Heptune presents:

Willie the Weeper

    (traditional)

Transcribed from vocals by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, recorded July 22, 1927.
From Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 1. 1926-1929, Document Records, DOCD-5258.

This same recording also appears on Viper Mad Blues, Mojo Records, CD-MOJO-306.
Photo of Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon

[Scatting]

Have you heard the story, folks, of Willie the Weeper?
Willie's occupation was a chimney sweeper,
He had a dreamin' habit, he had it kind of bad,
Listen, let me tell you 'bout the dream he had:

Dreamed he bought a hound from a man that lived in Turkey,
He told the gal who's dancing to make it kind of jerky,
Danced until she wore the carpets off the floor,
And said, you haven't done nothing, just do it once more!

At the North Pole, someone shouted "Willie!"
Turned around and saw a sight that knocked him silly.
Right before him in the zero breeze,
A cutie [?] dancing in his BVDs.

He walked around, and his feet started freezin'
Someone said, "Cutie, better listen to reason."
Says, "I want my coffee, want it good and strong,
I want to have biscuits eighteen inches long!"

Now tell me, what would you do
If you could have all of your dreams come true?
There's something tells me that you'd lock your door
Like Willie the Weeper, and cry for more.

[Scatting and cackling]

Now take my little ship, dream's about over,
Called the best from up on the shore
Hump on a camel, hump on a flea,
Put them two humps together, you got nothing on me!

Now tell me, what would you do
If you could have all of your dreams come true?
There's something tells me that you'd lock your door,
Like Willie the Weeper, and cry for - please go 'way and let me sleep!
Don't disturb my slumber deep,
Something tells me that you'd lock your door,
Like Willie the Weeper, and cry for more, more, more, more, more.


About this recording

Frankie recorded this song in Chicago, accompanied on the piano by the excellent Blanche Smith Walton.

About Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 1. 1926-1929, Document Records, DOCD-5258:

    The CD liner notes include an extensive and informative narrative by Jim Probaska, and provide us with recording dates, labels (in code, with no key), locations, personnel and time. Unfortunately, Document Records information does not include the names of composers or lyricists unless they happen to be mentioned in the liner notes.

Pieces included on this CD are:

1) Hannah Fell in Love with my Piano
2) If That Don't Get It - This One Will
3) Can't You Wait Till You Get Home
4) I'm Gonna Steal You
5) Willie the Weeper
6) She Got "It"
7) I'm Gonna Dance Wit De Guy Wot Brung Me
8) Corinne
9) Hit Ta Ditty Low Down
10) Down at Jasper's Bar-B-Que
11) How Can I Get It?
12) Fan It
13) Fan It
14) My Four Reasons
15) Rock Me Mama
16) Let's Knock a Jug
17) Can You Wait Till You Get Home
18) She's Coming Round the Mountain
19) Get the "L" on Down the Road
20) Don't Drink It in Here
21) It's Heated
22) Jive Man Blues
23) Corinne Blues
24) Operation Blues


About Viper Mad Blues, Mojo Records, CD-MOJO-306.

    Viper Mad Blues is a collection of songs about drug use recorded in the 1920s and 1930s. As you can see from the list below, the collection covers a wide range of artists and serves as an excellent introduction to these performers.
    Liner notes include recording times, personnel, and year of the recording. We are not given names of composers or lyricists. Our version of the CD did not include any explanatory material, but we have seen other copies that do.

Pieces included on this CD are:

1) Kickin' the Gong Around by Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
2) Dope Head Blues by Victoria Spivey
3) Cocaine Habit Blues by the Memphis Jug Band
4) Pipe Dream Blues by Hazel Meyers
5) Smoking Reefers by Larry Adler
6) Take a Whiff on Me by Huddie Ledbetter
7) Killin' Jive by the Cats and the Fiddle (from the movie, "The Duke is Tops")
8) You'se a Viper by Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys
9) The Stuff is Here and It's Mellow by Cleo Brown
10) Reefer Man by Baron Lee and the Blue Rhythm Band
11) The Onyx Hop by Frankie Newton and his Uptown Serenaders
12) Knockin' Myself Out by Lil Green
13) Junker's Blues by Champion Jack Dupree
14) Reefer Hound Blues by Curtis Jones
15) The Reefer Song by Fats Waller
16) I'm Feelin' High and Happy by Gene Krupa and his Orchestra
17) When I Get Low, I Get High by Ella Fitzgerald
18) Ol' Man River (Smoke a Little Tea) by Cootie Williams and his Rug Cutters
19) Blue Reefer Blues by Richard M. Jones and his Jazz Wizards
20) Cocaine by Dick Justice
21) Reefer Head Woman by Jazz Gillum and his Jazz Boys
22) Willie the Weeper by Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
23) Cocaine Blues by Luke Jordan
24) Blue Drag by Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem
25) A Viper's Moan by Willie Bryant and his Orchestra


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Published 8/28/99.
Updated 9/12/99.



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