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Little Liza Jean
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1960 June 30: Newport (US-RI) 7th Jazz Festival
Where's my tambourine
Wait a minute
I'll get your tambourine
Got my tambourine
Get your thing baby
What's wrong with you
What is it you want
Can't forget my tambourine boy
Wait a minute
This is a folk tune
And it's called Little Liza Jane
We get some rhythm started here
And see what happens

I got a beau you ain't got none Little Liza Jane
I got a beau you ain't got none Little Liza Jane
I got a beau you ain't got none Little Liza Jane
I got a beau you ain't got none Little Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane

Come my love and live with me
I will take good care of thee Little Liza Jane
Come my love and live with me
I will take good care of thee Little Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane

Hambone Hammer where you've been
Down by the river making gin
I know a man that's three feet tall
Drinks his liquor and has a ball
Saw him just the other day
He had a horse and a bail of hay

Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Little Liza Jane
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Little Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane

He took me to his great big town
Lots of people standing around
They were listening to a great big band
The bestest music in the land
I tell you once and tell you twice
Enjoy yourself and live your life

Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Little Liza Jane
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Jane Little Liza
Little Liza Jane Little Liza Jane

Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane
Oh Little Liza Little Liza Jane oh Little Liza Liza Jane

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
short version
1963 [2:27] single 1 Little Liza Jean + Blackbird Colpix CP 703 (US)
 
 
1963 April 12: New York Carnegie Hall
This is Little Liza Jane
We're going home on this one
Little Liza Jane oh my Liza Jane yeah
 
 
Unknown recording session
2003 [4:32] CD 1-8 Gold Collection Dejavu Retro R2CD 42-52 (DE)