DRAGGIN' MY HEART AROUND
as recorded by
Thomas "Fats" Waller (vocal & piano)
March 13th 1931 New York
(Sweet mama, did you ever hear of depression?
Well, that's what you did to my heart, I'm tellin' ya!)
What a trial life has been, why did I ever trust in you?
Don't you think that it's a sin for you to treat me like you do?
Like a ship lost at sea,
Had no-one guiding me!
Out of all the folks I've seen,
I had to fall in love with you!
Oh, while I'm all alone, so heartsick and weary,
Tryin' my best to be bright and cheery,
You're havin' your fun draggin' my heart around!
You keep doin' things I try not to notice,
But everyone sees, they know who the goat is,
There's no other one draggin' my heart around!
Most of the time you treat me just like any old stranger,
But I won't give you up, I'll just be like the dog in the manger!
I know I'm a fool but how can you blame me?
So deep in love that nothin' can shame me,
So keep up your fun draggin' my heart around!
(Listen baby, can't them thrills bring you back to me?
You know I want ya!
Oh baby, listen to my pleadin' on the ivories!
Oh baby, don't continue draggin' my poor heart, my little poor heart around!
You wouldn't do it now, I'm tellin' you you shouldn't do it!)
Oh, most of the time you treat me just like any old stranger,
But I won't give you up, I'll just be like a little dog with a bone,
Sattin' over, sattin' over in the manger!
Oh, I know I'm a fool but how can you blame me?
I'm so deep in love that nothin' can shame me,
Oh, so keep up your fun draggin' my poor heart around,
Draggin' my poor heart around,
Oh, just keep up your fun draggin' my poor heart around,
Around to the ground!
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - October 2018)