Sheet Music, 1920-1929


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MUM00682, 0244


Cover: drawing of silhouetted musicians; description reads an eccentric fox-trot song; Publisher: Jos. W. Stern and Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

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

Relational Format

music score

Original Format


Original Collection

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


First verse
Old Man Jazz has just arrived in town, Ev'ry little thing is up side down, Ev'ry body's got a lot of pep, All the young and old begin to step No one cares a bit about his rep Bring on the Band! Old Man Jazz, just weke em up Old Man Jazz just shake em up, Play a flock of wicked blues for Mary Ann and Jimmie They will start to shiveree and shake the shimmie Old Man Jazz, The music's great, Old Man Jazz, Don't hesitate, Ev'ry body likes to do the Razz-ma-Tazz, Old Man Jazz.
Some Jazz! Old Man Jazz has gone a way from town, That's why ev'ry body wears a frown. No more pretty rags or mean old blues, Better put away your dancing shoes, Guess he's gone away with Mister Booze! That's all there is!
Second verse
Listen to that moaning Saxophone, Hear that fellow play that Slide Trombone, Watch the busy Drummer throw his sticks, See the little Fiddler do his tricks Now the whole She-bang begins to mix I'll say she's wild! Old Man Jazz, just treat em rough, Old Man Jazz, they like the stuff, Ev'ry time the band begins to play those funny blue notes Ev'ry body in the hall will sway like U boats Old Man Jazz, You've made a hit, Old Man Jazz, Don't dare to quit, No one else can lay a rag so pretty as Old Man Jazz.

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Old Man Jazz / words by Gene Quaw



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