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ADD: They Were All Out of Step but Jim (I Berlin)

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Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Aug 13 - 08:59 PM
Joe Offer 06 Aug 13 - 12:36 AM
GUEST,Bob Bethke 04 Jul 14 - 10:52 PM
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From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Aug 13 - 08:59 PM

(Irving Berlin, 1918)

Jimmy's mother went to see her son,
Marching along on parade;
In his uniform and with his gun,
What a lovely picture he made.
She came home that ev'ning
Filled up with delight;
And to all the neighbors
She would yell with all her might:

"Did you see my little Jimmy marching
With the soldiers up the avenue?
There was Jimmy just as stiff as starch
Like his Daddy on the seventeenth of March.
Did you notice all the lovely ladies
Casting their eyes at him?
*Away he went to live in a tent;
Over in France with his regiment.
Were you there, and tell me, did you notice?
They were all out of step but Jim."

That night little Jimmy's father stood
Buying drinks for the crowd;
You could tell that he was feeling good,
He was talking terribly loud.
Twenty times he treated,
My! but he was dry;
When his glass was empty,
He would treat again and cry:

Alternate lines in 2nd Chorus-

*It made me glad,
To gaze at the lad;
Lord help the Kaiser if he's like his Dad.

Sheet music at Mississippi State Digital Collections.
Waterson, Berlin and Snyder Co., NYC

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Subject: RE: ADD: They Were All Out of Step but Jim (I Berlin)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 13 - 12:36 AM

Here's a link to a YouTube Video (clickety). Instead of the word "daddy" in the chorus, it's an Irish-lilted "Father" - but The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin has lyrics identical to those posted by Q.


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Subject: RE: ADD: They Were All Out of Step but Jim (I Berlin)
From: GUEST,Bob Bethke
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 10:52 PM

Adirondack woods singer Ted Ashlaw sang this song for me in 1972 and '73, with only a couple of minor word changes here and there. He likely learned it from the 78 rpm record, or from the singing of "old Elmer Jones," either way probably in the early 1920s, when neighbor Jones acquired a Victrola.

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