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Lyr Req: Unpucker (Louvin & Carlisle)

Joe Offer 25 Jun 14 - 05:18 AM
Joe Offer 25 Jun 14 - 06:34 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Unpucker (Louvin & Carlisle)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 05:18 AM

Can anybody post the lyrics to "Unpucker"? Apparently, it's by Charlie & Ira Louvin & Bill Carlisle.

Here's the e-mail request I got for this song:

    am looking for the Lyrics of Unpucker. Charlie & Ira Louvin & Bill Carlisle collaborated on the song. I remember only a few things about my mother one of which was her singing the song.

    Part of one of the verses:
      One night I went to see her and it came a thunderstorm
      be my luck the lightning struck and all the power went out
      I grabbed her quick and puckered up and then I heard her shout
      Unpucker momma's at the door, unpucker or we can't court no more…………

    I would love to have the entire lyrics. If you can assist me please advise.

I can verify that the song was written by Ira Louvin; Charles Louvin; Bill Carlisle. It was published in 1954, and the title is indeed "Unpucker." Click Here for a photo of the record label. It was the "B" side of a Bill Carlisle recording titled "'Tain't Nice." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5WoIiIlZpc
Title: Unpucker.
First Line: I was only twenty three when I first met my love
Chorus: Unpucker, mama's at the door unpucker or we can't court no more
Words by: Louvin, Charles and Ira Louvin and Bill Carlisle.
P/P/D: : Nashville, TN : Acuff-Rose, c1953.

Recording by "Cousin Jody":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fI_CzwoSms


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Subject: ADD Version: Unpucker (Louvin & Carlisle)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 06:34 AM

Here's my attempt at transcribing the Cousin Jody recording:

UNPUCKER
(Charles and Ira Louvin and Bill Carlisle)

Now, I was only twenty three when I first met my love,
Freckle-faced and pig-tailed, she was my turtle dove;
One night upon the old settee, I popped the question low,
And when we both got puckered up, she softly whispered, "NO!"

CHORUS:
Unpucker, mama's at the door,
Unpucker, or we can't court no more;
Now, you know what'd happen if she saw us puckered up like this -
Unpucker, 'fore she gives that knob a twist.

I borrowed papa's Model A to take her for a ride,
To the drive-in movies where I thought that we could hide;
I found a place to park the car, turned on the radio,
And when we both got puckered up, she softly whispered, "NO!"

CHORUS:
Unpucker, mama's at the door,
Unpucker, or we can't court no more;
She's out there tryin' to help us 'cause she thinks we're out of gas;
Unpucker, she's a-peekin' through the glass.


One night I went to see her, it came a thunderstorm,
We didn't get to pucker up 'til it was nearly morn;
When to my luck the lightning struck and all the lights went out,
I puckered up and I grabbed her quick and then I heard her shout:

CHORUS
Unpucker the lights have come back on,
Unpucker, there must be something wrong;
....(don't get it), hey! that's Ma you're kissin' now!
Unpucker, 'fore you make that marriage vow.


transcribed from a recording by Cousin Jody, which is almost the same as the Carlisle recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Unpucker (Louvin & Carlisle)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 03:58 PM

Can anybody help with the missing half-line in the last verse?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Unpucker (Louvin & Carlisle)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Jul 14 - 11:15 PM

"I've been to fetch your raincoat; hey, that's Ma you're kissin' now!"


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