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​Bye, Bye, Policeman

This song is by Jim Jackson and appears on the compilation Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (2005).

Spoken: I'm going down to my girl's house to a big dance. After the dance, we gonna have a big crap game. Now listen, I'll tell you all about it

Now, first thing, honey, is the bomboushay
Oh, turn a-right around and go the other way
Ah, do the World's Fair, the Turkey Trot
Oh, don't that girl think she's very hot?
She puts her hand on her head and let her mind rove on
Bends way back and look at the star
She dances nicely and politely
This am the pas a ma la

Spoken: Now people, we's down at the crap game

Me and some old boys started a big crap game
Right out in front of my door
Along come a policeman to stop that game, there
"Boys, I'm gonna get you, sure"
So we started a game the very next day
Right in the same place
Along come a policeman and run us away
Lord, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' 'round
Bye-bye, Mr. Officer
Yes, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' around
Bye-bye, policeman

He said, "Stop there, boy! I'm the law, I command you"
I said, "I ain't thinkin' 'bout that law you're tryin' to hand me"
Lord, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' 'round
Policeman, bye-bye
Yes, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' 'round
Bye-bye, Mr. Officer
Yes, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' 'round
Bye-bye, policeman

He said, "Stop there, boy! I'm the law, I'll shoot you, Bill"
I turned around and looked at him, said, "Reckon you will?"
Lord, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' 'round
Bye-bye, Mr. Officer
Yes, I was pickin' 'em up, layin' 'em down
Curvin' in and curvin' 'round
Policeman, bye-bye