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It's Tight Like That

   (Dorsey, Whittaker)

Transcribed from McKinney's Cotton Pickers, vocals by George Thomas and Dave Wilborn; recorded 11/23/1928,
From McKinney's Cotton Pickers 1928-1929, Chronological Classics 609.
Photograph of Don Redman

Listen here, folks, I'm gonna sing a little song,
Don't get mad, I don't mean no wrong;
You know, it's tight like that!
Aw, it's tight like that!
You hear me talkin' to you,
I mean, it's tight like that!

If you see my gal, tell her to hurry home,
I ain't had no sleep since she's been gone;
You know, it's tight like that!
I mean it's tight like that!
You hear me talkin' to you,
I mean, it's tight like that!

Uncle Bill came home, 'bout half past ten,
Couldn't find the key so he couldn't get in;
Aw, it's tight like that!
I mean, it's tight like that!
You hear me talkin' to you,
I mean, it's tight like that!

[Scatting]
Tight like that!
[Scatting]
Oh, it's tight like that!
[Scatting]
Oh, it's ready like that!
[Scatting]
Oh, it's tight like that!
[Scatting]


Transcribed from vocals by Zack Whyte's Chocolate Beau Brummels, recorded February 26, 1929,
From Richmond Rarities: Recorded in Richmond, Indiana, 1927-33; Jazz Oracle, BDW 8008.

Oh, it's tight like that!
Oh, it's tight like what?
Oh, it's tight like this!

Now, look a-here, folks, I'm gonna sing a little song,
I hope you don't get mad, 'cause I don't mean no wrong,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir, mmmm,
'Cause it's tight like that!

When you see a spider goin' up the wall,
He's goin' up there to get his ashes hauled,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir, mmmm,
'Cause it's tight like that!

Gonna roll my britches up above my knees,
Gonna strut my stuff with whoever I please,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir, mmmm,
'Cause it's tight like that!

My baby says she likes her lovin' done
Early in the morning before the rising sun,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir,
'Cause it's tight like that!
Yes, sir, mmmm,
'Cause it's tight like that!



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Published 2/27/2000.
Updated 8/27/01.


 
 

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