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Good-For-Nothing Joe

    (Koehler, Bloom)

Transcribed from Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra, from vocals by Lena Horne, recorded January 7, 1941.
From Lena Horne, L'Art Vocal, vol. 11. La Selection1935-1941; DK 025.
Photograph of Lena Horne.

It's gonna rain any minute,
There's not a star in sight,
Things are mighty slow;
I guess I'll close up shop,
And go home to Joe.

I know he won't be glad to see me,
Without a penny to the good,
But I'm not carin' much what happens;
I did the best I could.

He's just good-for-nothin' Joe,
But, oh, I love him so!
Guess I'd die if good-for-nothin' Joe
Ever tried to leave me flat,
Oh, yes, I'm certain of that!

Folks I know can't understand
Why I must have that man,
Lord, he sends me like nobody can;
Ain't a woman just like that!

I wouldn't mind doin' what I'm doin',
I'd beat these streets till my feet were sore,
But when it's slow and I go home to him,
Instead of sympathy, he's just as mean as can be!

Still, there's nothin' I can do,
Because I love him so,
I'd be good for nothin', too, I know,
Without good-for-nothin' Joe.

I'd be good for nothin', too, I know,
Without good-for-nothin' Joe.
I'm goin' home to Joe.

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Published 1/29/00.

Lena Horne starred in the movie, Stormy Weather. Read our review of the movie.


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