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You Ain't Living Right

    (Cameron-Blanche Calloway)

Transcribed from Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, recorded November 6, 1935.
From Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, 1925-1935; The Chronogical Classics 783.
Photo of Blanche Calloway
 Bless you, children, how your faces show it,
Your life is bankrupt, but you don't know it,
Now you ain't livin' right, that's plain to see,
Come on, now, take a tip from me.

Brothers, Sisters, sure as the stars above,
You ain't livin' right if you ain't in love!
Take heed to my warning, listen while I say,
You ain't livin' right if your lovin' ain't okay;

Now, you don't have to be a Romeo or Juliette,
Learn the ABCs of love, and start right in to pet,
I said, "Brothers, Sisters, sure as the stars above,
You ain't livin' right if you ain't in love!"

Confession is good for the soul, they say,
And today is your lucky day,
Now, you ain't livin' right, that's plain to see,
Come on, now, break down to me.

Your love affairs are many, disappointments are the same,
Don't let no one gal worry you; get yourself another dame!
Remember that old adage, that you all were taught,
There's more fish in the ocean that ain't never been caught!

I said, "Brothers, Sisters, sure as the stars above,
Oh, beat it out, boys, beat it out, yowza!"
Now, Brothers, Sisters, take heed while I say,
"There, man, is everybody hep? You hear me talkin' to you?"

Now, you don't have to be a Romeo or Juliette,
Learn the ABCs of love, and start right in to pet,
I said, "Brothers, Sisters, sure as the stars above,
You ain't livin' right if you ain't in love!"


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Published 2/27/99.


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