Hello! Ma Baby

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Music and Lyrics by Joseph E. Howard and Ida Emerson

VERSE 1

     F 
I've got a little baby, but she's out of sight,

                             C7 
I talk to her across the telephone;

I've never seen my honey but she's mine, all right;

                                    F 
So take my tip, an' leave this gal alone.

Ev'ry single morning, you will hear me yell,

 D7                               Gm 
"Hey Central! fix me up along the line."

      Bb               C             F        D7 
He connects me with ma honey, then I ring the bell,

    G7                         C7 
And this is what I say to baby mine,

CHORUS

 F 
"Hello! ma baby,

Hello! ma honey,

G7 
Hello! ma ragtime gal,

C7 
Send me a kiss by wire,

F       E7         F     C7 
Baby my heart's on fire!___

F 
If you refuse me,

Honey you'll lose me,

G7 
Then you'll be left alone; oh, baby,

C7                             F 
Telephone and tell me I'm your own,

   C7     F      C7 
Hello! Hello! Hello there!

 F 
"Hello! ma baby,

Hello! ma honey,

G7 
Hello! ma ragtime gal,

C7 
Send me a kiss by wire,

F       E7         F     C7 
Baby my heart's on fire!___

F 
If you refuse me,

Honey you'll lose me,

G7 
Then you'll be left alone; oh, baby,

C7                             F 
Telephone and tell me I'm your own,

VERSE 2

     F 
This morning, through the phone, she said her name was Bess,

                                  C7 
And now I kind of know where I am at;

I'm satisfied because I've got my babe's address,

                                F 
Here pasted in the lining of my hat.

I am mighty scared, 'cause if the wires get crossed,

       D7                       Gm 
'Twill separate me from ma baby mine,

     Bb                  C               F       D7 
Then some other man will win her, and my game is lost,

    G7                            C7 
And so each day I shout along the line,

CHORUS

 F 
"Hello! ma baby,

Hello! ma honey,

G7 
Hello! ma ragtime gal,

C7 
Send me a kiss by wire,

F       E7         F     C7 
Baby my heart's on fire!___

F 
If you refuse me,

Honey you'll lose me,

G7 
Then you'll be left alone; oh, baby,

C7                             F 
Telephone and tell me I'm your own,

   C7     F      C7 
Hello! Hello! Hello there!

 F 
"Hello! ma baby,

Hello! ma honey,

G7 
Hello! ma ragtime gal,

C7 
Send me a kiss by wire,

F       E7         F     C7 
Baby my heart's on fire!___

F 
If you refuse me,

Honey you'll lose me,

G7 
Then you'll be left alone; oh, baby,

C7                             F 
Telephone and tell me I'm your own,

Chords

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Instrument Chords
Banjo Bb Major C Major C7 D7 E7 F Major G7 G Minor
Guitar Bb Major C Major C7 D7 E7 F Major G7 G Minor
Mandolin Bb Major C Major C7 D7 E7 F Major G7 G Minor
Piano Bb Major C Major C7 D7 E7 F Major G7 G Minor
Ukulele Bb Major C Major C7 D7 E7 F Major G7 G Minor