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Ten Cents A Dance, song lyrics

Song: Ten Cents A Dance
Lyrics: Lorenz Hart(1)

Music: Richard Rodgers(2)
Year: 1930(3)
Genre: Musical Theatre (Broadway)
Country: USA


I work at the Palace Ballroom,
But, gee that Palace is cheap;
When I get back to my chilly hall room,
I'm much to tired to sleep.
I'm one of those lady teachers,
A beautiful hostess, you know,
The kind the Palace features,
At exactly a dime a throw.

(CHORUS:)
Ten cents a dance,
That's what they pay me,
Gosh, how they weigh me down!
Ten cents a dance,
Pansies and rough guys,
Tough guys who tear my gown!
Seven to midnight I hear drums;
Loudly the saxophone blows.
Trumpets are tearing my eardrums.
Customers crush my toes.
Sometimes I think,
I've found my hero,
But it's a queer romance.
All that you need is a ticket,
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance.
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Fighters and sailors and bowlegged tailors,
can pay for their ticket and rent me!
Butchers and barbers and rats from the harbors,
Are sweethearts my good luck has send me.
Though I've a chorus of elderly beaux,
Stockings are porous with holes in the toes.
I'm here till closing time.
Dance and be merry, it's only a dime.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - Lorenz Hart biography from Songwriters Hall of Fame, and more from the PBS, Broadway The American Musical, bio on Lorenz Hart.

2 - Richard Rodgers biography from Songwriters Hall of Fame, and more from the PBS, Broadway The American Musical, bio on Richard Rodgers.

3 - Transcribed June 2012, from the 4 March, 1930 Columbia recording (2146D) sung by Ruth Etting.

4 - American History in Song: Lyrics from 1900 to 1945, by Diane Holloway, p.279