Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts
as rec by Bessie Smith Dec 4th 1923 New York
also rec by-
Harvey Brooks & his Quality Four '24
Fletcher Henderson & his Sawin' Six '24
Ida Cox w Lovie Austin & her Blues Serenaders '25
Daddy, mama's got the blues,
The kind of blues that's hard to lose,
'Cause you mistreated me
And drove me from your door!
Daddy, you ain't heard the news,
There's another papa in your shoes!
You ain't got a chance with me no more,
So be on your P's and Q's!
Mistreatin' daddy, mistreatin' mama all the time,
Just because she wouldn't let you!
Mistreatin' daddy, mama's drawn the danger line,
If you cross it I'll get you!
If you see me sittin' on another daddy's knee,
Don't bother me, I'm as mean as can be!
I'm like the butcher right down the street,
I can cut you all to pieces like I would a piece o' meat1
Mistreatin' daddy, you used to knock your mama down,
Then you knew I fell for you!
Had me so nervous, I would start duckin' around,
Yes, every time I saw you;
But now I've got you off of my mind,
And found another daddy who's just my kind.
Mistreatin' daddy, I've got another papa now!
I've hot a tip for people talkin' about;
I will grab my daddy and turn him wrong side out!
Mistreatin' daddy, I've got a good papa now!
(Contributed by Peter Akers - May 2009)