Friday, May 01, 2009

Stephane Grappelli turns me to jelly

I want to play like Stephane Grappelli, like Pamela Dowsett from Swing Reverie...

and I want to hear this song

Music by Doug Bowes 
Lyrics by Marie-Lynn Hammond 

my man plays in a barroom band 
he’s got one pair of lightning hands 
well he sits in the middle 
and he plays jazz fiddle 
right beside the big trombone 
oh it’s dark when he goes out to work 
and light when he gets home 

I asked my man to show me how to play 
he said ‘forget it sugar 
that’ll be the day 
you know this may be 1931 
but a woman belongs at home
baking pies and making eyes 
at the man she calls her own’ 

so I bought me a fiddle on the sly 
and a crank-up gramophone 
I can’t go wrong I’m playing along 
with Stephane Grappelli 
he turns me to jelly 
I’m learning tricks 
and real swell licks 
while my man is snoring away 
goodbye Yehudi hello Venuti 
my how that kid can play... 

well did you hear the news 
my man has done left town 
he ran off with that old Marjorie Brown 
oh I cried for a little 
then I grabbed my fiddle 
and I went down the the bar 
I said ‘Hey boss listen 
you’re missin’ a musician 
but you don’t have to look too far 

’cause here I am 
better grab me while you can 
or I’ll be struttin’ my stuff in ol’ 
Ina Ray Hutton’s 
all girl band


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