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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
We all gather at Harlem Srut
And what we do is tut-tut-tut

Old Hanna Brown
From way cross town
Keeps drinking her 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
Cos he brought me down
He's got rhythm when he stomps his feet
He just send 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
Send me daddy cos I don't care
I feel just like I wanna clown

Give the piano player a drink
Cos he brought me down
He's got rhythm and he stomps his feet
He just send 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 no
Send me cos I don't care
 
Up in Harlem on a Saturday night
When the highbrows get together it's just too tight
They all gather at the Harlem Strut
 
 
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