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Lyr Add: Mexican Joe (and parody)

12 Jan 04 - 11:37 PM (#1091671)
Subject: Lyr Add: MEXICAN JOE (from Jim Reeves)
From: Jim Dixon

Here's the original:

(Mitchell Torok)

South of the border, hey, I know a lad,
He's got more fun than anybody's had,
Don't got no worry, don't got no dough,
Everybody's wondering 'bout Mexican Joe.
In old Mexico, they call him the Rumba King,
Leads all the women around on a string,
When they go out, they get a million thrills,
But the lovely senoritas wind up with the bills.

CHORUS: Dancin', romancin', always on the go,
Sun shinin' down on Mexican Joe

He makes the nightspots all along the bay,
People want to see him when he comes their way,
He spreads so much joy everywhere he goes,
Everyone shouts "Viva la Mexican Joe."
He likes to gamble, at poker he's an ace,
He's always lucky with the cards that got a face,
At winning the money, he is sure a whiz,
But when they win they don't collect
'Cause they don't know where he is. CHORUS

He don't got no income tax 'cause he don't got no dough,
Still he gets along just fine, how we'll never know,
He's got everything he wants, a girl, a drink, a song,
If we use his formula, we surely can't go wrong.
His favorite playground is anywhere there's girls,
He's got that somethin' that sets their hearts awhirl,
It couldn't be his money 'cause he ain't got a peso,
But when he wants a kiss all he's got to do is say so. CHORUS

[A hit for Jim Reeves.]

12 Jan 04 - 11:38 PM (#1091673)
Subject: Lyr Add: MEXICAN JOE (from Homer & Jethro)
From: Jim Dixon

And here's the parody:
Lyrics transcribed from the sound file at

(As sung by Homer & Jethro)

South of the border, down in Mexico,
There lives a feller called Mexican Joe.
He ain't got no money. He can't pay his bills.
He has got more girlfriends than Carter has pills.
He don't eat no 'taters. He don't eat no greens.
He lives on hot tamales an' good ol' chili beans.
Eatin' an' sleepin', paintin' the town,
He lives the life of Riley when Riley ain't around.

The women all love him and his many charms.
He throws his money around like he has no arms.
He ain't got no money. He ain't got no loot.
Just like a screech owl, he don't give a hoot.
South of the border, by the Rio Grande,
Mexican Joe was a-sleepin' in the sand.
Along come a rattlesnake, bit him on the head.
Joe's still a-sleepin' but the snake is dead.

Then old Joe got married to a girl named Ann.
He misses her cookin' ever' time he can.
She up an' left him an' went home to ma.
She broke his heart so he broke her jaw.
South of the border, down in Mexico,
Joe kicked the bucket a week or two ago.
They rubbed his chest with alkyhol, tryin' to cure his cough.
Joe went and broke his neck tryin' to lick it off.

13 Jan 04 - 01:54 PM (#1092006)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Mexican Joe (and parody)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

Jim Reeves' "Mexican Joe" can be downloaded from The Record Lady, Archives page 7. Record Lady