Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Alexander's Ragtime Band  (1911) 
by Irving Berlin
Cover page to the sheet music.

Oh, ma honey, oh, ma honey,
Better hurry and let's meander
Ain't you goin', ain't you goin',
To the leader man, ragged meter man?
Oh, ma honey, oh, ma honey
Let me take you to Alexander's
Grand stand, brass band,
Ain't you comin' along?

Come on and hear,
Come on and hear,
   Alexander's Ragtime Band,
Come on and hear,
Come on and hear,
It's the best band in the land,
They can play a bugle call
Like you never heard before,
So natural that you want to go to war.
That's just the bestest band that am,
Honey Lamb!

Come on along,
Come on along,
   Let me take you by the hand
Up to the man,
Up to the man,
Who's the leader of the band,
And if you want to hear
The Swanee River played in ragtime,
Come on and hear,
Come on and hear,
   Alexander's Ragtime Band.

Oh, ma honey, oh, ma honey
There's a fiddle with notes that screeches,
Like a chicken, like a chicken
And the clarinet, is a colored pet,
Come and listen, come and listen
To a classical band what's peaches,
Come now, some how,
Better hurry along.

Come on and hear, etc.

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