When it's Night Time in Italy
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WHEN IT'S NIGHT TIME IN ITALY. American, English; Polka and Air. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A comic song with music composed in 1923 by James Kendis and words by Lew Brown, used for a polka in the English tradition by melodeon player Bob Cann and others.
When it's Night-time in Italy it's Wednesday over Here.
A Rah-Rah-Rah-Rah college boy threw all his books away.
He said, "I've lost my appetite, my hair is turning grey.
I know my Greek and History, and Latin is a "pie",
But if East is East and West is West, then won't you tell me why
When it's night time in Italy it's Wednesday over here.
When it's fish day in Germany,
You can't get shaved in Massachusetts.
How high is up? I'd like to know.
How low is down? And when will we have snow?
If you bump into Gallager you'll find that Shean is near
When it's night-time in Italy it's Wednesday over here.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 4, p. 16.
Recorded sources: Edison DD 51269-L, Billy Jones. Kertalg Records, Robin Dransfield – “Barclay in France” (1974). Topic Records 12TS275, Bob Cann - "West Country Melodeon" (1975). Topic TSCD 752, Mark Bazeley and Jason Rice – “Stepping Up” (2004). Veteram Records, Mark Bazeley and Jason Rice's – “Moor Music” Victor 19205 (78 RPM), Lou Holtz (1923).
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Hear the Every Brothers 1962 recording of the song on youtube.com