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Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You

Chet W. 27 Jan 00 - 04:14 PM
Chet W. 27 Jan 00 - 06:17 PM
Molly Malone 27 Jan 00 - 06:19 PM
The Invisible Blazoona 27 Jan 00 - 10:14 PM
The Invisible Blazoona 28 Jan 00 - 12:01 AM
Jim Dixon 25 Mar 10 - 12:22 PM
GUEST,RtS sans cookie 25 Mar 10 - 01:15 PM
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Mark Clark 26 Mar 10 - 04:42 PM
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Subject: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: Chet W.
Date: 27 Jan 00 - 04:14 PM

I hope this qualifies as blues enough to be appropriate here. If anyone has the lyrics, and hopefully the chords, to this song I'd be most appreciative.

Thanks, Chet


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: Chet W.
Date: 27 Jan 00 - 06:17 PM

Or just recommend a good recording?

Thanks, Chet


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: Molly Malone
Date: 27 Jan 00 - 06:19 PM

Isn't it on the Mask soundtrack?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: The Invisible Blazoona
Date: 27 Jan 00 - 10:14 PM

The biggest hit was Peggy Lee's in 1941, but the best version in my opinion, was the original recorded by Lil Green in '40 with a killer back up trio of Big Bill Broonzy on guitar, Raansom Knowling on Bass, and Henry Simenon on Piano.

I have sometimes heard of songwriting credits given to Kansas Joe McCoy (Memphis Minnnie's husband).

Look for the Lil Green version, but the Peggy Lee will probably be easier to find

Good hunting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: The Invisible Blazoona
Date: 28 Jan 00 - 12:01 AM

Aaaargh!!! I must be thinking of something else. Please disregard the above. I had a brain fart. I had it confused with "Why Don't You Do Right?" which sounds similar.

"Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You" was written by Andy Razaff ( Fats Waller's songwriting partner), and could probably be found on a good Fats Waller anthology.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused by the previous erroneous post.

Razaff is the author, and Waller the songs first performer.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GEE AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? (Redman, Razaf)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 12:22 PM

GEE, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU?
Don Redman, Andy Razaf

As performed by McKinney's Cotton Pickers – Nov-5-1929
Victor V-38097-A, Bluebird B-10249-A, HMV B.4967
http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/cotton/aintigud.ram

Ah, love makes me treat you the way I do.
Say, ain't I good to you?
You know there's nothin' too good for a girl that's true.
Ah, baby, you know I'm good to you.
Fur coat for Christmas, and a diamond ring
Big patented coupe(?), 'most ev'rything.
And it's love makes me treat you the way I do.
Ah, baby, ain't I good to you?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: GUEST,RtS sans cookie
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 01:15 PM

Jimmy Rushing sings "Cadillac car" for "big patented coupe". I sing that and then explain most men fall short of this ideal and go:

"Nylon fur coat for Christmas and a Ratner's* ring
Lada** car and everything..."

* A chain of cheap jewelry shops in the UK that went bust after the owner described their products as "crap" on national tv
**Under Eastern European Communism the people's car, cheap and not very cheerful

RtS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: cptsnapper
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 02:19 PM

Diana Krall & Maria Muldaur have both recorded it and the Guitar Guy's got some chords for it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: Artful Codger
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 06:55 PM

The quintessential recording (for me) was made by Nat King Cole. He was perhaps the most instrumental in popularizing the song. I was impressed that the piano sheet music arrangement from back in the day wasn't one of those simplified-to-absurdity versions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: Mark Clark
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 04:42 PM

A great tune, indeed. I think I was introduced to this tune on Jim Kweskin's Garden of Joy album ca. 1967 and I love their version (the band included both of the Muldaurs). But I've always liked Don Redman's version too.

I play this in the key of C with my partner/SO Joy Ward on fiddle. The chords I play are:

[575655]Love makes me [5x3543]treat you the [4x2432]way that I [5x555x]do,
[5x455x]Gee baby [353433]ain't I good to [3x2210]you, ___ [4x343x] [5x454x]
[575655]Nothin's too [5x3543]good for a [4x2432]girl that's [5x555x]true,
[5x455x]Gee baby [353433]ain't I good to [3x2210]you,
[5x353x]I got you a fir coat for [6x565x]Christmas, [3x333x]a dia- [xx3335]mond [3x233x]ring,
[xx3555]A Cadillac [575655]car [5x3543]and every- [4x2432]thing,
It's [575655]Love makes me [5x3543]treat you the [4x2432]way that I [5x555x]do,
[5x455x]Gee baby [353433]ain't I good to [3x2210]you.

In the original recording and again in Kweskin's the verse is done one time as a recitation and is sung once.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Gee, Baby Ain't I Good to You
From: Artful Codger
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 05:39 PM

Geoff Muldaur also recorded a fine version of this on his album Livin' in the Sunlight.


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