Pinwheel of Death

Joe Young


SONGS

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Writers Harry Akst, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1936

Lyrics verse 1:
CAROLINA
GAVE ME DINAH
I'M THE PROUDEST ONE
BENEATH THE DIXIE SUN.
NEWS IS SPREADING
ABOUT A WEDDING,
I HEAR CHURCH BELLS
RINGING.
HERE'S THE SONG
MY HEART KEEPS SINGING:

Chorus:
DINAH,
IS THERE ANYONE FINER
IN THE STATE OF CAROLINA?
IF THERE IS
AND YOU KNOW HER,
SHOW HER TO ME.
DINAH,
WITH HER DIXIE EYES
BLAZIN'
HOW I LOVE TO SIT
AND GAZE IN
TO THE EYES
OF DINAH LEE.

EVERY NIGHT
WHY DO I
SHAKE WITH FRIGHT?
BECAUSE
MY DINAH MIGHT
CHANGE HER MIND
ABOUT ME.

DINAH,
IF SHE WANDERED
TO CHINA,
I WOULD HOP
AN OCEAN LINER,
JUST TO BE
WITH DINAH LEE!

verse 2:
SOME DESIGNER
MODELED DINAH,
HE MUST BE THE ONE
WHO MADE
THE GOLDEN SUN.
HEAVEN BLESS HER,
SHE SAID,
YES, SIR,
ALL DAY LONG
I'M PRAYING,
EVEN IN MY DREAMS
I'M SAYING:

Chorus:
DINAH,
IS THERE ANYONE FINER
IN THE STATE OF CAROLINA?
IF THERE IS
AND YOU KNOW HER,
SHOW HER TO ME.
DINAH,
WITH HER DIXIE EYES
BLAZIN'
HOW I LOVE TO SIT
AND GAZE IN
TO THE EYES
OF DINAH LEE.

EVERY NIGHT
WHY DO I
SHAKE WITH FRIGHT?
BECAUSE
MY DINAH MIGHT
CHANGE HER MIND
ABOUT ME.

DINAH,
IF SHE WANDERED
TO CHINA,
I WOULD HOP
AN OCEAN LINER,
JUST TO BE
WITH DINAH LEE!
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Writers Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1953

Lyrics FIVE FOOT TWO,
EYES OF BLUE,
BUT OH!
WHAT THOSE FIVE FOOT
COULD DO,
HAS ANYBODY
SEEN MY GIRL?
TURNED UP NOSE,
TURNED DOWN HOSE,
NEVER HAD
NO OTHER BEAUS.
HAS ANYBODY
SEEN MY GIRL?
NOW IF YOU RUN INTO
A FIVE FOOT TWO,
COVERED WITH FUR,
DIAMOND RINGS
AND ALL THOSE THINGS,
BETCHA' LIFE
IT ISN'T HER.
BUT COULD SHE LOVE,
COULD SHE WOO?
COULD SHE,
COULD SHE,
COULD SHE COO?
HAS ANYBODY
SEEN MY GIRL?
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Writers Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1944

Lyrics "REUBEN, REUBEN, I'VE BEEN THINKING,"
SAID HIS WIFEY DEAR,
"NOW THAT ALL IS PEACEFUL
AND CALM,
"THE BOYS WILL SOON BE BACK
ON THE FARM."
MISTER REUBEN STARTED WINKING
AND SLOWLY RUBBED HIS CHIN.
HE PULLED HIS CHAIR
UP CLOSE TO MOTHER
AND HE ASKED HER WITH A GRIN:

"HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM BROADWAY,
JAZZIN AROUND
AND PAINTIN' THE TOWN.
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM HARM,
THAT'S A MYSTERY.
THEY'LL NEVER WANT TO SEE A RAKE OR PLOW
AND WHO THE DEUCE CAN PARLEYVOUS A COW?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?"

"RUEBEN, RUEBEN,
YOU'RE MISTAKEN,"
SAID HIS WIFEY DEAR,
"ONCE A FARMER, ALWAYS A JAY
AND FARMERS ALWAYS
STICK TO THE HAY.".
"MOTHER REUBEN, I'M NOT FAKIN',
THO YOU MAY THINK IT STRANGE,
BUT WINE AND WOMEN
PLAY THE MISCHIEF WITH A BOY WHO'S LOOSE WITH CHANGE.

"HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM BROADWAY,
JAZZIN AROUND
AND PAINTIN' THE TOWN.
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM HARM,
THAT'S A MYSTERY.
THEY'LL NEVER WANT TO SEE
A RAKE OR PLOW
AND WHO THE DEUCE
CAN PARLEYVOUS A COW?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?"
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Writers Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1953

Lyrics [verse 1]:
DON'T WANT ANY MILLIONS,
I'M GETTING MY SHARE.
I'VE ONLY GOT ONE SUIT,
THAT'S ALL I CAN WEAR.
A BUNDLE OF MONEY
WON'T MAKE YOU FEEL GAY.
A SWEET LITTLE HONEY
IS MAKING ME SAY:

[Chorus]:
I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.
I'M QUITTING
THE BLUES OF THE WORLD,
JUST SINGING A SONG,
JUST SINGING A SONG.

GLORY HALLELUJAH,
I JUST PHONED THE PARSON,
'HEY, PAR,
GET READY TO CALL.'
JUST LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY,
I'M GOING TO FALL.

I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.

[verse 2]:
SOME PEOPLE HAVE DIAMONDS
AND BEAUTIFUL PEARLS,
WHILE OTHERS HAVE CHILDREN,
JUST KIDDIES WITH CURLS.
KEEP ALL OF YOUR FORTUNES,
KEEP ALL OF YOUR FAME,
I JUST FOUND A SWEETIE
WHO'S CHANGING HER NAME.

[Chorus]:
I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.
I'M QUITTING
THE BLUES OF THE WORLD,
JUST SINGING A SONG,
JUST SINGING A SONG.

GLORY HALLELUJAH,
I JUST PHONED THE PARSON,
'HEY, PAR,
GET READY TO CALL.'
JUST LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY,
I'M GOING TO FALL.
I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.
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Writers Sam M. Lewis, Mabel Wayne, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Pop

Recorded 1955

Lyrics IN A LITTLE SPANISH TOWN,
TWAS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS,
STARS WERE PEEK-A-BOOING DOWN,
TWAS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS.
I WHISPERED, BE TRUE TO ME,
AND SHE SIGHED, SI, SI.
MANY SKIES HAVE TURNED TO GREY
BECAUSE WE'RE FAR APART,
MANY MOONS HAVE PASSED AWAY
AND SHE'S STILL IN MY HEART.
WE MADE A PROMISE
AND SEALED IT WITH A KISS,
IN A LITTLE SPANISH TOWN,
TWAS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS.
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Writers Ted Fiorito, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1959

Lyrics LIFE IS A PLAY
AND WE ALL PLAY A PART,
THE LOVER, THE DREAMER,
THE CLOWN.
THE DREAMER AND LOVER
ARE ALWAYS IN TEARS,
THE CLOWN
SPREADS SUNSHINE AROUND.
THE LIFE WITH A SMILE
IS THE LIFE WORTHWHILE,
THE CLOWN
TILL THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN.

EVEN THOUGH
YOU'RE ONLY MAKE BELIEVING,
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
EVEN THOUGH
SOMETHING INSIDE IS GRIEVING,
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
DON'T LET YOUR HEART GROW
TOO MELLOW,
JUST BE A REAL PUNCHINELLO, FELLOW.
YOU'RE SUPPOSED
TO BRIGHTEN UP A PLACE
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
PAINT A LOT OF SMILES
AROUND YOUR FACE
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, DON'T FROWN.
DRESSED IN YOUR BEST
COLORED HUMOR,
BE A PALLIETTO
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
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Writers Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Ballad, Family

Recorded 1947

Lyrics MAMMY, MAMMY,
THE SUN SHINES EAST,
THE SUN SHINES WEST,
BUT I'VE JUST LEARNED
WHERE THE SUN SHINES BEST.
MAMMY, MAMMY,
MY HEARTSTRINGS
ARE TANGLED AROUND ALABAMY.
I'SE A-COMIN',
SORRY THAT I MADE YOU WAIT,
I'SE A-COMIN',
HOPE AND PRAY
I'M NOT TOO LATE,
MAMMY, MAMMY,
I'D WALK A MILLION MILES
FOR ONE OF YOUR SMILES,
MY MAMMY.
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Alt. Title Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody

Writers Sam M. Lewis, Jean Schwartz, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1946

Lyrics verse 1:
MAMMY MINE,
YOUR LITTLE ROLLING STONE
THAT ROLLED AWAY,
STROLLED AWAY.
MAMMY MINE,
YOUR ROLLING STONE
IS ROLLING HOME TODAY,
THERE TO STAY.
JUST TO SEE YOUR SMILING FACE,
SMILE A WELCOME SIGN.
WHEN I'M IN
YOUR FOND EMBRACE,
LISTEN, MAMMY MINE:

Chorus:
ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.
WHEN YOU CROON,
CROON A TUNE
FROM THE HEART OF DIXIE.
JUST HANG MY CRADLE,
MAMMY MINE,
RIGHT ON
THAT MASON-DIXON LINE,
AND SWING IT
FROM VIRGINIA
TO TENNESSEE
WITH ALL THE LOVE
THAT'S IN YA.
WEEP NO MORE,
MY LADY,
SING THAT SONG
AGAIN FOR ME
AND OLD BLACK JOE,
JUST AS THOUGH
YOU HAD ME
ON YOUR KNEE.
A MILLION BABY KISSES
I'LL DELIVER
THE MINUTE THAT YOU SING
THAT SWANEE RIVER.
ROCK-A-BYE
YOUR ROCKABYE BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.

verse 2:
ANY TIME
I HEAR A MAMMY
SING HER BABE TO SLEEP
SLUMBER DEEP.
THAT'S THE TIME
THE SHADOWS AROUND MY HEART
BEGIN TO CREEP,
AND I WEEP.
WONDER WHY
I WENT AWAY,
WHAT A FOOL I'VE BEEN,
TAKE ME BACK
TO YESTERDAY,
IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN.

Chorus:
ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.
WHEN YOU CROON,
CROON A TUNE
FROM THE HEART OF DIXIE.
JUST HANG MY CRADLE,
MAMMY MINE,
RIGHT ON
THAT MASON-DIXON LINE,
AND SWING IT
FROM VIRGINIA
TO TENNESSEE
WITH ALL THE LOVE
THAT'S IN YA.
WEEP NO MORE,
MY LADY,
SING THAT SONG
AGAIN FOR ME
AND OLD BLACK JOE,
JUST AS THOUGH
YOU HAD ME
ON YOUR KNEE.
A MILLION BABY KISSES
I'LL DELIVER
THE MINUTE
THAT YOU SING
THAT SWANEE RIVER.
ROCK-A-BYE
YOUR ROCKABYE BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.
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Writers Mort Dixon, Harry Warren, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Ballad, Seasons

Recorded 1993

Lyrics YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING
UNDERNEATH THE SUN,
YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING
ROLLED UP INTO ONE.
YOU'RE MY ONLY DREAM,
MY ONLY REAL REALITY.
YOU'RE MY IDEA
OF A PERFECT PERSONALITY.
YOU'RE MY EVERYTHING,
EVERYTHING I NEED,
YOU'RE THE SONG I SING
AND THE BOOK I READ.
YOU ARE WAY BEYOND BELIEF,
AND JUST TO MAKE IT BRIEF,
YOU'RE MY WINTER,
SUMMER,
SPRING,
MY EVERYTHING.