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'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do

    (Porter Grainger - Everett Robbins)

Transcribed from vocals by Sara Martin, accompanied by Fats Waller, recorded 12/1/1922.
From Fats Waller 1922-1926; The Chronogical Classics, 664.

There ain't nothing I can do,
Or nothing I can say,
That the folks don't criticize me;
But I'm gonna do just as I
Would do anyway,
And I don't care if they all despise me!

If I should take a notion
To jump into the ocean,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, love, do, do.

If I let my best companion,
Drive me right in the canyon,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.

If I dislike my lover,
And leave him for another,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, love, do, do.

If I attend church on Sunday,
Then cabaret on Monday,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.

Well, I won't call no copper,
If I'm beat up by my papa,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, love, do, do.

I'd rather he would hit me,
Than jump right up and quit me,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do

If my daddy got no money,
And I play bridge all night, honey,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, love, do, do.

If I give him my last nickel,
And it leaves me in a pickle,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.


'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do

    (Porter Grainger - Everett Robbins)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded April 26, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

There ain't nothin' I can do,
Or nothin' I can say,
That folks don't criticize me,
But I'm going to do just as I want to, anyway,
And don't care if they all despise me.

If I should take a notion
To jump into the ocean,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, do.

If I go to church on Sunday,
Then just shimmy down on Monday,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.

If my friend ain't got no money,
And I say, "Take all mine, honey,"
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, do.

If I give him my last nickel,
And it leaves me in a pickle,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.

Say, I would rather my man would hit me,
Than jump right up and quit me,
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, do, do, do.

I swear I won't call no copper,
If I'm beat up by my papa;
'Tain't nobody's business if I do, if I do.


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Published 4/7/99.
Updated 9/23/99.

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