Testo That Opera Rag 28 Apr 1910 – Irving Berlin

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Testo della canzone That Opera Rag 28 Apr 1910 di Irving Berlin
Album: Miscellaneous
1st verse:]
Sam Johnson as op’ra mad
He sho’ had the fever bad
He said, Those ordinary ragtime tunes are mild
Some music from Verdi’s hand
Or any old op’ra grand
Would never fail to set this op’ra darkie wild
One evening at a ball
They heard Sam Johnson call
Unto the leaderman to play some William Tell
The leader swelled his chest and said, I’ll do my best
So when he played they heard Sam Johnson yell

Hear dat strain
Mister Verdi come to life again
Oh that operatic sweet refrain
Sho’ would drive a crazy man insane
Just let me die and meet those brainy men
Who manufactured notes of opera grand
Oh! Verdi where, where oh art thou?
Let me shake you by the hand, man, you know what’s grand
Good Lord, it’s over, they’re playin’ Home Sweet Home

[2nd verse:]
Old Sam was a painter man
One day with a brush in hand
He stood upon a scaffold ‘way up in the air
A German band below
Was playin’ some Rig’letto
Sam said, I know that’s op’ra, be it here or there
While he daubed up the wall
He tried hard not to fall
But in the street the band kept right on playin’ fair
They played some Faust below, just then old Sam let go
He tumbled down below a-shouting in the air

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