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AH STILL SUITS ME From the film "Show Boat" (1936) (Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern) Paul Robeson & Hattie McDaniel (Film Soundtrack) - 1936 Paul Robeson & Elisabeth Welch - 1936 Bing Crosby & Lee Wiley (Recorded as "I Still Suits Me") - 1947 Thomas Carey & Ena Cabayo (London Revival) - 1971 (The kitchen. JOE is shelling peas. The show boat is rocking violently on the swollen river. A lurch of the boat sends the boat of shelled peas to the floor. JOE looks down at them dubiously. QUEENIE enters) QUEENIE Joe! Dere you go again! Look at dem peas all over de floor! JOE River done it... QUEENIE De river done it?!? JOE Ol' river can do mos' anything, Queenie. Look out dere what it's doin' now - won't be letting us give no show tonight. (QUEENIE gets on her knees and proceeds to put the peas back in the bowl) QUEENIE Show? Dat don't worry me none. Dere's somethin' else on dis ol' boat worries me mo'. JOE Miss Nola? QUEENIE Dat's what... JOE She be all right. QUEENIE Dat's what you say 'bout ev'rythin'. You don't get excited. Why? 'Cause you don't do nuthin'. You don' cook like me. You don' act like the show folk. You don' work on the tow boat. What do you do? JOE Well, I jes' shelled dem peas. QUEENIE (snorting) You ain't pickin' dem up. JOE No, but I could've ef you didn't do it. I could do a lot of things ef it wuz necessary. QUEENIE Den why don'cha? JOE It ain't necessary... (He starts to sing, extemporaneously rhyming, stating his mood of the moment. He sings as QUEENIE goes about her work) JOE Keep on a-naggin', 'n bullyraggin', 'n criticizin', 'n call me pizen, Ah ain't apologizin', no siree! No matter what you say, Ah still suits me. De rag you're chewin' Mus' be a ruin, Keep right on knockin', Keep right on mockin', Mah rockin' chair ain't rockin', No siree! No matter what you say, Ah still suits me. QUEENIE (coming over to him, belligerently) Does you ever wash the dishes? Does you do the things I wishes? Does you do dem? No, you don't! Will you do dem? No, you won't! When dere's any workin' to it I'm de one dat's gotta do it! When it's rainin' who's the feller Uses up the whole umbreller? Selfish as a man can be! JOE (looking up blandly) No matter what you say, Ah still suits me. QUEENIE You don' make money! JOE Ah know dat, honey! QUEENIE I never see none! JOE Ain't gonna be none, But dat don' worry me none, No siree! QUEENIE (spoken) Shif'less! Lifeless! No good! JOE No matter what you say, Ah still suits me. I may be no good, No good fo' yo' good, I may be lifeless, But wid one wife less Mah life would be mo' strifeless, Yes siree! No matter what you say Ah still suits me. (imitating QUEENIE with falsetto exaggeration) Does you ever wash de dishes? Does you do de things ah wishes? Does you do dem? No you don't! Will you do dem? No, you won't! QUEENIE (interrupting) Always imitatin' me An' always aggravation' me! Den in spite of ev'rything, 'Spite of all de grief you bring, 'Xpectin' me to love you true! JOE No matter what you say, Ah thinks you do. (He reaches out and pulls her to him affectionately. She roars with glee) ****** as rec by Bing Crosby & Lee Wiley w Victor Young & his Orch March 17th 1947 Los Angeles [bc] Keep on a-naggin' and bully-raggin' And criticisin' and call me "pison!", I ain't apologisin', no sirree, No matter what you say, I still suits me! [lw] Does you ever wash the dishes? Does you do the things I wishes? Does you do them? No you don't! Will you do them? No you won't! When there's any workin' to it, I'm the one who's got to do it! When it's rainin', who's the fella Uses up the whole umbrella? selfish as a man can be! [bc] No matter what you say, I still suits me! [lw] You don't make money, [bc] Ha-ha, I know that honey! [lw] I never see none! [bc] And there ain't likely to be none! But that don't worry me none, no sirree, [lw] Shiftless, lifeless, and no good! [bc] No matter what you say, I still suits me! [lw] I may be no good - [bc] No good for your good! [lw] I may be lifeless - [bc] But with one wife less My life would be more strifeless, yes sirree, No matter what you say, I still suits me! "Does you ever wash the dishes? Does you do the things I wishes? Does you do them? No you don't! Will you do them? No you won't!". [lw] Always imitatin' me, Always aggravatin' me! Still in spite of everythin', Spite of all the grief you bring, 'Xpecting me to love you true! [bc] Ha-ha-ho-ho-ho! No matter whart you say, I think you do! [lw] I knows I do! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - June 2011)

    


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