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Can't You Read

This song is by Big Maceo and appears…

Way back in nineteen hundred and ten
The monkey and the baboon, they came walkin' in

The monkey told the baboon "Let's shoot a game of pool"
The monkey could shoot, but the baboon wasn't no fool

Next thing came along was a little mule
He say, 'You know I'm so mad I even can't wear no shoes'

Next thing came along There was Mr. Cat
We ain't gon' have no such-a stuff goin' on here like that

Next thing came was a little mouse
'Let's all get drunk and break up the doggone house'

Can't ya re-ead? Now, can't ya re-ead?
If ya keep on readin', I'm bound to put you wise

(Tampa sings:)

Well, the monkey and the elephant they went out for a little drive
The elephant hit the monkey right square in his eye

The monkey looked up with a tear in his eye
Said, 'Look-a-here big boy you oughta get someone yo' size

One a these days I'm gonna climb yo' tree
Remember big boy you got to march right under me

When you march under me you better march careful and fast
I get me limb and break it cross yo'...

Now, can't you re-ead now can't you re-ead
If you keep on readin', I'm bound to put you wise

If anybody jus' happen to ask'd you where the waitin' gonna be?
Tell him right down there on Hazen Street

Go down there just about the end of the week
You can get most anything that you care to eat

If you don't like shrimp just na-ame yo' dish
They will even sell you some a-that ol' filtie fish

Now, can't you re-ead? Now, can't you re-ead?
Now, if you keep on readin' Mama, I'm bound to put you wise

'Yeah, play it Mr. Maceo'

Well, fifteen cents You know that's the reg'lar price
If you got two bits they will even serve you twice

Can't you re-ead? Now, can't you re-read?
If you keep on readin' I'm bound to put you wise


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