That Shakespeherian Rag -
It's so elegant
So intelligent

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius


That Mysterious Rag is a 1911 song that was parodied in the 1912 Ziegfeld Follies as ‘That Shakespearian Rag’ by Gene Buck, Harry Ruby, and Dave Stamper, which is parodied here once more.

The original lines Eliot paraphrases read:

That Shakespearian rag
Most intelligent, very elegant

The rest of the lyrics are as follows:

That old classical drag
Has the proper stuff
The line, “Lay on MacDuff”
Desdemona was the pampered pet
Romeo loves his Juliet
And they were some lovers
You can bet, and yet
I know if they were here today
They’d Grizzly Bear in a different way
And you’d hear old Hamlet say
“To be or not to be”
That Shakesperian rag…

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