Lyrics

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

You know, I’ve always wanted to know more about music as it was before Rock and Roll. Before Boney M, ABBA, Elvis or even Chuck Berry.

Was there really no good music before them?

Can’s really say, but there happen to be some bright singles.
The Red Foley version of the Chattanoogie shoe shine boy is certainly one of them.

The hoppety hippety hops and hand claps that form an important part of this music makes it an excellent single. There is even a Wikipedia article on this song here .

Here are the lyrics

Lyrics to the Chattanoogie shoe shine boy

Have you ever passed the corner of Forth and Grand
Where a little ball o’rhythm has a shoe shine stand
People gather ’round and they clap their hands
He’s a great big bundle o’joy
He pops the boogie woogie rag
The Chattanoogie shoe shine boy

He charges you a nickel just to shine one shoe
He makes the oldest kind o’leather look like new
You feel as though you wanna dance when he gets through
He’s a great big bundle o’ joy
He pops the boogie woogie rag
The Chattanoogie shoe shine boy

It’s a wonder that the rag don’t tear
The way he makes it pop
You ought to see him fan the air
With his hoppity-hippity-hippity
Hoppity-hoppity-hippity-hop

He opens up for business when the clock strikes nine
He likes to get up early when they’re feelin’ fine
Everybody gets a little rise ‘n shine
With the great big bundle o’joy
He pops the boogie woogie rag
The Chattanoogie shoe shine boy

It’s a wonder that the rag don’t tear
The way he makes it pop
Just listen to him fan the air
Here goes

He opens up for business when the clock strikes nine
He likes to get up early when they’re feelin’ fine
Everybody gets a little rise ‘n shine
With the great big bundle o’joy
He pops the boogie woogie rag
The Chattanoogie shoe shine boy

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