Ella Fitzgerald - Give It Back to the Indians Lyrics


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Old Peter Minuet had nothing to lose when he bought the isle of Manhattan
For twenty-six dollars and a bottle of booze and they threw in the Bronx and Staten
Pete thought that he had the best of the bargin but the poor red man just grinned,
And he grunted "ugh!" meaning okay in his jargon for he knew poor Pete was skinned.
We`ve tried to run the city....but the city ran away...
And now Peter Minuet
We can`t continue it...

Broadway`s turning into Coney,
Champagne Charlie`s drinking gin,
Old New York is new and phony
Give it back to the Indians!

Two cents more to smoke a Lucky,
Dodging buses keep you thin,
Now New York is simply ducky,
Give it back to the Indians!

Take all the reds, on the boxes made for soap
Whites on Fifth Avenue
Blues down in Wall Street losing hope..
Big bargain today...Chief take it away!

Come you busted city slickers,
Better take it on the chin
Father Nick has lost his knickers
Give it back to the Indians!

Take all the reds, on the boxes made for soap
Whites on Fifth Avenue
Blues down in Wall Street losing hope..
Big bargain today... Chief take it away!

Come you busted city slickers,
Better take it on the chin
Father Nick has lost his knickers
Give it back to the Indians!



Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • 2 You Took Advantage of Me
  • 3 A Ship Without a Sail
  • 4 To Keep My Love Alive
  • 5 Dancing on the Ceiling
  • 6 The Lady Is a Tramp
  • 7 With a Song in My Heart
  • 8 Manhattan
  • 9 Johnny One Note
  • 10 I Wish I Were in Love Again
  • 11 Spring Is Here
  • 12 It Never Entered My Mind
  • 13 This Can't Be Love
  • 14 Thou Swell
  • 15 My Romance
  • 16 Where or When
  • 17 Little Girl Blue
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Give It Back to the Indians
  • 2 Ten Cents a Dance
  • 3 There's a Small Hotel
  • 4 I Didn't Know What Time it Was
  • 5 Everything I've Got
  • 6 I Could Write a Book
  • 7 Blue Room
  • 8 My Funny Valentine
  • 9 Bewitched
  • 10 Mountain Greenery
  • 11 Wait Til You See Her
  • 12 Lover
  • 13 Isn't it Romantic
  • 14 Here in My Arms
  • 15 Blue Moon
  • 16 My Heart Stood Still
  • 17 I've Got Five Dollars