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ddw Lyr Req: Jelly Jelly (Josh White Sr) (4) Lyr Add: JELLY JELLY (Josh White Sr) 31 Dec 03


Hey dw,

I pulled out some JW and copied this out for you. The lyrics show he's playing off his bass player, Al Hall, and the other voice you hear on the GREAT GOD ALMIGHTYs is Sam Gary. I think he recorded this more than once, so other versions may differ.

cheers,

david


Jelly, Jelly


Hello baby, I had to call you on the phone
I hollered "Hello baby, I had to call you on the phone"
You know I feel so lonesome
Josh wants his baby home

Now it's a downright rotten, lowdown dirty
Yes, it's a downright rotten, lowdown dirty shame
You mistreat me, baby,
And god knows I'm not to blame

Well it's jelly, jelly, jelly — Jelly stays on my mind
Hey, lordy momma — GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY
Jelly, jelly, jelly — Jelly, jelly stays on my mind
Jelly roll killed my mommy, ran my daddy stone blind

I'm gonna take you baby (evil chuckle), stretch you 'cross my big brass bed
Hey, lordy momma — GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY
I'll take you baby, stretch you 'cross my big brass bed
I'll rub your head, baby, till your toes, toes turn cherry red

I've got nineteen women living in Al's neighborhood
(His wife don't know it) — GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY
I've got nineteen women in Al's neighborhood
Eighteen are fools, that other gal ain't no goddamn good (chuckle)

But she makes me holler "ooh, baby, ooh, baby, ooh"
She makes me holler "ooh, baby, ooh, baby, ooh"
I love you, baby — What more can a poor man do?

You've got bad blood, baby, I believe you need a shot (evil chuckle)
You've got bad blood, baby, I believe you need a shot
On your back, now, baby, let the doctor see what else you've got

Al, I'm gonna sing this verse and I ain't gonna sing no more
(Now ain't you happy? Hell no!) GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY
I'm gonna sing this verse and I can't sing no more
Put your man in your bed and put your husband down on the floor
(That's an awful place to be)


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