You'll be late for your date with Izzy And from this confusion I dreamed of a grand illusion It's my Tenement Symphony in four flats The kid on the first floor practicing the minuet The kid on the second floor yelling for the dinner that he didn't get The guy on the third floor wakened from his slumber By the guy on the fourth floor practicing the rhumba (Orchestral Interlude) The sounds of the ghetto inspired the allegretto You'll find them in my Tenement Symphony The cry of a vendor met a lullaby sweet and tender I combined them in my Tenement Symphony The yelling of children will greet your ears (Dooleeaah, dooleeah, dooleeaah) Holly Gee! Holly Gee!, gotta stop, there's a cop, hey Chickie! And from this confusion I dreamed of a grand illusion It's my Tenement Symphony in four flats (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - December 2012) ******************** As recorded by DOROTHY CARLESS: Schubert wrote a symphony Too bad he didn't finish it Gershwin took a chord in `G' Proceeded to diminish it I sought a variation on a theme that I thought pretty And I found my inspiration on the east side of the city The Cohens and the Kellys The Campbells and Vermicellis All form a part of my tenement symphony The Cohen's pianola The Kellys and their victrola All warm the heart of my tenement symphony The Campbells come tumb'lin' down the stairs Hoodlie-ah, hoodlie-ah, hoodlie-ah Oh Marie, oh Marie You'll be late for your date with Izzy. And from this confusion I dreamed of a grand illusion It's my tenement symphony in four flats (Orchestral Interlude) And from this confusion I dreamed of a grand illusion It's my tenement symphony in four flats (Contributed by Bill Huntley - January 2005) ******************** As recorded by ANNE SHELTON: Schubert wrote a symphony, Too bad he didn't finish it; Gershwin took a chord in G And proceeded to diminish it. I sought a variation On a theme that I thought pretty, And I found my inspiration On the east side of the city. The Cohens and the Kellys, The Campbells and Vermicellis All form a part Of my Tenement Symphony. The Cohen's pianola, The Kellys and their Victrola All warm the heart Of my Tenement Symphony The Campbells come tumb'lin' down the stairs, Hoodlie-ah, hoodlie-ah! Oh Marie, oh Marie, You'll be late for your date with Izzy, And from this confusion, I dreamed up a grand illusion, It's my Tenement Symphony in the four flat. The kid on the first floor Practising the minuet; The kid on the second floor Yelling for the dinner that he didn't get. The guy on the third floor Wakened from his slumber By the guy on the fourth floor, Practising the rumba! The sounds of the ghetto Inspire the allegretto, You'll find them in my Tenement Symphony. The cry of a vendor Meant a lullaby sweet and tender, I combined them in my Tenement Symphony. The yelling of children will greet your ears, Doodlie-ah, doodlie-ah! Polly G, Polly G, Gotta stop, tell that cop, hey G G! And from this confusion I dreamed up a grand illusion It's my tenement symphony in four flat. (Transcribed by Peter Akers - December 2012)

    


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