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"Crazy Rhythm" ('Whispering' Jack Smith, 1928)

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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2008

"Whispering" Jack Smith embraced the new microphones and recording advances of the 1920's with a unique, elegant, impeccably enunciated style.

His treatment of this Irving Caesar/Joseph Meyer/Roger Wolfe Hahn standard from the lost musical "Here's Howe" merits a perch in the YouTube aviary.

Jack's ably assisted here by Carroll Gibbons and the boys in the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra.

CRAZY RHYTHM
Crazy rhythm, here's the doorway
I'll go my way, you'll go your way
Crazy rhythm, from now on we're through.

Here is where we have a showdown
I'm too high-hat, you're too low-down
Crazy rhythm, here's goodbye to you!

They say that when a high-brow meets a low-brow
Walking along Broadway
Soon the high-brow he has no brow
Ain't it a shame? And you're to blame!

What's the use of Prohibition?
You produce the same condition,
Crazy rhythm, I've gone crazy too!

I feel like the Emperor Nero when Rome was a very hot town.
Father Knickerbocker, you'll have to forgive me, I play while your city burns down.
Through all its night life I fiddle away,
It's not the right life, but think of the pay!
Some day I will bid it goodbye, I'll put my
fiddle away and I'll say:

Crazy rhythm, here's the doorway
I'll go my way, you'll go your way
Crazy rhythm, from now on we're through.

Here is where we have a showdown
I'm too high-hat, you're too low-down
Crazy rhythm, here's goodbye to you!

They say that when a high-brow meets a low-brow
Walking along Broadway
Soon the high-brow he has no brow
Ain't it a shame? And you're to blame!

What's the use of Prohibition?
You produce the same condition,
Crazy rhythm, I've gone crazy too!

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