[Dixielandjazz] Dr Jazz - a song about?

briantowers briantowers@msn.com
Tue, 24 Sep 2002 10:12:44 -0400

I have never associated that song with drugs either - the idea seems
absolutely ridiculous to me!

King Joe Oliver, the composer, did not fool around with drugs.

For me the lyrics are totally innocent, especially when you take the words
of the little known verse into account.  " Everyone gets the blues now and
then, and don't know what to do....etc"

The message intended is that jazz is a happy music and the ideal thing to
cheer you up when you have the blues.  Totally innocent!

The drug songs of that era are much more blatent - "Willie the Weeper"  "If
You're A Viper" etc

Brian Towers,
Hot Five Jazzmakers, Toronto, Canada
Band web site:            http://hotfivejazz.tripod.com
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From: "Thompson" <res0a3qw@verizon.net>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 6:53 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Dr Jazz - a song about?

> For someone like me with the "Jazz Disease", I need a "fix" of Jazz
> every so often.  I never associate this song with drugs.  Typical of
> many songs of that era, there were double meanings... Guess it just
> depends on where you want to place the emphasis.
> Rebecca Thompson
> Flower Mound, TX
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> From Barbone
> DR. JAZZ: "Here's a song about sex or drugs in the 1920s. Now I know
> that your parents or grandparents say there was no sex or drugs then,
> but Dr. Jazz was either the local pusher, or the local pimp. Listen to
> the words. Then we sing  the second line as "He's got just what I need
> I'll say he has."  (equals drugs) or "You got just what I need, you know
> you has." which sung while looking directly at a pretty young lady, or a
> smiling older lady equals pimp or hooker, or fantasy. Guaranteed to
> please the audience.
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