Gather roun' 'n hear my story 'Bout the time when Jelly Roll was in town He heard a local pianist
Stompin' out music on an old upright piano that was downright ragged in a Scott Joplin way Ol' Jelly knew the fella could play by the things he heard his right hand say (There was no doubtin' that the man could swing) When Jelly Roll demanded his name well, the man responded "Porter King" Well, Jelly left the city, but he wrote a rompin' ditty about the Porter who was "King Of The Stomp" Jelly wrote a ditty 'bout a fella who could romp This is the tune - "King Porter Stomp" When Porter's stridin' hands are flyin' An' all his fingers are testifyin' His two feet stompin' in ragged time That's a feelin' that is so sublime - Y' dig it? He's generatin' so much excitement Y' keep forgettin' just what uptight meant N' that's that fella named Porter King His style's the essence o' Swing When Jelly first heard Porter King He declared he heard the very heart an' soul of swing A certain ragged kind o' romp In between a jump and a stomp When Jelly heard, well, he really knew Because he played too That Porter was a King, really n' truly a stone king Another thing, somethin' never heard of "Somethin' else" is the sort o' phrase A fella'd prob'ly have t'use If'e was gonna describe The way Porter plays There never was - an never's gonna be Another strider fine as he I know no other ear will ever hear another like it here. Hey!!! Stop that!!! That stomp knocked me outta my hat! Who's that abusin' piano? Tell me his name, because he's boun' f' fame 'N how'd he figure such rhythm? Did he bring it here with 'im? What kinda cat is King Porter? Plinkin' an' plunkin' that romp he calls a stomp. Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp Just keep on ballin' till we start fallin' right through the floor It's so natch'ral You want more? Come - git it! Porter - he's the King! He knows how to stomp an' swing, That's King Porter Master of how to stomp Who's the absolute Master of Stomp? King Porter! The rollicking Rajah of Romp? King Porter! The plinkin'est plunker this side o' the border? Who? Except King Porter Who is the King of the Keys? King Porter! An' constantly able to please? King Porter! An' who tickles ivories like nobody livin'? That's King Porter! He's the man! Unloosen yo' shoes (Unloosen yo' shoes) Start payin' them dues (Start payin' them dues) Git shed o' them blues Git shed o' them - dang them blues! You don't shed 'em, you lose Spend a quarter! (Spend a quarter) Give the order! (Give the order) Mr. Porter - Mister Barrellhouse man git t' stompin' Make 'em git hot - git 'em rompin The got t' dig King Porter Stomp!
Writer(s): HENDRICKS JON, MORTON FERDINAND JOSEPH