That Mysterious Rag

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That Mysterious Rag  (1911) 
Irving Berlin and Ted Snyder
Cover page to the sheet music.
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[1st verse:]

Did you hear it? Were you near it?

If you weren't then you've yet to fear it;

Once you've met it you'll regret it,

Just because you never will forget it.

If you ever wake up from your dreaming,

A-scheming, eyes gleaming,

Then if suddenly you take a screaming fit,

That's it!


[Refrain:]

That mysterious ra-ag

While awake or while you're a-slumbering,

You're saying, keep playing

That mysterious dra-ag

Are you listenin'?

Are you listenin'?

Look! Look!

You're whistlin'

That mysterious ra-ag

Sneaky, freaky ever melodious, mysterious rag.


[2nd verse:]

Any minute they begin it

E'er you know what you're about, you're in it

Then a feeling, most appealing

Comes a-stealing, sets your brain a-reeling.

When it's too late and ev'ryone is yawning,

Good morning, day dawning,

Then if suddenly you hear a warning shout,

Look out!

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