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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
11-Dec-13 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: Songs about World War I
Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'LL FIND OLD DIXIELAND IN FRANCE
Lyr. Add: YOU'LL FIND OLD DIXIELAND IN FRANCE
Words by Grant Clarke, Music by George W. Meyer
(A French text by Louis Delamarre)
No more darkies on the Swanee shore,
No more singin' round the cabin door,
Dixie ain't Dixie now, I vow,
In the village all the streets are bare,
Doesn't seem to be a soul down there,
It made me blue somehow.
I asked Old Mammy Gray
And then I heard her say:
You remember Dancin' Mose?
Folks all called him "Tickle Toes,"
You'll find him "Over There" in France,
Alexander's Band, left old Dixieland,
They used to play the "lovin' Blues" for ev'ryone,
Now they're playin' blues upon a Gatling Gun;
Don't forget "Old Shimmie Sam,"
Famous boy from Alabam,
He marched away in khaki pants,
Instead of pickin' melons off the vine,
They're pickin' Germans off the Rhine,
You'll find old Dixieland in France.
Ev'ry ev'ning when the starshells gleam,
You're in Alabama it would seem,
You'll hear the same old coons play tunes,
Billy Johnson with his pet banjo,
Doesn't mind it when the shells hit low
He simply sits and croons.
The strains of "Over There" come floating on the air:
Introduced by the African-American vaudevillian Bert Williams, in Ziegfield Midnight Frolic, 1918.