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Lyr Req: Mr Crump Don't Like It (Frank Stokes)

rechal@earthlink.net 08 Jun 97 - 03:00 PM
rechal@earthlink.net 24 Jun 97 - 12:24 PM
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Subject: Mr. Crump Don't Like It
From: rechal@earthlink.net
Date: 08 Jun 97 - 03:00 PM

This seems like a Prohibition-era, kinda juke-joint typa song.

A duo called Magpie used to (or may still) perform this. It also was on an album by a guy named Andy Cohen.

The lyrics are something like:

Mr. Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here (3x)
No barrelhouse women, no whiskey or beer
Mr. Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

Well, the Methodist sister jumped up an' commence to shout (3x)
Said "I'm so glad that the whiskey's ordered out." (?)
Mr. Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

Well, the Presbyterian sister jump up and commence to grin (3x)
Said "Drunk last week, but no more gin,"
Mr. Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

Any information would be appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Mr. Crump Don't Like It
From: rechal@earthlink.net
Date: 24 Jun 97 - 12:24 PM

I'm still looking for this song. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Mr. Crump Don't Like It
From: Bob Wilhelm
Date: 15 Jul 97 - 03:26 PM

The song was written, I think, by Frank Stokes. It was recorded by him in 1927. "Mr. Crump" was Edward H. Crump, mayor of Memphis around 1910. Supposedly, he was a reformer who had the support of the Beale Street musicians of the time. After he was elected the first place he reformed was Beale Street, prompting the song.

The lyircs you have look correct but there are one or two more verses. I don't have the words but you can find the song on the Yazoo CD, "Frank Stokes Creater of the Memphis Blues"


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Subject: RE: Mr. Crump Don't Like It
From: rechal@earthlink.net
Date: 16 Jul 97 - 11:31 AM

Thank you thank you thank you. I'd just about given up.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MR CRUMP DON'T LIKE IT (Frank Stokes)
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Oct 00 - 01:32 AM

MR CRUMP DON'T LIKE IT
(Frank Stokes)

Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here (x3)
No barrelhouse women, lord, drinking no beer
Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

I'm told the Baptist sister jumped up and began to shout (x3)
'Brother, I'm so glad that bad ol' whisky voted out
Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

I'm told the Methodist sister jumped up and she had a fit (x3)
She was doggone sure ol' whisky ain't gone yet
Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

I'm told the Presbyterian sister turned 'round and began to grin (x3)
Lord, I believe she fell out to barrelhousing again
Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

I'm told the deacon looked around, 'Sister, why'n the world ain't you heard?' (x3)
I'd rather see you get drunk than wear a hobble skirt'
Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

You don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree (x3)
You don't like my fruit, let my orchard be
Mr Crump don't like it, ain't gonna have it here

Source: Transcription from Frank Stokes 'Mr Crump Don't Like It' Pm 12552, recorded in Chicago circa September 1927 [Recorded with Dan Sane as Beale Street Sheiks). Reissued on Frank Stokes 'Creator of the Memphis Blues' Yazoo CD 1056.

E.H. Crump was a legendary Mayor of Memphis and one of the most (in)famous of the great urban political bosses. He first made his name in 1908, trying to stamp out vice on Beale Street. He had brief success, but the place was soon jumping again. As a verse by W.C. Handy had it:

Mr Crump don' 'low no easy riders here
Mr Crump don' 'low no easy riders here
I don't care what Mr Crump don' 'low
Gonna barrelhouse anyhow
Mr Crump can go catch himself some air

The Crump political machine came to run not only Memphis but the entire State of Tennessee for almost 40 years. Giles Oakley tells an interesting anecdote: 'It is said that when a Pope died, two blacks were overheard discussing it. "Who was he?" "Oh, a big fellow very important – in a county east 'o heah". "He died, you say? Who do you reckon Mr Crump is goin' to put in his place?"' [Oakley 'The Devil's Music' p 146]. Crump's prohibition plank was the subject of Stokes' signature tune, 'Mr Crump Don't Like It'.

PS.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr Crump Don't Like It (Frank Stokes)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 10 - 01:24 AM

EH "Boss" Crump was the Memphis mayor and political "boss" of Tennessee politics for much of the 1st half of the 20th century.


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