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Lyr Req: The Ragtime Ragshop (from Harry Champion)

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Jim Dixon 22 Feb 11 - 04:22 PM
RunrigFan 22 Feb 11 - 04:41 PM
G-Force 23 Feb 11 - 09:42 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: RAGTIME RAGSHOP (from Harry Champion)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 04:22 PM

You can hear this song at YouTube. It's the first of 2 songs in that "video." My transcription has a couple of gaps which I would like help filling. Of course, if I have made any mistakes, I would like corrections, also.


RAGTIME RAGSHOP
As recorded by Harry Champion

1. We've got a bus'ness down our street.
It's a little biz that cannot be beat.
We keep a-buying up the bones and the rags,
Tatters and rags and worn-out bags.
Ev'rybody said it is a rag-a-time-a-ragshop, quite right, too!
Oh my! What a splendid business we do, do, do!

CHORUS: Rags! Rags! My big sister Trixie,
When she's in the rag shop, she fancies she's in Dixie.
I've got a fiddle and I diddle-diddle-diddle to her all day long, you see.
She keeps a-weighing up rags and the bones to the ragtime melody.

2. Fat Mrs. Green and fat old Jones
To our little shop keep a-bringing their bones.
We keep putting in the vacant spot
Bottles and pots and odd-job lots.
Father he's so bony, he's like a little scarecrow, thin and pale.
Mother in mistake, she's putting him upon the scale. CHORUS

3. In that little rag shop night and noon,
While they do the biz, I'm playing a tune.
Mother keeps buying up stray cravats,
Collars and hats from sharps and flats,
And while father's buying up ... rabbit, I despair,
Playing while my father's customers all shout .... CHORUS

[Cosmotheka also recorded this on their album "Wines and Spirits" (1977).]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ragtime Ragshop (from Harry Champion)
From: RunrigFan
Date: 22 Feb 11 - 04:41 PM

1. We've got a bus'ness down our street.
It's a little biz that cannot be beat.
We keep a-buying up the bones and the rags,
Tatters and rags and worn-out bags.
Ev'rybody said it is a rag-a-time-a-ragshop, not quite right, too!
Oh my! What a splendid business we do, do, do!

CHORUS: Rags! Rags! My big sister Trixie,
When she's in the rag shop, she fancies she's in Dixie.
I've got a fiddle and I diddle-diddle-diddle to her all day long, you see.
She keeps a-weighing up rags and the bones to the ragtime melody.

2. Fat Mrs. Green and fat old Jones
To our little shop keep a-bringing their bones.
We keep putting in the vacant spot
Bottles and pots and odd-job lots.
Father he's so bony, he's like a little scarecrow, thin and pale.
Mother is a mistake, she put him in the pond, the scale.

CHORUS: Rags! Rags! My big sister Trixie,
When she's in the rag shop, she fancies she's in Dixie.
I've got a fiddle and I diddle-diddle-diddle to her all day long, you see.
She keeps a-weighing up rags and the bones to the ragtime melody.

3. In that little rag shop night and noon,
While they do the biz, I'm playing a tune.
Mother keeps buying up stray cravats,
Collars and hats from shops? and flats,
And while father's buying up a super rabbit, I despair,
Playing while my father's customers all shout, dear dear

Chorus

CHORUS: Rags! Rags! My big sister Trixie,
When she's in the rag-ged shop, she fancies she's in Dixie.
I've got a fiddle and I diddle-diddle-diddle to her all day long, you see.
She keeps a-weighing up rags and the bones to the ragtime melody.

CHORUS: Rags! Rags! My big sister Trixie,
When she's in the rag shop, she fancies she's in Dixie.
I've got a fiddle and I diddle-diddle-diddle to her all day long, you see.
She keeps a-weighing up rags and the bones to the ragtime melody.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ragtime Ragshop (from Harry Champion)
From: G-Force
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 09:42 AM

Cosmotheka had different words in verse 3:

... Mother keeps weiging up the feathers and the hats
While she does a texas tommy to me sharps and flats
And while father's buying up the skins of rabbits, I sit there
Playing while me father's customers all do the grizzly bear


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