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Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee

This song is by Louis Jordan and appears on the compilation album Let the Good Times Roll (1938-1954) (1992) and on the compilation album Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (2001) by Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five.

Way down on the levy in old Alabamy
There's Daddy and Mammy
There's Ephraim and Sammy
On a moonlight night you can find them all
While they are waiting
The banjos are syncopating

What's that they're saying?
What's that they're saying?
While they keep playing
A - humming and swaying
It's the good ship Robert E. Lee
That's come to carry the cotton away

Watch them shuffling along
See them shuffling along
Go take your best gal, real pal
Go down to the levy, I said to the levy

And join that shuffling throng
Hear that music and song
It's simply great, mate, waiting on the levy
Waiting for the Robert E. Lee