AT THE CHRISTMAS BALL
Fred Longshaw / Williams 1925
as rec by Bessie Smith w Joe Smith (trumpet)
Charlie Green (trombone) & Fletcher Henderson (piano)
Nov 18th 1925 New York
Hey, merry Christmas to ya!
Hurray for Christmas!
Christmas comes but once a year,
And to me it brings good cheer,
And to everyone who likes wine and beer!
Happy new year is after that,
Happy I'll be, that is a fact,
That is why I like you here;
Folks, I say that Christmas is here!
Christmas bells will ring real soon,
Even in the afternoon,
There'll be no chimes shall ring at the Christmas Ball!
Everyone must watch their step
Or they will lose their rep',
Everone full of fare at the Christmas Ball.
Grab your partner, one and all,
Keep on dancin' round the hall,
Then there's no-one to fall,
Don't you dare to strut!
If your partner don't act fair,
Don't worry, there's some more over there!
Seekin' a chance everywhere
At the Christmas Ball!
(Contributed by Peter Akers - May 2009)