Lyrics: First verse Did you hear it? were you near it? If you weren't then you've yet to fear it; Once you've met it, you'll regret it, Just because you never will forget it. If you ever wake up from your dreaming, A-scheming, eyes gleaming, Then if suddenly you take a screaming fit, That's it! Chorus That mysterious rag While awake or while you're a slumbering, You're saying keep playing That mysterious drag, Are you listenin'? Are you listenin'? Look! Look! You're whistlin' That mysterious rag Sneaky, freaky, ever melodious, mysterious rag. Second verse Any minute they begin it, E'er you know what you're about you're in it; Then a feeling, most appealing, Comes a-stealing, Comes a-stealing, sets your brain a-reeling. When it's late and ev'ryone is yawning, Good morning day dawning, Then if suddenly you hear a warning shout, Look out! (Chorus)
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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