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Oh, Joe, Play That Trombone

    (Dowell) Photo of Ethel Waters.

Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters, recorded 7/1922.
From Ethel Waters 1921 - 1923, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 796.

I've got the sweetest man
Who plays the trombone in a band;
Lordy, lordy, lordy he's the nicest man what am.
I get so giddy when he starts to play,
Feel like I could just throw myself away.
When he makes that trombone go wow, wow, wow,
I feel myself a-slippin',
And I holler out:

Oh, Joe!
Play that trombone, Joe!
Play that trombone,
It makes me crazy when you throw it up high,
And when you bring it down it really starts to sigh.
You know,
It makes me happy, Joe,
Now make it snappy.
'Cause when you start to jazz I get a feeling from the start,
It gives me such an itching and a twitching
Round my heart.
I never knew I loved you till you made it moan,
Now, Joe! Joe! Play the trombone!

Oh, Joe,
Play that trombone, Joe!
Play that trombone,
It makes me crazy when you throw it up high,
And when you bring it down it really starts to sigh.
You know,
It makes me happy, Joe,
So make it snappy.
'Cause when you start to jazz
I get a feeling from the start,
It gives me such an itching and a twitching
Round my heart.
I never knew I loved you till you made it moan,
Now, Joe, Joe, Joe!
Play the trombone!


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Published 5/12/99.

Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.


 
 

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