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ella fitzgerald – the real american folk song (is a rag) lyrics

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near barcelona, the peasant crooned
the old traditional spanish tunes
the neapolitan street song sighs
you think of italian skys

each nation has a creative vein
originating a native strain
with folk songs plaintive and others g-y
in their own peculiar way

american folk songs, i feel
have a much stronger appeal

the real american folksong is a rag
a mental jag
a rhythmic tonic for the chronic blues

the critics called it a “joke song” but now
they’ve changed their tune, and they like it, somehow

for it’s innoculated with a syncopated sort of meter, sweeter
than a cl-ssic strain, boy you can’t remain, still or quiet, for it’s a riot

the real american folksong
is like a fountain of youth
you taste, and it elates you, and then, invigorates you
the real american folksong, the m-sses coaxed on, is a rag

the real american folksong is a rag
a mental jag
a rhythmic tonic for the chronic blues

the critics called it a “joke song” but now
they’ve changed their tune, and they like it, somehow

for it’s innoculated with a syncopated sort of meter, sweeter
than a cl-ssic strain, boy you can’t remain, still or quiet, for it’s a riot

the real american folksong
is like a fountain of youth
you taste, and it elates you, and then, invigorates you
the real american folksong, is a rag