My Handy Man

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James P. Johnson

James P. Johnson (James Price Johnson, also known as Jimmy Johnson; February 1, 1894 – November 17, 1955) was an American pianist and composer. A pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, he along with Jelly Roll Morton, were arguably the two most important pianists who bridged the ragtime and jazz eras, and the two most important catalysts in the evolution of ragtime piano into jazz. As such, he was a model for Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum and his more famous pupil, Fats Waller. Johnson composed many hit tunes including the theme song of the Roaring Twenties, "Charleston" and "If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight" and remained the acknowledged king of New York jazz pianists until he was dethroned c. 1933 by the recently arrived Art Tatum, who i… more »


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Whoever said a good man was hard to find, 
Positively, absolutely sure was blind; 
I found the best that ever was, 
Here's just some of the things he does: 
He shakes my ashes, greases my griddle, 
Churns my butter, strokes my fiddle; 
My man is such a handy man! 
He threads my needle, creams my wheat, 
Heats my heater, chops my meat; 
My man is such a handy man! 
Don't care if you believe or not, 
He sure is good to have around; 
Why, when my furnace gets too hot, 
He's right there to turn my damper down! 
For everything he's got a scheme; 
You ought to see his new starter that he uses on my machine; 
My man is such a handy man! 
He flaps my flapjacks, cleans off the table, He feeds the horses in my stable; My man is such a handy man! 
He's God's gift! 
Sometimes he's up long before dawn, 
Busy trimming the rough edges off my lawn; 
Oooh, you can't get away from it! He's such a handy man! 
Never has a single thing to say, 
While he's working hard; 
I wish that you could see the way 
He handles my front yard! 
My ice don't get a chance to melt away, 
He sees that I get that old fresh piece every day; 
Lord, that man sure is such a handy man

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