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Lyr Add: Babe, Honey, It Ain't No Lie

GUEST,Phil d'Conch 18 Jun 18 - 05:19 AM
Jim Dixon 18 Jun 18 - 10:08 PM
Joe Offer 18 Jun 18 - 10:39 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 19 Jun 18 - 03:01 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Babe, Honey, It Ain't No Lie
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 18 Jun 18 - 05:19 AM

Not sure where this fits in or where it's from, sort of the B-side to John B to the tune of Froggy Went a Courtin' or Keemo Kimo but with minstrel lyrics:

“...the Colonel, seeing the good effect of one song*, struck up another, which I may as well give too:

When you're single, you're at your ease,
But when you are married, you got a wife to please —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

The funniest thing I ever saw
Was a cockroach living with his mother-in-law —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

I'm goin' to whistle and I'm goin' to sing,
And tell you about the purty little thing, —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

If you want to see Mr. Jackson laugh
Just change a dollar and give him half —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

What you goin' to do when it's half-past eight,
And the boss he say, "You come too late" —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

Beefsteak cookin' and the onions fryin',
And the old folks laughin' and the children cryin' —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

"What are you doin' workin' so hard?"
"Tryin' to keep my wife out of white folks' yard" —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

Of all the joys you find in life,
The greatest is a charmin' wife —
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.

Goin' to hang my kettle on the white folks' gate,
Get it full of pork chops, cheese, and steak
Babe, Honey, it ain't no lie.”

[Gallienne, R.L., Coral Islands and Mangrove Trees, Harper's Monthly Magazine, vol.CXXXIV, December, 1916, To May, 1917 (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1917, p. 83)]

Notes:
*Hoist the John B. Sail p.82

The lyrics posted here have been purged of the Colonel's “vife,” “vant,” “vorkin” &c. See Harper's for the Gallienne spellings.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Babe, Honey, It Ain't No Lie
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jun 18 - 10:08 PM

Here's a link to that issue of Harper's Magazine, courtesy of Google Books.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Babe, Honey, It Ain't No Lie
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 18 - 10:39 PM

So, is this the same song as Libba Cotten's Oh, Babe It Ain't No Lie?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Babe, Honey, It Ain't No Lie
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 19 Jun 18 - 03:01 AM

I've only heard this one done. No sheet music then or now... yet. Cotten doesn't sound much like Froggy Went a Courtin' to me though Joe.

There's also Moran & Helf's It Ain't No Lie: I'se a natural born Reacher (1897) which I'm still thinking over.


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