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Sing Me a Song of Social Significance

Song: Sing Me a Song of Social Significance
Lyrics: Harold Rome(1)
Music: Harold Rome(1)
Year: 1937(3)
Genre: Musical Theatre
Country: USA


I'm tired of moon-songs, of star and of June songs,
They simply make me nap
And ditties romantic drive me nearly frantic
I think they're all full of pap

History's making, nations are quaking
Why sing of stars above
For while we are waiting father time's creating
New things to be singing of

Sing me a song with social significance
All other tunes are taboo
I want a ditty with heat in it,
Appealing with feeling and meat in it!
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Sing me a song with social significance
Or you can sing 'til you're blue
Let meaning shine from ev'ry line
Or I won't love you

Sing me of wars and sing me of breadlines
Tell me of front page news
Sing me of strikes and last minute headlines
Dress your observation in syncopation!
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Sing me a song with social significance
There's nothing else that will do
It must get hot with what is what
Or I won't love you.

I want a song that's satirical
And putting the mere into miracle
It must be packed with social fact
or I won't love you

Sing me of kings and conf'rences martial
Tell me of mills and mines
Sing me of courts that aren't impartial
What's to be done with 'em; tell me in rhythm

Sing me a song with social significance
there's nothing else that will do
It must be tense with common sense
Or I won't love you.


Notes:

1 - American History in Song: Lyrics from 1900 to 1945, by Diane Holloway, p.351.

2 - This was from Harold Rome's musical Pins And Needles, featuring members of the International Ladies' Garment Workers (ILGW) union.

3 - While the musical Pins and Needles first opened the 27 November 1937, it was produced in June of 1936.