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I Wonder What's Become of Joe

    (Turk, Pinkard)
Photo of Ethel Waters
Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters and an unknown vocalist, recorded February 20, 1926.
From Ethel Waters 1925-1926, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 672.

Should old acquaintance be forgot?
I'll tell the world that it should not,
That's why I've got my eyes open,
Lookin' for someone,
And I'm hopin'
You may know the one I mean,
The man I want to find,
'Cause nothin' is and nothin' else will
Be ever on my mind.

I wonder what's become of Joe,
My little Joe;
I'd give all the world to know
Where did he go!

How I'd love to see him
Smilin' again,
Like he used to when
He was my beau; I loved him so dearly!

Wonder if he wonders, too,
Whether I'm gay, or if I am feelin' blue;
What would he say?
Gee, but we were happy,
Not long ago,
I wonder what's become of Joe.

I wonder what's become of Joe,
I'd give all the world to know,
Oh, he used to see me
Once in awhile,
But that once in awhile
Meant more to me than any three others.

Wonder if he wonders, too,
If I'm feelin' kind of blue;
Don't care what's become of last winter's snow,
I just wonder, wonder, what's become of my Joe!

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Published 3/6/00.

Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.


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