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Willie Fitzgibbons who used to sell ribbons,

And stood up all day on his feet,

Grew very spooney on Madeline Mooney,

Who'd rather be dancing than eat.

Each evening she'd tag him, to some dance hall drag him,

And when the band started to play,

She'd up like a silly and grab tired Willie,

Steer him on the floor, and she'd say:

Waltz me around again, Willie;

Around, around, around.

The music is dreamy. It's peaches-and-creamy.

Oh! don't let my feet touch the ground.

I feel like a ship on an ocean of joy.

I just want to holler out loud, "Ship ahoy!"

Oh! waltz me around again, Willie;

Around, around, around.

Willie De Vere was a dry-goods cashier.

At his desk he would sit all the day,

Till his doctor advised him to start exercising,

Or else he would soon fade away.

One night this poor looney met Madeline Mooney.

Fitzgibbons then shouted with joy:

"She's a good health regainer. You've got a great trainer.

Just wait till she hollers, my boy."

Version 1:

Historic Recording in the Public Domain

Audio from Free Music Archive

Date of Recording - Circa1906

Solo Voice - Billy Murray

Vocals - Columbia Quartet

With interludes from Orchestra

Version 2:

Bristol Folk Club

Lead Singer - Andy

Converted from 1980 Cassette

With interludes played on a Concertina

Composer - Ren Shields

Lyricist - Will Cobb

Published - 1906


Waltz me around again Willie. F. A. Mills, New York, 1906. Notated Music. Retrieved from the Library of Congress Item number 00008866

Discography of American Historical Recordings.

"Columbia matrix 3450. Waltz me around again, Willie / Columbia Quartette"


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