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​Brown-Skin Gal (In the Calico Gown)

This song is by Duke Ellington.

She's a camp-town tune at a barbecue
An old fashioned courtesy
And a how do ya' do
A tintype from somebody's locket
The wind and the stars and the earth
But in practical terms of the pocket
Here's how I measure her worth
A penny for the moon, a nickel for a dream
A quarter for a tune like the "Old Mill Stream"
But I'd give a dollar and my heart to foller to
The Brown-Skin Gal In The Calico Gown
A puzzler for a pal
A jack-knife for a song, a garter for a gal
In a blue sarong
But I'd give a necklace because I'm reckless
For a kiss from the miss in the Calico Gown
Haven't much use for worldly goods
Robin Hood's for me; if my love's worth a nickel
It's worth a peso mine for the giving
Hers for the "say so"
A penny for a cart to take her out to dine
A scissor cuts a heart on a valentine
Then a sky-blue bonnet with pink ribbons on it
For The Brown-Skin Gal In The Calico Gown
A penny for the moon, a nickel for a dream
A quarter for a tune like the "Old Mill Stream"
But I'd give a dollar and my heart to foller to
The Brown-Skin Gal In The Calico Gown
A puzzler for a pal
A jack-knife for a song, a garter for a gal
In a blue sarong
But I'd give a necklace because I'm reckless
For a kiss from the miss in the Calico Gown
Haven't much use for worldly goods
Robin Hood's for me; if my love's worth a nickel
It's worth a peso mine for the giving
Hers for the "say so"
A penny for a cart to take her out to dine
A scissor cuts a heart on a valentine
Then a sky-blue bonnet with pink ribbons on it
For The Brown-Skin Gal In The Calico Gown