Al Jolson - "That Wonderful Kid From Madrid" (1920)





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Published on Sep 8, 2010

That Wonderful Kid from Madrid
Words: Ballard MacDonald
Music: Nat Osborne
Performed by Al Jolson
Recorded Jan. 20, 1920
Columbia A2898

Tra-la la-la-la-la-la,
Played upon a Spanish guitar.
May sound silly as can be,
But it all depends on where you are.
One night in the Plaza, the national jazzer
Performed at command of the King.
And I've got to hand it to that Spanish bandit,
He certainly knows a good thing

La Carmencita, the sweet Senorita,
That wonderful kid from Madrid.
She carried on so that poor old Alfonso,
Had only one thought 'neath his lid.
She wriggled and jiggled and Oh! how she wiggled,
And that wasn't all that she did.
For she had improvements on all of the movements,
That wonderful kid from Madrid.

Tra- la la-la-la-la-la,
Gee! I'd like to be a Spanish king.
First I'd buy me a guitar,
Then I'd learn to play upon the thing.
I'd get Carmencita, La Belle Senorita,
For what could be sweeter than that.
I'd tickle fandangoes while she jazzed those tangoes,
And play every tune in some flat.

La Carmencita, the sweet Senorita,
That wonderful kid from Madrid.
She filled Don Casco so full of tobasco,
He nearly went off of his lid,
The king hollered daily for her u-ku-le-le,
Did he like it? I'll say he did!
For this Spaniola was some mean gondola,
That wonderful kid from Madrid.

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