“Cincinnati”: Neither North nor South nor East nor West

“Cincinnati” appears to be the B-side of a Decca 78 that was recorded by Martha Davis & Her Torrid Trio on December 9, 1947 in Hollywood, USA:

Martha Davis not only sang well but played the piano masterfully, as demonstrated on this classic clip for “Martha’s Boogie.”

Martha Davis

“Cincinnati” was written by songwriting duo, Jay Livingston (music) & Ray Evans (lyrics) – a musical partnership known for its work in film, as well as TV – including the themes to “Mr. Ed” and “Bonanza”.

It ain’t south, it ain’t north; but it’s my July Fourth;

It’s a joy, it’s a whirl; for a boy and a girl;

I mean Cincinnati, that everloving town;

Cincinnati, Ohio – that’s the city for my door;

It ain’t east, it ain’t west; but it treats you the best;

It ain’t high, it ain’t low; but, oh my, what a show;

I’ll get there by plane, train, caboose, or canoe;

Cincinnati – coming home to you;

I left my heart on the old Ohio – and there it waits for me;

Get out that firehouse band and shout all over the land –

Here I come a-humming right home to you.

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