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I DIDN'T KNOW THE GUN WAS LOADED (Hank Fort / Herb Leighton (m & l) ) As sung by the Andrews Sisters (with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra) 1949 Also sung by: Judy Coder Ray Ellington Quartet Jean Shepard Patsy Montana The Cannons Oh Miss Effie was her name Through the west she won her fame Being handy with the gun But she drove the men insane. 'Cause she'd whip out her pistol And shoot most any guy And sing out this alibi. I didn't know the gun was loaded And I'm so sorry my friend I didn't know the gun was loaded And I'll never, never do it again. But one night she made a slip Shot the sheriff in the hip So the law, it took a hand And made Effie take the stand. And she pled, "Oh, your honor I'll know you'll turn me loose When you hear my one excuse." I didn't know (she didn't know) the gun was loaded And I'm so (and I'm so) sorry my friend I didn't know (she didn't know) the gun was loaded And I'll never, never do it again. I didn't know (she didn't know) The gun was loaded (that the gun was loaded) But regarding the gun that I toted. All I did was hold it high And go (4 simulated firing sounds) I'll never, never do it again. (bridge) Yes, the jury all agreed That Miss Effie should be freed But the sheriff's jealous wife Was indignant (yes, indeed) So she borrowed a pistol And shot this village belle And sang as Miss Effie fell. I didn't know the gun was loaded And I'm so (and I'm so) sorry my friend I didn't know (she didn't know) the gun was loaded And I'll never, never do it again. I didn't know (she didn't know) The gun was loaded (that the gun was loaded) But regarding the gun that I toted All I did was hold it high And go (4 simulated firing sounds) I'll never, never do it again. Notes: The three Andrews Sisters (LaVerne, Maxene and Patty) started their careers during the 1930s, as a close harmony singing group and as imitators, at least to some degree, of the Boswell Sisters (The Bozzies). They were born in Mound, Minnesota USA. Interestingly, the three girls had different vocal ranges, perhaps a bit unusual considering the fact that they were all born within 7 years of each other (soprano, mezzo and contralto). The Sisters were known for their outstanding support of the allied troops during WWII, working onsite as well as recording on V-Discs. They performed over the radio and made numerous personal appearances on TV as well as many charitable functions. They cut over 700 songs, selling over 90 million records. Some of these were recorded with Bing Crosby (approximately 45). The Crosby/Andrews foursome had many hit records together, perhaps one of the best known being DON'T FENCE ME IN . The Sisters also were recognized for standards such as I'LL BE WITH YOU IN APPLE BLOSSOM TIME This recording appeared as the B side of a 10 inch 78 rpm single, the A side being HURRY! HURRY! HURRY! (BACK TO ME). (Transcribed by David Story July 2014)

    


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