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CABIN IN THE SKY (Soundtrack) Songs from the M-G-M film "Cabin In The Sky" (1943) Starring Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne ********** LI'L BLACK SHEEP Music by Harold Arlen / Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Performed by the Hall Johnson Choir and Ethel Waters ********** OLD SHIP OF ZION Traditional Spirtual Performed by the Hall Johnson Choir T'is the old ship of Zion T'is the old ship of Zion T's the old ship of Zion Get on board, get on board ********** HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE Music by Harold Arlen / Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg Performed Ethel Waters It seem like happiness is just a thing called Joe He got a smile that make the lilac wanna grow He got a way that make the angels heave a sigh When they know little Joe's passin' by Sometime the cabin gloomy and the table bare Soon he kiss me and it's Christmas ev'rywhere Troubles fly away and life is easy go Does he love me good, that's all I have to know Seem like happiness is just a thing called Joe Dee-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-Joe Dah-dah-dah-dee-dah-dah-dah-dee He got a way that make the angels heave a sigh When they know my Little Joe is passin' by Sometime the cabin gloomy and the table bare Soon he kiss me, Lord, it's Christmas ev'rywhere Troubles fly away and life is easy go Does he love me good, that's all I has to know Seem like happiness is just a thing called Joe Little Joe, Little Joe, Little Joe ********** CABIN IN THE SKY Music by Vernon Duke / Lyrics by John LaTouche Performed by Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester Anderson and the Hall Johnson Choir WATERS: In this cloudy sky overhead now There's no guiding star I can see And I would be lost by each wild tempest tossed Oh, if I didn't know of a place we two can go There's a little cabin in the sky, Mister For me and for you, I feel that it's true somehow Can't you see that cabin in the sky, Mister An acre or two of heavenly blue to plow We will be, oh, so gay All we'll do is sing and pray As the angels go sailing by And that is why my heart is flyin' high, Mister 'Cause I know we'll have a cabin in the sky ANDERSON: There may be a cabin in the sky, Lady Yet, I am a boy who's headed for joy below There may be an acre way up high, Lady But I ain't got wings and I want the things I know Cabin life may be sweet But it sounds so incomplete I prefer my easy street right now Since I guess I'll never learn to fly, Lady I'm just passin' by that cabin in the sky WATERS: There's a little cabin in the sky, Mister (For me and for you, I feel that it's true somehow) Oh, can't you see that cabin in the sky, Mister (An acre or two of heavenly blue to plow) There we'll be, oh, so gay All we'll do is sing and pray As the angels go sailin' by And that is why my heart is flyin' high, Mister 'Cause I know we'll have (Yes, I know we'll have) A cabin in the sky ********** I GOT A MULE Traditional Spiritual Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Male Chorus I got a mule, hah! Sure hard to ride, hah! Gonna ride that mule, hah! Till the day I die, hah! ********** TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE Written by Vernon Duke, John LaTouche and Ted Fetter Performed by Ethel Waters Yah-dah-dah-dah Yah-dah-dah-dah Ooooooooooh Here I go again I'm hearin' trumpets blow again All aglow again Takin' a chance on love Here I slide again About to take that ride again Starry eyed again Takin' a chance on love I thought the cards were a frame-up And I never would try But now I'm takin' the game up And the Ace of Hearts is high Things are mendin' now I see a rainbow blendin' now We'll have our happy endin' now Takin' a chance on love Here I slip again I'm gonna take that trip again Got my grip again Takin' a chance on love And now I prove again That I can make life move again In the groove again Takin' a chance on love I'm walkin' 'round with a horseshoe And in clover I lie Why, Mister Rabbit, of course you Better kiss your foot good-bye On the ball again I'm ridin' for a fall again I'm gonna give my all again Takin' a chance on love I'm feelin' fine again That's why I rise and shine again Now's my time again Takin' a chance on love Here, when I think again I'll get me in the pink again Headed for the brink again Takin' a chance on love This game I'm takin' a crack at Sure need good luck with me So, I'm takin' a whack at Any black cat that I see Boy, I'm pooped again I'm in the swim and hooked again This goose of mine is cooked again Takin' a chance on love Lah-dah-dee, lah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah Lah-dah-dah-dah-dah-lah-dee-dah-dee-lah-dah-dah Lah-dah-deeeeeeeeeee, lah-lah-dah-dah-lah-dah-dah Deee-lah-dah-dah-dee-dah-dah-dee-dah-dah Lah-dah-dah-dee-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah Dah-dah-dah-dee-dah-dah-dah-dee-dah-dah Oooooooooooooooooo-dee-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh (ANDERSON: Petunia!) Takin' a chance on love ********** LIFE'S FULL O' CONSEQUENCE Music by Harold Arlen / Lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Performed by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Lena Horne ANDERSON: Life's full o' consequence That old devil consequence He takes all the frival out of fun When you've got the candle lit At both ends the scandal it creates Always keeps you on the run Just when you're weakenin' Fate sends the Deacon in, crash And your pash ain't worth an ounce 'Cos then comes the consequence That old devil consequence Flings you back with a bound It's consequences what count HORNE: Life's full o' consequence But who's scared of consequence Let's sip the honey while it's sweet We could be messin' 'round But you is digressin' 'round While I'm tossin' nature at your feet Why don't we mosey 'round You could by cosy 'round The gal who could sprinkle you with spice ANDERSON: But how 'bout the consequence That old devil consequence I've been burned more than twice And I ain't payin' the price ********** HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE (Reprise) Music by Harold Arlen / Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg Performed Ethel Waters Sometime the cabin gloomy and the table bare Soon he kiss me, it's Christmas ev'rywhere Troubles fly away and life is easy go Does he love me good, that's all I has to know Seem like happiness is just a thing called Joe Little Joe, Little Joe, Little........ ********** GOING UP (Intrumental) Written by Duke Ellington Performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra and Dancers ********** (THAT'S WHY THEY CALL ME) SHINE Music by Ford Dabney / Lyrics by Cecil Mack and Lew Brown Performed by John William "Bubbles" Sublett What they say about me there (What they say about you where?) Makes me feel well-dressed (Whatever that is, that's what you is) The same old clothes, shoes and hat The same old things rearranged (Oooohhh) It's very plain to see just how it happened to be I put some polish on my style piece I made a shoestring into a tie I cut the corners off the end of my coat So they wouldn't fly I got my shirt from a silver lining I got my cane from an old oak tree And that is just the reason why The folks all nicknamed me Just because my hair is curly And because my teeth are pearly And just because I always wear a smile And suits to dress up in the latest style Gee! I'm glad Iím liviní Why I take troubles all with a smile Just because my color shade A wee bit different, baby Thatís why they call me "Shine" (Your hair is curly) Just because (Your teeth are pearly) Just because (You always wear a smile) Suits to dress up (In the latest style) (Dance Routine) (That's why they call you) (That's why they call you "Shine") ********** HONEY IN THE HONEYCOMB Music by Vernon Duke / Lyrics by John La Touche Performed by Lena Horne What have I got that the others ain't That always seems to please T'ain't my perfume, nor my fancy paint But when I charm the men all swarm Just like they was bees There's honey in the honeycomb There's sugar in the cane There's oysters in a real oyster stew And bubbles in sweet Champagne There's jelly in the jellyroll And sap in ev'ry tree Oh, there's honey in the honeycomb And, Honey, there's love in me ********** HONEY IN THE HONEYCOMB (Reprise) Music by Vernon Duke / Lyrics by John La Touche Performed by Ethel Waters Oh, there's honey in the honeycomb There's nectar in the peach There's candy in a coconut shell And mussels on ev'ry beach Ooh, there's money in the savings bank And I personally guarantee If there's honey in the honeycomb Then, Baby look out, ooh, there's love in me (Dance Routine) Oh, there's honey in the honeycomb And, Baby, there's love, love Baby, there is love in me......Yeah! ********** TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE (Reprise) Written by Vernon Duke, John LaTouche and Ted Fetter Performed by Ethel Waters Lord, I'm hooked again I'm in the swim and cooked again This goose of mine is cooked again Takin' a chance on love (Little Joe, Little Joe, Little Joe) ********** All songs transcribed and/or verified by Mel Priddle - Nov 2009) **********

    


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