Ragtime - Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc. Lyrics

Broadway production 1998
Ragtime the Musical - Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc. Lyrics

"Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc." is a song from musical Ragtime performed by Peter Friedman (Tateh).

anyone can get lucky in America.
I remind myself of this everyday.

the first nickel I ever earned,
I keep in a little silver frame.
it's how I gave my company a name,
reminding me how very far I came!
I was a
maker of the silhouettes
who made a small improvement-
a little book of silhouettes
that simulated movement.
well, people seemed to like it,
soon the money's going clink!
and I'm buffalo nickel photoplay, inc!
I go from
silhouettes to photos.
I invent a small projector,
and soon, I'm making movies
and they're calling me director!
an industry is dawning
and i'm standing on the brink-
mister buffalo nickel photoplay, inc!
life shines from the shadow screen
comical, yet infinitely true.
people love to see what people do,
here where everyone is someone new.
such tales from the shadow screen!
little men who never get the breaks,
fighting on till something fin'lly takes-
what a lovely movie it all makes!
well, business is booming
I'm happy to say.
I just made a contract
to film for pathe
a series of chapters
that end in suspense-
each week, see what's next
for another five cents!
and I am
waking every morning
filled with such anticipation!
I frame the sea,
I frame the sky.
and this is my vacation.
I shake your hand,
I kiss your hand,
I buy you all a drink!
and maybe if you chance to see
a movie that was made by me
remember when the name goes by
that's ash-k-e-n-a-z-y
the baron, now american,
who happened once to think
of silhouette and flicker book
and movies as they're meant to look
and buffalo nickel photoplay, inc!

Other Songs: Ragtime the Musical Lyrics

Ragtime the Musical Lyrics

Goodbye My Love
Journey On
The Crime of the Century
What Kind of Woman
A Shtetl Iz Amereke
His Name Is Coalhouse Walker
Getting' Ready Rag
Henry Ford
Nothing Like the City
Your Daddy's Son
The Courtship
New Music
Wheels of a Dream
The Night That Goldman Spoke at Union Square
The Trashing of the Car
Till We Reach That Day
Harry Houdini Master Escapist
Coalhouse's Soliloquy
Coalhouse Demands
What a Game
Fire in the City
Atlantic City
Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.
Our Children
Harlem Nightclub
Sarah Brown Eyes
He Wanted to Say
Back to Before
Look What You've Done
Make Them Hear You
Wheels of a Dream (reprise)