Sedalia Ragtime Archive Project
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For...there Once Was A Man
Who Heard Music in the Air…
no others could hear it, but to him it was there
all around him, and in him
he wanted to share.
For the music he heard
could be defined in two words:
bodacious, a third.
and all of their music was in his head too.
with this music he heard?
Viennese waltzes, and bold polonaises,
and hymns that inspired
and liturgical chantings o’er Italian Bel cantos.
There was Fugue and Sonata,
wailing songs of their days
of cruel subjugation
decided to blend it to what he preferred;
a creation, sensation,
t’was almost absurd.
But then he disclosed
and tapped everyone’s toes.
was new and exciting, such a bright innovation.
that he started to brag on his “Maple Leaf Rag”
till everyone noticed his latest creation.
Some joyfully exclaimed,
him fortune and honor and national fame”.
So, let it be known throughout this far land
--Larry Melton 1-2016