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​Going 'Round the Mountain

This song is by Jim Jackson and appears on the album Jim Jackson Vol. 2 (1928-1930) (1992).

Goin' 'round the mountain, charming Betsy
Sayin' I'm goin' 'round the mountain, Perlee
Now, if I never see you again
Do, Lord, remember me

Well, it's somethin' 'bout these Memphis women
I can't understand
For these old ladies wear these short dresses around
Tryin' to fool a working man

Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, charming Betsy
Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, Perlee
Now, if I never see you again
Do, Lord remember me

Well, yella girl got this long straight hair
A brownskin girl got the same
But a black gal buys her'n at the ten cent store
But it's good hair, just the same

Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, charming Betsy
Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, Perlee
Now, if I never see you again
Do, Lord remember me

Well, a yella gal smells like sweet toilet soap
Brownskin does the same
But a black girl smell like a billy goat
But she's smellin', just the same

Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, charming Betsy
Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, Perlee
Now, if I never see you again
Do, Lord remember me

Well, a white man give his wife a ten dollar bill
He thinks that's nothing strange
But a colored man give his wife a one dollar bill
And beat her to death 'bout the ninety cents change

Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, charming Betsy
Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, Perlee
Now, if I never see you again
Do, Lord remember me

Well, a white man lives in a fine brick house
He thinks that's nothing strange
But a poor colored man lives in the county jail
But it's a brick house, just the same

Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, charming Betsy
Sayin', I'm goin' 'round the mountain, Perlee
Now, if I never see you again
Do, Lord remember me