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Ain't It a Good Thing?

This song is by Willie Baker and appears on the split compilation album Charley Lincoln & Willie Baker (1927-1930) (1992) by Charley Lincoln and Willie Baker.

Spoken: Yes, I'm gon' always have more than one!

When I was young, in my prime
I kep a gang of women all the time
I had a gal, her name was Lu
You never could tell what she would do
Ain't it a good thing?
Ain't it a good thing to have more than one?

I had another gal, her name was Henrietta
You'd catch her with a man, she'd tell you she didn't know no better
Ain't it a good thing?
Ain't it a good thing to have more than one?

Had another gal, her name was Betty
She was always tippin' in some dark alley
'F I would just even, step through a crack
She would have some man fight me in my back
Ain't it a good thing?
Ain't it a good thing to have more than one?

I got a gal, her name was Mae
Late last night she drove me away, and told me to stay
Well, I went right out, got me a drink of gin
Went right back to Mae's house again
She called me in, said, "Let's have a little fun
But don't come in a party, 'cause I gots only one"
Now, ain't it a good thing?
Ain't it a good thing to have more than one?

Tell all you men somethin', don't you raise no fuss
Ain't none of these women, nary will do to trust
They are all bow-legged, from their ankles to their knees
Anything they got they will give it away free
When you're out workin', got a plan
They is winkin' and drinkin' at some other man
You may be brown-skinned, you may be black
Mama, what I said 'bout you, I sure won't take it back
Ain't it a good thing?
Ain't it a good thing to have more than one?

Recorded:

1929