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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