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You Rascal You

    (Theard)
Photograph of Coot Grant and Kid Wesley Wilson
Transcribed from vocals by Wesley Wilson, recorded June 16, 1930,
From Coot Grant and Kid Wilson, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, v. 2: 1928-1931, Document Records, DOCD-5564.

You sure is a rascal!

I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!
When you dead in your grave,
No more women will you crave.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

I trust you in my home, you rascal, you.
I trust you in my home, you rascal, you.
I trust you in my home,
You wouldn't leave my wife alone.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

I fed you since last fall, you rascal, you.
I fed you since last fall, you rascal, you.
I fed you since last fall,
Then you got your ashes hauled.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

You asked my wife to wash your clothes, you rascal, you.
You asked my wife to wash your clothes, you rascal, you.
You asked my wife to wash your clothes
And something else I suppose.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

You know you done me wrong, you rascal, you.
You know you done me wrong, you rascal, you.
You know you done me wrong,
You done stole my wife and gone.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

You asked my wife for a meal, you rascal, you!
You asked my wife for a meal, you rascal, you!
You asked my wife for a meal,
And something else you tried to steal.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

Please don't me find you, rascal, you.
Please don't let me find you, rascal, you!
Please don't let me find you
'Cause you'll leave this world behind you.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

Ain't no use to run, you rascal, you.
Ain't no use to run, you rascal, you.
Ain't no use to run,
I done bought a Gatling gun,
And you still having your fun, you rascal, you!

I'm gonna kill you just for fun, you rascal, you!
I'm gonna kill you just for fun, you rascal, you!
I'm gonna kill you just for fun;
The buzzards gonna have you when I'm done.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!

You done messed with my wife, you rascal, you!
You done messed with my wife, you rascal, you!
You done messed with my wife,
And I'm gonna take your life.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you!


You Rascal You

    (Theard)

Transcribed from Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy, vocal by Billy Massey; recorded October 9, 1930.
From Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy 1929-1931; The Chronogical Classics 655.

I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal, you!Photo of Andy Kirk
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal, you!
When you're dead and in your grave,
No more women will you crave,
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal, you!

You messed with my wife, you rascal, you!
You messed with my wife, you rascal, you!
You messed with my wife,
Now I'm going to take your life,
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal, you!

You asked my wife for a meal, you rascal, you!
You asked my wife for a meal, you rascal, you!
You asked my wife for a meal
And something else you tried to steal,
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal, you!

You asked my wife to wash your clothes, you rascal, you!
You asked my wife to wash your clothes, you rascal, you!
You asked my wife to wash your clothes
And something else, I suppose,
I'll be glad when you're dead, you rascal, you!

Photo of Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy



 You Rascal, You
    (Theard)

Transcribed from Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, recorded September 23, 1931.
From Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1931-1932; The Chronogical Classics 526.

I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you.Photo of Cab Calloway
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
When they bury you six feet deep
No more fried chicken can you eat,
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you.

I'll be oh, so glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
I'll be standing on a corner full of gin
When they bring your dead body in,
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, you.

I'll be oh, so glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
I'll be oh, so glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
I took you to my home,
You wouldn't leave my wife alone.
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, oh, you hound!

I'll be oh, so glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
I'll be oh, so glad when you dead, you rascal, you.
What's this thing you got
Makes my wife think you're so hot? You dirty dog!
I'll be glad when you dead, you rascal, oh, you hound!



To see the lyrics of this song as performed by Louis Armstrong in the Betty Boop cartoon, go to "I'll be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal, You"


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Published 12/27/98.
Updated 9/17/99.


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