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Cherry Picking Blues


by Ida Cox
recording of July 1924
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (Document 5323), copyright notice

Come here pretty papa, sit down on your mama's knee
Come here pretty papa, sit down on your mama's knee
I don't want to tell you how you have mistreated me

You leave me after supper and you don't come home till morn'
You leave me after supper and you don't come home till morn'
You'll come home some morning and find your cherry tree gone

You can't slip back to your brownskin, I mean your used-to-be
You can't slip back to your brownskin, I mean your used-to-be
I know you're crazy 'bout your cherry pie but you can't two-time1 me

I've got my trunk all packed and I'm going to leave this town
I've got my trunk all packed and I'm going to leave this town
Goodbye little papa, another man has cut your cherry tree down

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Note 1: two-time me, to betray (a spouse or lover) by secret lovemaking with another.

















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