Historic Sheet Music Collection



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MacIntosh Collection

New York: Ted Snyder Co., 112 W. 38th St., (1911)

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[Verse 1]
Did you hear it? Were you near it?
If you weren’t then you’ve yet to fear it;
Once you’ve met it, you’ll regret it,
Just because you never will forget it.
If you ever wake up from your dreaming,
A-scheming, eyes gleaming,
Then if suddenly you take a screaming fit,
That’s it!

That mysterious rag,
While awake or while you’re slumbering,
You’re saying, keep playing
That mysterious drag,
Are you listenin’?
Are you listenin’?
Look! Look!
You’re whistlin’
That mysterious rag,
Sneaky, freaky, ever melodious, mysterious rag.

[Verse 2]
Any minute they begin it,
E’er you know what you’re about you’re in it;
Then a feeling, most appealing,
Comes a-stealing, sets your brain a-reeling.
When it’s late and ev’ry one is yawning,
Good morning, day dawning,
Then if suddenly you hear a warning shout, Look out!



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