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Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)
1933 Wesley "Sox" Wilson
Written by Wesley "Six" Wilson in 1933 for Bessie Smith. Subsequently covered by Billie Holiday in 1949.

Recording sessions
1961: New York
original unedited version
Up in Harlem on a Saturday night
When the highbrows get together
It's just too tight
 
Up in Harlem on a Saturday night
When the highbrows get together it's just too tight
They all gather at the Harlem Strut
And what they do is a tut-tut-tut
Old Hanna Brown from way cross town
Keeps drinking her corn liquor and she brings them down
Just at the break of day you could hear old Hanna say

I wanna pigfoot and a bottle of beer
Send me daddy cos I don't care
I feel just like I wanna clown
Give the piano player a drink because he's bringing me down
He's got rhythm when he stomps his feet
He just sends me right off to sleep
Check all your razors and your guns
I'm gonna be arrested when the wagon comes

I wanna pigfoot and a bottle of beer
Send me cos I don't care oh no
Send me cos I don't care
I wanna pigfoot and a bottle of beer
Lay me daddy cos I don't care
I feel just like I wanna clown
Give the piano player a drink because he's bringing me down
He's got rhythm when he stomps his feet
He just sends me right off to sleep
Check all your razors check your guns
I'm gonna be arrested when the wagon comes

I wanna pigfoot and a bottle of beer
Send me cos I don't care oh yeah
Lay me cos I don't care

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
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