Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0041

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

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Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


First verse
Coontown's fairly crazy, Two Step Bill looks glum, Acts as if he's dumb, For Ragtime's getting numb, coons are mighty fickle, Other tunes they hum, Actin' just like white folks now, and fairly goin' some. don't care now for ragtime shows, or ragtime songs, or ragtime clothes, Or any thing with a ragtime swing, And this is the song they sing:
Goodbye a Mister Ragtime, farewell Bombashay, Say you little Day, Day, Day, On your way. Sad but true, Skidoo, Skidoo, Go way back and sit down, Since that Airy Fairy, Merry Widow Waltz, has come to town. town.
Second verse
Sambo and his Dinah, Gliding o'er the floor, Won't cake walk no more, Like they did before, Coontown's heard the famous Merry Widow score, Ragtime's faded in a night, no wonder Bill looks sore. He just can't understand the change says, colored folks am actin' strange, They wouldn't dance any old ragtime thing, But all the night long they'll sing:

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Good-Bye Mr. Ragtime (Since the Merry Widow Waltz has Come to Town) / music by Jean Schwarz; words by Wm Jerome



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