Lyrics: First verse Oh, ma honey, Oh, ma honey, Better hurry and let's me ander, Ain't you goin', Ain't you goin' To the leader man, ragged meter man? Oh, ma honey, Oh, ma honey, Let me take you to Alexander's grand stand, brass band, Ain't you comin' along? Chorus Come on and hear, Come on and hear Alexander's ragtime band, Come on and hear, Come on and hear, It's the best band in the land, they can play a bugle call like you never heard before, So natural that you want to go to war; That's just the bestest band what am, honey lamb, Come on along, Come on along, Let me take you by tha hand, Up to the man, Up to the man who's the leader of the band, And if you care to hear the Swanee River played in ragtime, Come on and hear, Come on and hear Alexander's ragtime band. Come on and, band. Second verse Oh, ma honey, Oh, ma honey, There's a fiddle with notes that screeches, Like a chicken, like a chicken, And the clarinet is a colored pet, Come and listen, Come and listen, To a classical band what’s peaches, come now, somehow, Better hurry along.
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php