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That Bonus Done Gone Through

(Lil Johnson?)

Transcribed from Lil Johnson, recorded February 12, 1936.
From Lil Johnson, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1: 23 April 1929 - 22 April 1936; Document Records DOCD-5307.

Have you heard the latest news?
These veterans ain't got no more blues!
They are planning what to do,
Since that bonus done gone through!

Now, where's that man you used to rave about?
It's time now to see what he's made out;
You'd better not let him slip through your hands,
'Cause some other woman will surely take your man!

Come on, girls! Yes!Ain't you going downtown? Yes!
What you gonna buy? A new evening gown!
Oooooh, a new pair of shoes!
Oooooh, gonna truck away those blues!
'Cause that bonus done gone through!

Spoken: Beat it out, boy! Say, Bob! Yes? Ain't you gettin' your bonus? Sure, baby!You'll go up when the wagon comes. Come up and see me sometime. Sure, baby, when I get my bonus!

Now when you steps out on the street,
All lookin' so nice and neat,
Everybody will stare at you so,
Now look here, folks, she's out the bear once more.

Now when I get all togged down,
Mens will come from miles around,
Go on, boys, I ain't got no time to lose,
I got a good veteran who has cured my blues.

Come on, girls! Yes!Ain't you going downtown? Yes!
What you gonna buy? A new evening gown!
Oooooh, listen to my call!
Oooooh, just watch this Mae West walk!
'Cause that bonus done gone through!
'Cause that bonus done gone through!


Second take, same date:

Have you heard the latest news?
These veterans ain't got no more blues!
They are planning just what to do,
Since that bonus done gone through!

Now, where's that man you used to rave about?
Time now to see what he's made out;
You'd better not let him slip through your hands,
'Cause some other woman surely take your man!

Come on, girls! Yes!Ain't you going downtown? Yes!
What you gonna buy? A new evening gown!
Oooooh, a new pair of shoes!
Oooooh, gonna truck away those blues!
'Cause that bonus done gone through!

Spoken: Beat it out, boy! Say, Bob! Yes? Ain't you gettin' your bonus? Sure, baby!You'll go when the wagon comes. Step up and see me sometime. Sure, baby, when I get my bonus!

Now when you steps out on the street,
All lookin' so nice and neat,
Everybody will stare at you so,
Now look here, folks, she's out the bear once more!

Now when I get all togged down,
Mens will come from miles around,
Go away, boys, I ain't got no time to lose,
I got a good veteran who has cured my blues.

Come on, girls! Yes!Ain't you going downtown? Yes!
What you gonna buy? A new evening gown!
Oooooh, listen to my call!
Oooooh, just watch this Mae West walk!
'Cause that bonus done gone through!
'Cause that bonus done gone through!


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