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Lyr Req: The Night Boat to Albany (from Al Jolson)

GUEST 03 Aug 10 - 09:07 AM
Jim Dixon 22 Jul 10 - 08:06 PM
Joe Offer 16 Jul 10 - 04:57 PM
GUEST 16 Jul 10 - 03:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night Boat To Albany
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Aug 10 - 09:07 AM

Thanks so much ... the library here wanted 20.00 to get copies from Tennessee...


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY DO THEY ALL...NIGHT BOAT TO ALBANY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 08:06 PM

^^WHY DO THEY ALL TAKE THE NIGHT BOAT TO ALBANY?
Words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis; music by Jean Schwartz.
As introduced by Al Jolson in Lee & J. J. Shubert's musical production "Sinbad"
New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., 1918.

1. Old Henry Hudson found a river,
A river that touches New York.
The rest of the river is a flivver,
Because it creates a lot of talk.
Summer time, that's the time spooners
Used to go ramb'ling about.
Now they take trips on rickety ships,
And here's what I want to find out:

CHORUS 1: Why do they all take the night boat to Albany?
That's been puzzling me.
They all claim it's just for the sights.
Just the same, they travel at nights.
I asked a fellow and his sweet little pet,
"How is the Hudson?" and they answered, "It's wet."

So why do they all take the night boat to Albany,
And grab the next train for New York?

2. Seems that each Tom and Dick and Harry
Is rid of his worries and cares.
They found out the Hudson steamers carry
A cargo of peaches and pears.
Huddled and cuddled together,
With no one to shout, "Cut it out!"
No wonder they state the river is great.
To me it's a river of doubt.

CHORUS 2: Why do they all take the night boat to Albany?
That's been puzzling me.
They all claim it's just for the sights.
Just the same, they travel at nights.
They play the searchlight on the shore while they float.
They ought to play the searchlight right on the boat.

So why do they all take the night boat to Albany,
And grab the next train for New York?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night Boat To Albany
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 04:57 PM

I see by this video, Al Jolson sang this in blackface in 1930.

-Joe-

the first verse:
    THE NIGHT BOAT TO ALBANY
    Words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis. Music by Jean Schwartz, 1918.
    (as sung by Al Jolson)

    Old Henry Hudson found a river,
    A river that touches New York.
    The rest of the river is a flivver,
    But it creates such a song (?)


    Sheet music is here (click) at Levy. Anybody wanna transcribe it? I have to go to bed.
    -Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Night Boat To Albany
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 03:27 PM

Nobody knows/has the lyrics?


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Subject: Lyr Req: The Night Boat To Albany
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 08:29 AM

Hi ... does anybody have the lyrics for this song? I had them but my pc crashed.


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