Heptune presents:

Rockin' Chair Mary

    (Wesley Wilson)
Photograph of Coot Grant and Kid Wesley Wilson
Transcribed from vocals by Pigmeat Pete (Wesley Wilson) and Catjuice Charlie (Harry McDaniels), recorded April 8, 1931,
From Coot Grant and Kid Wilson, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, v. 2: 1928-1931, Document Records, DOCD-5564.

A rockin' chair was made for comfort,
I never believed in signs,
But when Mary starts to rockin'
She sure will change your mind.

Oh, Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
I really don't know where.
Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
She done rocked on away from here!

When Mary starts to rockin'
She sure is a rockin' old soul,
Keeps a gallon of corn liquor under her rockin' chair,
And she sure will get you told.

Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
I really don't know where.
Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
She done rocked on away from here!

Now,  rockin' chairs are lots of pleasure,
That's just what Mary needs,
She got a hump in her back from rockin',
But it sure didn't come from feed.

Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
I really don't know where.
Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
She done rocked on away from here!

Did you hear the scandal
'Bout Father Jackson and Deacon MacNair?
They got thirty days for fightin'
About what was under Mary's chair.

Now, Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
I really don't know where.
Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
She done rocked on away from here!

Mary got one glass eye,
And one of her legs is wood,
But what Mary got under her rockin' chair,
They say it sure is good!

Now, Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
I really don't know where.
Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
She done rocked on away from here!

Mary's last request was corn liquor
And a jazz-ball band,
Mary Rockin' Chair's got her tombstone
So she can rock to the Promised Land.

Now, Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
I really don't know where.
Rockin' Chair Mary's gone,
She done rocked on away from here!



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