Dapper Dan

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Albert Von Tilzer (music) & Lew Brown (lyrics)
First performed by Eddie Cantor, as part of the minstrel-style “Midnight Rounders” revue. Cantor’s other hits included My Baby Just Cares For Me and Makin’ Whoopee. We added a new verse in the spirit of Brown’s original lyrics – we hope he’d be proud.

lyrics

Dapper Dan was a pullman porter man on a train way down in dixie,
And everyone knew Dapper Dan, knew him as a ladies man.
Dan never cared to settle down, he had a girl in every town,
And on the train each day, you could hear young Daniel say:

If I lose my girl in Tenessee, that won't bother me,
Cos I got another honey lamb waiting for me down in Alabam.
And if I lose my girl in Alabam, I ain't gonna get sore,
Cos I got another girl in Georgia that I'm just waiting for.
And if I lose my girl in Georgia, I ain't gonna pine,
Cos I got another honey waiting down in Caroline.
Now I ain't handsome and I ain't sweet but I got a brand of lovin' that just can't be beat,
I'm a ladies man from dear ol' Dixieland.

He got a cutie pie in Collingwood, a honey in Brunny east,
And another in the CBD, near the corner of Latrobe and Queen.
He got a pretty gal in Clifton Hill, a doll in Albert Park,
And he met another one in Richmond, on Swan Street after dark.
But when he takes her walkin' down Brunswick Street Fitzroy,
And he sees another of his ladies, sayin' 'who's that with my boy?'
Well I ain't clever, but I don't know if he shoulda had all of them on the go,
He's a ladies man, he's Melbourne's Dapper Dan.

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from Enjoy Responsibly, released February 25, 2012

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