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​It's Too Short

This song is by Leroy Carr and appears on the compilation album Leroy Carr Vol. 6 (1934-1935) (1992).

Now I'm down and out, ain't got no friends around
I'm down and out, ain't got no friends around
I go from door to door, everybody turns me down

Now, my woman treats me like I'm a motherless child
Now, my woman treats me just like a motherless child
She's always squabbling, don't give me no pleasant smile

Now, here I am people, out in the ice and snow
Now, here I am people, out in the ice and snow
My clothes all in pawn, ain't got nowhere to go

She says she liked my music, but my tune's too short
She says she liked my music, but my tune's too short
But if she gets a long-winded player, she's sure to get caught

Now, babe, I can't help it if I can't play long
Now, babe, I can't help it, if I can't play long
I'm just a little skinny fellow, and ain't very strong

Spoken: Play it, boy! Play it on down. Knock it on out, kid! Oh, it's a mess
Babe, I can't help it 'cause my tune ain't long enough. If it ain't long enough, let me play it again