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I always try and find the complete lyrics to any tune I learn - these lyrics were pulled from the Maxine Sullivan recording from 1956, and also from viewing the original sheet music and notes in the Andy Razaf collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, visited in January of 2020.


When the porter yells Massachusetts
I'll be there with bells, Massachusetts
Homesick as can be, Massachusetts
Only place for me, Massachusetts
Got a special date With that New England State

How my heart will knock, Massachusetts
To see Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts
Want to roam around, Massachusetts
In Nantucket town, Massachusetts
I can hardly wait
I hope the train ain't late

You can't guess how much it means for me to be there
Childhood friends and childhood scenes for me to see there

'Neath blue skies above, Massachusetts
With the one I love, Massachusetts
Just like Jack and Jill, Massachusetts
We'll climb Bunker Hill, Massachusetts
Spread the news around
I'm Massachusetts bound

Where they speak with ee's, Massachusetts
Boston if you pleese, Massachusetts
Where they can't say can't, Massachusetts
And where Aunt meets Aunt, Massachusetts
I miss Cambridge where
they have that Harvard air

Home of books and bards
Famous boulevards
Rich in history
heart of liberty
how we love to hear
the tale of Paul Revere

As you walk to Lexington, you think of glory
When those minute men were done, they left a story

Narrow winding streets
That’s where culture meets
Where they bake with pride
Beans are bonafide
spread the news around
I’m Massachusetts bound


from Elise Roth's 2nd Swing EP!, released August 6, 2021


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American chanteuse Elise Roth grew up listening to classic recordings of the vocalists of the Big Band Era. She has spent the past 5 years in the US, singing with 18-piece Big Bands and 1920s Jazz Orchestras. Known for her expressively authentic vocals and her period-perfect appearance, Elise has charmed audiences at various venues stateside, from swing dances to supper clubs to vintage events. ... more

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