Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded
From Bessie Smith, 1927-1928; Chronological Classics 870.
Yes, bedbugs sure is evil; they
don't mean me no good.
Yeah, a bedbug sure is evil; they don't mean me no good.
Think he's a woodpecker, and I'm a chunk of wood.
When I lay down at night, I wonder
how can a poor gal sleep,
When I lay down at night, I wonder how can a poor gal sleep,
When some is holdin' my hand, others is eatin' my feet.
Bedbugs as big as a jackass, will
bite you and stand and grin,
Bedbugs as big as a jackass, will bite you and stand and grin,
They'll bring all the bedbugs for to turn around and bite you again,
Something moaned in a corner, I
tried my best to see,
Something moaned in a corner, and I went over and see,
It was a bedbug mother prayin', "Lord, give me some more to eat."
Got myself a wishbone, bedbugs done
got my goat,
Got myself a wishbone, wish they'd cut their own doggone throats.
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