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How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?

    (Walter Donaldson)

Transcribed from Lieut. Jim Europe's 369th U.S. Infantry ("Hell Fighters") Band, vocals by Noble Sissle, recorded March 3-7, 1919.
From James Reese Europe and the 369th US Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band, Featuring Noble Sissle, the Complete Pathe Recordings - 1919, IAJRC CD 1012, 1996.

How 'ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
After they've seen Paree?
How 'ya gonna keep them away from Broadway,
Jazzin' around,
And paintin' the town?Photo of Noble Sissle
How 'ya gonna keep 'em away from harm?
That's the mystery!
They'll never want to see a rake or plow,
And who the deuce can parlez-vous a cow?
How 'ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
After they've seen Paree?

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Published 1/30/99.
Updated 4/9/99.


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