Track Title:               Little Rhythm, Go 'Way

Prime Artist:              Unknown
Lyrics by:                 Arthur Francis (pseudonym for Ira Gershwin)
Lyrics by:                 Ira Gershwin     (b. Israel Gershvin)
Music by:                  William Daly

Music by:                  Joseph Meyer
From:                      Unproduced Chopin Show  1923 (S)


I've got a rhythm-a raggedy rhythm-and oh!
I've got it bad.
It's so persistent the day isn't distant, I know,
When I'll go mad.
Enters my room in the morning;
Follows wherever I go.
I'll have to sneak up right on it and speak up
Someday-Here's what I'll say:


Little rhythm, go 'way.
You'll be turning me gray
If you lengthen your stay.
I got up with the sun;
There was work to be done,
But I haven't begun.
Won't you give up your beating,
Heating up my weary brain?
All my senses are blazing
While you're raising Cain.
>From the moment I wake,
Must I quiver and quake
Like a flivver a-shake?
Little rhythm, go 'way!
Little rhythm, come some other day.

(sung as a countermelody to the refrain)

Oh!  Rhythm, slow rhythm,
You made me what I am today.
I hope you're satisfied.
Mad rhythm, bad rhythm,
Why do you follow me this way?
Say, haven't you any pride?
I'm up a tree-Tell me, why
Pick on me?  Passersby
Wink an eye, and they cry,
"Is he dizzy,
Busy bouncing like an old Tin Lizzie?"
Your meter was sweeter once.
All that I do now is moan and sigh,
Crying, "Oh!  Set me free!
Oh!  Please let me be.
Go to someone who's lonely,
Only let me be."

Contributed by Carlene Bogle