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TITLE: Big Fat Mama Blues
MATRIX NO.: L-509-1
SINGER: Charlie Spand V/p
COMPOSER(S): Charlie Spand
DATE OF REC.: c. Sep 1930, Grafton, Wisconsin
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Paramount 13005
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5108
by Charlie Spand

Big fat mama don't mean me no good,
Now, she's a big fat mama, don't mean me no good;
Now, just pack your things, and move to the Piney Wood

Don't tell no story, don't tell me no lie,
Don't tell no story, don't tell me no lie;
Now, you's a good looking mama, but you was born to die

I'm gonna sprinkle a little goofer dust all around your nappy head,
I'm gonna sprinkle a little goofer dust all around your head;
You wake up some of these mornings and find your own self dead

Now, if you don't like me, mama, don't keep on teasing me,
Now, if you don't like me, mama, don't keep on teasing me;
'Cause I can find somebody else, that will give me sympathy

I'm gonna leave you, mama, 'cause you will not do,
I'm gonna leave you, mama, 'cause you will not do;
Lord, I got another fat mama, and I don't want you
TRANSCRIBED BY: Bob Macleod in "Document Blues - 3"
and sent to me by Chris Smith ( 6 Nov 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Chris Smith ( 6 Nov 2000

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.3 goofer dust

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Individual acknowledgements for transcriptions and discographical data appear on each song-page, but i want to note that this Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo archive would never have been possible without the contributions of Gorgen Antonsson, who generously shared with me the format and content of his own personal lyrics archive, and Alan Balfour and Chris Smith, who have devoted a great deal of time to supplying me with tapes, transcribed lyrics, and detailed discographical information. Additionally, i wish to thank the kind members of the prewar blues e-list who have aided my research in innumerable ways. If you have missing data to supply, hear a substantially different take on a transcription, or want to let me know about a song that has been overlooked in these pages, please contact me through the prewar blues e-list:

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Due to certain social, economic, and political paradigms in place at the time of their composition, many early blues songs were improperly copyrighted or not copyrighted at all. Many bore no composer credits. Many were ripped off by unethical music publishers who falsely claimed authorship and copyrighted them in their own names. Many that were once copyright-protected are now in the public domain due to publishers' or composers' failures to properly renew the copyrights. Many have since been ripped off by unethical performers or music publishers who have pretended to be the composers for the purpose of securing a belated copyright or who have claimed "arranger's" credits on songs they falsely swore were "traditional" when in fact the songs were composed by the people who originally performed them on record. It is my sincere belief that the song transcribed on this page bears the implied moral copyright of its composer, whoever that may be. If you believe that you control the copyright by virtue of authorship or legal legerdemain, you may contact me in a civil and polite manner and i will attempt in good faith to satisfy your needs in the matter of obtaining formal permission to quote the lyrics in this scholarly publication.

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