Cruel Papa! (1914)
Last updated: 04.08.18
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Composer: W.M. Cook Suppliers: dbe15.gif
Editor: Geoff Grainger Quintet A/T/T/B/GB(B)
Publisher: Ditty Box Enterprises Publication: DBE 414
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Length: approx. 3½ mins. Sound best if the 1st tenor and bass are doubled.
Cruel Papa! is a fine fox trot having just two melodies giving lie to its vocal character and indeed lyrics are provided telling us what a great guy this cruel father is. Its form is ABBB with an 8-bar introduction. The whole is repeated and concluded with a 4-bar coda. The 1st B-strain may be sung to, the 2nd and 3rd B-strains are played an octave higher. The accompanying lyrics for the 1st B-strain (bars 21-36) are to whit:
He's such a cruel papa with Jungle eyes. Lordy how he pleases when he tries.
He's as welcome as the morning dew. He only wants to kiss me once and then I'm through.
My sweet papa's all the world to me 'cause he squeezes oh! so dif'rently.
Your Romeos and Lovie Joes could never shine with that cruel papa of mine.
What a love song!
Cruel Papa! was published by Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York, USA.
A tempo of 120 crotchets/min. is suggested.

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