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​Mess Around

This song is by Ray Charles and appears on the album Ray Charles (1957) and on the compilation album The Definitive Ray Charles (2000).

This song has been covered by The Animals under the title "Mess Around".
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Mess Around
Ah, you can talk about the pit barbecue
The band was jumpin', the people, too
Ah, mess around
They're doin' the mess around
They're doin' the mess around
Everybody's doin' the mess around

Ah, everybody was juiced, you can bet your soul
They did the boogie-woogie with a sturdy roll
They mess around
They're doin' the mess around
They're doin' the mess around
Everybody doin' the mess around

Now, ah, when I say stop, don't you move a peg
When I say go, just, uh, shake your leg
And do the mess around
I declare, do the mess around
Yeah, do the mess around
Everybody's doin' the mess around
Now, let me have it there, boy

(Now, you got it, boy)

(Yeah, aw, mess around, go on mess around)

(Mess around, boy)

Now, this band's goin' to play from 9 to 1
Everybody here's gonna have some fun
Doin' the mess around
Ah, doin' the mess around
They're doin' the mess around
Everybody doin' the mess around

Now, you see that girl with that diamond ring
She knows how to shake that thing
Mess around
I declare she can mess around
Ah, mess around
Everybody do the mess around

Written by:

Ahmet Ertegun (credited to the pseudonym A. Nugetre)