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Thread #11034   Message #80419
Posted By: Ferrara
21-May-99 - 07:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: One Two Three O'Lairy (Count Basie, 1940)
Subject: RE: Jazz Lyric '1 2 3 O'Lairy' - Count Basie 1940
We (Washington DC, early 40's) sang more or less this version given by Sandy: U.S. Midwest, 1940s:
One, two, three a'leary,
Four, five, six a'leary,
Seven, eight, nine a'leary,
Ten a'leary, POSTMAN!

But I think we sang o'lairy, not a'leary, hard to tell now because I've heard it several ways. My memory may be playing tricks, but we may have bounced the ball hard on the ground twice on POSTMAN.