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Keep on Knocking

    (Mays - Bradford)

Transcribed from Lil Johnson, recorded July 27, 1935.
From Lil Johnson, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1: 23 April 1929 - 22 April 1936; Document Records DOCD-5307.

Keep knockin' and you can't come in,
Keep knockin' and you can't come in,
Keep knockin' and you can't come in,
I guess you better let me be.

Kinda busy and you can't come in,
Kinda busy and you can't come in,
Kinda busy and you can't come in,
I guess you better let me be.

Got your daddy and you can't come in,
Got your daddy and you can't come in,
Got your daddy and you can't come in,
I guess you better let me be.

Spoken: Yes, yes, I know you want to come in. I'm so sure you can't come in 'cause I ain't even botherin'.

You can open the transom but you can't come in.
You can open the transom but you can't come in.
You can open the transom but you can't come in.
I guess you better let me be.

I hear you tippin' but you can't come in.
I hear you tippin' but you can't come in.
I hear you tippin' but you can't come in.
I guess you better let me be.

Spoken: Knock, knock, knock. I know you're worried, big boy.

Shake my doorknob but you can't come in.
Shake my doorknob but you can't come in.
Shake my doorknob but you can't come in.
I guess you better let me be.

I know you're worried, but you can't come in.
I know you're worried, but you can't come in.
I know you're worried, but you can't come in.
I guess you better let me be.

Spoken: Knock, knock, knock! You can't come in here!


Photograph of Louis Jordan.

Keep A-Knockin'

Transcribed from Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, vocal by Louis Jordan, recorded March 29, 1939.
From Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, 1934-1940; The Chronogical Classics, 636.

Keep a-knockin' but you can't come in!
Keep a-knockin' but you can't come in!
Keep a-knockin' but you can't come in!
Come back tomorrow night and try again!

I hear you knockin' but you can't come in,
I know you've been drinkin' gin,
You been cheatin' round with other men,
I'm busy and you can't come in.



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