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Sugar

    (Pinkard, Alexander)
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.

Have you heard
What I've done,
Found a word,
Just the one,
That takes the place of one I used to call
Baby doll!
It ain't new,
It ain't old,
But if you'll do
What you're told,
You'll find the answer if you take a look
In Mr. Webster's dictionary book.

The name is sugar!
I call my baby my sugar,
That is the reason why, maybe,
That sugar baby is mine!

I'm shoutin' 'bout him,
Funny, he doesn't spend any money,
All he can lend me is honey,
That he can send anytime!

I'd make a million trips
To his lips,
If I were a bee,
'Cause they are sweeter
Than any candy to me!

That's why I'm sighin';
Sugar!
I get my taffy from sugar!
What's more, I'm daffy 'bout sugar,
That sugar baby of mine!

My sugar's so refined,
You can't find
None like him in town;
To make it more complete
He's so sweet and so brown,

He's special ration,
Sugar,
Knows I'm just sweet on my sugar,
No, I won't cheat on my sugar,
That sugar baby of mine!


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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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