Listen to this clown up front
Which war he says
In those days I was singing for the James band
now let me tell you that man was a gentleman
the trumpet voice of sweet swing
He signed me in June 39 to a one-year contract
75 bucks a week
a lot of lettuce in those days.
In December I had the chance
to join the Dorsey Band and he released me
from the contract he didn’t want a dime
not a single solitary dime
he tore it up on the spot
unlike some bandleaders I could name
who think they own you
nobody owns me
you hear what I’m saying, Tommy?
OK Charlie key of E-flat
“I took one look at you
That’s all I meant to do”
And then my heart stood still.