Lyrics: First verse Hearing the band, playing so grand, From the ballroom one night in June, The music sounded so sweet, we could'ent keep on our feet, We started dancing pranceing, to that rag tune, There was Sam Jones, playing trombone, he would play rag upon the slide his playing was intraceing we would all start a danceing, O! when they play that draggy rag tune. Chorus When they start a playing that rag we then start a danceing right away, There is something about it that we all understand, when the music starts a playing why it's something grand, Keep on playing that draggy rag, I could keep danceing until noon, For we are swaying saying keep on playing, That draggy rag tune. Second verse Mister Meader, is the leader, Of this rag band that’s dressd in blue, The men are all so well trained that when they play that nice strain, There comes a feeling steeling, going throught you, There are cornets, and clarinets, and a big bass that is in tune it is so harmonizing, and it’s so mismarizing, O! when they play that draggy rag tune.
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