The Real American Folk Song (Is A Rag)
Words:Ira Gershwin
Music:George Gershwin
Performed By:  Ella Fitzgerald
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Track Title:               The Real American Folk Song

Album Title:               George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, disc 10
Prime Artist:              Ella Fitzgerald
Arranger:                  Nelson Riddle
Lyrics by:                 Ira Gershwin     (b. Israel Gershvin)

Music by:                  George Gershwin     (b. Jacob Gershvin)
Producer:                  Norman Granz
Orchestra:                 Nelson Riddle

Transcribed by Todd Peach (todd@thepeaches.com)

Lyrics:


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 gay
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 classic 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 masses coaxed on, is a rag

(instrumental)

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 classic 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
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