Heptune presents:

Ten Cents a Dance

    (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart)

Transcribed from vocals by Ruth Etting, recorded March 4, 1930,
From Ruth Etting, Living Era, Academy Sound and Vision, Ltd., CD AJA 5008.

I work at the Palace Ballroom,
But gee, that palace is cheap,
When I get back to my chilly hallroom,
I'm much too tired to sleep.

I'm one of those lady teachers,
A beautiful hostess, you know,
The kind the Palace features
At exactly a dime a throw.

Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me,
Gosh, how they weigh me down;
Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys,
Tough guys who tear my gown.

Seven to midnight I hear drums,
Loudly the saxophone blows,
Trumpets are breaking my eardrums,
Customers crush my toes.

Sometimes I think I've found my hero,
But it's a queer romance;
All that you need is a ticket;
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance.

Fighters and sailors and bowlegged tailors
Can pay for a ticket and rent me;
Butchers and barbers and rats from the harbor
Are sweethearts my good luck has sent me.

Though I've a chorus of elderly beaus,
Stockings are porous with holes in the toes,
I'm there till closing time,
Dance and be merry; it's only a dime.

Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me,
Gosh, how they weigh me down;
Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys,
Tough guys who tear my gown.

Seven to midnight I hear drums,
Loudly the saxophone blows,
Trumpets are breaking my eardrums,
Customers crush my toes.

Sometimes I think I've found my hero,
But it's a queer romance;
All that you need is a ticket;
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance.


Transcribed from The High Hatters, from vocals by Welcome Lewis, recorded 3/10/1930.
From Songs of the Depression, Mojo CD-MOJO-311.

Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me,
Gosh, how they weigh me down!
Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys,
Tough guys who tear my gown.

Seven to midnight I hear drums,
Loudly the saxaphone blows,
Trumpets are tearing my eardrums,
Customers crush my toes!

Sometimes I think I've found my hero,
But it's a queer romance,
All that you need is a ticket,
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance!


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Published 3/31/00.
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