Ladies and Gentlemen step right up!
Come to town, oh honey, come to town! Have you forgotten that it’s Circus day in Dixie?
Try getting through Albert Gumble’s famous patriotic tune of the twentieth century without humming along. Circus day in Dixie is representative of a generation eager to find independence. Gumble found his inspiration from his own experiences growing up during a century with major political, societal, and cultural shifts. Persistent to find an ensemble worthy of his song, in 1909 the American Quartet which included “first tenor John Bieling; second tenor Billy Murray; baritone Steve Porter; and bass William F. Hooley” (Gracyk) recorded the tune, bringing a smile to a country following the Reconstruction Era.
Circus Day in Dixie tells of a special day that occurs once a year, a time to let loose from the chaos of life. A time to “hear the music sweet”, “the clowns who wear the funniest clothes”, and see the ”Turkish dancin’ show”.
Now ladies and gentlemen, – the circus is here – remember to “Enjoy yourself!” “Let me see you smile!”.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls:
Come to town, oh honey, come to town
Have you forgotten that it’s Circus day in Dixie?
Sometimes when life gets tough we need to take a step back and enjoy what’s around us. Albert Gumble’s, Circus Day in Dixie was the best thing to happen to a struggling society post reconstruction. In 1909, the established, American Quartet which included “first tenor John Bieling; second tenor Billy Murray; baritone Steve Porter; and bass William F. Hooley” (Gracyk) graced the Edison cylinder archive with their recording of Circus Day in Dixie.
“First let’s see the big menagerie
Follow the crowd this way to see the main attraction
Step right in, they’re ready to begin
Let’s go down, we’d better hurry down.
Where the crowd is cheerin’, that parade is nearin’
Hear the music sweet
That’s for the dancers who don’t move their feet”
Now ladies and gentlment, boys and girls!
Don’t be the last to arrive, you better hurry!