Heptune presents:

Big Butter and Egg Man

    (Venables/Armstrong)
Photo of Louis Armstrong
Transcribed from vocals by Louis Armstrong and May Alix, recorded 11/16/26,
From Louis Armstrong, Hot Fives & Hot Sevens, the 25 Greatest; Living Era AJA 5171.

May Alix:

I want my butter and egg man,
From 'way out in the west.
'Cause I'm getting tired of working all day;
I want somebody who wants me to play;
Pretty clothes have never been mine,
But if my dream comes true,
The sun is going to shine;
'Cause I want my butter and egg man;
Don't some great big butter and egg man want me?

Louis Armstrong:

Here, here,
Now, mama, I'm your big butter and egg man!
But I'm different, honey,
'Cause I'm from 'way down in the south!
Now listen, baby,
I'll buy you all the pretty things that you think you need
As long as I can keep this cornet up to my mouth;
Oh, I'll play you a little minor in G,
Now, if you'll stay and sit there, baby,
I'll even hit high C!
'Cause I'm your big butter and egg man,
Come here, baby, kiss me,
Big butter and egg man from 'way down south!

May Alix:

Pretty clothes have never been mine,
But if my dream comes true,
Something's going to change!


Published 7/24/99.
Updated 6/19/01.

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