Stop That Rag (Keep On Playing, Honey)

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Stop That Rag (Keep On Playing, Honey)  (1909) 
by Irving Berlin
Publication copyright 24 November 1909. Music by Ted Snyder.
Verse 1

Do my ears deceive me,
Or am I goin' mad?
Honey, please believe me
That my hearin' ain't bad,
But something seems to tell me
That I'm list'nin' to Rag.
I've been suspectin' so all night,
Tunes I've heard befo' was only music what ain't,
Melody like this is what an artist can't paint.
Go get me some ammonia, 'cause I fear I must faint,
I'm suffocating with delight.

Chorus

Stop dat rag, keep on playin', honey,
Stop dat rag, hear me prayin', honey,
Run away, I fel that I must be alone,
But don't you dare to leave me
Till the cows come home.
Cease dat strain, please repeat it, honey,
Oh, I'm sad,
No, I'm glad,
Stop dat rag, I'm sayin',
I mean keep on a-playin,
Don't you dare to stop dat rag.

Verse 2

Call in some physician
'Cause I feel that I'm ill'Somehow or another,
Hon, my feet won't keep still.
Please request that leader man
To keep a-playin' till
I cry enough, enough some more;
Hon, I'll ne'er forgive you, just for takin' me here,
Take me miles and miles away from here, anywhere,
Just raise a hand to move me, Mister Man, if you dare,
I'm satisfied to die right now.

Chorus

Stop dat rag, keep on playin', honey,
Stop dat rag, hear me prayin', honey,
Run away, I fel that I must be alone,
But don't you dare to leave me
Till the cows come home.
Cease dat strain, please repeat it, honey,
Oh, I'm sad,
No, I'm glad,
Stop dat rag, I'm sayin',
I mean keep on a-playin,
Don't you dare to stop dat rag.

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