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BESSIE COULDN'T HELP IT (Charles Bayha / Jacques L. Richmond / Byron H. Warner) Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five - 1930 Hoagy Carmichael & His Orch. (vocal: Carmichael) - 1930 Billy Cotton & His Band (vocal: Nat Gonella) - 1930 Slatz Randall - 1930 Keith Nichols Cotton Club Orchestra - 1991 Also recorded by: Jack Hylton & His Orch; San Francisco Starlight Orchestra; Digby Fairweather & The New Georgians; Roy Evans with Rube Bloom & Bayou Boys. Bessie couldnít help it, Bessie couldnít help it Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could Bessie couldnít help it though she tried to be good, Oh! So good. She was pretty as the heavens above Oh! Boy but how she could love Bessie had affection that was simply wonderful,terrible But Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could or I could. When she smiled you were bound to fall, thatís all A boy kissed Bessie in the parlour one night Why, oh! Why did she yell with delight Ďcos Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could (Instrumental interlude) Aww! Dum pe dum now people listen Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could or I could No Bessie couldnít help it though she tried to be good, oh! So good. She was pretty as the heavens above And oh! Boy how that girl could love Bessie had affection that was simply wonderful Bop, bop be de oww. Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could Now when she smiled you were bound to fall, thatís all. Boy! Boy kissed Bessie in the street one night My oh! My how she yelled with delight Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could (Transcribed by Bill Huntley - November 2004) VERSION II BESSIE COULDNíT HELP IT Byron H. Warner, J L Richmond, & Charles A Bayha Pee Wee Hunt Now this is a story of Bessie Brown Red Hot Mamma from Memphis Town She didnít know what itís all about She was right when the lights went out Now donít get me wrong Bessie wasnít bad Just had loviní like you never had She was a blue eyed Queen The likes youíve never seen But Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could And Bessie tried to do the very best that she could, that you could She was pretty as the heavens above Boy Oh! Boy but how that gal could love Bessie had a passion that was simply wonderful, or terrible But Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could And like good peaches she was bound to fall, thatís all Now a boy got Bessie in the parlour one night Donít know what he did but she giggled with delight Bessie couldnít help it any more than you could, or I could {Instrumental bit} Yes Bessie couldnít help it, any more than you could, or I could And like good peaches she was bound to fall, thatís all Now first came Triplets and then came Twins Mammaís alright, Pappaís weak on his pins Bessie couldnít help it, any more than you could (Contributed by Alison Grech - August 2007)

    


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