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SWEET SIXTEEN . American, Song Air and Country Rag (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song "Sweet Sixteen", based on a ragtime chord progression, was recorded in New York in January, 1930, by wikipedia:Charlie Poole (1892-1931) and the North Carolina Ramblers (for this recording, Charlie Poole, vocals & banjo; Odell Smith, fiddle; Roy Harvey, guitar). The words go:
I had a Jane a long time ago, she was a sugar plum,
I loved her well but it's sad to tell, she'd chew her chewing gum;
There was no laws to stop her jaws which worked like a machine,
What could I do? So I let her chew, when she was sweet sixteen.
She chewed all day, chewed all night, that was going some,
She hardly stopped to chew her meals, she was so fond of gum;
She chewed and chawed, chawed and chewed, and her brand was wintergreen,
And while I wooed, this girl she chewed, when she was sweet sixteen.
She had a way so cute and gay of sticking gum around,
Down on the chairs or on the stairs those wads of gum was found;
I often cussed because they mussed my passing plod unseen,
I had great luck in getting stuck on this day was sweet sixteen.
Some days have passed since I stuck fast to that sweetheart of mine,
And now and then you'll find again a wad of gum divine;
I had a mat on which I sat and called her my colleen,
It's stuck to me and so has she since the day she was sixteen.