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Outside of That, He's All Right With Me

    (Williams, Trent)
Photograph of Esther Bigeou.
Transcribed from vocals by Esther Bigeou, recorded March 20, 1923,
FromThe Complete Works of Esther Bigeou, Lillyn Brown, Alberta Brown & the Remaining Titles of Ada Brown in Chronological Order (1921-1928), Document Records DOCD-5489.

I've got the meanest man in the land,
But his love is that sticky brand;
His kiss lingers on my lips,
And they tingle to my fingertips;
People say I'm a fool,
'Cause he's heartless and also cruel,
But outside of that, he's all right with me!

Outside of that, he's sweet as he can be!
I love him as true as stars above,
He beats me up, but how he can love,
I never loved like that since the day I was born.

I said, "Papa, I don't want you no more;"
When I said that, I made sweet papa sore,
He got right sore.
He blacked my eye, I couldn't see,
Then he pawned the things that he gave to me;
But outside of that, he's all right with me!

I said for fun, "I don't want you no more;"
And when I said that, I made my papa sore,
He got real sore;
When he pawned my things, I called him a thief,
Just for that he turned around and knocked out both my teeth!
But outside of that, he's all right with me!


Outside of That

    (Williams, Trent)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded May 28, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

I've got the meanest man in the land,
But his love is best, thick and grand,
His kiss just lingers on my lips,
And thrill me to my fingertips.
People say I'm a fool,
He's heartless and also cruel.
But outside of that, he's all right with me!

Outside of that, he's sweet as he can be,
I love him as true as stars above;
He beats me up, but how he can love;
I never loved like that since the day I was born.

I said for fun, I don't want you no more.
And when I said that, I made sweet papa sore;
He blacked my eye, I couldn't see,
Then he pawned the things he gave to me.
But outside of that, he's all right with me!

I said for fun, I don't want you no more.
And when I said that, I made sweet papa sore;
When he pawned my things, I said, "You're a dirty old thief!"
Now, then he turned around and knocked out both of my teeth.
Outside of that, he's all right with me!



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Published 10/1/99.
Updated 11/19/99.



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