Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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Those Battles of Music
... It was about that time, in 1904, that they announced the piano-playing contest at the World's Fair in St. Louis. I was a half-hand bigshot on the piano around Mobile and the girls were willing to finance my trip. I had decided to go until I heard that Tony Jackson was going to appear at the contest. Of course, that kind of frightened me and so I stayed in Ala­bama. Later on I heard that Tony Jackson hadn't gone and that Alfred Wilson had won, which disgusted me, because I knew I could have taken Alfred Wilson, So I kept on traveling around the different little spots, singing my new tune . . .
Tm Alabama bound,
Alabama bound, If the train dont run, got a mule to ride,
Just Alabama bound.
Well, that rooster crowed,
And the hen run around, "If you want my love, sweet babe, Youve got to run me down. . . "
Td play it and the girls would do the high lacks and say, "My, my, play that thing, boy." And I'd say, "Well, I'll cer­tainly do it, little old girl." That's the way we used to act down in Mobile around St. Louis and Warren, part of the famous corner. I will never forget that place because if it hadn't been for some of my piano-playing friends, one of those guys would have knifed me right in the back. I had cleaned him playing 120