Temptation Rag


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Temptation Rag

Words by Louis Weslyn Music by Henry Lodge Hear this song sung by Arthur Collins (c.1910) from Collected Works of Arthur Collins part 2 at archive.org. Hear Brian Hefferan sing his 2004 version from his Everybody's Doin' It album. View original 1910 sheet music from the Sheet Music Collection at The University of Colorado
[Verse 1] D7 Gm Down at the dancing hall the fancy folks one and all, D7 Gm Assemble and give a ball on Saturday night; Cm Gm Such lovely belles are there, can't equal them anywhere! D7 Oooooooh! Lovely sight! D7 Gm Never you saw before such dancing as On that floor, D7 Gm And I'll tell you what is more, without any brag; Cm Gm Only my girl and me are all that you'll want to see, D7 Gm A dancing that new Temptation Rag. [Chorus] Eb G7 Cm Swaying - With the music sweetly Fm C7 Fm playing - All the time I'm gazing, Bb7 In bright eyes full of real devotion, Eb Bb7 While showing poetry of motion; Eb G7 Cm Say, kid - Ain't it great to dance this Fm C7 Fm way, kid - It's got me a-going, Ebdim Eb I'm happy! Tickles me to death, Bb7 Oh you Temptation Rag! [Verse 2] D7 Gm When I hear music sweet I'd just rather dance than eat, D7 Gm And always my busy feet keep time to the drum; Cm Gm Start kind o' lazy-like, but get kind o' crazy-like, D7 Oooooooh! going some! D7 Gm Feel way up in the air, with never a woe or care, D7 Gm And go on a dancing tear, a sort of a jag. Cm Gm 'Spect that my gal and me will dance thro' eternity, D7 Gm Still doing that new Temptation Rag.