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Album: Jazz

 

 

BIG BAD BILL IS SWEET WILLIAM NOW

 

In the town of Louisville they got a man they call Big Bad Bill

I wants to tell ya, he shure was tough tough, and he certainly did strutt his stuff

He had folks all scared to death, when he walked by they all held their breath

He was a fighting man, sure enough

 

Now Bill got himself a wife, and he leads a different life

 

(G) Big Bad Bill is (D) Sweet William (G)now (A+ - D)

(G) Married life done changed him some (D) how

He's the (C) man the town used to fear

Now they all (E) call him sweet pappa (A) Willie dear

Stronger than Samson I declare

'Til the brown skinned woman

Bobbed his hair

 

Big Bad Bill dont fight any more (No, he don't)

Doing the dishes/Mopping up that floor (Yes, he is)

Well he used to go out drinking/Looking for a fight

Now he gotta see that woman/Everynight

Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now

 

Ah/Play it boys/I likes that jazz

 

Big Bad Bill don't fight any more (No, he don't)

Doing the dishes/Mopping up that floor (Yes, he is)

Well he used to go out drinking/Looking for a fight

Now he gotta see that woman/Everynight

Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now (Doing the dishes)

Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now (Mop up the floor)

Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now

 

 

FLASHES

 

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SHINE (That's Why They Call Me Shine)

(Cecil Mack, Lew Brown)

 

When I was born they christened me plain Samuel Johnson Brown.

But I hadn't grown so very big, 'fore some folks in this town

Had changed it 'round to "Sambo"; I was "Rastus" to a few.

Then "Chocolate Drop" was added by some others that I knew.

And then to cap the climax, I was strolling down the line

When someone shouted, "Fellas, hey! Come on and pipe the shine!"

But I don't care a bit. Here's how I figure it:

 

Well, just because my hair is curly,

And just because my teeth are pearly;

Just because I always wear a smile,

Likes to dress up in the latest style.

Just because I'm glad I'm livin',

Takes trouble smilin', never whine.

Just because my color's shady,

slightly different maybe that's why they call me shine.

 

Say, just because my hair is curly,

And just because my teeth are pearly;

And just because I always wear a smile,

Wear my jeans like a man I mean (he always dresses in the latest style).

Just because I'm glad I'm livin',

Takes trouble smilin', never whine.

Just because my color's shady,

slightly different maybe that's why they call me shine.

 

Nobody

(Bert Williams)

 

Nobody knows the trouble I see

Nobody knows but me

 

When life seems full of clouds and rain

I am filled with naught but pain

Who soothes my thumpin' bumpin brain?

Nobody

 

And When winter comes with snow and sleet

And me with hunger and cold feet

Who says, "Here's a quarter, boy now you go and eat"?

Nobody

 

I ain't never done nothin'

to nobody

And I ain't never got nothin'

from nobody

no time

And until I get somethin'

from somebody sometime,

well, I don't intend to do nothin'

for nobody

no time

 

Then summer comes all cool and clear

And my good friends they see me drawin' near

Who says, "Come on in here, man, have a beer"?

No-body

 

Last christmas eve it was about daybreak

I was in that railroad wreck

And who was it hauled the engine off my neck

Not a livin' soul

 

I ain't ever done nothin'

to no-body

And I ain't never got nothin'

from no-body no time

Until I get me somethin'

from somebody sometime

Well I been thinkin' it out

And beond a doubt

I ain't gonna do nothin'

for nobody no time

 

I don't intend to do nothin'

for nobody

Nobody no time, no time

Nobody no time

 

Well I don't intend

To do nothin'

for nobody no time

 

Ry's original tuning!? (Not checked yet.)

 

01. Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now: open D (capo 2)

02. Face To Face That I Shall Meet Him: drop D semitone lower

03. The Pearls/Tia Juana: regular semitone lowering

04. The Dream: open D

05. Happy Meeeting In Glory: drop D semitone lower

06. In A Mist: regular

07. Flashes: regular semitone lowering

08. Davenport Blues: regular

09. Shine: regular

10. Nobody: regular

11. We Shall Be Happy: drop D (capo 2)