Heptune presents:

The Hottest Stuff in Town

Transcribed from vocals by Bob Howe and Frankie Griggs, recorded March 27, 1935;
From Them Dirty Blues, Mojo 303.
 

Bob:     How do you do, madam, I'm a coal man.
Frankie:     No, thank you, I have a coal man.
Bob:     Yeah, but you don't understand; I am the coal man.
Frankie:      Makes no difference.
Bob:     I'm just a coal man, sellin' the hottest stuff in town.
             I'm just a coal man, baby; in the winter I'm good to have around.
             Now, I sell coal, and I sell ice,
             In the wintertime a coal man's mighty nice,
             Now, I'm just a coal man, sellin' the hottest stuff in town.
Frankie:      You say you're just a coal man...
Bob:     That's right, baby.
Frankie:    ...selling the hottest stuff in town.
Bob:     Um-hum.
Frankie:      Well, my present coal man serves me,
                  Whether I'm up or whether I'm down.
Bob:     I can do that.
Frankie:     He makes his delivery...
Bob:      Uh-huh.
Frankie:     ...right on time.
Bob:     Sure.
Frankie:     And his product contains no slack or lime.
Bob:     Neither does mine.
Frankie:     So how come you say you're such a coal man...
Bob:      Um-hmm.
Frankie:     ...sellin' the hottest stuff in town?
Bob:     Um-hmm.
Frankie:     Now, listen, I'm satisfied with my form of heat.
Bob:     Yeah.
Frankie:     In the winter I drop and toast my feet.
Bob:     Um-hmm.
Frankie:     I've had him quite awhile and I'll keep him still.
Bob:     Um-hmm.
Frankie:     Sometimes I say I'll change, but I don't think I will.
Bob:     Now, I'm a coal salesman, and here's a tip.
             I've got a sales talk that's bustin' my lip.
             My merchandise is extra clean.
             So take a look, baby, it's the best you've ever seen.
             It handles well, no clinkers form,
             Make you feel good in the worst kind of storm;
             Takin' care of your comfort is my mission.
             Heh! Baby, is your heatin' apparatus in good condition?
Frankie:     You say you're just a coal man...
Bob:     That's right, baby.
Frankie:      ... selling the hottest stuff in town.
Bob:      Uh-huh!
Frankie:     You also said in the wintertime...
Bob:      What?
Frankie:      ... you're a lovely thing to have around.
Bob:     Like to be.
Frankie:     Your sales talk...
Bob:     Um-hmm.
Frankie:      ... was mighty fine.
Bob:     Yes.
Frankie:     Tell me more, brother, I might change my mind!
Bob:     I'm here!
Frankie:     Since you're such a big shot coal man,
                  Selling the hottest stuff in town!
Bob:     Now, mama, papa's just a little ol' coal man,
             Sellin' the hottest stuff in town.
             Now, baby, I'm just a coal man,
             In the winter, I'm good to have around.
             I'll take your order and fill your bin,
             Go get it cleaned out and I'll put it right in,
             'Cause I'm just a coal man,
             Sellin' the hottest stuff in town!

             I'm just a coal man,
             Sellin' the hottest stuff in town!
             I say, sellin' the hottest stuff in town!
Frankie:     Sold, brother, sold!


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