Cover: a drawing of a lady coming down the stairs ; a photo inset of Bonnie Thornton; Publisher: Feist and Frankenthaler (New York)
Subject Headings (Library of Congress)
Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Popular Music -- United States
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
We can all look back with laughter now, in this inventive age, To the days when our forefathers, rode the old-time four horse stage; They had no cable system then, no deadly trolley car, But ev'rything is diff'rent now, no matter where you are. With any part of this big town, its easy to connect, Just put up your nickel fare, but if you can't go there direct,
You'll have to transfer, transfer up or down, Transfer to the East side or the West side of the town; And when you transfer, be careful as you can, And see that you don't transfer back to the place where you began. You'll have to transfer, transfer up or down, Transfer to the East side or the West side of the town; And when you transfer, be careful as you can, And see that you don't transfer back to the place where you began.
On a trolley car, a maiden jumped, to take a quiet ride; The car was full of seats but ev'ry one was occupied, She tried to look her prettiest, put on her sweetest smile, But it didn't work a little bit, she stood for sev'ral miles; At last she found a vacant place, and sank down with a sigh, In just a minute more she heard the conductor loudly cry,
The conductor lost his place but got a better job at that, As a janitor he landed, in a dead swell uptown flat; The family on the second floor, were getting slightly gay, So the janitor was ordered to make them move away; His head was full of railroad talk, he couldn't get it out, So he hammered on the tenant's door and then began to shout,
The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries.