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THE ENTERTAINER (Scott Joplin / Oscar Brown Jr.) Oscar Brown Jr. - 1995 Were there any who cared a cuss The day the ragtime piano man died Were there many who sobbed and sighed As they carted him on his final ride Was there much of a damn they gave About this talented son of a slave When the brother passed on, anotrher coloured man gone Without a marker to put on his grave Were there any who truly knew What made the black entertainer so blue The depression he fell into Over dreams that were never comin' true Was there much of a damn they gave About this talented son of a slave When the brother passed on, anotrher coloured man gone Without a marker to put on his grave He played his ragtime tunes in honky-tonk saloons Piano music that the public loved to hear Its syncopated beat got them to tappin' their feet Made all their cares and troubles disappear He had such happy sounds that as he made the rounds The entertainer fin'ly saw his talent pay There for a little while he was livin' in style Makin' the music of the day Out of his ragtime themes he built ambitious dreams In which his music turned to opera on the stage A mighty work of art he felt with all his heart Ragtime music was the classic of its age But then a change of taste laid all his dreams to waste The fickle punblic found itself another craze There for a little bit he was a pretty big hit But it was just a passin' phase Were there any that felt the pain That drove the black entertainer insane A frustration that racked his brain Just to think all that work had been in vain Was there much of a damn they gave About this talented son of a slave When the brother passed on, anotrher nigger just gone Without a marker to put on his grave Born ahead of his time, died while yet in his prime From a chronic condition caused by the lack of recognition Born ahead of his time, died while yet in his prime Beaten by an ambition for which he couldn't raise a dime Born in eighteen-sixty-eight, died in nineteen-seventeen Scott Joplin, whose music won a Motion Picture Academy Award Fifty-six years after he was layed in an unmarked grave Ahead of his time, died while yet in his prime Beaten by an ambition for which he couldn't raise a dime Where were all the mans, he was an entertainer Multitude of fans, what an entertainer Those who clapped their hands to hear the entertainer Play the ragtime dance Tell me where were they, he was an entertainer When he passed away, oh, what an entertainer There for a while he was livin' in style Makin' the music of the day Where were all the mans, he was an entertainer Multitude of fans, oh, what an entertainer Those who clapped their hands to hear the entertainer Play the ragtime dance Tell me where were they, he was an entertainer When he passed away, oh, what an entertainer There for a bit he was really a hit But it was........what can I say (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2006)

    


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