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Jim Dixon 03 Jun 11 - 05:46 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: WHAT'S THE USE OF GETTING SOBER (Jordan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Jun 11 - 05:46 PM

This was mentioned in another thread, but I don't think it's the song that was requested there, so I think it deserves its own thread.

My transcription from the recording at YouTube:

Words and music by Bubsy Meyers.
As recorded by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five

Boy, y'ought to listen to your ol' pappy (Y-y-yes, Pappy.*)
An' stop drinkin' so much. (Well, I-I-I don't know....)
Shut up, boy! You drink all day an' you drink all night,
An' son, you know that that ain't right.
(Well, Pappy, you just give me a chance; I can....)
Shut up, boy! Boy you lookin' thin as a twig. (I know dat.)
Look like to your dear ol' pappy, you're bout to blow your wig.
(I ain't gon' blow my wig, Pappy.)

What's the use of gettin' sober when you gonna get drunk again?
Ol' Sam done some'n' fine
When he brought back good whiskey, beer, an' wine.
I love my whiskey and I love my gin.
Ev'ry time you see me, I'm in my sin.
What's the use of gettin' sober when you gonna get drunk again?

I went out last night 'bout half-past one.
I thought I'd 'hoop it up a little bit, you know, an' have a little fun.
I got me a half a pint 'bout half-past two.
Mm-mm-mm! The way I was feelin' you know what I wanted to do.
I got me a pint 'bout half-past four.
Felt so good so I went out 'n' got me some more.
I got me a quart 'bout half-past five.
Mm-mm-mm! Boy, that was so nice, I didn't know whether I was dead or alive.

So what's the use of gettin' sober when you gonna get drunk again?
I been thinkin',
But I keep drinkin'.
I guess I'm 'bout to lose my mind!

* The boy's voice is spoken in falsetto.

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