“Weed Smoker’s Dream” lyric — transcribed on 29 Dec 2015

____________________________________

Weed Smoker’s Dream (Kansas Joe McCoy, Herb Morand) – recorded by The Harlem Hamfats, 1936

Sitting on a million, sitting on it everyday
Can’t make no money giving your stuff away
Why don’t you do now, like the millionaires do?
Put your stuff on the market and make a million too

Fay’s a betting women, she bets on every hand
She’s a tricking mother for you, everywhere she land
Why don’t you do now, like the millionaires do?
Put your stuff on the market and make a million too

May’s a good-looking frail, she lives down by the jail
On her back door she got hot stuff for sale
Why don’t you do now, like the millionaires do?
Put your stuff on the market and make a million too

transcription by musicdoc1 (“doc”) on 29 December 2015

Note: The second line in the third section, “On her back door she got hot stuff for sale,” is given incorrectly, in my opinion, in all other transcriptions that I’ve seen. One of the most common transcriptions has this line as “On her back though she got hot stuff for sale.” The word “though” in this instance is an adverb which means the same as “however,” or “nevertheless.” It implies contrast with something that was said previously. But we have no contrast here. There would be no reason for the songwriter to put the word “though” in this place. I believe the correct word is “door.” On her “back door,” she has a sign, in actuality or figuratively, advertising “Hot stuff for sale!”

The confusion in this case probably stems from the pronunciation of door as do’ (which sounds like “doe”), a common sociolectal or dialectal variation in American English. Similarly, store and floor may be pronounced as sto’ and flo’ (“stow” and “flow”). The variant do’ is in this case misheard as, or misinterpreted as representing, though.

Our page on the song “Why Don’t You Do Right,” which is a later version of “Weed Smoker’s Dream” credited solely to Kansas Joe McCoy, contains selected recordings of both songs.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • 2,302,744 views