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Ten Cents a Dance

This song is by Deborah Holland and appears on the album The Panic Is On: Songs From the Great Depression (1997).

This song is a cover of "Ten Cents A Dance" by Ruth Etting.
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Ten Cents a Dance
Ten cents a dance
That's what they pay me
Gosh, how they weigh me down

Ten cents a dance
Pansies and rough guys
Tough guys who tear my gown

Seven to midnight I hear drums
Loudly the saxophone blows
Trumpets are tearing my eardrums
Customers crush my toes

Sometimes I think
I've found my hero
But it's a queer romance
All that you need is a ticket
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance

Fighters and sailors and bowlegged tailors
Can pay for their tickets and rent me
Butchers and barbers and rats from the harbors
Are sweethearts my good luck has sent me
Though I've a chorus of elderly beaus
Stockings are porous with holes at the toes
I'm here till closing time
Dance and be merry
It's only a dime

Sometime I think
I've found my hero
But it's a queer romance
All that you need is a ticket
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance

Music by:

Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by:

Lorenz Hart Wikipedia16