The World's Fair Hotel

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Robert Rial composed this masterpiece after reading Seattle author Erik Larsen's book The Devil In The White City, about the prototype of swindlers and serial killers, Herman Mudgett, a.k.a. H.H. Holmes, and the 1893 Colombian Exposition World's Fair.


She was a country girl named Nell
At The World's Fair Hotel,
Just another acquisition
From The Colombian Exposition...

I took her on the Ferris wheel,
Then out for her last meal,
Then a moonlit carriage ride
Where in her I did confide-
How our Lord, he doth Provide...
"Here we are now, come inside"

And it's Down, Down, down the corpse chute,
Carved up on the slab
Oh those colleges need skeletons--
I'll put her on the tab.

Wash your hands, wash your hands
As you come back from The Sands
As you walk home from The Sands
Darling Nikki!
The Sands is an dirty place
and you've got something on your face.
And if you take what I mean...
I prefer my women clean!

I've got acid, I've got lime
But I haven't got much time.
Old Chappel will meet you later--
He's a cool Articulator.
I'm a charming blue-eyed devil
And I'm always on the level.
Well my name is H.H. Holmes
and I'll be selling all your bones!

Chorus (2x)

Though I haven't got much time
I've got acid, I've got lime!
Oh my, how it pleased and shocked her
When I told her I'm a doctor!
And I'm always on the level
I'm a charming blue-eyed devil
I'll be selling all your bones
And my name is

(Cha cha cha!)


from Bakelite 78- What The Moon Has Done, released April 13, 2012



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Bakelite 78 Seattle, Washington

Bakelite 78′s repertoire is a mix of swing, dixieland, blues, proto-country, and cabaret, as well as originals in hybrids of these styles. The original lineup of Bakelite 78 performed in Chicago from 2003 to 2008. In 2009, founder Robert Rial departed for Seattle. The new line-up of Bakelite 78 releases the new album, What The Moon Has Done, April 13, 2012, at The Columbia City Theater in Seattle. ... more

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