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Origin: Take Your Fingers Off It

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Llyodd Monteclaire 02 Jan 00 - 02:55 PM
_gargoyle 02 Jan 00 - 04:22 PM
_gargoyle 02 Jan 00 - 04:25 PM
_gargoyle 02 Jan 00 - 04:29 PM
Stewie 02 Jan 00 - 11:02 PM
emily rain 02 Jan 00 - 11:07 PM
_gargoyle 02 Jan 00 - 11:17 PM
Stewie 02 Jan 00 - 11:36 PM
Dr Mooncan Fuzzbuster 03 Jan 00 - 12:29 PM
John in Brisbane 03 Jan 00 - 06:48 PM
Stewie 03 Jan 00 - 07:05 PM
Richard Bridge 03 Jan 00 - 07:15 PM
bseed(charleskratz) 03 Jan 00 - 08:12 PM
dick greenhaus 03 Jan 00 - 08:37 PM
Sorcha 17 Aug 00 - 07:22 PM
Joe Offer 17 Aug 00 - 07:42 PM
GUEST,jkorp 06 Apr 09 - 11:16 AM
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Subject: ADD: Take your fingers off it
From: Llyodd Monteclaire
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 02:55 PM

Does any one kno the origin of this song?


TAKE YOUR FINGERS OFF IT

cho: Take your fingers off it, and don't you dare touch it,
You know it don't belong to you.
Take your fingers off it, and don't you dare touch it,
You know it don't belong to you.

You know it's sad to see a woman, an extra good 'un'
Holdin' back on her sugar puddin',
Take your fingers off it, and don't you dare touch it,
You know it don't belong to you.

Two old maids a-laying in bed,
One turned over toward the other and said,
Take your fingers off it, don't you dare touch it,
You know it don't belong to you.

A nickel is a nickel, a dime is a dime
A house full of children, none of them's mine
Take your fingers etc.

I may be little and I may be thin
But I'm an awful good daddy for the shape I'm in.
Take your fingers etc.

I never been to heaven but I been told,
St. Peter taught the angels how to jelly roll.
Take your fingers etc.

Big fish, little fish swimming in the water,
Come back here, man, and marry my daughter.
Take your fingers etc.

There's just one thing that I could never understand,
Why a bow-legged woman likes a knock-kneed man.
Take your fingers etc.


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: _gargoyle
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 04:22 PM

Nothing like the GREAT set of lyrics you have posted: However, here is another version.

Vaudeville number with the double-entendre lyrics from Rosetta LP 1308.

Katie King she had a diamond ring
And it caused her lots of woe
Now who would be the lucky one to get it
Well all the boys wanted to know
Red Cap called on her one night
Saw the ring, he saw the ring and lost his head
But when he went to view it
He stuck his finger through it
And this is what she loudly said:

Man take your fingers off it
Now don't you try to touch it
Cause it don't belong to you
There's no need to crave it
Cause mama's gonna save it
For the man whose love is true
Boy try and find something like it
See if you won't fail
Papa you can't buy it cause it ain't for sale
Now take your fingers off it
And don't you dare to touch it
Cause it don't belong to you

I said take your fingers off it
And don't you dare to touch it
Cause it don't belong to you
Well there's no need to crave it
Cause mama's gonna save it
For the man whose love is true
Boy try and find something like it
See if you won't fail
Papa you can't buy it cause it ain't for sale
You gotta take your fingers off it
Man and don't you dare to touch it
Cause it don't belong to you
You hear me tellin' you man,
No it don't belong to you


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: _gargoyle
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 04:25 PM

A Wonderful Resource is the Smithsonian's FolkWays Catalogue It shows the following listing for Take Your Fingers Off Ithttp://www.si.edu/folklife/folkways

Memphis Jug Band. American Skiffle Bands, Folkways FA 2610, LP (1957), cut# 13

403 - Take Your Fingers Off It
Performer(s) : Gus Cannon
Charlie Burse
Will Slade
Instrument(s) : Jug,Harmonica,Guitar
Language : English
Recording Location : Tennessee,Tennessee-Memphis
Attributes:
African-American
United States
Tennessee
Genre and Keyterms:
Jug band
Skiffle

206 - Take Your Fingers Off It
Performer(s) : Charlie Burse
Instrument(s) : Guitar
Language : English
Attributes:
African-American
United States
Tennessee-Memphis Genre and Keyterms:
Blues

It is also contained in the Mel Bay songbookAccoustic Guitar


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: _gargoyle
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 04:29 PM

Lloydd - How did you become acquainted with the set of lyrics you posted....?????? I vaguely recall them from somehwere....


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 11:02 PM

The Memphis Jug Band recorded the song in September 1928 under the title of 'Sugar Pudding'. The version has the same chorus, but mainly different (and not as many) verses as that posted by Lloydd - credited to Jab Jones and Will Shade. It has been reissued on CD on Vol 2 of the 3-vol complete works - FROG DGF16. Vols 1 and 3 are on JSP which abandoned the project. Frog issued the missing vol 2 and I believe has plans to reissue the 2 JSP volumes which are now deleted. A great set, remastered by John R.T. Davies who remasters old 78s better than anyone.

Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: emily rain
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 11:07 PM

i don't quite follow -- does that mean it is or isn't currently available?


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: _gargoyle
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 11:17 PM

THANX...Stewie....

This lead gives a valuable direction to the research.

Greatly appeciated....

Will post tomorrow....on this thread.


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Jan 00 - 11:36 PM

Emily,

The Frog label vol 2, which has a version of the song in question, is currently available. I don't know if the label has yet reissued the 2 JSP volumes that are no longer in print, but could be picked up secondhand. Frog is an English label run by David French 167 Shernhall Street Walthamstow London E17 9HX. When he issued the missing second volume, he indicated that he would make vols 1 & 3 available 'at a future date' - that was in 1997, so they may be available now. I already had the JSP volumes when I bought the Frog issue, so I never followed up whether it reissued the others. Any lover of the Memphis Jug Band will want all three which cover the complete recorded works of the band.

Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Dr Mooncan Fuzzbuster
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 12:29 PM

Document of Austria (dist in USA by Arhoolie) has reissued all the Memphis jugband stuff...The lyrics printed in the first thread entry are off "The Even Dozen Jugband" lp Elektra put out in the 60's


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 06:48 PM

I posted the tune to this fairly recently. My source was Reprints From Sing Out. While I have no memory of the Volume number, I would expect that Sing Out would have provided some clues as to its origin. Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Stewie
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 07:05 PM

The trouble with Document reissues is the wide variation in sound quality. I doubt that you could find better restoration than that done by John R.T. Davies. Although he specialises in jazz reissues, he has done quite a few pre-war blues, including the Memphis Jug Band ones and the great Sleepy John Estes 'First Recordings' on JSP. Those interested in 78 reissues might be interested in this interview:

click here


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 07:15 PM

I have exactly the same lyrics as first posted above, copied from a book I found in Chester public library, England. That would have been about the time I was taking my lawyers qualifying exams, so 74 or 75. Alas I have no note of the name of the book. The book gives no credit, and it did where one was known to be required, so that may put the death of the author before 1924. Jeff and Penny Smith, Dartford folk club, Kent, England do or did a version which was (from distant memory) similar or the same.


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 08:12 PM

Gargoyle, I thought I had posted a response to your question about where you might have seen the verses that Lloyd Monteclaire posted, but I guess somehow I failed to get it added (I was getting a bunch of Message Refused screens yesterday--I may have tried twice, got the message twice, and decided to come back and try later, then forgot. Anyway, one place you may have seen them was when I posted them in August, 1998, to introduce my strike song parody. It was in the thread Movement Songs along with a bunch of other of my strike songs. Sound familiar? You did refer to them in the past...

--seed


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 03 Jan 00 - 08:37 PM

Just in case you haven't considered us....Three CDs of the Memphis Jug Band (1927-1930) are available through Camsco Music (Document label). $13.94 plus shipping and handling. You can order them through the Mudcat Shop.


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Subject: TUNE ADD:
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 07:22 PM

Refresh, no birdies, and I can't get to where ever the index has placed this song. It's in the Titles, and SuperSearch, but I can't get there. Message above says tune was posted, but where? so, here it is again.

X: 1
T:TAKE YOUR FINGERS OFF IT
M:C
L:1/8
Q:200
K:C
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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Aug 00 - 07:42 PM

Dang. I can't figure out what's going on with the database search lately. I found the song here (click), but I couldn't find it by searching for [fingers off]. I finally found it by searching for [don't belong] but I don't understand why the first search didn't work.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: SUGAR PUDDING (Memphis Jug Band)
From: GUEST,jkorp
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:16 AM

I was trying to make out the lyrics for Sugar Pudding, and think I'm close.

Sugar Pudding
Memphis Jug Band


[CHORUS]
Take your fingers off it and don't you dare touch it
You know it don't belong to you.

Take your fingers off it and don't you dare touch it
You know it don't belong to you.


Outside a she wouldn't the day that she cookin
Give us a little that sugar puddin'

Take your fingers off it and don't you dare touch it
You know it don't belong to you.
..I say you know it don't belong to you

[CHORUS]

She's holdin' you down, she's long and tall
She can stretch herself from wall to wall

Take your fingers off it and don't you dare touch it
You know it don't belong to you.
..I say you know it don't belong to you

[CHORUS]

Excuse me Miss Lady, don't be mislead
I'm talkin bout the clothes line and not your head

Take your fingers off it and don't you dare touch it
You know it don't belong to you.
..I say you know it don't belong to you


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Subject: RE: Help: Take your fingers
From: Gurney
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 01:04 AM

The set of words that Llyodd posted are almost word-for-word the set published in Jerry Silverman's '62 Outrageous Songs,' copyright Oak Publishing 1966, except the order of the verses. There is no writer's credit in the book.


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Subject: RE: Origin: Take Your Fingers Off It
From: GUEST,Daddyherb
Date: 04 Oct 17 - 12:15 AM

I have Sheet Music for "Take Yo' Fingers Off It", words and music by Ambrose Bryan, published in 1926 by Elliot-Chilton & Co., 1595 Broadway N.Y.C.
With Ukulele arrangement by Prof. La Fontane
Katy King had a diamond ring and it always caused her lots of woe
Who would be the lucky one to get it, All the fellows wanted to know.
Sammy Wright called her one night He saw the ring and lost his head
When he went to view it, Put his finger through it, This is what she loudly said.

Take your finger off it, Don't you dare touch it, cause it don't belong to you
Taint no use to crave it, Mama's gonna save it, For the man whose love is true.
Now there's a dozen others, Who want it just as bad, The jeweler said its precious, so it can't be had.
Take your finer off it, don't you dare touch it, 'cause it don't belong to you. I mean, 'cause it don't belong to you.


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