Heptune presents:

Winner Joe

(Lil Johnson, tune is Frankie and Johnny)

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.

Joe Louis was born in Alabama,
And raised up in Detroit,
But he always had that killing blow,
Every since he was a boy.
So, lay it, Joe!
You got the best blow!

When Joe Louis fought in Chicago,
Some bet that he would lose,
But when the papers brought the news,
He gave that kind the blues.
So, lay it, Joe!
You got the best blow!

Levinsky made a few passes,
And then he fell to the floor,
Then the referee hollered, "Hold it, Joe,
For he won't be back no more!"
So, lay it, Joe!
You got the best blow!

Spoken: Yeah, man, I'm bettin' on Joe! Got any money? I'll bet you!

You all heard about Primo Carnera,
They thought he was so good,
But Joe started chopping on his head,
Like a farmer chopping wood!
So, chop it, Joe!
You got the best blow!

Then Joe walked up to the man mountain,
And kindly shook his hand,
Then Joe backed up a step or two,
And knocked him in the promised land.
So, knock it, Joe!
You got the best blow!

Then Joe Louis went to New York,
Just to fight that champion Baer,
And before the first round ended up,
Joe left him layin' there!
So, lay it, Joe!
You got the best blow!

But the Baer, he took it easy,
He didn't argue long,
He went on back to California
And bought him a cattle farm,
He said, "Take it, Joe
You got the best blow!"

Spoken: Who's next?


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Published 1/7/99.


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