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If You Don't I Know Who Will

    (Williams, Smith, Brymn)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded June 15, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

Daddy, I want some furs and things,
Daddy, I want the diamond rings,
Aeroplanes, motor cars and such,
If your little mama ain't askin' too much
From you, from you.
Won't you give me what I want, daddy, do!

If you don't I know who will!
If you don't I know who will!
You may think that I'm just bluffin'
But I'm one gal ain't supposed to work for nothin'.

I got my wantin' habits on,
I've had 'em on since this morn,
Man, you've got to help me 'long,
If you don't, it's good-bye John!

Squeeze me till I feel the thrill,
Love me till I get my fill,
'Cause if you don't and say you won't,
I know who will!
Mr. So-and-So, I know who will!

If you don't I know who will!
If you don't I know who will!
You might think that I'm just bluffin'
But I'm one gal ain't supposed to work for nothin'.

I got my wantin' habits on,
I've had 'em on since this morn,
Man, you've got to help me 'long,
If you don't, it's good-bye John!

Squeeze me till I feel the thrill,
Love me till I get my fill,
'Cause if you don't and say you won't,
I know who will!
My other papa, I know who will!


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