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BESSIE COULDN'T HELP IT (Charles Bayha / Jacques L. Richmond / Byron H. Warner) Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five - 1930 Hoagy Carmichael & His Orch. (vocal: Carmichael) - 1930 Billy Cotton & His Band (vocal: Nat Gonella) - 1930 Slatz Randall - 1930 Keith Nichols Cotton Club Orchestra - 1991 Also recorded by: Jack Hylton & His Orch; San Francisco Starlight Orchestra; Digby Fairweather & The New Georgians; Roy Evans with Rube Bloom & Bayou Boys. Bessie couldn’t help it, Bessie couldn’t help it Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could Bessie couldn’t help it though she tried to be good, Oh! So good. She was pretty as the heavens above Oh! Boy but how she could love Bessie had affection that was simply wonderful,terrible But Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could or I could. When she smiled you were bound to fall, that’s all A boy kissed Bessie in the parlour one night Why, oh! Why did she yell with delight ‘cos Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could (Instrumental interlude) Aww! Dum pe dum now people listen Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could or I could No Bessie couldn’t help it though she tried to be good, oh! So good. She was pretty as the heavens above And oh! Boy how that girl could love Bessie had affection that was simply wonderful Bop, bop be de oww. Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could Now when she smiled you were bound to fall, that’s all. Boy! Boy kissed Bessie in the street one night My oh! My how she yelled with delight Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could (Transcribed by Bill Huntley - November 2004) VERSION II BESSIE COULDN’T HELP IT Byron H. Warner, J L Richmond, & Charles A Bayha Pee Wee Hunt Now this is a story of Bessie Brown Red Hot Mamma from Memphis Town She didn’t know what it’s all about She was right when the lights went out Now don’t get me wrong Bessie wasn’t bad Just had lovin’ like you never had She was a blue eyed Queen The likes you’ve never seen But Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could And Bessie tried to do the very best that she could, that you could She was pretty as the heavens above Boy Oh! Boy but how that gal could love Bessie had a passion that was simply wonderful, or terrible But Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could And like good peaches she was bound to fall, that’s all Now a boy got Bessie in the parlour one night Don’t know what he did but she giggled with delight Bessie couldn’t help it any more than you could, or I could {Instrumental bit} Yes Bessie couldn’t help it, any more than you could, or I could And like good peaches she was bound to fall, that’s all Now first came Triplets and then came Twins Mamma’s alright, Pappa’s weak on his pins Bessie couldn’t help it, any more than you could (Contributed by Alison Grech - August 2007)

    



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