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Lyr Req: Shrimp Song / Song of the Shrimp

VivIlo Veith 12 Feb 13 - 12:20 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Mar 13 - 12:25 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Mar 13 - 12:43 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Shrimp Song
From: VivIlo Veith
Date: 12 Feb 13 - 12:20 AM

I know I have heard more verses to this Shrimp Song. Anyone know them? Townes Van Zandt sang it. It is by R. Bennett & S. Tepper. I can find those lyrics easily.    I am looking for the added verses. The ones I have are:

I saw three shrimp in the water, two were old and gray
I swam a little bit closer and .. I heard the third one say

Goodbye mama shrimp, papa shake my hand
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'

He showed his mama and papa, the shrimp newspaper he read
An invitation to all the shrimp and this is what it said
Free ride, New Orleans, stay in grand hotel
Big Creole gal who help you come out of your shell
Big Creole gal who help you come out of your shell

If I should live to be ninety, I will never forget
The little shrimp and the song he sang as he jumped into the net

Goodbye mama shrimp, papa shake my hand
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'

Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHRIMP SONG (from Townes Van Zandt)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 12:25 AM

My transcription from the recording at YouTube:


SHRIMP SONG
As sung by Townes Van Zandt on "Live at McCabe's"

I saw three shrimp in the water; two were old and gray.
I swam a little bit closer and I heard the third one say:
"Goodbye, mommy shrimp; papa, shake my hand.
Here comes the shrimp boat for to take me to Louisian'."

Well, he showed his mama and papa a shrimp newspaper he'd read,
With an advertisement which to all the young shrimp said:
"Free ride to New Orleans, stay in grand hotels.
Meet a Creole gal to help you to come out of your shells."

Well, his poor mama and papa ain't heard from him yet.
Last time he saw his smilin' face 's when he jumped into the net.
Goodbye, mommy shrimp; papa, shake my hand.
Here comes the shrimp boat for to take me to Louisian'.
Here comes the shrimp boat for to take me to Louisian'.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SONG OF THE SHRIMP (Tepper/Bennett)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Mar 13 - 12:43 AM

My transcription from the song on Spotify:


SONG OF THE SHRIMP
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
As sung by Elvis Presley on the album "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (from the film "Girls! Girls! Girls!", 1962)

I saw three shrimp in the water; two were old and gray.
I swam a little bit closer and I heard the third one say:
"Goodbye, mama shrimp; papa, shake my hand.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me to Louisian'.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me to Louisian'."

He showed his mama and papa a shrimp newspaper he read,
An invitation to all the shrimp and this is what it said:
"Free ride, New Orleans, stay in grand hotel.
Meet Creole gal who help you come out of your shell.
Meet Creole gal who help you come out of your shell."

if I should live to be ninety, I will never forget
The little shrimp and the song he sang as he jumped into the net:
Goodbye, mama shrimp; papa, shake my hand.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me to Lousian'.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me to Lousian'.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me to Lousian'.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me to Lousian'.
Here come the shrimp boat for to take me … [FADE]


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