The Vamp


sheet music cover

The Vamp

Words and Music by Byron Gay Hear this song sung by Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra with Harry MacDonough and Billy Murray (c1919.) from archive.org. Hear Brian Hefferan sing his 2004 version from his Everybody's Doin' It album. View original 1919 sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm D7.... Ev'--ry bo--dy - do - the - vamp Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm ... Vamp un--til you - get - a - cramp Gm D7 G D7 G Am B7 Grab your tootsie, hold her tight Em B7 E7 Am Am B7 Am Gdim While they're playing, just keep swaying G D7 Am D7 Do a little what-not, do a little fox trot Am D7 G G7 When you cuddle up don't fight [Chorus] C Em Vamp - and sing a long, keep a doing it Am Em Vamp - and sing a song, don't you ruin it Dm C D7 G G7 Do - a nifty step, with lots of pep, and watch your reputation C Em Do - a Bumble Bee, buzz around a bit Am Em Shake - a wicked knee, she will fall for it Dm C D7 G7 C Vamp - all night and day, Keep vamping till you vamp your cares away [Verse 2] Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Vamp the little lady, Vamp the little lady Vamp the little lady, Vamp the little lady Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm D7 Gm Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! She will like it, maybe, She will like it, maybe She will like it, maybe, oh you pretty baby Gm D7 G D7 G Am B7 Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Make it good and snappy, Make it good and snappy Make it good and snappy, Make it good and snappy Em B7 E7 Am Am B7 Am Gdim Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! G D7 Am D7 Guess I got to go now, guess I got to go now Am D7 G G7 'sev'ry body happy, sure. Good!