Washington Waddle

Words & Music:

Theodore Morse


I love finding out the story of tunes I learned as a "children's song".  This was a popular song written in 1911 (I think!) and was used in the 1927 movie "The Police Quartette".  I have always sung it a capella (here is an .mp3), but have sussed out the chords for you.


C                                         G7      C

Let's all go down to Washington, D.C.  Ba-dum, ba-dum.

C                                                       G7      C

That's where they play the sweetest ragtime melody.  Ba-dum, ba-dum.


Let's all begin with lesson number one.

C                                      G7     C

And you waddle and you waddle 'til the day is done.



It's the Washington Waddle, get the tune in your noddle.

G                  G7

Let your feet have fun!

G    D7 G7  C

Come on and waddle with me, my honey, waddle with me


Like a ragtime ship on a ragtime sea.



G    D7 G7  C

Come on and waddle with me.

C  G7       C

Ba-dum.  Ba-dum.  [Pah!]



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