Royal Garden Blues

1919© Music and Lyrics by Clarence Spencer and William Spencer

Clarence Williams *  Plaquemine, La Oct 8, 1893
† New York City, NY Nov 6, 1965
Spencer Williams  *  New Orleans, La Oct 14,1889
† New York City, NY Jul 14, 1965

Royal Garden Blues was recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New York, May 25, 1921. The Royal Garden Cafe was the legendary South Side Chicago dance hall at 459 East 31st Street where Bix Beiderbecke came with his Whiteman Band buddies to listen in awe to King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Oliver played from 1919 to 1924 (with time out for a trip to the West Coast).

Later in 1921 the Cafe was renamed in Lincoln Gardens

No use of talkin’no use of talkin
Ýou’ll start in dog-walkin’ no matter where.
There’s Jazz-copation blues modulation,
Just like a Haitian you’ll rip and tear.
Most everybody likes the blues

Here’s why I’m ravin’, here’s why I’m ravin’
If it’s blues you are cravin’ just come on down
You’ll hear ’em playin’, you’ll hear ’em playin’
Soon you’ll be sayin’, “Hon jazz me ’round”
Because your feet they can’t refuse.
What’s that familiar strain
That true blue note refrain
It’s drivin’ me insane;
Can’t keep still,
Tho it’s against my will;
I’m on my P’s and Q’s
I just can’t refuse.
There goes that melody,
It sounds so good to me,
And I am up a tree;
It’s a shame,
You don’t know the name;
It’s a brand new blues,
The Royal Garden Blues.
Everybody Grab somebody
And start jazzing ’round
Hon don’t you hear that trombone moan?,
Just listen to that saxophone.
Gee, hear that clarinet and flute,
Cornet jazzin’ with a mute,
Makes me just throw myself away,
When I hear ’em play.
That weepin’ melancholy strain,
Say, but it’s soothing to the brain;
Just wanna get right up and dance,
Don’t care I’ll take most any chance;
No other blues I’d care to choose,
But Royal Garden Blues.