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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Baby Don't You Be So Mean by Papa Charlie Jackson

Baby Don't You Be So Mean - Papa Charlie Jackson,
E position, standard tuning,
NOTE: Spoken passages are shown in parentheses.

I got a gal, nice and Mean
Meanest gal ever have seen
She ain't good lookin' but she do go clean
Aw, baby, don't you be so mean
Darling, baby, mama, don't you be so mean

REFRAIN: Oh baby, don't you be so mean
Oh mama, don't you be so mean
Lots of things in world you haven't seen
Come on, baby, don't be so mean
Darlin', baby, mama, don't you be so mean

SOLO

REFRAIN: Oh baby, don't you be so mean
Oh mama, don't you be so mean
Lots of things I want to tell you haven't seen
Come on baby, don't be so mean
Darlin', baby, mama, don't you be so mean

(Now the women on Fourteenth Street drink rock and rye
The women on Liberty Street drink anything you buy
C'mon baby, don't sit down and cry
I want to tell you, mama, don't tell your papa no lie)
Oh Baby, mama, don't you be so mean

REFRAIN: Oh baby, don't you be so mean
Oh mama, don't you be so mean
There's lots of things in the world you haven't seen
Come on baby, don't be so mean
Darlin', baby, mama, don't you be so mean

(Now the women on Thirteenth Street think they got their way
The Cadillac squad drove their mens away
Ah, some of them got to go off in the greens
And they got to ask their gals, "Don't be so mean."
Darlin' baby), mama, don't you be so mean

REFRAIN: Oh baby, don't you be so mean
Oh mama, don't you be so mean
Lots of things in this world you haven't seen
Come on baby, don't be so mean
Darlin', baby, mama, don't you be so mean

SOLO

(Ah mama, don't dance so rough
'Cause I know you're fixin' to strut your stuff
You know you ain't right in fixin' to fuss
C'mon baby don't start no fuss
Darlin', baby), mama don't you be so mean

Oh baby, don't you be so mean
Oh mama, don't you be so mean
Lots of things that you never have seen
Oh baby, don't be so mean
Darlin', baby, mama, don't you be so mean