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​I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

This song is by Bessie Smith and appears on the album 1927-28 (1996).

Yes, I'm mad and I have a right to be
After what my daddy did to me
I lavished all my love on him
But I swear I'll never love again

All you women understand what is
To be in love with a two-time man
The next time he calls me sweet mama in his lovin' way
This is what I'm going to say

I used to be your sweet mama, sweet papa
But now I'm just as sour as can be
So don't come stormin' around my way
Expectin' any love from me

You had your chance and proved unfaithful
So now I'm gonna be real mean and hateful
I used to be your sweet mama, sweet papa
But now I'm just as sour as can be

I ain't gonna let no man worry me sick
Or turn this hair o' mine gray
Soon as I catch him at his two-time trick
I'm gonna tell him to be on his way

To the world I scream
No man can treat me mean
And expect my love all the time
When he roams away he'd better stay
If he comes back, he'll find

You had your chance and proved unfaithful
So now I'm gonna be real mean and hateful
I used to be your sweet mama, sweet papa
But now I'm just as sour as can be

Written by:

Fred Longshaw; Leslie Miller