Prohibition Blues (1919)
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Composer: N. Bayes Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet T/T/B/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 1301
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Length: approx. 2½ mins. Optional vocals (tenor). Words by Ring Lardner:
Verse: bars 11-26
"What ails you brown man, what makes you frown man"; I ask'd my man so mis'rable.
"You look so winnin', when you is grinnin' with all them gold teeth visable.
But now you's always threatnin' to bust right out and cry.
Doe's yo' dogs fret you? What has upset you". Then he made his reply.
Chorus: bars 27-58
"I've had news that's bad news about my best pal. His name is Old Man Alcohol but I call him Al.
The doctors say he's dyin' as sure as sure can be. And if that's so then oh, oh, oh the difference to me.
There won't be no sunshine no stars no moon. No laughter, no music 'cept this one sad tune.;
Goodbye forever to my old friend "Booze". Doggone I've got the Prohibition Blues".
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In this adaptation of this sadly ironic song for recorder quintet, the 2nd tenor has the pleasure of alternating to descant for a few bars in the chorus.
Prohibition Blues was published by Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York & Detroit, USA.
A tempo of 150 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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