10. MEMPHIS YO YO BLUES
I woke up this morning feeling sad and blue.
Couldn't find my yo-yo. Didn't know what to do.
Come home, Daddy. Mama's got the yo-yo blues.
I went downtown, called my daddy on the phone.
He said, "Don't cry, Mama. Daddy'll bring your yo-yo home.
Go back, Mama. Your daddy's got you. Come right on.
If you don't b'lieve I can yo-yo, watch me wind my string.
Come home, Daddy, and make the yo-yo sing.
Mama knows Daddy is kind of tight in everything.
Bring your yo-yo. Wind the string around my thumb.
Mama knows just how to make the yo-yo hum.
Bring your yo-yo, Daddy, and we'll have lots of fun.
If your daddy can't yo-yo, you better learn him how.
Listen, women. I don't mean to start no row.
'Cause ev'rybody is doing the yo-yo now, anyhow.
[As recorded by the Memphis Jug Band, 1929, Hattie Hart, vocalist.]