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Growlin' Dan

    (Blanche Calloway-Clyde Hart)

Transcribed from Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, recorded November 18, 1931.
From Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, 1925-1935; The Chronogical Classics 783.
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Gather 'round, folks, while I tell you 'bout my man:
I call him Growling Dan,
He's got roly-poly eyes,
And he's just about my size;
He ain't no sheik nor gigolo,
But just like they do, he takes it nice and slow,
In fact, whatever he does, I think is grand,
I'm talkin' 'bout my Growlin' Dan!

Minnie the Moocher met my Growlin' Dan,
She shook her hootchie-cootcher, tryin' to steal my man,
She told him the dream she had of the King of Sweden,
And how he was givin' her all she was needin'.
My Dan is mean, but he's on the square,
So he told old Min to take the air,
He said, "Ho-de-ho-de-ho, ha! ha!
Min, I'll see you in the sweet by-and-by."

When a dog gets mad, he howls,
Aw, when my man gets mad, he growls,
"What do you got? What do you want?
Where have you been?
When you goin' out? When in the... well, when did you come in?
Is my bath ready? Have I got his water on?"
Lordy, sometimes I wish I was long gone;
But he handles all I got, and that takes a darn good man,
I'm talkin' 'bout my Growlin' Dan!



Transcribed from Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, recorded July 27, 1934.
From Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, 1925-1935; The Chronogical Classics 783.

Gather 'round, folks, while I tell you 'bout my man:
I call him Growling Dan,
He's got roly-poly eyes,
And he's just about my size;
He ain't no sheik nor gigolo,
But just like they do, he takes it nice and slow,
In fact, whatever he does, I think is grand,
I'm talkin' 'bout Growlin' Dan!

Minnie the Moocher, she met my Growlin' Dan,
She shook her hootchie-cootcher, tryin' to steal my man,
She told him the dream she had of the King of Sweden,
And how he was givin' her everything she was needin'.
Now, my Dan is mean, but he's on the square,
So he told old Minnie to take the air,
He said, "Ho-de-ho-de-ho, ha! ha!
Min, I'll see you in the sweet by-and-by."

When a dog gets mad, he howls,
Lordy, when my man gets mad, he growls,
He says, "What do you got? What do you want?
Where have you been?
So, when you goin' out, gal? Tell me, when did you come in?
Is my bath ready? Have I got it warm?"
Lord, sometimes I wish I was gone;
But he handles my affairs, and that takes a darn good man,
I'm talkin' 'bout Growlin' Dan!


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Published 2/27/99.


 

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