Heptune presents:

Mama Inez

    (Battaille, Gilbert, Grenet)

Transcribed from lyrics by Maurice Chevalier,
From Maurice Chevalier: Encore Maurice! Academy Sound and Vision, LDT, CD AJA 5016.

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
They hum and strum,
That's the rhumba for you.

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Though others come,
Their "The Rhumba" won't do.

When I first saw the shebango,
I fell so hard for the tango,
But now this brand new fandango's got me
Like nothing's got me before!

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
No Cuban rum's
Like the rhumba for me.

In Sloppy Joe's in Havana,
I lingered when she met first.
I saw her dancing there, that was really where
I saw her first.

Such graceful beauty and rhythm
Had never come to my sight.
She made me want to stay, dance my heart away,
'Most every night.

Da-dum da-da,
Ah, dum da da,

[Spoken]

Ho ho, I like that tune. I'm crazy about that tune! Rhumba, rhumba! Ah, I want to dance the rhumba, heh heh! I'm dancing right now, you know! Excuse me, I've got to dance it! Oh, I wish you could see me rhumba, rhumba! I'm shaking my hips overtime, you know? Ho ho, it's fun! And all the boys around here I can see want to rhumba too. The conductor is rhumbaing now! Heh! And all the boys are rhumba, rhumba, rhumba!

[Singing]

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
No Cuban rum's
Like the rhumba for me!

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,

They hum and strum, that's the rhumba for --
I like it!

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Though others come,
Their "The Rhumba" won't do.

[Spoken]

Come on, boys, let's all get hot now!

[Singing]

When I first saw this shebango,
I fell so hard for the tango,
But now this brand new fandango's got me
Like nothing's got me before!

Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
Oh, Mama Inez,
No Cuban rum's
Like the rhumba for me!


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Published 3/24/00.

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