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Newspapermen, song lyrics

Song: Newspapermen (Meet Such Interesting People)
Lyrics: Vern Partlow(1)

Music: Vern Partlow(1)
Year: 1947
Genre:
Country: USA


Oh, a newspaperman meets such interesting people,
He knows the low-down, now it can be told.
I'll tell you quite reliably off the record,
About some charming people I have known.
For I meet politicians, and grafters by the score,
Killers plain and fancy, it's really quite a bore.
Oh, a newspaperman meets such interesting people;
He wallows in corruption, crime, and gore.
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(CHORUS:)
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, city desk;
Hold the press, Hold the press;
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
It's a mess, meets the test.
Yes, a newspaperman meets such interesting people.
It's wonderful to represent the press.

You remember Mrs. Sadie Smuggery.
She needed money for a new fur coat.
To get insurance she employed skullduggery.
She up and cut her husband's only throat.
She chopped him into fragments, she stuck them in a trunk.
She shipped them to her uncle back yonder in Podunk.
Oh, a newspaperman meets such interesting people.
It must have startled poor old Sadie's unc.

(CHORUS:)
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, city desk;
Hold the press, Hold the press;
Inside story, good and gory,
It's a mess, meets the test.
Yes, a newspaperman meets such interesting people.
It's wonderful to represent the press.

Yes, a newspaperman meets such interesting people.
I've met the gal with million-dollar knees.
The guy that sat five years upon a steeple;
Just where the point was I could never see.
I've met Capone(3) and Insull(4), and many other fakes.
I've even met a genius who swallows rattlesnakes.
Oh, a newspaperman meets such interesting people.
The richest girl who could not bake a cake.
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(CHORUS:)
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, it's terrific;
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, it's stupendous;
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, it's culousy(sic);
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, it's the nuts.
Hold the press, Hold the press;
Oh, a newspaperman meets such interesting people.
It's wonderful to hear the presses roar.

Now, publishers are such interesting people,
Their policy's an acrobatic thing.
They shout they represent the common people.
It's funny Wall Street(5) never has complained.
But publishers have worries, publishers must go,
To little guys for readers, and to big shots(6) for their dough(7).
Oh, publishers are such interesting people.
It could be press-titution, I don't know.
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(CHORUS:)
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, advertising.
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, circulation.
Get that payoff, keep those readers;
What a headache, what a mess.
Yes, publishers are such interesting people.
Let's give three cheers for freedom of the press.

Now, newspapermen are such interesting people.
They used to work like Hell just for romance,
But finally, the movies notwithstanding,
They all got tired of patches on their pants.
They organized a union, they won a living wage.
They joined progressive actors upon a living stage.
Now newspapermen meet real interesting people,
Who know they've got a people's fight to wage.

(CHORUS:)
Ting-a-ling-a-ling, Newspaper Guild,
We got a free new world to build;
Meet the people, that's a thrill,
All together, fits the bill.
Oh a newspaperman meets real interesting people.
It's wonderful to represent the Guild.


Notes:

1 - Vern Partlow information from Wikipedia

2 - Recorded in the following year by Pete Seeger.

3 - Al Capone

4 - Samuel Insull

5 - Wall Street, the New York area that is the center of high finance and wealth.

6 - "Big shots" is slang for rich people.

7 - "Dough" is slang for money.