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GUEST,Big Jim from Jackson Lyr Req: I Like Molasses (and other molasses songs (43) Lyr Add: I LIKE MOLASSES 28 Jun 03


I learned the following three verses of the song from a fellow in northwestern Arkansas.

Everybody has some food that they like best,
Somethin' that they're fond of, more than all the rest.
Mine is black molasses. They really are the stuff.
I eat 'em morning, noon, and night. I never get enough,
'Cause I like molasses, good ol' country sorghum.
I eat 'em in the summer and the fall.
Get 'em hot and get 'em spread On a big hunk of short'nin' bread,
That's the way I like 'em best of all!

I went to see my sweetie just the other day.
She had supper ready; wanted me to stay.
She didn't have no 'taters; didn't have no meat.
Just a big black jug of molasses was all she had to eat.
'Cause she likes molasses, good ol' country sorghum.
She eats 'em in the summer and the fall.
When they trickle down my chin, I let her lick 'em off again;
That's the way I like 'em best of all!

Grandpa's teeth are missin', ever' single one.
When he eats his molasses, he smacks 'em with his gums.
And Grandpa's eyes are failin'. He can't hardly see
Just what's in his molasses, but never a care gives he.
'Cause he likes molasses, good ol' country sorghum.
He eats 'em in the summer and the fall.
When they get so thick with flies They resemble raisin pies,
That's the way he likes 'em best of all!

This would be an easy song to put other verses on. It's great fun to sing it. The fellow I learned it from was a Native American and worked for a natural gas pipeline company. He was visiting another pipeline worker whose name was Ralph "Bones" Gentry in Jackson, Missouri. Bones was about the finest person in the world. His house was open every weekend to pickers from everywhere. I hope the above is useful.


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