[Dixielandjazz] Floating Down The Old Green River

Roy (Bud) Taylor budtuba at gmail.com
Wed Feb 9 17:38:08 PST 2011

Well, I did find the Green River recorded by Al Jolson and also by Eddie
Cantor.  The words are interesting.

(Eddie Cantor and Van & Schenk)

Since the country's turned prohibition, I've been in a bad condition.
Every soft drink that I try just makes me want to cry.
Take it back from whence it came. All your drinks are much the same.
I tried one here today, and believe me when I say:

CHORUS: For a drink that's fine without a kick, Oh, Green River.
It's the only drink that does the trick, just Green River.
Has others beat a mile, makes drinking worth while,
And if you want to wear a little smile, try Green River.
If your girl gives you the sack, try Green River.
You will surely win her back. It's grand, now understand.
That rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief
Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief
Once they drink it, they all think it
The best drink in the land.

When the cannons stopped their thundering, everybody started wondering
How the treaty would be signed; that was on our mind.
Wilson soon forgot his "Wilson." Haig forgot his "Haig and Haig."
Foch said, "No more Rhine wine. Listen, boys, before we sign: CHORUS

(Words by Eddie Cantor. Music by Van & Schenk, 1920)
Source: The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet

Roy (Bud) Taylor
Smugtown Stompers Jazz Band
Rochester, New York
Traditional Jazz since 1958
"we ain't just whistling dixie!"

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