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Lyr Req: Red Hot Mama (Wells, Cooper, Rose)

GUEST,Intopix@aol.com 26 Mar 00 - 01:44 PM
ddw 26 Mar 00 - 05:18 PM
Sorcha 27 Mar 00 - 11:02 AM
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Subject: Red Hot Mama, Red Headed Gal
From: GUEST,Intopix@aol.com
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 01:44 PM

I'm trying to find the lyrics to these tunes. My mother, now 85 remembers these songs from her childhood, but can no longer remember the lyrics.

In "Red Headed Gal" the last line always included something like, "She still has her 'hi dee ho'."

"Red Hot Mama" has several verses, including a line about 'Siegfield Follies, Hot Tamales'.

Thanks for your help!

Please send me an email if you have these lyrics.

Claudette


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Red Hot Mama, Red Headed Gal
From: ddw
Date: 26 Mar 00 - 05:18 PM

Claudette, I was just listening to Red Hot Mama on my way to work. It's on a compilation CD I just got and I can't remember who does it. If nobody posts lyrics for you in the next day or two, keep this alive and I'll copy the words for you. Sorry, don't know Red Headed Gal.

david


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Red Hot Mama, Red Headed Gal
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 11:02 AM

Well, HERE is some info about the guys who recorded it, no lyrics but I'll keep looking.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RED HOT MAMA (Wells, Cooper, Rose)
From: ddw
Date: 27 Mar 00 - 10:18 PM

RED HOT MAMA

Well I'm just a girl, a wonderful girl
The sweetest one in town
You can search for miles around
And not one like me can be found
I've got a smile, a wonderful smile
And a certain little way
And ever time the boys get near me
They look at me and say

Red hot mama, red hot mama, You're the one we need
Red hot mama, some charmer, yes, indeed
They say that I should be
In the follies, hot tamales
They say that I've got a pair of eyes
Just like old Svengali's
I confess that I possess
The sweetest charms in town
And unless I miss my guess
The boys all follow me around.
I could make a music master drop his fiddle
Make a bald-headed man part his hair in the middle
Cause I'm a red hot mama, red hot mama
But I'll have to turn my damper down.

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK:

I'm a red hot mama, red hot mama
I'm the one they need
Red not mama, some charmer, yes indeed
There's not a model chair that I couldn't sit in, just like a kitten
There's not a Broadway show that I couldn't fit in
I confess that I possess
The sweetest charms in town
And unless I miss my guess
The boys all follow me around
I could make a Texas farmer forget his hay
I could make the devil throw his fork away
Cause I'm a red hot mama, red hot mama
But I'll have to turn my damper down.

The version that I took this from is by Sophie Tucker on a 2-CD set from Europe called The Ultimate Encyclopedia of American Blues Classics. Not sure of the producing company's name, but the catalogue number is R2 CD 40-33.

BTW, the line in italics is very difficult to understand. I did the best I could to transcribe it, but I don't guarantee it's right. If anyone else knows exactly what it is, I'd welcome a correction here.

Hope transferring all the HTML stuff from Quark Express to the Mudcat works.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RED HOT MAMA (Wells, Cooper, Rose)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 12:08 AM

I transcribed this version from the recording by Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike" (also the voice of Jiminy Cricket) from 1924, which you can hear at The Red Hot Jazz Archive:


RED HOT MAMA
(Gilbert Wells / Bud Cooper / Fred Rose)

[VERSE] Say, I got a gal, a cute little gal,
The sweetest gal in town.
You can look for miles around,
But not one can be found like this one.
She's got a smile, a cute little smile,
And what a winning way.
Ever' time I get near her,
Here's what I have to say:

[CHORUS] Red hot mama, red hot mama, you're the one I need.
Red hot mama, you're some charmer, yes, indeed.
I claim that you should be
In the follies, the Ziegfeld Follies.
Ever' time I look at you,
I have to holler, "Hot tamales!"
I confess that you possess
The sweetest love in town,
And unless I miss my guess,
The boys all follow you around.
You went to the North Pole, couldn't stay.
You melted all the ice and the snow away.

Red hot mama, red hot mama,
You're the gal I need.

[SCAT INTERLUDE]

[CHORUS] Red hot mama, red hot mama, you're the gal I need.
Red hot mama, you're some charmer, yes, indeed.
I claim that you should be
In the follies, the Ziegfeld follies.
Ever' time I look at you,
I have to holler, "Hot tamales!"
I confess that you possess
The sweetest love in town,
And unless I miss my guess,
The boys all follow you around.
You'd make a music master drop his fiddle,
Make a bald-headed man part his hair in the middle.

Red hot mama, red hot mama,
Turn your damper down.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Red Hot Mama
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 12:04 PM

The Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra (1924) sings only these lyrics:

[CHORUS] Red hot mama, red hot mama, you're the one I need.
Red hot mama, you're some charmer, yes, indeed.
I claim that you should be
In the follies, with the dollies.
You have a pair of eyes,
Just like old Svengali's.

I confess that you possess
The sweetest love in town,
And unless I miss my guess,
The boys all follow you around.
You'd make a music master drop his fiddle,
Make a bald-headed man part his hair in the middle.

Red hot mama, red hot mama,
Sweetest gal in town.


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