The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40621   Message #582165
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Oct-01 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Yazoo CD- Best of the Memphis Jug Band
Subject: Lyr Add: YOU MAY LEAVE, BUT THIS WILL BRING...^^
9. YOU MAY LEAVE, BUT THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK

My father was a jockey, learned me to ride behind.
You know by that, I got a job any time.
You may leave, but this will bring you back.

I walked around the corner to the peanut stand.
My gal got stuck on the peanut man.
You may go, but this will bring you back.

You quit me, pretty mama, 'cause you couldn't be my boss,
But a rolling stone don't gather no moss.
You may leave, but this will bring you back.

Just a nickel's worth of meal, a dime's worth of lard
Will feed ever' Jane in Jeff Berg's (?) yard.
You may leave, but this will bring you back.

I'm satisfied, satisfied.
My tote-load shaker by my side.
You may leave, but this will bring you back, back, bring you back.

[Additional verse found at the St. Louis Zipper web site, but not in the Memphis Jug Band's recording:]

I'm built like a tadpole, shaped like a frog.
When I go with your woman, she'll holler, "Hot dog!"
You may leave but this will bring you back.

[As recorded by the Memphis Jug Band, 1930, Charlie Nickerson, vocalist. Tote-loader shaker seems to have been someone employed in a mill who would shake the "tote-box", presumably to empty it. This may have been the origin of the ragtime "todalo dance." The refrain (and not much else) is apparently taken from a popular 1898 "coon" song in which "this" obviously means "money."]