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Satisfyin' Papa

    (Reed, Ethel Waters)
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.

Lucy Brown, lived uptown,
In a four-room flat,
I mean, she's a high brown queen,
Don't ever wear no hat,
Lovin' Dan is her man;
Boy, he's up-to-date,
But here is what she said to him
Last night when he came in late:

Satisfyin' Papa, be yourself,
Satisfyin' Papa, no one else
Knows how to satisfy me; can't you see,
Your way of lovin' suits me to a T;
Satisfyin' Papa, you're so kind,
Men like you are doggone hard to find,
If you leave me, I'll be blue;
Don't mistreat me, if you do,
Someday, wait and see,
You'll come beggin' me,
To take your love off the shelf,
Satisfyin' Papa, be yourself!

Last winter, in the snow,
Everybody in town know,
Every day, rain or shine,
I sure did make time;
I give you every cent
To buy clothes and pay the rent,
You always had your way;
Don't blame me when I say:
You know a good gal is hard to find,
You know you think that love is blind,
Someday, wait and see,
You'll come beggin' me,
To take your love off the shelf.
Satisfyin' Papa, be yourself!

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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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