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​Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now

This song is by Ry Cooder and appears on the album Jazz (1978).

In the town of Louisville they got a man they call Big Bad Bill
I want to tell you, he sure was tough, and he certainly did strut his stuff
He had folks all scared to death, when he walked by they held their breath
He was a fighting man, sure enough

Now Bill took himself a wife, and he leads a different life, cause

Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now
Married life has changed him some how
He's the man that they all used to fear
But now the people call him sweet pappa Willie dear
Stronger than Samson I declare
Till the brown skinned mama bobbed his hair

Big Bad Bill don't fight any more
Well he washes dishes and he mops up the floor
Well he used to spend his evenin's lookin' for a fight
Now he's got to see his mama every night
Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now

(instrumental)

Well he used to spend his evenin's lookin' for a fight
Now he's got to see his mama every night
Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now