Don't Put Me Off At Buffalo Anymore
DESCRIPTION: "To see the Pan American I went to Buffalo." "I'd sooner visit some department store." "I'd see more sights on a Sunday night on the beach at Coney Isle." And besides that he is cheated and over-charged at every turn.
AUTHOR: William Jerome (see Notes)
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA-Leach)
KEYWORDS: travel abuse ordeal
1901 - The Pan American Exposition held in Buffalo (where, although it is not mentioned in this song, William McKinley was shot)
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
unknown singer, "Don't Put Me Off At Buffalo Anymore" (on MUNFLA-Leach)
NOTES [205 words]: Article The Pan-American Exposition Selected Sources in the Grosvenor Room is a PDF accessed 11 Aug 2018 at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library site https://www.buffalolib.org/sites/default/files/pdf/genealogy/subject-guides/Pan-Am.pdf. On page 15 it has two relevant sheet music references:
"Put Me Off at Buffalo. Comic Song and Refrain. Lyrics by Harry Dillon. New York: M. Witmar & Sons, 1895. On cover: 'The souvenir song of the Exposition' and 'The one and only Buffalo song'"
"Don't Put Me Off At Buffalo Anymore. lyrics by William Jerome. New York: Shapiro, Bernstein & Von Tilzer, 1901."
"Don't Put Me Off At Bufalo" is not a parody or continuation of the older song, but is an "answer" song. In "Put Me Off..." the singer takes a sleeper at Albany and asks the porter to wake him at Buffalo, where his wife is waiting with a rig. The porter gets drunk, tries to wake the wrong man, and the singer finally wakes when the train pulls into Cleveland. In "Don't Put Me Off..." the singer can think of no good reason to get off at Buffalo while the Exposition is there. For the text of "Put Me Off At Buffalo" see The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection at http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/058/147 . - BS
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