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I GOT WHAT IT TAKES (Williams / Calloway) Blanche Calloway & Her Joy Boys - 1931 Mary Green, New Orleans, man so keen and tall The man that she was lovin' was the one to make her fall One day she received a note from her boyfriend in jail And the fellah asked her if she'd mind sendin' him his bail Now, she was a gal didn't believe in givin' men her money So, she sat down and wrote him and said this, Dear Honey..... I got what it takes, but it breaks my heart To give it away, give it away This little thing that I've got Is the thing that makes fiddlers play, fiddlers play I've been savin' it up since I don't know when I ain't playin' Santy Clause to any man This little thing, I ain't gonna abuse it If I ever get broke, babe, I certainly can use it This little thing is the thing The whole world's talkin' about, talkin' about And I'm certainly not going to do without Without a doubt Now, they caught you on the spot and now you're in jail Can't send you none of this, might get lost through the mail I got what it takes, but it breaks my heart Ain't gonna give it away I say I got what it takes, but it breaks my heart , baby To give it away, to give it away And this little thing that I've got is the thing That makes all fiddlers play, fiddlers play I've been savin' it up since I don't know when Ain't playin' Santy Clause to any man Some people say that it's filthy and old But you can tell the world it's worth its weight in gold This little thing is the thing The whole world's talkin' about, talkin' about And I'm certainly not gonna do without Without a doubt Now, once you were my daddy, suited me to a tee If you get any of this it will surprise me I got what it takes, but it breaks my heart I ain't gonna give it away (Instrumental Break) Guess you wonder what I've got All the boys think I'm so hot Well, I got just what it takes I ain't gonna give it away, baby I ain't gonna give it away (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2012)

    


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