Historic Sheet Music Collection

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by Louis Wolfe Gilbert

New York City (232 W. 46th St.): Gilbert & Friedland Music Publishers

Some of these resources may contain offensive language or negative 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 libraries or the institution.


[Verse 1]
In an Alabama cabaret
Where the Jazz musicians get no pay
You might ask me how
They make money now
Why there’s only one way
There’s a high brown yaller leader man
He’s a kind of music bus’ness man
If you should by chance ask him “Play a dance”
Then to you he would say.

Slip the boys another dime
If you want to have a time
Aint it kind a strange
Just a little change
Make the boys feel mighty fine
Lots of jingle in your hand
Puts the ginger in the band
Get your Lady Pep,
Do the money step
Dancing to the Sugar Tune.

[Verse 2]
Talk about the meanest kind of blues
Puts a lot of pepper in your shoes
Oh that minor key
There’s no finer key
Not a dance you’ll refuse
There is no admission at the door
Do not throw your money on the floor
There’s a sugar box, has no keys or locks
If you want an encore.



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