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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
04-May-05 - 06:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yellow Dog Blues (W. C. Handy)
Masato has correctly cited the two variants written by W. C. Handy.
On the back of the sheet music (1914), "E. Z. Rider" (Handy or his partner) placed this notice about "The Yellow Dog Rag."
Pace and Handy Music Co.
390 Beale Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee
"Please send for the 15 cents enclosed "The Yellow Dog Rag" which I learn is an answer to "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone," Mr. Shelton Brook's song hit.
"I hear your music on all phonographs, electric and player-pianos, minstrel and circus hands and no vaudeville bill seems complete without one of Handy's Blues.
"Send it to "where the Southern Crosses the Dog."
Yours truly,
E. Z. Rider."
The "Rag" and "Blues" sheet music have the same lyrics as those posted by Frank, but add (spoken):
After 'hog' in 3rd line: "The smoke was broke, no joke, not a jitney on him."
Next to last line in second verse; 'darkies' in place of 'farmers.'

Words and Music Shelton Brooks, 1913

Miss Susie Johnson is as crazy as can be
About that easy riding kid they call Jockey Lee
Now don't you think it's funny only bets her money
in the race friend jockey's goin' to be-
There was a race down at the track the other day,
And Susie got an inside tip right away
She bet a "hundred to one" that her little "Hon"
Would bring home all the "mon"
When she found out "Jockey" was not there,
Miss Susie cried out in despair-

I wonder where my easy rider's gone today,
He never told me he was goin' away-
If he was here he'd win the race
If not first he'd get a "place"-
Cash in our winnings, on a "joy-ride" we's go, right away-
I'm losing my money that's why I am blue.
To win a race, Lee knows just what to do-
I'd put all my junk in pawn,
To bet on any horse that jockey's on.
Oh! I wonder where my easy rider's gone.

Miss Susie said "Now here's a chance to make some dough
I dreamed about a horse's name, now that's right, I know,
And Les can win more races at more different places
Wins them just as easy as can be.-
Now ev'ry body 'round the track likes Jockey Lee,
I'm crazy 'bout him 'cause he's so good to me,
He is a racer for fair, but rides "on the square,"
I tell you that the boys "there"-
That he's not here makes me feel so blue,
He's all I had, I'm telling you-


"Originally introduced in Vaudeville by Sophie Tucker." Will H. Rossiter, Chicago.

American Memory.