Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1914

Comments

The Wonderful Dengoza Strain

Words by William Jerome

Music by Abner Greenberg

New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co. (1914)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
What’s that familiar tune they’re playing,
You hear in ev’ry cabaret;
That tune that sets your heart a swaying
Haunts you at night and in the day
Daddy’s teaching Clarice How to do the Maxie!

[Chorus]
Oh that wonderful strain!
Oh the dreamy refrain!
From ‘Frisco to Maine, it just plays tag with your brain!
It’s such a teasing, squeezing, pleasing, little wonderful thing,
And once you hear it you can’t help but sing
La la la,
Tra la la!
Ev’ry Tango instructor,
Ev’ry streetcar conductor,
Does a motion like the ocean to this tune from Brazil,
That wonderful Dengoza Strain!

[Verse 2]
Ma hums it when she sets the table,
John sings it on his way to school,
Grandma tried hard but was not able,
Grandpa keeps acting like a fool
Even Bridget, the cook,
Bought the Castle’s new book!

[Chorus]

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