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Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your

bseed(charleskratz) 10 Apr 99 - 06:19 PM
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Subject: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 06:19 PM

Ten or fifteen years ago I was walking my dogs, wearing a walkman, listening to Dr. Demento--he played a cut called "You Let Me Play with Your Yo-yo, I'll Let You Play with Mine," sung by a woman with a bluesy voice to a tune with the same harmonic structure as "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie. The only words I can remember were this verse:

You let me play with your yo-yo, and I'll let you play with mine.
You let me play with your yo-yo, and I'll let you play with mine.
You got a wiener and I got a bun; we can put the two together and have some fun.
You let me play with your yo-yo, and I'll let you play with mine.

Anyone have this or know any more of the lyrics?

Is the Doctor Demento show still on the air? --seed


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
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Date: 10 Apr 99 - 07:20 PM

Dr. Demento information here...

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/4656/04lnk009.htm


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Mike Billo
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 08:16 PM

The song is by "Hartmans Heartbreakers" with vocals by "Betty Lou" a risque Hillbilly band who made what used to be called "party records"in the mid-'30's. Absolutely no biographical info on them has ever been turned up, and the Heartbreakers 78's are exremely rare. The other two verses to "Yo-Yo" are, "We'll go up to room 304, start on the bed and wind up on the floor, CHORUS.. Ain't no man and it's understood, I know how to make you feel good "CHORUS, fiddle solos and out.


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Mike Billo
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 08:19 PM

BSeed; I forgot to mention that a reissue album of Hartman's Heartbreakers stuff was put out in the early '80's by Jack's record store here in San Francisco (that's where I got my copy)I wonder if they've still got any?


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 08:49 PM

Mike, thanks. BTW, where is Jack's Music? (I'm across the bay from you in El Cerrito. You ever get over here? I'm going to the East Bay Pickin' and Fiddlin' session tomorrow (monthly song circle with lots of sattelite groups in various rooms of large houses or various parts of large yards)--Berkeley--1609 Woolery St. All afternoon. I'll be coming in about 3 (it runs from 12 or 1 to 6 or so)--I'm going to catch Ira Levin's songs for children at the Julia Morgan Center on College--a block or two south of Dwight Way. Ira is leader, lead singer, sax and flute player for a highly entertaining swing band, Comfy Chair--but he also does this kids' sing on Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m. Joe Offer sometimes comes to the EB Pickin' etc. things, and maybe he'll make it this week (a break after Easter, Joe?) (Joe, if you come, I'll teach you the tune to "The Hermit.") --seed


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Mike Billo
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 10:03 PM

BSeed; Thanks for the info! I've been hearing about the "Berkely Pot Luck" for years (I assume that's what this is), but have never encountered anyone who had any specifics until now. My wife and I will don our Mudcat T-shirts and brave the rain, and cross the Bay Bridge, and come on over. I'm familiar with Comfy Chair. My good friend Scott Mason, has been their on-again, off-again drummer for a couple of years. The enigmatic Baby Gramps is at Ashkenaz tomorrow afternoon, and I'd like to catch some of his set. I get over to El Cerrito whenever I have a little extra cash, and I promptly blow it all at Down Home Music. BTW, Jack's Records is at the corner of Scott and Page. Hope to meet you tomorrow. - Mike


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: tmtucker
Date: 10 Apr 99 - 10:49 PM

Geez folks. you sure make me miss the bay! I lived outside salsalito from 68 to 69 and I sure loved it there. Ok, I really had the best seat in town. I lived at fort Baker right on the bay, just east of the golden gate, 20 minutes leisurely walk from Salsalito. If there is an earthly heaven I lived in it. Lots of Love to all my bay neighbors, I now live on the Ohio river. A water guy, I guess. Love to hear from anyone from Marin. No, I am not gay but not prejudiced either.


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 11 Apr 99 - 12:33 AM

Mike, it is indeed the Berkeley Pot Luck--I'll look for your t-shirts. I've never actually run into another Mudcateer in person (Joe and I have exchanged messages but have never been pickin' and fiddlin' at the same time). --seed


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: GUEST,Neida
Date: 28 Jun 11 - 12:09 AM

"There's a woman who didn't like men so she went to bed with a fountain pen. The fountain pen broke, the ink went wild and she gave birth to a colored child. Baby let me play with your yo yo and I'll let you play with mine." Thats all I remember but I would love to hear the song again. My grandmother had the 45 years ago


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jul 11 - 06:50 AM

Here's a quote from an article in the magazine No Depression, Issues 25-30, 2000, page 93:

"If you miss the point, male band members egg her on with catcalls and responses. Howzabouta verse from Miss Betty:

We'll go up to room 304,
Start on the bed and finish on the floor.
If you let me play with your little yo-yo, I'll let you play with mine.
I mean it!"


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jul 11 - 07:11 AM

See this thread for related songs: Lyr Req: The Scrotum Song (Asylum Street Spankers)


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: 12-stringer
Date: 22 Jul 11 - 02:47 PM

Bluebird issued ten sides by Hartman's Heartbreakers (one of an interlocking group of bands that included the 1930s Tennessee Ramblers and the Washboard Wonders). Another ten sides were not issued, which makes me wonder whether they just didn't sell, or perhaps Victor decided to tone down its catalog a bit. Lyrics are fairly smutty for the time, with Betty Lou trying to sound like fresh hillbilly jailbait (deliberately just a tad offkey), verbally encouraged by a male band member who undoubtedly had a pencil-thin mustache and reeked of bay rum.

The LP of the band is long out of print but the recordings are available in a rar archive file at the Western Swing on 78RPM blog:
http://westernswing78.blogspot.com/2007/04/hartmans-heart-breakers.html It's 22 MB, so even patient dial-uppers can add this to their collections. If you love Okie Jazz, though, you'll need a faster connection because you will want everything on this site.


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Jul 11 - 04:14 PM

replying to Neida's post:

over 50 years ago....(in high school).. I heard it as a parody of "St. Louis Blues"

♫"St. Louis woman, she had a yen for men.
    She got so desperate, she used a fountain pen!
    The rubber broke.. and the ink ran wild.
    St. Louis woman, she had a blue-blooded child!
"♫

(obviously, Louis is pronounced Looie)


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: Cool Beans
Date: 22 Jul 11 - 05:21 PM

Same melody as "Keep on Truckin', Mama." It's on YouTube at

www.youtube.com/watch?v=db2Bc3guSdw

fixed [You must put the http:// part in or it wont work]


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 23 Jul 11 - 04:21 AM

I don't think that it is quite right to say that, "Absolutely no biographical info on them has ever been turned up". Tony Russell lists the performers in his book "Country Music Records". The song "Let Me Play With It", breathlessly sung by a wide-eyed Betty Lou, is currently available on the Dust to Digital 3 CD set "Baby, How Can it Be?" (DTD-16). Of course, the Americans were not the only people to issue such records in the '30's. "Baby How Can it Be?" also includes the recording of "My Girl's Pussy", made by Londoner Harry Roy (and His Bat Club Boys)also in the 1930's. Surly a "must" for all cat lovers!


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 13 - 02:42 PM

"The alligator said when he swallowed the cat I got a Mouth full of pussy and it sure tastes bad"


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Subject: RE: Dr. Demento song: 'You let me play with your
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 01 Apr 17 - 09:06 PM

Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou


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