Sheet Music, 1910-1919

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ISBN

MUM00682, 0143

Description

Cover: drawing of a marching band, with battle scenes in the background; Publisher: Waterson Berlin and Snyder Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Popular Music -- United States

Relational Format

music score

Original Format

scores

Original Collection

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

Lyrics

Lyrics:
First verse
What's that tune I hear? A ringing in my ear; Come on along, Come on along, It's a wonderful idea. It's Alexander's band, From down in Dixieland; He's going over there to do his share.
Chorus
When Alexander takes hi ragtime band to France; He'll capture ev'ry Hun, And take them one by one. Those ragtime tunes will put the Germans in a trance; They'll throw their guns away, Hiphooray! And start right in to dance. They'll get so excited they'll come over the top, Two step back to Berlin with a skip and a hop; Old Hindenburg will know he has no chance, When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France. When Alexander takes hi ragtime band to France; He'll capture ev'ry Hun, And take them one by one. Those ragtime tunes will put the Germans in a trance; They'll throw their guns away, Hiphooray! And start right in to dance. They'll get so excited they'll come over the top, Two step back to Berlin with a skip and a hop; Old Hindenburg will know he has no chance, When Alexander takes his ragtime band to France.
Second verse
There's no time to lose, They'll put on dancing shoes; They'll glide away, And slide away, When they hear those weary blues. The goose step's on the wane, The two step's in again; Like they advanced at first, they've just reversed.
(Chorus)

Content Disclaimer

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.

When Alexander Takes His Ragtime Band to France / music by Cliff Hess and Edgar Leslie; words by Alfred; Bryan

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