Testo Opera Burlesque 24 Feb 1912 – Irving Berlin

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Testo della canzone Opera Burlesque 24 Feb 1912 di Irving Berlin
Album: Miscellaneous
Full title: Opera Burlesque (on the Sextette from Lucia di
Lammermoor) .]

Let’s sing
-Let us sing, let us sing
Some Ragtime Op’ra
-Ragtime Op’ra
Let’s sing
-Let us sing, let us sing
Some op’ra grand
-We understand
About a man
-Let us sing about a man
Called Ephraham
-Ephraham, Ephraham
Who heard
-Who heard
The Sextette from Lucia, so beautiful
-Beautiful!
Ev’ry night you’d see him sitting in the gallery
-At the op’ra house, quiet as a mouse
He loved to hear Caruso sing his part so tenderly
-When he struck a high one, to the sky one
Ephraham would begin to holler
– That note alone is worth a dollar!
Take it!
-Take it!
Make it
-Make it!
Jump to the top of the house and shake it soon
-Very soon, very soon
This op’ra darkey
-Op’ra darkey
He bought
-Yes, he bought, yes, he bought
That score, you bet!
-That sweet sextette!
He hunted then
-He went out and hunted then
For colored men
-Colored men, colored men
Who could
-Who could
Sing that sextette he heard so beautiful
-Beautiful
Soon he found some coons who understood the harmony
-And they said: We’ll do it! Go right to it!
So he gave them parts and said: The hard one is for me!
-Then they started tuning up their voices
Ephraham at the old piano
-Struck at a chord in a fancy manner
Swaying
-Swaying
Saying
-Saying
Start in to sing, never mind my playing, so
-They began, they began
To sing the sextette
-Sing the sextette
And say
-Let us say, let us say
It was a bird
-When Ephr’am heard
He shouted, Stop!
-But the singers wouldn’t stop
They’d rather drop
-Rather drop, rather drop
Than stop
-Than stop
That Sextette from Lucia, so beautiful
-Beautiful!
Ephraham cried out, You all are singing out of tune!
-But they kept on goin’, blowin’, showin’
How they could sing that Ragtime Op’ra
-Ephraham began to shout
Stop!
– No!
Stop!
– No!
Stop!
– No!
Stop!
– Keep it up, keep it up! Hon’!
Where’s my gun, where’s my gun?
– We have only begun
Better run, better run
– Let us sing it for fun
You’re off the key!
– Let it be, let it be
Try and sing it right for me
– Let’s sing that melody
Off the key, off the key!
– It’s as sweet as can be, like pickin’ cotton
Rotten!
– No!
Yes!
– No!
Yes!
– No!
Yes!
– No!
Yes, stop, I say!
– Let us sing, let us sing
I’d be willing to pay
– Let us sing, let us sing
If you stop right away
– Let us sing, let us sing
You’d better stop!
– Keep it up!
Please stop!
– Keep it up!
Please stop!
– Keep it up!
You’ll stop! Don’t you intend to ever stop?
– We don’t intend to ever stop!
Please stop!
– Keep it up, keep it up, keep it up, keep it up

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