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At The Christmas Ball


by Fred Longshaw
recording of November 18 1925, New York City
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47471), copyright notice

"Hey Bessie it's Christmas here"
Here! Here! Hurray for Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year, and to me it brings good cheer,
and to everyone who likes wine and beer
Happy New Year is after that, happy I'll be, that is a fact
That is why I like to hear, folks I say that Christmas is here

Christmas bells will ring real soon, even in the afternoon
There'll be no chimes shall ring at the Christmas Ball
Everyone must watch their step, or they will loose their rep1
Everybody full of fare at the Christmas Ball

(Excellent Joe Smith solo)

Grab your partner one an' all, keep on dancing 'round the hall
Then there's no one to fall, don't you dare to strut
If your partner don't act fair, don't worry there's some more over there
Seekin' a chance everywhere at the Christmas Ball

Note: 27,675 copies of this record were sold, her Downhearted Blues sold ten times as many!;
Note 1: rep, short for reputation.

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