Historic Sheet Music Collection




"Zez" Confrey

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New York: Leo Feist, Inc. (1922)

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[Verse 1]
‘Tention folks, speak of jokes,
This is one on me,
Took my gal to a dance
At the Armory Music played, dancers swayed,
Then we joined the crowd;
I can’t dance, took a chance,
And right then we started:

Stumbling all around,
Stumbling all around,
Stumbling all around so funny,
Stumbling here and there,
Stumbling ev’rywhere
And I must declare,
I stepped right on her toes,
And when she bumped my nose,
I fell and when I rose,
I felt ashamed
And told her
That’s the latest step, that’s the latest step, that’s the latest step,
My honey,
Notice all the pop, notice all the pep, notice all the pop;
She said, “Stop mumbling, tho’ you are stumbling,
I like it just a little bit, a little bit, quite a little bit.”

[Verse 2]
Young and small short and tall,
Folks most ev’rywhere
Take a chance do this dance,
They think it’s a bear,
People rave and they crave
Just to do this step,
Off they go, nice and slow,
When the band starts playing:



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