What’s all a-this-a thing I hear about-a ragtime, ragtime, Ah!
But that’s-a one a great a crazy talk,
In Italy you never hear about-a this-a jag-a-time, jag-a-time,
That’s for the one a great-a big-a fool New York,
But in sunny It, you can make a hit, if you will play:
Oh! That sweet Italian Waltz,
Make-a you forget your care,
For you never hear-a over there,
Ragtime air, but you hear-a ev’ry where, just-a sweet-a like-a dove,
To your sweetheart make-a love,
How I love to hear the music play,
That dreamy Italian Waltz,
I got-a what you call-a dis-a-nice-a sweetheart, sweetheart,
And most ev’ry night I go and serenade,
I wouldn’t dare to try to sing my love to her in ragtime, ragtime,
I Love-a like-a Romeo and Julie made,
But that melody, make a hit with me in Italy
McCarthy, Jos. and Piantadosi, Al, "That Dreamy Italian Waltz" (1910). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1485.
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