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Lyr Req: Ragtime Millionaire (William Moore)

al@popy.freeserve.co.uk 05 Jun 99 - 12:16 PM
GUEST 08 Jul 01 - 09:53 AM
Amos 08 Jul 01 - 11:42 AM
Stewie 08 Jul 01 - 09:51 PM
GUEST 08 Jul 01 - 09:59 PM
GUEST,barry 14 Dec 03 - 09:38 PM
GUEST,alex 14 Mar 07 - 07:13 AM
Jim Dixon 16 Mar 07 - 05:43 AM
GUEST,Ove Ofteness - aka O.V. Michaelsen 12 Jan 14 - 09:43 PM
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Subject: LYRICS: RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE BY WILLIAM MOORE
From: al@popy.freeserve.co.uk
Date: 05 Jun 99 - 12:16 PM

can't seem to figure out the words for one verse from the recording. can you help? anyone please.


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Subject: RE: LYRICS: RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE BY WILLIAM MOORE
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 01 - 09:53 AM

There's more traffic today. He goes into the fish market. He walks up and down the aisles. He looks at the mackerel and the salmon and the tuna and the swordfish. He stops and stares at the lobsters. The seafood manager comes by.

"Makes you think," he says to Bobby as Bobby stares at the lobsters. Bobby looks at him.

"They're alive, he says with amazement." The manager smiles. "Not for long, he replies." Bobby frowns.


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Subject: RE: LYRICS: RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE BY WILLIAM MOORE
From: Amos
Date: 08 Jul 01 - 11:42 AM

Lyrics? Or more unreal horseshit from Sweet Patooty Head?

A


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Subject: Lyr Add: RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE (William Moore)
From: Stewie
Date: 08 Jul 01 - 09:51 PM

I don't have the recording, but here is the transcription in Paul Oliver's 'Songsters & Saints' of William Moore 'Ragtime Millionaire' Paramount 12636 recorded in Chicago circa January 1928. Oliver notes that Moore's piece was a suitably updated version of Irving Jones' 'Ragtime Millionaire' (1900). He comments also that Moore must have known another Jones song, 'My Money Never Gives Out', because he incorporated certain key lines from it in his 'Millionaire'.

RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE

Mr Henry gonna send me a Ford T. [mark]
Everybody else gonna take my [junk]
Gonna put a little sign on it, 'In God We Trust'
I don't mean to have no fuss

All you little people take your hat off to me
Because I'm a ragtime millionaire
I'm a rag, I'm a rag
I'm a rag, I'm a ragtime millionaire
All you little people take your hat off to me
Because I'm a ragtime millionaire

Some of these boys say that I'm gonna be late
No if you please – I got a '28
Some boys say they goin' t'catch me at last
But all I have to do is just step on the gas
All you little people take off your hat to me etc

Every tooth in my head is solid gold
Make those boys look icy cold
I brush my teeth with diamond dust
And I don't care if the bank would bust
All you little people take your hats off to me
'Cause I'm a ragtime millionaire

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: LYRICS: RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE BY WILLIAM MOORE
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 01 - 09:59 PM

Many thanks Stewie,

Lets hope that the lyrics get a 'seagull' ^^


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Subject: RE: LYRICS: RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE BY WILLIAM MOORE
From: GUEST,barry
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 09:38 PM

For the first verse I get,

"Mr Henry gonna send me a Ford each month
Everybody else gonna take my dust"

The rest sounds right to me. This can be done in C but I believe he plays it in the key of A. That bouncy 6th is so neat, also of course heard in Candyman, Jambalaya, Mourning Blues, and many versions of Hesitation blues.

Wish he'd recorded a lot more...

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyrics: Ragtime Millionaire by William Moore
From: GUEST,alex
Date: 14 Mar 07 - 07:13 AM

Hello I'm Alex from Italy. I was searching for this lyric for years!
I'm sure he play in C in other keys you can't reach exactly the same sound.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ragtime Millionaire (William Moore)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 05:43 AM

There's another thread about this song: Lyr Req: Ragtime Millionaire.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ragtime Millionaire (William Moore)
From: GUEST,Ove Ofteness - aka O.V. Michaelsen
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 09:43 PM

Audio:
https://app.box.com/s/ppw5ie90ldc0pahltqt4

RAGTIME MILLIONAIRE

(My rendition, lyrically)

In G, or the G formation

[Recorded by William Moore on January 1, 1928]

Now, I'll just find myself a corner and I'll pick 'em a song,
Nobody needs a ticket, and it wouldn't be long.
With a little guitar, to maybe tickle a bone,
A sidewalk star, and you let it be known.
Hear me playin' for the people, any time, anywhere.
I'm a ragtime millionaire.

Now, hear me syncopate it, shuffle it, or pick it up slow,
I bring back around, and I'm ridin' the flow,
Swingin' it easy, in two-four time,
I'm flush, I'm a-loaded, and I ain't got a dime.
Just playin' for the people, any time, anywhere--
I'm a ragtime millionaire.

BREAK (MELODY OF THE CHORUS)

Now, see me playin' on the corner with a feather in my hat,
I'm a holy-shoed and ragged shirt aristocrat.
Hear me rollin' the strings, it's a knack, it's a flair,
Well, I'm one ragtime millionaire.
Hear me playin' for the people any time, anywhere--
I'm a ragged-time millionaire.

CHORUS

Well, I'm a rag, yes, I'm a rag.
Well, I'm a rag, yes, I'm a rag time millionaire,
I'll be playin' for the people any time, anywhere--
I'm a ragtime millionaire.
_

Originally, I played a break, picking notes up the neck, then decided to make it less "fingery."
_

Wrote Internet user "Bunker Hill":

"Moore's song is actually a parody (using the same tune and title) of Irving Jones's 1900 hit "'The' Ragtime Millionaire." Jones was a very successful black composer (circa 1895-1905)."
_

Moore borrowed a verse from another song, which added spice to it, but it isn't in this version. –Ove

*

Say hello to me on Facebook under my birth name, "Ove Ofteness."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ragtime Millionaire (William Moore)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jan 14 - 12:05 AM

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=24815


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