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Words by Wm. Jerome and Grant Clarke
Music by Jean Schwartz

Bert Williams Smashing Hit!!!

Illustrator: Andre De TaKacs

Theodore Morse Music Co.
Theodore Morse, Pres.
Herman Snyder, Sec Treas
143-145 W. 40th St. New York

Copyright MCMXII by Theodore Morse Music Co.
143 W. 40th St. N.Y.
International Copyright Secured.

“Some of these resources may contain offensive stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of the attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the library or the institution.”


When the silv’ry moon is rising,
Mister Rag comes burglarizing;
Comes acreeping, slyly peeping
In the room where you are sleeping.
In the daytime, when you’re busy,
He’s around, your brain gets dizzy.
Once he finds you, he reminds you
No use hiding away.

Syncopation rules the Nation!
You can’t get away from it, get away from it!
It causes agitation!
You can’t get away from it, get away from it!
Lawyers and Physicians,
Even men of high positions,
Great big politicians,
Pal around with Rag musicians.
They buy it, don’t deny it!
You can’t get away from it, get way from it!
On Sunday, same as Monday,
You can’t get away from it, get away from it!
Even good old country Preachers
Are engaging Tango teachers;
You can’t get away from it, get away from it;
You can’t get away from it at all.

All the fishes in the ocean,
Swim around with raggy motion;
Biscuit bakers, even Quakers
Are among the shoulder shakers.
Soldier boys and men of letters,
Chorus girls and Suffragetters,
Aviators, even waiters,
No one ever escapes.




The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.