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Subject: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 04:20 PM

I was amazed, once I started digging into it, how many songs there are with "That Thing" in the title. This list was compiled from various lists of 78-rpm records. A few have already had their lyrics posted at Mudcat; I have created links for those. I plan to post as many more here as possible. Among these you will find early jazz, blues, hokum, jug band music, and the occasional western swing tune, and maybe more.

Baby, You Done Put That Thing on Me - Leroy Carr - 1929
Better Boot That Thing - Bessie Tucker - 1928
Come On, Coot, and Do That Thing - Coot Grant and Kid Wesley Wilson with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra - 1941
Come On, Coot, Do That Thing - Leola Wilson - 1925
Daddy, Don't Put That Thing on Me Blues - Clara Smith - 1929
Daddy, You've Done Put That Thing on Me - Martha Copeland - 1923
Do That Thing - Famous Hokum Boys - 1930
Do That Thing - Jimmie Gordon's Vip Vop Band - 1936
Do That Thing - Jimmy Newsome - 1954
Do That Thing - Rosa Henderson - 1924
Doggin' That Thing - Walter Fats Pichon - 1929
Don't Bite That Thing - Charlie "Specks" McFadden - 1929
Don't Put That Thing on Me - Clifford Gibson - 1929
Driving That Thing - Mississippi Sheiks - 1930
Everybody Likes That Thing - Two Boys From Savanah (sic) - 1929
Fight That Thing - Reb Spikes Majors and Minors - 1927 - (instrumental)
Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing - Romeo Nelson - 1929
Got My Mind on That Thing - Clara Smith - 1928
He Throws That Thing - Bobbie Cadillac and Coley Jones - 1929
Hold On to That Thing - Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers - 1941
Hula Shake That Thing - Kaai Serenader - 1926 - (instrumental)
I Can't Use That Thing - Connie McLean's Rhythm Kings - 1936
I Had to Smack That Thing - Barrel House Frankie Wallace - 1930
I Kept On Rubbing That Thing - State Street Swingers - 1936
I Love That Thing - Bo Carter - 1931
I Love That Thing - Lillian Glinn - 1929
I'm Doin' That Thing - Ambassador Trio, Gus Arnheim Cocoanut Grove Orchestra - 1930
I'm Doin' That Thing - Earl Burtnett and His Orchestra - 1930
I'm Doin' That Thing - Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra - 1930
I'm Doin' That Thing - Guy Lombardo, Royal Canadians - 1930
I'm Doin' That Thing - John Vincent's Californians - 1930
I'm Doin' That Thing - Lou Gold and His Orchestra - 1930
I'm Doing That Thing - Ted Wallace and His Orchestra - 1930
I'm Doing That Thing - Three Ginx - 1930
I'm Missing That Thing - Hattie Hart - 1934
I'm Wild about That Thing - Bessie Smith - 1929
I'm Wild about That Thing - Tune Wranglers - 1936
I've Got That Thing - King Oliver and His Orchestra - 1929
If I Put That Thing on You - Sam Manning - 1934
Let Me Mash That Thing - Jelly Jaw Short - 1932
Mashing That Thing - Bo Carter - 1935
Mix That Thing - Black Bottom McPhail - 1932
Move That Thing - Carolina Peanut Boys - 1930
Move That Thing - Hattie Bolten - 1938
Move That Thing - Memphis Jug Band - 1930
New Shake That Thing - Mississippi Sheiks - 1932
Oh Willie, Play That Thing - Bill Krenz - 1952
Play That Thing - Ollie Powers' Harmony Syncopators - 1923 - (instrumental)
Pluckin' That Thing - Sam Price and His Rockin' Rhythm - 1949 - (instrumental)
Shake That Thing - Abe Lyman and His Californians - 1926
Shake That Thing - Bill Wirges Orchestra - 1925
Shake That Thing - Busse's Buzzards - 1925
Shake That Thing - "Papa" Charlie Jackson - 1925
Shake That Thing - Clarence Williams' Blue Five - 1925
Shake That Thing - Ethel Waters, Pearl Wright - 1925
Shake That Thing - Fred Rich and His Orchestra - 1926
Shake That Thing - Jim Dandies - 1925
Shake That Thing - Kokomo Arnold - 1936
Shake That Thing - Original Indiana Five - 1926
Shake That Thing - Viola McCoy - 1926
Shake That Thing - Washboard Wonders - 1926
Shake That Thing - Wynonie Harris and His Allstars - 1954
She Can Use That Thing - Ed Bell - 1930
She's Dangerous with That Thing - Jimmy Jordan - 1932
Sing That Thing - Log Cabin Four - 1932
Smack That Thing - Walter Coleman - 1936
Sock That Thing - Dixie Thumpers - 1927 - (instrumental)
Somebody's Been Playing with That Thing - Blind Boy Fuller - 1935
Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Al Miller - 1929
Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Al Miller and His Market Street Boys - 1929
Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Callahan Brothers - 1936
Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Hokum Boys a.k.a. Famous Hokum Boys - 1930
Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Milton Brown and His Brownies - 1936
Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Tampa Red - 1934
Stomp That Thing - Alabama Rascals - 1932
Stomp That Thing - Frank Stokes - 1928
Stop That Thing - Sleepy John Estes - 1935
Strut That Thing - Cripple Clarence Lofton - 1935
Take That Thing Away - Alberta Hunter with Perry Bradford's Mean Four - 1925
Tappin' That Thing - James "Yank" Rachel - 1947
Tappin' That Thing - Randy Hughes - 1951 or '52
Tapping That Thing - Burse and Stephen - 1932
That Thing - Roy Eldridge and His Orchestra - 1937 - (instrumental)
That Thing Blues (Yo Yo Blues) - Carolina Washboard Trio - 1930
That Thing Called Love - Edith Wilson - 1922
That Thing Called Love - Ethel Ridley - 1923
That Thing Called Love - Mamie Smith - 1920
That Thing Called Love - Marion Harris - 1920
That Thing Called Love - Julia Jones with Perry Bradford - 1923
That Thing's a Mess - Kansas City Kitty and Georgia Tom - 1930
Try That Thing - Ed Macon and Tampa Joe - 1930
Using That Thing - Douglas Bine's Dixie Ramblers - 1936
Waiting for That Thing Called Happiness - Al ocale & His Crooners - 1930
Walk That Thing - Charlie Johnson and His Paradise Band - 1928 - (instrumental)
We Can Sell That Thing - Dobby Bragg (Sykes) - 1930
What's That Thing She's Shaking - Papa Charlie Jackson - 1934
What's The Name of That Thing - Chatman Brothers - 1936
When My Baby Starts to Shake That Thing - Harry Dial's Blusicians - 1930
Wigglin' That Thing - James McCravy, Ben Quillian, Rufus Quillian - 1931
Wringing That Thing - Tampa Joe and Macon Ed - 1929
You Put That Thing on Me - Elizabeth Washington - 1933
You Put That Thing on Me - Spark Plug Smith - 1933
You've Got That Thing - Bud Carson's Collegians - 1930
You've Got That Thing - Clicquot Club Eskimoes - 1929
You've Got That Thing - Colonial Club Orchestra - 1929
You've Got That Thing - Emile Petti and His Cosmopolitans - 1938
You've Got That Thing - Golden Gate Orchestra - 1930
You've Got That Thing - Leo Reisman and His Orchestra - 1929
You've Got That Thing - Maurice Chevalier - 1930
You've Got That Thing - Ted Lewis and His Band/Orchestra - 1929
You've Got That Thing - Tin Pan Paraders - 1930
You've Got That Thing - Tommy Bohn Pennsylvania Sirens - 1930
You've Got to Save That Thing - Ora Alexander - 1931


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT THING CALLED LOVE (Perry Bradford)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 04:25 PM

From the sheet music at Mississippi State University:


THAT THING CALLED LOVE
Words and music by Perry Bradford, ©1920.

1. Now I am worried in my mind.
People say that love is blind.
I fell in love just to see,
But now my sweetie don't love me;
So now the minutes seem like days,
And the days are long as years.
Since my baby went away,
Now I am always shedding tears.

CHORUS: That thing called love will make you sit and sigh.
That thing called love that money cannot buy,
'Twill make you sad, make you glad.
'Twill even drive your itty-bitty mama [or papa] mad.
That thing called love has such a funny feelin'.
That thing called love, it's got my brains a-reelin'.
All alone, feeling blue,
Never knew how much I really cared for you,
'Cause nobody knows what that thing called love will do.

2. I'm thinking yes night and day,
My gal's gone far, far away.
I don't know what I will do,
Because it makes me feel so blue.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder,
And I often sit and wonder:
Will she please come back to me,
And listen to my lonesome plea?

[Early recordings were made by Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds, Marion Harris, Edith Wilson, Julia Jones, and Ethel Ridley.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT THING CALLED LOVE (from Mamie Smith
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 04:28 PM

THAT THING CALLED LOVE
As recorded by Mamie Smith, 1920.

VERSE: I'm worried in my mind.
I'm worried all the time.
My friend he told me today
That he was going away and stay.
Now I love him deep down in my heart,
But the best of friends must part.
Now I want somebody please
To cure me of my love disease.

CHORUS: That thing called love will make you sit and sigh.
That thing called love that money cannot buy,
Will make you sad,
Will make you glad,
Will even drive your mama mad.
That thing called love has such a funny feelin'.
That thing called love will set your brain a-reelin'.
When you're alone, feeling blue,
You're thinking 'bout someone that don't care for you;
Then nobody knows what the thing called love will do.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 06:39 PM

How about the famous three -

1) What is this thing called love?
2) What! Is this thing called love?
3) What is this thing called? Love.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 06:43 PM

Mr. Dixon I admire your ability to root to the root.

Vaguely related, here is a poem this thread sparked.
Mr. Dixon

RE:
Subject: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 04:20 PM

I was amazed, once I started digging into it



You have sparked a memory to one of my 20 most favorite POEMS of all time.

Please Enjoy......


Underwear
BY LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI


I didn?t get much sleep last night
thinking about underwear
Have you ever stopped to consider   
underwear in the abstract   
When you really dig into it
some shocking problems are raised   
Underwear is something   
we all have to deal with   
Everyone wears
some kind of underwear
The Pope wears underwear I hope
The Governor of Louisiana   
wears underwear
I saw him on TV
He must have had tight underwear
He squirmed a lot
Underwear can really get you in a bind
You have seen the underwear ads
for men and women
so alike but so different
Women?s underwear holds things up
Men?s underwear holds things down   
Underwear is one thing   
men and women have in common   
Underwear is all we have between us
You have seen the three-color pictures
with crotches encircled
to show the areas of extra strength
and three-way stretch
promising full freedom of action
Don?t be deceived
It?s all based on the two-party system
which doesn?t allow much freedom of choice   
the way things are set up   
America in its Underwear
struggles thru the night
Underwear controls everything in the end   
Take foundation garments for instance   
They are really fascist forms
of underground government
making people believe mail
something's but the truth
telling you what you can or can?t do   
Did you ever try to get around a girdle   
Perhaps Non-Violent Action
is the only answer
Did Gandhi wear a girdle?
Did Lady Macbeth wear a girdle?
Was that why Macbeth murdered sleep?   
And that spot she was always rubbing?
Was it really in her underwear?
Modern anglosaxon ladies
must have huge guilt complexes
always washing and washing and washing   
Out damned spot
Underwear with spots very suspicious   
Underwear with bulges very shocking   
Underwear on clothesline a great flag of freedom   
Someone has escaped his Underwear   
May be naked somewhere
Help!
But don?t worry
Everybody?s still hung up in it
There won?t be no real revolution
And poetry still the underwear of the soul   
And underwear still covering
a multitude of faults
in the geological sense?
strange sedimentary stones, inscrutable cracks!   
If I were you I?d keep aside
an oversize pair of winter underwear   
Do not go naked into that good night   
And in the meantime
keep calm and warm and dry
No use stirring ourselves up prematurely   
?over Nothing?
Move forward with dignity
hand in vest
Don?t get emotional
And death shall have no dominion   
There?s plenty of time my darling
Are we not still young and easy
Don?t shout


Lawrence Ferlinghetti, ?Underwear? from Starting from San Francisco. Copyright ? 1961 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation, www.wwnorton.com/nd/welcome.htm.
Source: These Are My Rivers: New and Selected Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1993)





(rather than spelling, or rules or punctuation...I chose to memorize poems and songs..useless stuff)


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Subject: Lyr Add: DADDY, YOU'VE DONE PUT THAT THING ON ME
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 09:14 PM

DADDY, YOU'VE DONE PUT THAT THING ON ME
As recorded by Martha Copeland, 1923.

VERSE: Liza Jane Green from New Orleans,
She's the cutest girl I've ever seen.
Her ways and actions are like a kewpie doll.
She thought no man on earth would ever make her fall,
But I know a brown that ain't no clown.
He's got such winnin' ways, he's the talk of town.
He kissed her sweet lips and made her feel gay.
His kisses were so sweet she was compelled to say:

CHORUS 1: Daddy, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you're satisfied.
It took a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a wise gal like me decide.
You called me ten times on the telephone,
And made me promise you I would be your own.

Daddy, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you're satisfied.

CHORUS 2: Daddy, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you're satisfied.
It took a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a wise gal like me decide.
You called me last night on that radio.
That's big mama Liza; I don't want you no mo'.

Daddy, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you're satisfied.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BABY, YOU DONE PUT THAT THING ON ME
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 09:38 PM

Apparently derived from the above song.


BABY, YOU DONE PUT THAT THING ON ME
As recorded by Leroy Carr with Scrapper Blackwell, 1929.

1: Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.
Takes a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a man like me go wild.
Now you remember way last summer when the birds begin to sing,
You took all my money and my diamond ring.

Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.

2: Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.
Takes a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a man like me go wild.
Now I ain't gonna stand your jive no mo'.
I want you to pack your trunk and go.

Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.

3: Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.
Takes a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a man like me go wild.
Now listen here, baby: you might be all right,
But I can't stand that stuff of you stayin' out all night.

Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.

4: Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.
Takes a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a man like me go wild.
Babe, I want you to get your suitcase packed.
I want you to go so far, now, plane won't bring you back.

Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.

5: Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.
Takes a lots of lovin' and dignity
To make a man like me go wild.
You spent all my money, and now I'm broke.
Now you wan't to leave me when my clo'es are in poke(?).

Baby, you done put that thing on me, now.
Guess you satisfied.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DADDY, DON'T PUT THAT THING ON ME BLUES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Oct 17 - 10:16 PM

This is a remarkable song. To me it sounds like a coded protest against sexual harassment.


DADDY, DON'T PUT THAT THING ON ME BLUES
As recorded by Clara Smith, 1929.

I'm goin' down to the circus to see that snake-charmin' man,
The man that's got that big black snake wrapped around his han'.
Right then and there I'll deliver this plea:
Mister snake charmin' papa, have mercy on me.
Here's what I'll say before the undertakers haul me away:

Oh, daddy, don't you put that thing on me.
I don't like it very much.
Daddy, don't you put that thing on me.
I simply can't stand the touch.
Don't like the way it looks, especially its head.
If you put it on me, papa, you will kill me dead.
You hear me screamin'.
You know what I'm meanin':
Don't you put that thing on me.

I know a big handsome papa called that snake-charmin' king,
A man that loves to show folks that big black thing.
He's just as nice as any man can be,
But he loves to put that thing on children like me.
Here's what I'll say if I should see him start comin' my way:

Oh, don't you dare to put that thing on me.
Go ahead and let me be.*
Now you know very well I can't stand that thing,
'Cause it always gives me such a chill.*
I don't like the way it looks, especially it twists.
If you put it on my hand, put it around my wrist.
You hear me screamin'.
You know what I'm meanin'.
Don't you dare to put that thing on me.


[* These lines ought to rhyme. They correspond to "much" and "touch" in the previous chorus. The lack of rhyme makes me think something has been changed or forgotten, but I don't know what.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T PUT THAT THING ON ME (C Gibson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Oct 17 - 12:07 AM

DON'T PUT THAT THING ON ME
As recorded by Clifford Gibson, 1929.

Don't put that thing on me.
Don't put that thing on me.
I swear I'll be good, kind mama; don't put that thing on me.

Don't care what you say.
Don't care what you do.
You sure can't quit your woman if she put that thing on you.

She puts that thing on you.
She puts it on you right.
You can't eat when you get hungry, partner, and you can't sleep at night.

You can't sleep at night.
You can't sleep at night.
You can't eat when you get hungry, partner, and you can't sleep at night.

I asked a married woman
To let me be her kid.
She said she'd spread; she'd put that thing on me, and I couldn't keep it hid.

I couldn't keep it hid.
I couldn't keep it hid.
She say she'll spread; she'll put that thing on me, and I couldn't keep it hid.

My woman quit me,
Find her another man.
Any way she have that thing on me, I couldn't raise my hand.

Now from my experience,
I give you your advice:
If you got a good woman, partner, you got to treat her right.

You'd better treat her right.
You'd better treat her right.
If you got a good woman, partner, you'd better treat her right.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU PUT THAT THING ON ME
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Oct 17 - 01:03 AM

YOU PUT THAT THING ON ME
As recorded by Spark Plug Smith, 1933.

VERSE: Liza Jim(?) Green from New Orleans,
The sweetest girl I've ever seen,
Her ways and her actions just like a Kewpie doll.
Was but one man in town could make Liza fall.
I stopped around, all sharp and keen.
Who fell for me was Liza Jim(?) Green.
I kissed her sweet lips and made her feel gay.
You ought to heard Liza when she yelled out and say:

CHORUS 1: Papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.
It took a lot o' loving an' ? (?)
To make a wise woman like me decide.
You ain't fat; baby, you ain't lean,
But you the best I ever seen.

Baby, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.

CHORUS 2: Papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.
It took a lot o' loving an' ? (?)
To make a wise woman like me decide.
You start shifting; your shifter's near.
You climb her hills without shifting one gear.

I said: papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.

CHORUS 3: I said: papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.
It took a lot o' loving an' ? (?)
To make a woman like me decide.
My name is Liza but they call me Sister Yearn(?).
I told Deacon Jones it wasn't a durn thing doin'.

I said: papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.

CHORUS 4: I said: papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.
It took a lot o' loving an' ? (?)
To make a wise woman like me decide.
Close up your windows; shut up your doors.
My daddy throws a mean yo-yo.

I said: papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.

CHORUS 5: I say: baby, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied.
It took a lot o' loving an' ? (?)
To make a wise woman like me decide.
What did the elephant say when he swallowed the cat?
I've got a stomach full o' kittens and it's tight like that.

Papa, you done put that thing on me.
I guess you satisfied, I mean,
I guess you satisfied.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: BobL
Date: 22 Oct 17 - 03:24 AM

Not to mention the Pipkins' "Gimme Dat Ding"


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 22 Oct 17 - 06:42 AM

Yes, that's the one that immediately came up for me as the earworm for the day : Gimme dat ding


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: clueless don
Date: 24 Oct 17 - 07:54 AM

GUEST,Ray, Bennie Hill also gave us

4) What is this thing called, Love?


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 25 Oct 17 - 11:00 AM

Thanks for the poem, Jim.

I help teach refugees how to sew. Now I realize that two of the most important words to learn in a new language are "this" and "thing." When students are confused, they will point to a component and say "This thing? This thing?"

Recently the DH and I went to a swanky restaurant, and he ordered a martini. I am not lying when I say that the waiter asked him something about blue cheese.

There was a long silence, and then I said, "Did I hear you say something about blue cheese with respect to a martini?" And the waiter gave me a long look that seemed to say "If only my employer would permit me to give my honest opinion." Instead he said:

"You can order an olive stuffed with blue cheese. It's a thing."


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Subject: Lyr Add: DO THAT THING (Rosa Henderson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Oct 17 - 05:28 PM

DO THAT THING
As recorded by Rosa Henderson, accompanied by Fletcher Henderson's Club Alabam Orchestra, 1924.

Do that thing; you just take me from home,
Just like the Teapot Dome.
Shake your feet.
Feel that heat.
Make me like it and you won your eats.

Through that pot,(?)
Slap your shoulders till they get red-hot.
You got to worry 'bout a half.(?)
You just my kind of man.
Hot coffee! Get off them grounds!

Go it, kid; you done won you a home,
Just like the Greeks took Rome.
Bend your knees.
You have won with ease.
Take me, please.

Oh, papa, just like a house mop,
You cleaned up; come and get your pork chop.
You can't dance,
But you don't have to when you do that thing.

Oh, papa, you throwed a seven.
Don't choke 'em; bring me eleven.
You can't sing,
But you don't have to when you do that thing.

Go on, Fletcher; do that thing!

Jump, rooster! Here comes your hen.


[Rosa Henderson and Fletcher Henderson were not related.]


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 27 Oct 17 - 04:16 AM

Gimme dat ting!      Not quite 'that thing but dat ting is more or less (perhaps less) the same.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COME ON COOT AND DO THAT THING
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Oct 17 - 04:56 PM

COME ON COOT AND DO THAT THING
As recorded by Coot Grant and Wesley "Kid" Wilson, with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra, 1925.

...(?)
Jimmy Walker, mayor of the town.
Now ? world's best dancer in your town.
But I'm the baby that turned that damper down.
Now when I walk into that hall,
You can hear ev'rybody squall.

(What'd they say?)

Come on, Coot, and do that thing.
Put on your boots and you do that thing.
You get yourself all up in a hump,
You do the funny dance just like the old folks hunt.
Honey, do that thing.
Now don't you change.
Now you flap your hands from side to side.
You get 'em way down and then you rise.
Now, if you got an idea, let it ring.
'Cause I can do, I can do, I can do that thing.
Honey, I mean, I can do that thing.

Now, come on, Coot, and you do that thing.
Put on your boots and you do that thing.
And get yourself all up in a hump.
You do this funny dance just like the old folks hunt(?).
Honey, do that thing.
(Now I'm doin' that thing.)
Honey don't you change.
Now you shake your shoulder from side to side.
If you shimmy here, mama, you gonna warble outside.
Now I've got and idea and I'll let it ring,
'Cause I'm a big fat mama and I can do that thing.
I mean, I can do that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TAKE THAT THING AWAY (Alberta Hunter)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Oct 17 - 05:24 PM

TAKE THAT THING AWAY
Word and music by Andy Razaf
As recorded by Alberta Hunter with Perry Bradford's Mean Four, 1925.

Henry Johnson bought his gal a winter overcoat.
He thought that it would please her, but it simply got her goat.
It was second-handed, looked a little worn.
When she saw it, she raved and carried on.
Poor Henry hung his head
While his gal loudly said:

Man, take that thing away from me, 'cause I don't know where it's been.
It looks so bad, that if you tried to pawn it, you couldn't put it in.
Now the fur's moth-eaten; there's wrinkles in the skin.
It wouldn't fit me 'cause I'm too thin.
So take that thing away from here, 'cause I don't know where it's been.
I tell you this:
I don't know where it's been.

Now Lucy James refused it 'fore you brought it to me.
Man, you must think I'm crazy; can't you plainly see
It's been used by somebody's spouse?
It wouldn't satisfy me 'cause it's all worn out.
Take that thing away from me 'cause I don't know where it's been.
I don't want it!
I don't know where it's been.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BETTER BOOT THAT THING (Bessie Tucker)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Oct 17 - 06:04 PM

BETTER BOOT THAT THING
As recorded by Bessie Tucker, 1928.

There's a little dance just in town.
It must be easy 'cause I got it down.
They call it boot that thing.
Yeah, boot that thing.
Now you better stay home, learn how to boot that thing

A little red rooster, a big fat hen
Had a fight this mornin', sayin' we ain't no kin.
We ought to boot that thing.
Hey, boot that thing.
Now you better stay home, learn how to boot that thing.

The dog and the cat are no good friends.
The dog don't like it 'cause the cat won't grin.
He want to boot that thing.
Ah, boot that thing.
Now you better stay home, learn how to boot that thing.

Old aunt Dinah, sick in her bed,
She sent for the doctor and the doctor said:
You got to boot that thing.
Ah, boot that thing.
Now you better stay home, learn how to boot that thing.

Ah, boot that thing.

You want to make a man you love smile,
Shimmy half an hour, stop and rest awhile,
Then boot that thing.
Ah, boot that thing.
Now you better stay home, learn how to boot that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOT MY MIND ON THAT THING (Clara Smith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Oct 17 - 06:02 PM

GOT MY MIND ON THAT THING
As recorded by Clara Smith, 1928.

Papa, O Papa, come listen to your mama sing. (2x)
I want to tell you, I got my mind on that thing.

There's only one reason I hang on to you. (2x)
You know it is: I've got my mind on that thing.

I can't sleep a wink when I lay down. (2x)
I roll and twist; I've got my mind on that thing.

Ain't no disgrace for me to love you the way I do. (2x)
So there's nobody's business; I've got my mind on that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: STOMP THAT THING (Frank Stokes)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Oct 17 - 06:42 PM

.I have no idea what he's talking about in this song.


STOMP THAT THING
As recorded by Frank Stokes, 1928.

Now my song's got tight; it won't treat me right,
Tryin' to keep good drinkin' whiskey out o' my sight
Till I could stomp that thing.
I mean the same thing.
Hey, I'm gettin' tired tellin' you 'bout hearin' that ding-dong ring.

Now a lonely guy(?), ballin' an' brown(?),
I think about the time since I left town.
Help me stomp that thing.
I mean the same thing.

Bring round the bottle stopper; let's bottle some beer.
The time done got too dry round here
For me to stomp that thing.
I mean the same thing.
And I'm gettin' tired tell you bout hearin' them ding-dong ring.

Now stomp it in the summer time; you needn't wait till fall.
[If you] don't stomp it right, you needn't stomp it at all.
Help me stomp that thing.
I mean the same thing.
And I'm gettin' tired tellin' you hearin' them ding-dong ring.

Now mama said one thing, my papa said the same:
Stompin' that thing is 'bout to change my name.
Now help me stomp that thing.
I mean the same thing.
An' I'm gettin' sick an' tired hearin' them ding-dong ring.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T BITE THAT THING (McFadden)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Oct 17 - 03:43 PM

DON'T BITE THAT THING
As recorded by Charlie "Specks" McFadden, 1929.

Way down south among the sugar cane, (2x)
People down there they learnt to bite that thing just the same.

You can't live in Harlem without you get in the ring.
You can't hardly live in Harlem without you get in the ring.
Behold Seventh Avenue; they have learnt how to bite that thing.

Some bites it hot and some bites it cold. (2x)
I would not bite one, baby, to save your soul.

Some likes their molasses, they sop with cheap bread they make.
Some likes their molasses, sop it with the bread they make.
No you ain't gonna do bite that thing right in my face.

I had a friend had a gal; [and] they are not together now. (2x)
Seem like you'd bite that thing, mama, anyhow.


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Subject: Lyr Add: EVERYBODY LIKES THAT THING (Tarpley/Smith
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Oct 17 - 08:44 PM

EVERYBODY LIKES THAT THING
As recorded by Sam Tarpley & Ivy Smith, vocalists, with Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport on piano, 1929.

I got a brand-new song I'm goin' to sing,
And now I'm sure that you like that thing,
'Cause [CHORUS:] ev'rybody likes that thing.
Ev'rybody likes that thing.
I know you like it; ev'rybody likes that thing.

The old folks and the young folks too
Say they like it so well they don't know what to do.
Now ? [CHORUS]

I went to France 'way 'cross the sea.
The folks tried to take that thing from me.
Now ... [CHORUS]

There's lots o' things, mama, I know you love,
But that ain't half as good as what I'm speakin' of.
Now ? [CHORUS]

Old uncle Ned asked sister Kate;
He said: "Come on, mama; don't you hesitate."
Now ... [CHORUS]

I heard a great big rat tell a little bitty mouse:
"I want to see you down at my house."
Now ... [CHORUS]

My gal told me: "Daddy, don't you give it away."
She said: "You got somethin' good, you better make 'em pay,
'Cause ... [CHORUS]"

Listen here, mama: I'm mad an' evil, too.
I got somethin' good I wants to give to you,
'Cause ... [CHORUS]

Seen a flyin' man; his name was Will.
Said he couldn't see but he sure could feel.
Now ... [CHORUS]


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHAT'S THAT THING SHE'S SHAKING (Jackson
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Nov 17 - 12:22 AM

Found on YouTube:


WHAT'S THAT THING SHE'S SHAKING
As recorded by Papa Charlie Jackson, 1934

Yes, yes, yes. That remind me of years ago, when I wrote a little song they call "Shake That Thing." A friend o' mine wrote me and asked me what was that thing that was shakin'. Well, sure, you know, I can't tell 'em what that thing that was shakin', but I got a little song that'll give you an idea. Here I go:

What's that thing that she's shakin'?
It is drivin' me wild.
What's that thing that keeps breakin'
In with a brand-new style?
She don't shake her head; she don't shake her shoulders.
Don't shake her knees; she sure don't shake her feet.
Now what's that thing that she's shakin'?
Cert'nly all shakin' it mean(?), I mean,
Cert'nly all shakin' it mean(?).

What's that thing that she's shakin'?
I would like to know.
What's that thing that she's shakin'?
Tell me just before you go.
Now, mama, don't you be so fast,
But keep on a-shakin' till someone passed.
Now what's that thing that she's shakin'?
I would like to know, I mean,
Really would like to know.

Yes, yes, yes. Whatever that thing is she's shakin', she sure is doin' the dog with it. But I'll find out just before she go, what's that thing that she's shakin' so.

What's that thing that she's shakin'?
I would like to know.
What's that thing that she's breakin'?
Tell me just before you go.
Dance over here, you dance over there.
Get out, boys; she'll dance ev'rywhere.
Now, what's that thing that she's shakin'?
I would like to know, I mean,
Really would like to know.

Now, what's that thing that she's shakin'?
I would like to know.
Yeah, what's that thing that she's breakin'?
She's gon' to tell me just before she go.
Now, mama, don't you get rough,
But keep on a-shakin' and strut your stuff.
Now what's that thing that she's shakin'?
I would like to know, I mean,
We all would like to know.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'VE GOT THAT THING (Cole Porter)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Nov 17 - 08:26 AM

YOU'VE GOT THAT THING
Written by Cole Porter, 1929, from "Fifty Million Frenchmen"

I. As recorded by Maurice Chevalier, 1930

INTRO: Since first you blew in like a boisterous breeze,
I often have wondered, dear,
Why gentlemen all seem to fall on their knees
The moment that you appear,
Your fetching physique is hardly unique.
You're mentally not so hot.
You'll never win laurels because of your morals,
But I'll tell you what you've got:

1. You've got that thing; you've got that thing,
That thing that makes birds forget to sing.
Yes, you've got that thing, that certain thing.
You've got that charm, that subtle charm,
That makes young farmers desert the farm,
'Cause you've got that thing, that certain thing.
You've got what Adam craved when he
With love for Eve was tortured.
She only had an apple tree,
But you, you've got an orchard.
You've got those ways, those taking ways,
That make me rush off to Cartier's
For a wedding ring; you've got that thing.

II. Additional verses recorded by Bobby Short

2. You've got that thing; you've got that thing,
That thing makes vines prefer to cling.
Yes, you've got that thing, that certain thing.
You've got those looks, those fatal looks
That make book censors enjoy their books,
'Cause you've got that thing, that certain thing.
Just what made Samson be for years
Delilah's lord and keeper?
She only had a pair of shears,
But you, you've got a reaper.
You've got that power, the power to grip
That makes me map out a wedding trip
For early spring; you've got that thing.

3. You've got that thing; you've got that thing,
The thing that makes bees refuse to sting.
You've got that thing, that certain thing.
You've that kiss, that kiss that's warm,
That makes reformers reform reforms.
You've got that thing, that certain thing.
They tell us Trojan Helen's lips
Made ev'ry man her slavey.
If her face launched a thousand ships,
Well, yours could launch a navy.
You've got that lot, and such a lot,
It makes me think you're prepared for what
Any stork might bring; you've got that thing.

III. Additional verse ending recorded by Howard McGillin and others

You've got ideas inside your head
That make me order an extra bed
With an extra spring; you've got that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TAPPIN' THAT THING (James "Yank" Rachel)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Nov 17 - 03:49 PM

TAPPIN' THAT THING
As recorded by James "Yank" Rachel with Sonny Boy Williamson II, 1947.

1. Well, tappin' that thing is easy to do.
I got that thing for my particular use.

CHORUS: I been tappin' that thing, great God a'mighty!
Been tappin' that thing, great God a'mighty!
Ev'ry mornin' at eight you can hear me tappin' that thing,

2. Tappin' in the mornin' when I tapped at night.
Tapped that thing, I done tapped it dead right.

3. Went to the front door to get a shine,
Said go to the back do' and get it from behin'.

Ah, tap it down, boy!

4. Tappin' that thing is easy to do.
I got that thing for my particular use.

5. I done tol' you once; I done tol' you twice:
Don't be messin' 'roun' here with my wife.

6. Wear my shoes; you [can] wear your socks.
?(?) how you play that box.

Tap it again boy; I got 'em!

7. I don't need no wife, don't need no hope(?).
Somebody bring me another joke(?).

8. I tapped in the mornin' when I tapped at night.
Tapped that thing; I done tapped it right.

9. Listen here, people, what you done done:
Got my money; got me on the bum.

Ah, tap it now, boy!


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Subject: Lyr Add: TAPPIN' THAT THING (Randy Hughes)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Nov 17 - 04:15 PM

Here's a western swing version of the above song:


TAPPIN' THAT THING
As recorded by Randy Hughes, 1951 or 1952

1. Now, ladies an' gents, I want to sing a little song.
If you listen right close, well, it won't take long.

CHORUS: I been tappin' that thing (tappin' that thing),
Tappin' that thing (tappin' that thing).
Ev'rybody's doin' it; ev'rybody's tappin' that thing.

2. Well, I tapped over here; I've tapped over there.
I've tapped and I've tapped till I've done it ev'rywhere.

3. I tapped last night 'fore I went to bed.
I woke up this mornin'; my tapper was dead.

4. I went to the doctor the other day,
An' he said I better find another way.

5. Can't hold a job and I'll tell you why:
After tappin' all night, I'm so weak I could die.

6. Got home this mornin' 'bout a quarter to four.
I thought I would tap it, well, just once more.

7. Now, they ain't no use o' me a-tappin' no more.
I've tapped and I've tapped till my feet got sore.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SOMEBODY'S BEEN PLAYING WITH THAT THING
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Nov 17 - 08:02 AM

SOMEBODY'S BEEN PLAYING WITH THAT THING
As recorded by Blind Boy Fuller, 1935.

1. Ida, Ida, where you stood last night?
Hair's all tangled; your clo'es ain't fittin' you right.

CHORUS: Just as sure as you born, somebody been playin' with that thing.
Just as sure as you born, Ida, somebody been playin' with that thing.

2. Little brown rooster said to little red hen:
"Ain't had no lovin' in a—don't know when."

3. You can always tell when your girls will treat you mean:
Your meals unregular, your house ain't ever clean.

(Play that thing now, boy. Yeah! I know somebody been playin' with that thing.)

4. Said how you remember that mornin', knock upon your do',
Had the nerve to tell me you don't want me no mo'.

5. Now you run here, doctor; run here quick.
Ida had somethin' this mornin' done made her sick.

6. Said that little brown rooster said to the little red hen:
"Meet me down at the barnyard 'bout half past ten."


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Subject: Lyr Add: I CAN'T USE THAT THING (Connie McLean)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Nov 17 - 09:06 AM

I CAN'T USE THAT THING
As recorded by Connie McLean's Rhythm Boys, 1936.

[a] Say, boy, what's that thing you got there? A rug? (Yeah, a rug.)
How much you want for it? (Fifteen dollars.)
Fifteen dollars! (Yeah.)


[b] I can't use that thing. (Why you can't use it, man?)
I can't use that thing. (Why you can't use it?)
I wouldn't have that thing layin' around on my floor. (Play it, boy; play it.)

[a] Now you was here yesterday. (Yeah, I was.)
The day before? (That was me.)
You tried to get me to lay that same thing on my floor,


[b] But I can't use that thing. (Why you can't use it, man? Why you can't use it?)
I can't use that thing.
I wouldn't have that thing layin' around on my floor.
Now play it, Connie.

[a] Oh, what a pretty bed! (Yeah, it's a pretty bed.)
A pretty mattress. (Yeah, pretty mattress.)
What, no springs? (Yeah, no springs.)
No springs! (Nah, no springs.)


[b] I can't use that thing. (What's the matter with it, man?)
I can't use that thing. (It's all right, I think)
I wouldn't have that thing sittin' around on my floor.

[a] Now what's that man got over there on that wagon? Bananas? (Yeah, bananas.)
Bananas? (Yeah, bananas.)
Sure 'nough bananas? (Yeah, bananas.)


[b] Yes, I want that thing. (Yeah, you want that thing, didn't you?)
Yes, I want that thing. (That's a good thing, man.)
I will follow a banana man; I don't care wherever he goes.


[Parts labeled [a] are spoken over a vamp. Parts labeled [b] are sung, with a spoken response. In all cases, the responses are in parentheses; the other words are the lead singer's. Also, the spoken words are in italics; the rest are sung.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M WILD ABOUT THAT THING (Bessie Smith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Nov 17 - 12:59 PM

I'M WILD ABOUT THAT THING
As recorded by Bessie Smith, 1929.

Honey, baby, won't you cuddle near?
Let sweet mama whisper in your ear.
I'm wild about that thing.
It makes me laugh and sing.
Give it to me, papa; I'm wild about that thing.

Do it easy, honey; don't get rough.
From you, papa, I can't get enough.
I'm wild about that thing.
Sweet joy it always brings.
Ev'rybody knows it; I'm wild about that thing.

Please don't hold it, baby, when I cry.
Give me ev'ry bit of it; else I'll die.
I'm wild about that thing.
Jada-jing-jing-jing!
All the time I'm cryin': I'm wild about that thing.

What's the matter, papa, please don't stall.
Don't you know I love it and I wants it all?
I'm wild about that thing.
Just give my bell a ring.
You can press my buttons; I'm wild about that thing.

Mmm, if you want to satisfy my soul,
Come on an' rock me with a steady roll.
I'm wild about that thing.
Yeah, I like your ting-a-ling.
Kiss me like you mean it; I'm wild about that thing.

Come on; turn the lights down low.
When you say you ready, just tell it so.
Mmmm,
I'm wild about that thing.
Come on and make me feel it; I'm wild about that thing.
'
Wild about it when you hold me tight,
Let me linger in your arms all night.
I'm wild about that thing.
My passion starts to fling.
Come on hear me cry: I'm wild about that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M WILD ABOUT THAT THING (Tune Wranglers
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Nov 17 - 01:45 PM

Here's a song that made the crossover from blues (see Bessie Smith, above) to western swing, with some modifications.


I'M WILD ABOUT THAT THING
As recorded by the Tune Wranglers, 1936.

Honey, baby, won't you cuddle near?
Let sweet mama whisper in your ear.
It makes me laugh and it makes me sing.
Give it to me, mama; I'm wild about that thing.

CHORUS: Away, I'm goin' away, babe.
Honey, won't you follow me?

Take it easy, honey; don't get rough.
From you, mama, I can't get enough.
Sweet joy it always brings.
Ev'rybody knows I'm wild about that thing.

What's the matter, mama? Please don't stall.
I want your love and I want it all.
Just give my bell a ring.
You can press the button; I'm wild about that thing.

If you want to satisfy my soul,
Come on; rock me with a steady roll.
I like the way you ting-a-ling.
Kiss me like you mean I'm wild about that thing.

Come on, baby; turn the lights down low.
When you're ready just say: "Let's go."
It makes me like ivy cling,
Makes me feel I'm wild about that thing.

Wild about it when you hold me tight.
Let me linger in your arms so right.
Now my passion has got to fling.
Can't you hear me cryin' I'm wild about that thing?


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Subject: Lyr Add: I KEPT ON RUBBING THAT THING
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Nov 17 - 04:50 PM

I KEPT ON RUBBING THAT THING
As recorded by the State Street Swingers with Leonard Scott, 1936.

My gal bought me a washboard an' a tub.
Man, I put a shirt on the the board an' I started to rub,
And I just kept on rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone ol' thing.

She said: "Papa, please don't rub so rough!"
I said: "Baby, take it easy; I know my stuff."
Man, and I just kept on rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone ol' thing

I started to rubbin' rubbin' with care.
Why, she set way back there in one o' them good ol' chairs.
Man, I was rubbin', rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone ol' thing.

She says: "Papa, don't you know I like the way you rub?"
I say: "I know it, baby, 'cause I got the best washboa'd in this tub."
An' I was rubbin', rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone ol' thing.

I said: "Baby, please keep still.
If that stroke didn't get it, I know doggone well this'n will."
Man I just kept on rubbin' on that doggone thing.
(Yes, indeed, I's rubbin' too.)

And I got tired, man, an' started to sweat.
Then she had the nerve to say that I hadn't did nothin' yet,
While I was rubbin', rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone thing.

She raised her dress ...
"Oh, man," I said, "Let's do it again."
Baby, I kept on rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone thing.

Oh, rubbin' too! Oh, I mean, I's rubbin'. Don't tell me that I can't rub. Mm-hm. I'm rubbin'. Man, I'm still rubbin', rubbin' on that doggone thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SMACK THAT THING (Walter Coleman)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Nov 17 - 10:11 PM

SMACK THAT THING
As recorded by Walter Coleman, 1936.

Now I wake up in the mornin', girls, feelin' sad.
You know I wants somethin' that I ain't never had.

CHORUS: You want to smack that thing; you want to smack that thing.
You want to smack that thing, mama; I ain't got a thing to give 'way.

I went to to my gal's house the other day and I didn't go to stay.
I got to smackin' that thing and I stayed all day.

Now it's pull down your window shade and close up your blin'.
It's keep the next-door neighbors from hearin' you whine.

I got a brass bed, mama, shine like the mornin' star.
I want to rock you in it ? like a Cadillac car.

I warn you, sweet mama; I'm gonna get you tol':
You ain't the onliest woman in the worl' ? your jelly roll.

The first time I met you stan'in' in my back do',
I tol' you ? actually quit walkin' no mo'.

Now the girls don't like me 'cause I'm young an' wild.
I can't he'p it, girls; I'm my mama's baby child.

Now you green cabin girls, you needn't flirt.
You got flyspecks on your underskirt.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M MISSING THAT THING (Hattie Hart, 1934
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Nov 17 - 07:56 AM

I'M MISSING THAT THING
As recorded by Hattie Hart, 1934.

My honey left me 'way last spring.
Ever since then I been a-missin' that thing.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Well, I hate to own it, baby, but I'm missin' that thing.

I miss it in the sunshine; I miss it in the rain.
I miss it so bad it gives me a pain.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Well, I hate to tell it, baby, but I'm missin' that thing.

I miss it in the spring, summer and the fall.
I miss it in the wintertime the worst of all.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Well, I hate to tell you, baby, but I'm missin' that thing.

Oh, I miss it when it's hot; I miss it when it's cold.
I miss it so bad it can't be told.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Well, I hate to tell you, baby, honey, but I'm missin' that thing.

Oh, honey, I'm missin' that thing.
Hear me talkin'; I'm missin' that thing.
Mama's walkin'; I'm missin' that thing.
Hear me cryin'; I'm missin' that thing.
Won't you come home, honey? Honey, I'm missin' that thing.

I miss it when I'm right; I miss it when I'm wrong.
I miss it, sweet baby, all night long.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Lord, I'm missin' that thing.
Don't you hear me talkin'? Baby, I'm missin' that thing.

Doggone it, I'm missin' that thing.
Hear me talkin'; I'm missin' that thing.
Mama cryin'; I'm missin' that thing.
I'm not lyin'; I'm missin' that thing.
Won't you hurry up, daddy? Mama's missin' that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MIX THAT THING (McPhail, 1932)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Nov 17 - 11:57 AM

MIX THAT THING
As recorded by Black Bottom McPhail with Scrapper Blackwell, 1932.

I went downtown to the music store.
They got a sign hangin' right by the door
Sayin': "Mixin' that thing.
We goin' to mix that thing.
For it's all over St. Louis; yes, we goin' to mix that thing."

Now my baby got a mixer and I have too,
And when we start to mixin', now it just won't do.
I like to mix that thing.
I like to mix that thing.
You can come over to my house; I'll show you how to mix that thing.

Now I went out the other night.
When I got back, somethin' wasn't goin' on right.
Somebody was mixin' that thing.
Somebody was mixin' that thing.
I put my ear to the keyhole; I heard somebody mixin' that thing.

Now I do mixin' ev'ry night.
When my mixer get out o' fix I want to fuss and fight.
I like to mix that thing.
I like to mix that thing.
And ev'rybody in town is wild about mixin' that thing.

Now I often hear grandma gettin' grandpa told:
"Look-a here, old man; you done got too old
For to mix that thing.
You can't mix that thing."
And it's all over St. Louis, thing about mixin' that thing.

Now the womens in new york they wears diamond rings,
But the womens in St. Louis they like to mix that thing.
I like to mix that thing.
I like to mix that thing.
And it's all over St. Louis; yes, I like to mix that thing.

Now here in St. Louis, 'bout to come to test,
Tryin' to see which one here can mix the thing the best.
I like to mix that thing.
I like to mix that thing.
And it's all over St. Louis; yes, I like to mix that thing.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOVE THAT THING (Carolina Peanut Boys)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Nov 17 - 04:58 PM

This has a jug-band sound.


MOVE THAT THING
As recorded by The Carolina Peanut Boys, 1930.

Last night my gal went to bed.
She put a pistol under my head.
I said: "Move that thing.
You got to move that thing.
If you want me to sleep here tonight you got to move that thing."

I got a job as a teamster and was out o' my place.
The mule backed up into my face.
I said: "Move that thing.
You got to move that thing.
If you want me to stay here, you got to move that thing."

A horse and a flea and two little mice
Went down in the cellar shootin' dice.
They moved that thing.
You got to move that thing.
If you want [mumbles] you got to move that thing.

Then the horse he slipped, fell on the flea.
The flea said ? the horse on me.
You got to move that thing.
You got to move that thing.
If you want me to stay here, you got to move that thing.

Said the little red rooster to the little red hen:
"You haven't laid an egg since I don't know when.
You got to move that thing.
You got to move that thing.
? you got to move that, move, move that thing."


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'That Thing'
From: Jackaroodave
Date: 17 Nov 17 - 10:23 PM

The third and fourth verse split a wandering verse. The version I know goes like this:

A horse and a flea and three blind mice
Sat on a curbstone shooting dice.
The horse he slipped and fell on the flea.
"Oops" said the flea, "There's a horse on me."

The point is that in the dice game called "Horse," players who loses a round are said to have a horse on them. So I'd guess the ? word is either "there's" or "that's," and "the" might be "a."


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE'S DANGEROUS WITH THAT THING
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Nov 17 - 11:47 PM

SHE'S DANGEROUS WITH THAT THING
As recorded by "Jimmy Jordan" (Lonnie Johnson), 1932.

Come on, people, just in time!
Buy your tickets and get in line.
This gal's goin' to move that thing.
Oh, man, how she can move that thing!
She's got me goin' goofy, about to go insane.

Police 'rested gal for shakin' in a dancin' hall.
She moved that thing for the judge and they had a ball.
You know she can move that thing.
Ah, man, she can move that thing.
Even the judges go nuts 'bout her movin' that thing.

Boy, she can move it easy; she can move it neat.
She move it so she give me thrill down in my feet.
You know she can move that thing.
Oh, man, she can move that thing.
If she ever push me, I'll make my home back in old St. James.

Now I taken this gal to church to learn her how to pray.
She start to movin' that thing, the preacher throwed his bible away.
Says: "Gal, move that thing.
Yes, come on, gal, let's move this thing."
Says: "My back was hurtin' but you done made me lose my pain."

Now, I taken this gal down in jungle land.
She put that thing on that medicine man.
You know she can move that thing.
Oh, man, she can move that thing.
Now she's leadin' ev'ry tribe down in Zulu land.

Now she made me pawn the clothes and the shoes off my feet,
The hat off my head and the bed where I sleep.
You know she can move that thing.
Oh, man, I'm nuts by her movin' that thing;
And if my gal ever quits me, I'll kill her and make my home in old St. James.


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