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Taco – Puttin On The Ritz lyrics



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    Surprisingly, the original lyrics were changed to these as the old original lyrics had racial overtones to them. They were actually about watching the blacks of early harlem (when it was a very nice place) get all decked out and go mingle with rich folks on lennox avenue. You can google the original lyrics and see them. While it is a sad commentary of the prejudice of those days we must remember that it was not viewed quite as offensively as it would be today and good or bad, it is now a part of our music history. Thankfully, we've come a long way. You can see a 1930 ish YouTube video of harry richman doing a stage number with the original lyrics. Just search YouTube for "harry richman - puttin on the ritz" and it'll come right up.
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