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YOU MAY BE FAST, BUT YOUR MAMMA'S GONNA SLOW YOU DOWN (Music: Bud Cooper / Lyrics: Gilbert Wells) Marion Harris - 1923 Aileen Stanley, Billy Murray & The Virginians - 1923 Lucille Hegamin & The Dixie Daisies - 1923 Paul Specht's Georgians (Instr.) - 1923 Florence Brady - 1923 You've heard them talk about sweet papas That wouldn't spend a night at home They go roamin' in the gloamin' Leaving their mamas alone I know a man started stepping Stepping out every night Till his sweet mama said "Sweet Papa, let me put you right" You may be fast, but you won't last 'Cause your mama's gonna slow you down You may roam away from home But your mama's gonna hang around If you think you can leave me flat Think that you can stay away I'll know where I can find you at Ev'ry decoration day If you go, I surely know I'm never gonna wear a frown And if you think you're big enough to black my eyes I'm gonna get myself a razor, cut you down to my size You may be fast, but you won't last Because your mama's gonna slow you down (Instrumental Break) I never seemed to find a sweet papa Who wouldn't run around at night They'd be leavin', I'd be grieven' Sitting in the candlelight I lost my good disposition Kept getting nearer each day My papa crossed me So I had to say You may be fast, but you won't last 'Cause your mama's gonna slow you down You may roam away from home But your mama's gonna hang around Graveyard bound you sure will be found Minister will then begin If you don't think you're sinkin', babe Just look at the hole you're in When you leave, why I won't grieve I'm never gonna wear a frown 'Cause I remember when you got here from the South You were so raggedy, you had your money hid in your mouth You may be fast, but you won't last Because your mama's gonna slow you down ******************** Different last verse as recorded by LUCILLE HEGAMIN: When you leave, why I won't grieve I'm never gonna wear a frown I'm gonna get a pail of water, cold as ice Duck your head in it three times and only pull it out twice You may be fast, but you won't last Because your mama's gonna slow you down (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2018)

    





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