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You'll Want Me Back

    (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.

I am lonesome, gee, I am blue;
I'm dissatisfied;
If you leave me, what must I do?
Tell me why you lied!
After all I've been to you
Please don't go away;
Someday you will feel this way, too,
Mark these words I say:

You'll want me back when I won't want you;
You'll miss my hugs and these sweet kisses, too;
I never thought you would treat me this way;
You may go now, but you'll be sorry someday!
You'll want me back just as sure as fate,
You'll miss me when it's too late,
But when you return, I will have someone new;
You'll want me back when I won't want you!

Oh, you'll want me back when I won't want you;
You'll soon find out what I say is true;
Why did you make me leave my old home town?
Now you found someone new and don't want me around!
You'll want me back and it won't be so long,
I know you'll think of me when things start to go wrong,
But you go your way, from now on, I am through!
You'll want me back when I really won't want you!

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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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