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Knock-Kneed Sal (On the Mourner's Bench)

    (Randolph, Armstrong)

Photograph of Lil Hardin Armstrong

Transcribed from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, with unidentified male vocalist, recorded September 9, 1938.
From Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Swing Orchestra, 1936-1940, Chronological Classics, vol. 564.

There lived a gal named Sally, with knock-knees and crossed eyes;
She cheated her best pally from her guy, guy, stay wise,
She has but one ambition,
And to her it is a cinch,
She's in her right position when she's sittin' on the mourner's bench!

Now, where is Sal?
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!
I'm lookin' for Sal.
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!
Know where Sal is?
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!
Must find my Sal!
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!

Oh, knock-kneed can't be trusted, no matter where she goes,
Someone will come up busted, that I know, know, sho', sho'!
She has but one ambition,
And to her it is a cinch,
She's in her right position when she's sittin' on the mourner's bench!

Go find my Sal!
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!
I'm lookin' for my Sal!
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!
I wonder where Sally is.
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!
Look out for Sal!
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!

Oh, knock-kneed Sal ain't much fun!
But she always lives in church, boy!
You'll see her every Sunday on the mourner's bench!
Oh, knock-kneed Sal's on the mourner's bench!



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Published 12/1/00.

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