Heptune presents:

Harlem on Saturday Night

    (Johnson, Smith)

Photograph of Lil Hardin Armstrong

Transcribed from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, recorded September 9, 1938.
From Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, 1936-1940, Chronological Classics, vol. 564.

Now, the thugs are a-thuggin', the mugs are a-muggin',
There's never a cop in sight!
You can see 'most any old thing,
In Harlem on Saturday night!

Now, the chicks are chickin', the pickpockets pickin'
When they pick they pick you right,
You can see 'most any old thing,
In Harlem on Saturday night!

Hot spots are never cold!
Piccolos are thumpin'!
No matter where you go,
Every joint is jumpin'!

Now, all the Sugar Hillers are a bunch of killer-dillers,
I'm tryin' to set you right,
You can see 'most any old thing,
In Harlem on Saturday night!

Hot spots are never cold!
Piccolos are thumpin'!
No matter where you go,
Every joint is jumpin'!

Now, all the Sugar Hillers are a bunch of killer-dillers,
I'm tryin' to set you right,
You can do 'most any old thing,
On Monday! Tuesday! Wednesday! Thursday! Friday!
But mostly on Saturday night!



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Published 12/1/00.

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