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Aggravatin' Papa

    (Turk, Robinson, Britt)

Transcribed from vocals by Alberta Hunter with Henderson's Dance Orchestra, recorded February, 1923.
From Alberta Hunter, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 2, 1923-1924, Document Records, DOCD-5423.

I know a triflin' man,
They call him Triflin' Sam,
He lives in Birmingham,
'Way down in Alabam,
Now, the other night,
He had a fight
With a gal called Mandy Brim,
She sadly stated, she was aggravated,
And she yelled these words to him:

Aggravating Papa, don't try to two-time me!
Aggravatin' Papa, treat me kind or let me be;
Listen while I get you told,
Stop messin' round with my jellyroll,
If I catch you out with your high-brown baby,
I'll smack you down, and I don't mean maybe!
Aggravating Papa, I'll do anything you say,
But when you start to running, don't you run around my way;
Now, Papa, treat me pretty, nice and sweet,
'Cause I possess a forty-four that don't repeat,
So, Aggravatin' Papa, don't try to two-time me!

Aggravating Papa, don't try to two-time me!
Aggravatin' Papa, treat me kind or let me be;
Listen while I get you told,
Stop messin' round with my jellyroll,
If I catch you out with your high-brown baby,
I'll smack you down, and I don't mean maybe!
Aggravating Papa, I'll do anything you say,
But when you start to running, don't you run around my way;
Got one hand on my razor, one arm around my gun,
If I catch you foolin' round, I'll tear your doghouse down,
So, Aggravatin' Papa, don't try to two-time me!


Aggravatin' Papa

    (Turk, Robinson, Britt)
Photograph of Esther Bigeou.
Transcribed from Rickett's Stars, vocals by Esther Bigeou, recorded March, 1923,
FromThe Complete Works of Esther Bigeou, Lillyn Brown, Alberta Brown & the Remaining Titles of Ada Brown in Chronological Order (1921-1928), Document Records DOCD-5489.

I know a drivin' man,
They call him Drivin' Sam;
He lives in Birmingham,
Way down in Alabam.
The other night he had a fight
With a gal named Mandy Brim,
And she plainly stated, she was aggravated,
And she shouted out to him:

Aggravatin' Papa, don't you try to two-time me!
I said, don't two-time me!
Aggravatin' papa, treat me kind or let me be;
I said, just let me be;
Listen while I get you told,
Stop messin' round, sweet jellyroll,
And if you step out with that high brown baby,
I'll put you down, and I don't mean maybe!

Aggravatin' Papa, I'll do anything you'll say,
Yes, anything you'll say,
But when you're struttin', please strut around my way,
I said my way, so papa!
Just treat me pretty, be nice and sweet,
'Cause I possess a forty-four that don't repeat;
Aggravatin' Papa, don't you try to two-time me!

Aggravatin' Papa, I'll do anything you'll say,
Yes, anything you'll say,
But when you're struttin', please strut around my way,
I say, so papa!
I got a razor, hear what I say,
I'll cut you any time you come around my way, [?]
Aggravatin' Papa, don't you two-time me!


Aggravatin' Papa

    (Turk, Robinson, Britt)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded April 11, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

I know a drivin' man,
They call him Driver Sam,
He lives in Birmingham,
Way down in Alabam.

Now, the other night
He had a fight with a gal named Mandy Brown,
She kept on saying he was aggravatin',
And she shouted out to him:

Aggravatin' Papa, don't you try to two-time me!
I said, don't two-time me!
Aggravatin' Papa, treat me kind or let me be,
I mean, just let me be!
It's been awhile, I'll get you told,
Stop messin' round, sweet jellyroll.
If you stay out with a high-brown baby,
I'll smack you down, and I don't mean maybe!

Aggravatin' Papa, I'll do anything you say,
Anything you say,
But when you go struttin', do your strut around my way!
So, papa, just treat me pretty, be nice and kind!
The way you treated me will make me lose my mind!
Aggravatin' Papa, don't you try to two-time me!

Just treat me pretty, be nice and sweet!
I got a darn forty-four that don't repeat,
Aggravatin' Papa, don't you try to two-time me!



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