When Francis Dances With Me (1921)

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  • Piano: Free
  • Number of Pages: 2
  • Skill Level: Moderate
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This is the piece that started it all. I purchased a copy at an antique store in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, even though the first two measures on the last system of the piece were torn away. Deducing their contents from the introduction, I decided to prepare a new edition so that I could play from it rather than the original. In doing this, I found there were a couple of places where the harmony didn't seem quite right, but who was I to judge? In any event, once I had made one new edition, I soon found excuses to make more.

Less than a year later, I found the Feist Dance Folio edition of the piece for solo piano, and discovered that my intuition had been correct: the two spots that seemed wrong were indeed something different in the piano solo version. So here you will find, for the first time, a piano/vocal edition that reflects the correct accompaniment. I have also corrected an obvious error in the piano solo edition.

Piano/Vocal Corrections
Page 1, 2nd system, 5th measure, beat 3, right hand: natural sign missing on F in original. Correction based on Dance Folio edition.
Page 1, 4th system, 1st measure, beat 3, right hand: chord is G-sharp below staff, D on first space below staff, and E as written, in original. Correction based on Dance Folio edition.

Piano Solo Corrections
Page 1, 4th system, last measure, left hand: top note is D (middle of staff) in original. Correction based on song edition.

Lyrics

Katie O’ Connor from Tenth Avenue,
was dancing with Francis her beau,
And after they finished a Lounge Lizard said,
“Will you dance with me ’fore you go?”
But Kate said, “If I’m gonna dance,
There’s only one guy stands a chance.”

“When Francis dances with me, Hully Gee,
I’m as gay as can be,
He takes me to dances ’cause that’s what I love,
I fit in his arms like a motorman’s glove,
Oh, the Bow’ry, the Bow’ry,
we don’t go there any more,
He wears a Tuxedo and Gee, how it fits,
He looks like the Headwaiter up at the Ritz,
and I wears a gown that’s got twenty-eight slits,
When Francis dances with me.”

Katie says “Sometimes I’m lonesome and blue,
and sometimes my head starts to ache,
And sometimes my corns pop or I catch a cold,
I feel like my back wants to break.
And if I should fall on my ear,
The pain sure would soon disappear.”

“When Francis dances with me, Hully Gee,
I’m as gay as can be,
When we start in waltzing with Heaven I flirt,
He steps on my toes but they don’t seem to hurt,
Oh, the Bow’ry, the Bow’ry, we don’t go there any more,
His hair shines like diamonds, he combs it with fat,
He wears a Palm Beach and a brown derby hat,
now you know a guy can’t look better than that,
When Francis dances with me.”