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What's the Matter Now?

    (Williams - Williams)

Transcribed from vocals by Rosa Henderson (aka Mamie Harris), accompanied by Fats Waller, recorded 3/23/1924.
From Fats Waller 1922-1926; The Chronogical Classics, 664.
Also available on: Rosa Henderson: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 3 (1924-1926), Document Records, DOCD-5403.

Papa, papa, treetop tall,
Hear your lovin' mama call,
You ain't doin' so good,
You ain't treatin' me like you should,

Papa, papa, hear my plea,
Come back and stop mistreatin' me;
You always stay away,
That's why you hear me say:

What's the matter now?
What's the matter now?
I haven't seen you, honey, since way last spring,
Tell me, pretty papa, have you broke that thing?

What's the matter now?
We can't get along somehow.
I ain't had no sugar in a long, long time,
Tell me what's the matter now,
Oh, babe, tell me what's the matter now?

What's the matter now?
What's the matter now?
You never give me lovin' like a daddy should,
Tell me, do you really think I'm made of wood?

What's the matter now?
We can't get along somehow,
Mama wants some honey from the honey comb,
So, tell me, what's the matter now?
Oh, babe, tell me, what's the matter now?

What's the matter now?
What's the matter now?
I haven't seen you, honey, since 'way last spring,
Tell me, pretty papa, have you broke that thing?

What's the matter now?
We can't get along somehow,
I ain't had no sugar in a long, long time.
So tell me, what's the matter now?
Oh, babe, tell me what's the matter now?


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Published 4/13/99.
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