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# Title Principal Artiste Composers Lyricist / Date written Place Date recorded Matrix Label&cat.no. Additional Information
458 Twentieth Century Blues New Mayfair Novelty Orchestra Noel Coward w/m `31 London November 14, 1931 OB-2231-2 HMV B-4001,French HMV K-6979, Victor 24090, Electrola EG-2930 Max Goldberg (trumpet); Laurie Payne (clarinet and baritone saxophone); Ray Noble and Harry Jacobson (pianos); Ben Thomas (guitar); Jack Evetts (string bass); Al Bowlly (vocal/guitar). Small Queen’s Hall, London, November 14, 1931.
Twentieth Century Blues

Twentieth Century Blues


(Noel Coward)

New Mayfair Novelty Orchestra

Blues
Twentieth century blues
Are getting me down.
Blues
Escape those weary
Twentieth century blues

Why
If there's a God in the sky
Why shouldn't He grin
Up High
Above this dreary
Twentieth century din

In this strange illusion
Chaos and confusion
People seem to lose their way
What is there to strive for
Love or keep alive for
Say, 'Hey, hey!
Call it a day

Blues
Nothing to win or to lose
It's getting me down
Blues
Escape those weary
Twentieth century blues