Swing 'round and let her flicker

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Swing 'round and let her flicker
Additional title: Come ladies, come gen'lmen, and all you fellow citizens. [first line of song]
Additional title: Swing around and let her flicker, can't fool dis peski nigger. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Swinger arounder rounder anda leter reter flicker ricker. [first line of chorus]
Wade, T. Addison (Singer)
Dietz, Carl P. (Composer)
Dietz, Carl P. (Lyricist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: Milwaukee
Publisher: Joseph Flanner
Library locations
Music Division
Dance -- 1890-1899
African Americans
Sheet music
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by T. Addison Wade, character song impersonator. Cover includes photograph of T. Addison Wade.
Content: On cover: The first and only original song published in "scrap iron time." Chorus includes alternative text whose scansion is continuous eighth notes.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language, An African American encourages attendance at the night's festival; he warns against violence for people to stay away from Ophelia Noonin' for she is his girlfriend; the chorus describes the frenzy during dancing.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Carl P. Dietz.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ab99ae50-c595-012f-cb40-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Swing 'round and let her flicker" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef99-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Swing 'round and let her flicker" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 25, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef99-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899 - 1899). Swing 'round and let her flicker Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef99-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Swing 'round and let her flicker