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Title
I'm the man that wrote Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay
Additional title: For more than twenty years I've trod the stage, That's before Farce Comedy became the rage; But believe me when I say, I never knew a lucky day, Until I wrote Ta ra ra, Boom de ay. [first line]
Additional title: I'm the man that wrote Ta ra ra, Boom de ay, It has been sung in ev'ry language night and day; I wrote it in a garret while out with Booth and Barrett, I'm the man that wrote Ta ra ra, Boom de ay. [first line of chorus]
Names
Thornton, James (1861-1938) (Composer)
Thornton, James (1861-1938) (Lyricist)
Loraine, William, 1869- (Arranger)
Murphy, P. J. (Dedicatee)
Collection

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1892

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1892
Place: New York
Publisher: Frank Harding
Library locations
Music Division
Topics
Songs
Composers
Fame
Novelty songs
Genres
Scores
Notes
Statement of responsibility: written and composed by James Thornton ; arranged by William Loraine.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Languages
English
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 06beb750-c58e-012f-f569-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1861: Creator Born
  • 1892: Issued
  • 1938: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "I'm the man that wrote Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1892. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f37d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "I'm the man that wrote Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 26, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f37d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1892). I'm the man that wrote Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-f37d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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I'm the man that wrote Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay