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Dirty Butter

This song is by Minnie Wallace and appears on the compilation Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon: The Ultimate Rude Blues Collection (2003).

Old Aunt Dinah, she's a sister of the church
She takes her drink she says it will not hurt
I met her one day, coming down Beale Street
She was so drunk until she could not see

And it's dirty butter
And it's dirty butter
'Tain't no use you talkin'
It's dirty butter

Some folks say a preacher won't steal
I caught a preacher in my watermelon field
He took that watermelon off the vine
The preacher was runnin' when I thought he was flyin'

And it's dirty butter
And it's dirty butter
'Tain't no use you talkin'
It's dirty butter

They had me 'fore the judge for selling corn
He made me hate the day that I ever was born
I turned my face right to the wall
He said one hundred and ten, and, 'course, that's all!

And it's dirty butter
And it's dirty butter
'Tain't no use you talkin'
It's dirty butter

I went to the ball the other night
My man danced with a gal; her dress was too tight
She done the shimmy she wobble right 'cross the hall
She made a misstep; you mighta seen her fall

And it's dirty butter
And it's dirty butter
'Tain't no use you talkin'
It's dirty butter

Early one morning, 'bout half past four
A big police was knocking on my door
He had a glass of whiskey right in his hand
He's gonna arrest me and take me to the promised land

And it's dirty butter
And it's dirty butter
'Tain't no use you talkin'
It's dirty butter

Recorded:

September 23, 1929; Memphis, TN