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TITLE: Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing
MATRIX NO.: C-4629--
SINGER: Romeo Nelson
DATE OF REC.: 9 October 1929, Chicago, Illinois
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Vocalion 1447
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD-5103
by Romeo Nelson

Now Sister Fullbosom and Brother Lowdown,
Your broad catch you signifyin' you're breakin' her down;
Kind mama, just poison you,
Sick and tired the way you do;
Gettin' filthy just shakin' that thing.

I know a Sister called Miss Lou,
Shook so she had the German 'flu;
Another Sister by the call Miss Boone,
Shook so you couldn't stay in the room,
Gettin' filthy just shakin' that thing.

Says, mama cookin' cabbage, didn't have no meat,
And she sold 'em on 35th Street;
Old folk, run and get your glass,
Catch the juice from his too black bad.

Say, mama killed a chicken and she thought he was a duck,
'im on the table with his heel cocked up;
Folk, folk, run and get your glass,
To catch the juice from his too black bad.

Mama mumbled and spoke like this,
"Shake your shoulders, shake your wicked knee,
And gettin' filthy just shakin' that thing.'

Clap hands, here comes Nelson,
Clap hands, here comes Nelson,
Clap hands, here comes Nelson now.

Clap hands, here comes Nelson,
Clap hands, here comes Nelson now.

Too tight, just won't,
Too tight, just won't,
Too tight, just won't right now.
TRANSCRIBED BY: Chris Smith ( 22 Oct 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Chris Smith ( 22 Oct 2000

RELATED VERSES / EARLIER RECORDINGS / LATER RECORDINGS: To simplify things, let me just give a chronological "family tree" for this song:
Romeo Nelson: "Gettin' Dirty Just Shakin' That Thing" 1929
Cripple Clarence Lofton: "Strut That Thing" 1935
Cripple Clarence Lofton: "I Don't Know" 1939
Willie Mabon: "I Don't Know" 1952 (Parrot) / 1953 (Chess)

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 poison you (laying tricks)
V.1 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:

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