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Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)

DigiTrad:
A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE
I'D RATHER MAKE COFFEE THAN LOVE
MAKIN' COFFEE


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Subject: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE (Oakland & Drake)
From: Q
Date: 14 Sep 04 - 02:30 PM

JAVA JIVE
Ben Oakland and Milton Drake, 1940

I love coffee, I love tea,
I love the Java Jive and it loves me.
Coffee and tea and the jivin' and me,(*java)
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

I love java sweet and hot,
Whoops, Mr. Moto, I'm a coffee pot.
Shoot me the pot and I'll pour me a shot,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

Oh slip me a slug from the wonderful mug
And I'll cut a rug 'til I'm snug in a jug.
A slice of onion and a raw one, Draw one!
Waiter, waiter, percolator!

Chorus:
I love coffee and I love tea,
I love the java jive and it loves me.
Coffee and tea and the jivin' and me, (*java)
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!

Oh, Boston bean, soy bean,
(*Boston beans, soy beans)
Green beans, cabbage and greens.
(*I said the little itty-bitty green bean (cabbage 'n' greens))
I'm not keen for a bean
Unless it's a cheery, cheery bean, boy!
*(You know that I'm not keen about a bean
Unless it is a chili chili bean (Talk it, Boy!))

Chorus

I love java sweet and hot,
Whoops, Mr. Moto, I'm a coffee pot. (*yeah)
Shoot me the pot and I'll pour me a shot,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!
*(A cup, a cup, a cup an' dat zat bootle!)

Blow me a slug from that wonderful mug
And I'll cut a rug 'til I'm snug in a jug.
Drop a nickel in my pot, Joe, takin' it slow.
Waiter, waiter, percolator!

I love coffee, I love tea,
I love the Java Jive and it loves me.
Coffee and tea and the java and me,
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup- BOY!

Ink Spots and (*Manhattan Transfer).
Chords at The Guitar Guy: Java Jive

'Java' first appeared in print as a substitute name for coffee in 1850, in "Wah-to-Yah, and the Taos Trail, or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, with a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire," by Lewis H. Garrard.
Java John's Restaurant, in the Loop in Chicago, was widely known about 1900.
I haven't seen the sheet music, so not sure of the Drake's original lyrics. Possibly inspired by the old children's rhyme.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: BanjoRay
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 02:50 AM

Lovely!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 02:59 AM

'Java' is of course a derivative slang name for coffee, just as 'China' & 'India' are for tea, having to do with locaton of origin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: M.Ted
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 12:34 PM

thanks for the lyrics, Q--Inkspots did it in F, Manhattan Transfer in G--


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 02:51 PM

There's a recent (and nice) recording of this by Dangerous Curves!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: Gray D
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 06:58 PM

This is starting to get spooky. First of all a Kate and Anna McGarrigle thread about "Talk to me of Mendocino" about a week after I buy the CD for the first time just to learn that song and sing it 'n' now a thread about a song that our little group has just learned and sung in public for the first time about a week ago.

You're not watching me are you . . . . ? If so your cameras are running slow . . . by about a week.

Vague feelings of paranaoia aside, I suspect that the phrase "A slice of onion and a raw one" may be from the street slang of the 40's but this is the only place I've heard it. Anyone know the derivation or what context it was used in?

Gray D
(you ain't seen me, roight? [UK comedy reference])


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: Q
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 08:32 PM

Now will someone come up with the rest of-

I went thar once bu I'll go no more,
They never put no sugar in my coffee O,
How in Hell does the old folks know
That I allus take sugar in my coffee O!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JAVA JIVE
From: Genie
Date: 15 Sep 04 - 10:55 PM

If you have a copy of Rise Up Singing, it has the lyrics as well as the chords.*

The chords I use are D, then one of those "demented" chords (3rd & 4th fret), G, A, Emin, D7, G7, and Gm.    Pretty easy, actually.
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*Come to think of it, RUS has the lyrics and chords even if you don't have a copy. §;-D


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 04:58 PM

Actually the verse to the coffee-o song
here
I learned it as part of

What'll we do withthe Baby-o

"the wind blows high, the wind blows low
the winds blows sugar in my coffee oh
how in the hell do the old folks know
that I like sugar in my coffee-o.


this one's not in Rise up...strange. I can give you the rest of the song if you like......it's one of three things I can play on the Banjo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Q
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 08:19 PM

Guest, I would appreciate seeing the rest of it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Mudlark
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 09:27 PM

Gray...
"A slice of onion and a raw one" may be from the street slang of the 40's....

A slice of onion and/or a raw egg were often thrown into a boiled pot to settle the grounds, as I understand it. Maybe throwing a nickel in would do the same?

I've loved this song...and coffee...ever since I was a little kid. Go InkSpots!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Q
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 11:14 PM

Putting the breakfast eggshells into the camp coffee pot to settle the grounds is an old practice.
Never heard of a raw onion being used.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Sep 04 - 11:22 PM

Or a whole raw egg. But the practice of using just the whites to coagulate solids out of a liquid to form a clear consomme is a fairly common technique in French Cooking.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 08:32 AM

Amazing that this song has never been posted at Mudcat before. With all the folkies playing in coffeehouses nowadays, you'd think there'd be a big demand for coffee (and tea) songs. Here are a few more:

A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE

COFFEE IN THE MORNING AND KISSES IN THE NIGHT

WOULDN'T GIVE ME SUGAR IN MY COFFEE

COLD COFFEE MORNING


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Q
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 02:03 PM

A few more-
The Coffee Song. 1946. Sung by Sinatra
Coffee, Cheese and Crackers. Before 1923
You Are the Cream in My Coffee. 1928
A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You. 1925
I'd Like to Dunk You in My Coffee. 1934
I Love Coffee, I Love Tea. 1943
Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee. 1932
You and I. 1941. Maxwell House Theme Song.

Wouldn't Give Me Sugar in My Coffee, listed by Dixon, was recorded by Uncle Dave Macon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Q
Date: 04 Oct 04 - 03:47 PM

Stewie posted "Wouldn't Give Me Sugar...", Macon, in thread 31041: Wouldn't

In "The Word on the Street," the broadsides posted by the National Library of Scotland, there is a song, "Things I'd Like to See," with the verse (ca. 1880-1900):

Now the ports are thrown open, I'd like for to see,
The duty all taken off coffee and tea,
I should like to see bread at a penny a pound,
And beef twopence-halfpenny the country round,
etc.

www.nls.uk/broadsides/broadside.cfm/id/15058/criteria/coffee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 06:43 PM

Thanks for the information about the 1940s song.

I'm writing a book on the sources for contemporary African American children's rhymes and have found the following information:

The first couplet in the song/poem "Vinie" found in Thomas W Talley's "Negro Folk Rhymes" {1922}is:

I loves coffee,an' I loves tea.
I loves you, Vinie, does you love me?

The rhyme "I love coffee/I love tea/I love a {Black} boy/and he loves me" can still be found in African American children's handclap rhymes.
The next verse is "So step back {White} boy/you don't shine/I'm goin to get a Black boy {another boy} to whip {kick} your behind.

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"Sugar in the coffee" is the title of another secular slave song {post-Civil War African American song}:

Sheep's in de meader a-mowin' o' de hay.
De honey's in de bee-gum, so de all say.
My head's up an' I'se boun' to go.
Who'll take sugar in de coffee-o?

I'se de prettiest liddle girl in de county-o.
My mummy an' daddy, de bofe say so.
I looks in de glass, it don't say "No";
So I'll take sugar in de coffe-o.
--
Some brief editorial comments:

This "I'm the prettiest girl etc" rhyme is included in a number of books on children's rhymes without any reference to possible {probable?}African American origin.

I find it significant that way back then this Black girl had high self-esteem compared to nowadays when quite a few African Americans still consider dark skin a stigma.

Also people might want to note that the large number of references to food in secular African American slave songs {chickens; chicken pie, shorten bread etc,as well as lyrics about loving coffee and tea and sugar and candy, were probably to a large part a result of slaves' lack of ample food and drinks. Cofee, tea, and sugar in any form were luxuries. The desire for sugar and the high esteem given to it is also reflected in African American secular slave rhymes by the use of affectionate nicknames and complimentary referents for females such as "Candy", "Peaches", "Sugar", and
Sugar Lump" {the form sugar came in before grandulated sugar}.

With the exception of "Sugar Lump" these nicknames are still very much in use in African American communities.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 06:50 PM

Sorry for the typos.

I neglected to say that "Sugar in the Coffee-o" is also found in Talley's Negro Folk Rhymes.

Also with regard to sugar nicknames: "Shug" is a Southern African American nickname given to males. Shug=Sugar


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Genie
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 09:18 PM

You're the Cream in My Coffee © 1928

"You're the cream in my coffee,
You're the sugar in my tea.
You will always be
My necessity.
I'd be lost without you."


Anybody got the rest of it?


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
From: kbraun
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 02:18 PM

From: http://www.cherylspelts.com/ruthetting/songs/youre_the_cream_in_my_coffee.htm

YOU'RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
Lyrics and Music by B.G. De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
Originally published in 1923.
Recorded by the Ben Selvin Orchestra, and singer Ruth Etting in 1929.
From the films Hold Everything and The Cockeyed World.

You're the cream in my coffee,
You're the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

You're the starch in my collar,
You're the lace in my shoe
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

Most men tell love tales,
And each phrase dovetails
You've heard each known way,
This way is my own way:

You're the sail in my loveboat,
You're the captain and crew,
You will always be my necessity
I'd be lost without you.

You're the cream in my coffee,
You're the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

You're the starch in my collar,
You're the lace in my shoe
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

You give life savor,
Bring out its flavor,
So this is clear, dear,
You're my worcestershire, dear!

You're the sail in my loveboat,
You're the captain and crew,
You will always be my necessity,
I'd be lost without you.

You will always be my necessity
I'd be lost without you.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE COFFEE SONG
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 09:15 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.strictlysinatra.com/Lyrics/CoffeeSong.txt

THE COFFEE SONG
Dick Miles, Bob Hilliard. 1946.

Way down among Brazilians,
Coffee beans grow by the billions,
So they've got to find those extra cups to fill.
They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.

You can't get cherry soda,
'Cause they've got to fill that quota,
And the way things are I'll bet they never will.
They've got a zillion tons of coffee in Brazil.

No tea or tomato juice,
You'll see no potato juice,
'Cause the planters down in Santos all say "No, no, no."

The politician's daughter
Was accused of drinkin' water,
And was fined a great big fifty-dollar bill.
They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.

You date a girl and find out later
She smells just like a percolator.
Her perfume was made right on the grill.
Why, they could percolate the ocean in Brazil.

And when their ham and eggs need savor,
Coffee ketchup gives 'em flavor.
Coffee pickles way outsell the dill.
Why, they put coffee in the coffee in Brazil.

No tea, no tomato juice,
You'll see no potato juice.
The planters down in Santos all say "No, no, no."

So you'll add to the local color
Serving coffee with a cruller.
Dunkin' doesn't take a lot of skill.
They've got an awful lot of coffee,
An awful lot of coffee,
Man, they got a gang of coffee in Brazil!

[Recorded by Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Erroll Garner, Osibisa, Edmundo Ros, Sarah Vaughan, and others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 09:47 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.midnitesun.co.uk/lyrics/lyrics03/wb03p136.txt

YOU'RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE
Words and Music by B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. 1928.

VERSE: I'm not a poet.
How well I know it!
I've never been a raver,
But when I speak of you,
I rave a bit, it's true.
I'm wild about you.
I'm lost without you.
You give my life its flavor.
What sugar does for tea,
That's what you do for me.

CHORUS: You're the cream in my coffee.
You're the salt in my stew.
You will always be my necessity.
I'd be lost without you.
You're the starch in my collar.
You're the lace in my shoe.
You will always be my necessity.
I'd be lost without you.
Most men tell love tales,
And each phrase dove-tails.
You've heard each known way.
This way is my own way.
You're the sail of my love boat.
You're the captain and crew.
You will always be my necessity.
I'd be lost without you.

VERSE: You have a great way,
An up-to-date way,
Of telling me you love me.
It gives me such a thrill!
I know it always will.
My head is turning,
And just from learning
Your estimation of me;
And as for you, I'll say,
I feel the self-same way.

CHORUS: You're the cream in my coffee.
You're the salt in my stew.
You will always be my necessity.
I'd be lost without you.
You're the starch in my collar.
You're the lace in my shoe.
You will always be my necessity.
I'd be lost without you.
You give life savor,
Bring out its flavor;
So this is clear, dear:
You're my Worcestershire, dear.
You're the sail of my love boat.
You're the captain and crew.
You will always be my necessity.
I'd be lost without you.

[Recorded by Les Brown, Nat King Cole, Ray Conniff, Marlene Dietrich, Ruth Etting, Stephane Grappelli, Jack Hylton, Mel Tormé, Ted Weems, and others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP O' COFFEE (Berlin)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 10:04 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.thepeaches.com/music/composers/berlin/1932.html

LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP O' COFFEE
Words and music by Irving Berlin, 1932.

[VERSE:]
Why worry when skies are gray?
Why should we complain?
Let's laugh at the cloudy day.
Let's sing in the rain.
Songwriters say the storm quickly passes.
That's their philosophy.
They see the world through rose-colored glasses.
Why shouldn't we?

[REFRAIN:]
Just around the corner,
There's a rainbow in the sky;
So let's have another cup o' coffee,
And let's have another piece o' pie!

Trouble's just a bubble,
And the clouds will soon roll by;
So let's have another cup o' coffee,
And let's have another piece o' pie!

Let a smile be your umbrella,
For it's just an April show'r.
Even John D. Rockefeller
Is looking for the silver lining.

Mister Herbert Hoover
Says that now's the time to buy;
So let's have another cup o' coffee,
And let's have another piece o' pie!

[Alternate lines:]
Things that really matter
Are the things that gold can't buy.

[Recorded by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, Joan Morris, Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians, and others.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: GUEST,robinia@eskimo.com
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 06:55 AM

Oops, I just wanted to say that the Seattle Labor Chorus has adapted Java Jive to a pitch for "fair trade coffee" -- great fun to sing, and audiences like it too.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK COFFEE (Burke, Webster)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.theguitarguy.com/blackcof.htm
(That page also has chords.)

BLACK COFFEE
Words & Music by Sonny Burke & Paul Francis Webster, 1948.

I'm feelin' mighty lonesome, haven't slept a wink.
I walk the floor from nine to four. In between, I drink
Black coffee. Love's a hand-me-down brew.
I'll never know a Sunday in this weekday room.

I'm talkin' to the shadow, one o'clock till four,
And Lord, how slow the moments go when all I do is pour
Black coffee since the blues caught my eye.
I'm hangin' out on Monday, my Sunday dreams to dry.

BRIDGE: Now, man is born to come a-lovin',
And a woman's born to weep and fret,
To stay at home and tend her oven,
And down her past regrets in coffee and cigarettes.

I'm moonin' all the mornin', moanin' all the night,
And in between, it's nicotine, and not much heart to fight.
Black coffee -- feelin' low as the ground.
It's drivin' me crazy, this waitin' for my baby
'Til he come around, 'til he come around.

[Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, 1948; Peggy Lee, 1956; Julie London, 1960; Rosemary Clooney, 1963; K. D. Lang, 1988; Sinéad O'Connor, 1992; Sarah Vaughan, and many others.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: GUEST,celtaddict at work
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 01:09 AM

The Flying Fish Sailors, in Texas, have amongst their assorted (and pretty wild) "modern-day shanties" a coffee shanty: "Cuppa Joe, gimme Cuppa Joe" is all I recall offhand but I can look it up at home to add to the coffee song store. (Greg Henkel and the Flying Fish Sailors have brought us such other gems as the moving shanty ("Haul, U-Haul, Haul"), a bouncy upbeat song about the influenza pandemic of 1918, and songs about such fearsome issues as the Loch Ness monster, the Roswell incident, and lima beans.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Flash Company
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 07:15 AM

I remember my large, eccentric boss walking away from an argument with a colleague singing 'You're the fly in my ointment!'.
On a more (or less) serious note , how abouut Slim Gaillard's 'Dunkin Bagels', (Splash in the coffee!)

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 07:43 AM

Then ther's 'Java Blues' by the late great Rick Danko.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: PoppaGator
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 10:06 AM

(Thread-drift alert)

Speaking of the INKSPOTS:

Lloyd Washington, who joined the group in 1941 as the lead singer, lived in New Orleans after retirement and passed away almost a year ago. I just learned that he will finally be buried (reburied?) this coming Saturday, 10/3/04, in a newly dedicated Musician's Tomb in St. Louis Cemetary #1, with all the attendant jazz-funeral ritual and celebration.

The memorial Mass will be held at St. Augustine's Church on St. Claude St. in the Treme neighborhood at 11 am. I'll be two blocks away, at the WWOZ radio studio taking membership pledges over the phone, from 10 to 11:30 during Sean O'Meara's Irish music program. When I leave the studio at 11:30, I should be right on time for the end of Mass and the start of the second-line parade to the cemetary.

Wish y'all (some of y'all, anyway) could be there!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 01:52 AM

One that seems not to have been collected here yet is Cowboy Coffee by Joni Harms. I have the words somewhere, but can't get to them until probably early November. I say that now in the hope that my mentioning the song might jog someone else's memory, and that they are saying even as they read this, "Hey, I know THAT one!" (No, they are NOT the lyrics credited to the Bosstones.)

Sound sample on this page Just about anything by Joni Harms is highly recommended by me, by the way.


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Subject: Lyr Add: A CUP OF COFFEE, A SANDWICH AND YOU
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 08:42 PM

A CUP OF COFFEE, A SANDWICH AND YOU
(Words by Billy Rose & Al Dubin. Music by Joseph Meyer, 1925)

In the movie plays of nowadays, a romance always must begin in June.
Tales in magazines have all their scenes of love laid in a garden 'neath the moon.
But I don't miss that kind of bliss. What I want is this:

CHORUS: A cup of coffee, a sandwich, and you,
A cozy corner, a table for two,
A chance to whisper, cuddle and coo,
With lots of huggin' and kissin' in view.
I don't need music, lobster, or wine
As long as your eyes look into mine.
The things I long for are simple and few:
A cup of coffee, a sandwich, and you.

[A recording made by Nick Lucas in 1926 can be heard at The Red Hot Jazz Archive. Another recording by Mike Speciale and His Hotel Carlton Terrace Orchestra can be heard at Aardvark Mastering.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: AIN'T GOT NOBODY TO GRIND MY COFFEE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 08:46 PM

AIN'T GOT NOBODY TO GRIND MY COFFEE

Once I had a loving daddy, just as good as he could be,
But my ever-loving daddy, he's done gone away from me.
And since he left me behind, here's what's on my mind, I find:

Ain't got nobody to grind my coffee in the morning.
Ain't got nobody to serve my breakfast in bed.
My daddy went away
A week ago today.
How'm I gonna find a
'Nother coffee grinda
Who could do my grindin' like my sweet man could?
Ain't got nobody to light my brand-new percolator.
Ain't got nobody to heat my oven, you see.
When my daddy was around, he was oh so good,
Even haul my ashes, chop my kindling wood.
Ain't got nobody else to love me like my daddy could,

And grind my coffee for me, I mean,
And grind my coffee for me.

Ain't got nobody to grind my coffee in the morning.
Ain't got nobody to serve my breakfast in bed.
My daddy went away
A week ago today.
How'm I gonna find a
'Nother coffee grinda
Who could do my grindin' like my sweet man could?
Ain't got nobody to light my brand-new percolator.
Ain't got nobody to heat my oven, you see.
Oh, my daddy used to love me pretty, I'll confess.
Believe me, he could do it diff'rent from the rest.
Ain't got other who could really put me to a test,

And grind my coffee for me, I mean,
And grind my coffee for me.

[As sung by Mary Stafford, 1926. See The Red Hot Jazz Archive. Clara Smith's 1928 recording, also at The Red Hot Jazz Archive, is very similar, except she ends each chorus with "And do my grinding for me."]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 08:56 PM

The lyrics to COFFEE GRINDIN' BLUES, by Lucille Bogan, have been posted here. You can hear Lucille Bogan's 1927 recording at The Red Hot Jazz Archive.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Q
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 11:39 PM

"I'd Like to Dunk You in My Coffee" is an old one that should be here. Copy at Levy but not shown (copyright 1934).


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL JUST HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 11:55 PM

I'LL JUST HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE (THEN I'LL GO)
Billie Brock

I'll just have a cup of coffee, then I'll go.
Thought that I'd just drop by and let you know
That I'm leaving time tomorrow. I'll cause you no more sorrow.
I'll just have a cup of coffee, then I'll go.

I brought the money like the lawyer said to do.
It won't replace all the heartaches I've caused you.
It won't take the place of loving you, I know.
I'll just have a cup of coffee, then I'll go.

Tell the kids I came by awhile last night,
And I kissed them while they slept so tight.
Make my cup of coffee sweet and make it warm,
Just the way you used to be inside my arms.

I'll have another half a cup and then I'll go.

[Sung by Claude Gray. You can hear his recording at The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites, Real Country Archives Page 6. It appears on a couple of various-artists compilations: "Home on the Road," and "Classic Country: The '60s Treasures." It was also recorded by Ernest Tubb under the title I'LL JUST HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: CIGARETTES AND COFFEE BLUES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 12:01 AM

CIGARETTES AND COFFEE BLUES
Marty Robbins

I guess I'll take a walk tonight. I know that I can't sleep.
An' I won't go to bed at all. I'd just lay there and weep.
Instead, I'll make our favorite spot. That's what I think I'll do.
I got those smokin' cigarettes an' drinkin' coffee blues.

CHORUS: Smokin' cigarettes an' drinkin' coffee all night long,
Wond'rin' how a love so right could suddenly go wrong,
I'd take the next bus out o' town, but I gotta be near you.
I got those smokin' cigarettes an' drinkin' coffee blues.

Sittin' at the table where I call my baby's name,
Wonderin' where our love went wrong, wonderin' who's to blame,
List'nin' while the jukebox plays the songs that make me blue.
Another cup of coffee and a cigarette or two.

CHORUS: Smokin' cigarettes an' drinkin' coffee all night long,
Wond'rin' how a love so right could suddenly go wrong,
There's a lot of other people know the mis'ry I go through.
I got those smokin' cigarettes an' drinkin' coffee blues.

[You can hear Lefty Frizzell's recording at The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites, Requests Page 7. It was also recorded by David Frizzell, Marty Robbins, Sleepy LaBeef, and Jean Shepard.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: M.Ted
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 12:31 AM

Jim--Thanks so much for posting the Nick Lucas page--I didn't know it was there, and he is one of my favorite guitarists--"Painting the Clouds with Sunshine"   will make you cry--


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: open mike
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 02:22 AM

There is one that seems like it takes place in a truck stop? Or is sung by a trucker? "Pour me another cup of coffee." It might be the same song that has a line "Put another nickel in the juke box."

Greg Brown has a couple of coffee related songs.

One mentions him being more of a tea type of guy, as coffee is a bitter brew made for a bitter world.

Another one is:

GOOD MORNING COFFEE

I will bring you your good mornin' coffee, will you smile
If not now then have a sip or two and maybe in a while
I love you I love you in the good mornin' and in the night
Every day I wait with you wherever we are, it's all right
Here's your coffee, it may still be too hot, it is freshly brewed
I'll just pour myself a cup and then I will crawl in with you.

SMALL DARK MOVIE

How are things going in the small dark movie of your life?
Late at night you call your girlfriend in the morning you call your wife
In the morning you go for coffee leave town by the underpass
Leave whatever happened last night cigarette in a champagne glass
The road used to go someplace you never been before
Now it's just a racetrack and the only prize is more
The only off-ramp is up ahead and just where ain't too clear
And change is a semi with smoking wheels filling the rear view mirror
You could really use a raincoat and a pair of cool shoes
You could really use some idea of what you're gonna do
But the road keeps coming at you and you find no place to rest
And in these small dark movies no-one knows what's best
So how are things going in the small dark movie of your life?
Late at night you call your girlfriend in the morning you call your wife
In the morning you go for coffee leave town by the underpass
Leave whatever happened last night cigarette in the champagne glass
How are things going how are things going how are things going?

Then there is this one: (For a guy who claims not to drink coffee, he sure writes about it a lot!)

SMELL OF COFFEE

Bouffant hairdo, ne'er-do-well
Warm the car up, perfume smell
Work is there when love is gone
Smell of coffee, crack of dawn
Pheasant clucking, ice cold dew
Backseat shotgun, frosty slough
Chevy coughing, let's move on
Smell of coffee, crack of dawn
Hey there, Benny, is this your home?
Railroad cinders, Styrofoam
Train a-comin', where's lost john?
Smell of coffee, crack of dawn
Blue, blue window, factory
Big bad boss man can't find me
Boxes piled up, paycheck gone
Smell of coffee, crack of dawn
Woman works and man does too
Yellow paper, same old news
Forty years to cross the lawn
Smell of coffee, crack of dawn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: chris nightbird childs
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 01:54 PM

"One More Cup of Coffee" by Bob Dylan........


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: GUEST,Barrie Roberts
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 03:21 PM

Don't forget THE FROZEN LOGGER who stirred his coffee with his thumb. He's in the DT.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SECOND CUP OF COFFEE (Gordon Lightfoot)
From: GUEST,Walter Corey
Date: 07 Feb 05 - 09:46 PM

SECOND CUP OF COFFEE
by Gordon Lightfoot

(D) (Em) (G) (D) (A) (D)

I'm on my second cup of coffee and I (G) still can't face the (D) day
I'm thinking of the (F#m) lady who got (G) lost along the (A) way
And if (D) I don't stop this trembling hand from (Em) reaching for the (G) phone
I'll be (D) reaching for the bottle Lord, be(A)fore this day is (D) done

I'm on my second cup of coffee and I still can't face the day
The room was filled with laughs as we danced the night away
But my sleep was filled with dreaming of the wrongs that I had done
And the gentle sweet reminder of a daughter and a son

(G) Sitting alone, my (D) friends have all gone home
You never know when they'll come dropping (A) in
(G) Thinking of girls with their (D) fingers in my curls
Too young to understand how love be(A)gins

I'm on my second cup of coffee and I still can't face the dawn
The radio is playing a soft country song
And if I don't stop this trembling hand from reaching for the phone
I'll be reaching for the bottle Lord, before this day is done

Sitting alone, my friends have all gone home
They never were around when I needed them
Thinking of girls with their fingers in my curls
Too young to understand how love begins

I'm on my second cup of coffee and I still can't face the day
I'm thinking of the lady who got lost along the way
And if I don't stop this trembling hand from reaching for the phone
I'll be reaching for the bottle Lord, before this day is done
And if I don't stop this trembling hand from reaching for the phone
I'll be reaching for the bottle Lord, before this day is done

at http://www.lightfoot.ca/secndcup.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Kaleea
Date: 08 Feb 05 - 01:32 AM

I love coffe & Java songs/tunes. It is quite common to find Jazz titles with "Java" in there somewhere. They seem to be quite popular with college Jazz ensembles these days. I have on occasion heard Musicians do complete sets with the coffee theme.
   Me oulde born in Arkansas-lived in Eastern Oklahoma-Irish Granny used to sing to me:

Put on the skillet; put on the lid;
Granny's gonna make a little shortnin' bread.
That ain't all she's gonna do;
Granny's gonna perk a little coffee too.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COWBOY COFFEE (Joni Harms)
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 08 Feb 05 - 03:26 AM

Let's see, is it early November yet? :)
I guess the thread slipped away, and I forgot all about it. Anyway, here are the Cowboy Coffee lyrics by Joni Harms I promised back on 22 Oct 04 - 01:52 AM. The soundfile link I gave still works. Check it out.

COWBOY COFFEE
Joni Harms from her album, After All, 2001
Not available everywhere, but worth looking for


The first thing that one does
When you wake before the sun does
Get the fire goin'
Won't be long till you feel the heat
Find a spot and take a seat
Till the coals start glowin'
Then pull out the granite pot
Poor old thing's been used a lot
Don't look like much
But just you wait and see
Pour some grounds from a leather poke
Add a little taste of old wood smoke
Man, that's Cowboy Coffee

Everyday we all get up
Find our favorite old tin cup
Pour a taste of Heaven
Plenty grub for all the crew
Throw it down with a cup or two
Saddle up by seven
Get on up, there's work to do
Ropin' ridin' brandin' too
Every day's as tough as it can be
Chasin' strays and hangin' wire
Work all day and you still ain't tired
Man, that's Cowboy Coffee

Don't ask these boys 'bout a latte
Cowboy Coffee comes just one way
Strong enough to make you stand up straight
And talk about flavor now just you wait
After supper time is done
Still got time for a little fun
Take it slow and easy
Sittin' 'round the fireside
Singin' songs and tellin' lies
One more pot of coffee
Then some young bucks start to nag
Joe, go under your saddle bag
Pull out that bottle everybody's seen
Pour in some of that 90 proof
Warm us up down to our boots
Man, that's Cowboy Coffee

Man, that's Cowboy Coffee!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Feb 05 - 08:48 AM

Here's a few I missed the first time around:

SUNDAY MORNIN', recorded by Spanky and Our Gang, has a chorus that begins "I'll put the coffee on to brew."

COFFEE BLUES by Mississippi John Hurt. It's the song that gave us the phrase "lovin' spoonful."

I'D RATHER MAKE COFFEE THAN LOVE in the DT, author unknown.

I'D RATHER MAKE COFFEE THAN LOVE - extended version by Dave Oesterreich.

COLD COFFEE MORNING (And a Warm Beer Afternoon) from Jon Randall.

Hey, guys! I think we got enough songs to make an album. Can you imagine selling these in every Starbuck's across America?

One o' these days I'm gonna stumble on an idea that's gonna make somebody rich—probably not me.

Right now I'm toying with the idea of making theme albums and matching them to the right retail outlet—not record stores.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COFFEE IN A CARDBOARD CUP (Ebb, Kander)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Nov 05 - 01:05 AM

Lyrics copied from http://www.carlinamerica.com/titles/titles.cgi?MODULE=LYRICS&ID=488&terms=___terms___

COFFEE IN A CARDBOARD CUP
(Fred Ebb, John Kander)

The trouble with the world today, it seems to me,
Is coffee in a cardboard cup.
The trouble with the affluent society
Is coffee in a cardboard cup.
No one's ever casual and nonchalant.
No one wastes a minute in a restaurant.
No one wants a waitress passing pleasantries
Like "Hiya, miss. Hiya, sir. May I take your order, please?"
The trouble with the world today, it's plain to see,
Is ev'rything is hurry up.
It's rush it through, don't be slow,
B.L.T. on rye to go,
And coffee (I think she said), coffee (I know she said),
Coffee in a cardboard cup.

The trouble with the helter-skelter life we lead
Is coffee in a cardboard cup.
The trouble, the psychologists have all agreed,
Is coffee in a cardboard cup.
Tell me, what could possibly be drearier,
Than seafood from the Belnord Cafeteria?
Seems to me a gentleman would much prefer
"Good afternoon! How you been? Would you like the special, sir?"
The trouble with the world today is plain to see.
It's ev'rything is hurry up.
There's ready whip, instant tea,
Minute rice and my-oh-me,
There's coffee (I think she said), coffee (I know she said),
Coffee in a cardboard cup.

The trouble with the world today, beyond a doubt,
Is coffee in a cardboard cup.
The trouble is the way we like to take things out,
Like coffee in a cardboard cup.
No one knows the meaning of Utopia
Is dining at your corner cornucopia.
Seems to me we wouldn't be such nervous wrecks
With "Hello there! Be right back! Would you care for separate checks?"
The trouble with the world today, it's plain to see,
Is ev'rything is hurry up.
It's all become Loony Tunes
With sugar packs and plastic spoons
And coffee
(I think she said)
Coffee
(I know she said)
Coffee
(I'm sure she said)
Coffee
(She must have said)
Coffee in a cardboard cup.
(SPOKEN):
Hurry up!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SAINT CAFFEINE (John Gorka)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Nov 05 - 09:24 AM

SAINT CAFFEINE
John Gorka

I've seen the light. Oh, the light I've seen,
Seen the light of Saint Caffeine.
Of other drugs, oh, I am clean,
But I pray to you, Saint Caffeine.

Yes, I am a legal (?) fiend.
My high ... (?) mean routines.
Cold or not, O coffee bean,
I pray to you, Saint Caffeine.

Stayed away as a teen.
Hormones filled up my jeans.
Ever since my sleep got mean,
I took to you, Saint Caffeine.

BRIDGE: Help me through the morning.
Help me to the afternoon.
Bean count is boring.
I'd be snoring without you.

I wear your ring around my cup.
I pour you down. I drink you up.
When I'm running out of steam,
I pray to you, Saint Caffeine.

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

[As sung by John Gorka on "After Yesterday," Red House CD 121, 1998.

[You can hear this song as part of an archived radio program. Go to the page Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Show, for June 20- June 26, 2005. Then, under "Monday, June 20, 2005," click "Listen 5 - 7 a.m." The song begins 1 hour, 45 minutes, 50 seconds from the beginning of the program.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: M.Ted
Date: 08 Nov 05 - 06:43 PM

Thanks for posting these, especially, "Coffee in a Cardboard Cup", which ought to be a lot better known than it is--


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jun 06 - 04:27 PM

Here's NAVY COFFEE.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee songs)
From: Genie
Date: 03 Jun 06 - 02:09 AM

Shortnin' Bread has a verse with a coffee reference.

Put on the skillet, put on the lid,
Mama's gonna make a li'l shortnin' bread.
That's not all Mama's gonna do,
Mama's gon' make a li'l coffee too.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANOTHER CUPPA COFFEE (Dan Newton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 May 08 - 07:47 PM

I heard this song on the radio today and I knew it belonged here.

ANOTHER CUPPA COFFEE
Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton

Take a half a cup o' coffee. Yes, that's what I want to do.
After I've had one cup, I think I might drink two.
And after I've had my second cup—you guessed it—I'll have three.
And I may have four before I hit the door. Por favor, pour more for me.

Used to drink a lot o' beer, but it made my middle round.
Ever' time I drink whiskey, I throw up or I fall down.
Had to give up reefer. Made me feel dumber than I already was.
Now I dig black coffee. Yes, I love that java buzz.

Drinkin' all that alcohol was sure to be my ruin,
Wakin' up in some strange hall not recallin' what I been doin'.
Should 'a' seen me in the mornin'. Yes, I was such a terrible sight.
But now I'm energized. I got big bug eyes from early in the mornin' till late at night.

I'll always have another cup o' coffee. You can make mine black.
I won't be slow long as I got my joe. Now give me my java, Jack.
Sometimes I drink a cappuccino. If you're wonderin' what it means,
Well, you can call me Dannerino. I'm that cat that works for beans.

[Instrumental interlude.]

I'd fight a bull for a bucketful of café au lait.
I'd do my work just for the perks. I don't care about the pay.
I could be hip. I like to sip. I'm the biggest refiller in town.
And when I'm dead, won't you lay my head on a big brown mound of coffee grounds?

Then I can take another cup o' coffee. I'll take it to the Pearly Gates.
I'll have me another cup o' coffee while Saint Peter decides my fate.
Lay no roses on my grave. Just cover me with coffee beans.
Then I'll be fine till the end of time. Por favor, pour more for me, I mean,
Por favor, pour more for me.

[As recorded by Dan Newton on his album "Hi-Top Sneakers." You can hear an excerpt at that page.

[You can also hear the entire song as part of an archived radio program. Click to play, and then skip to 5 minutes and 55 seconds from the beginning of the segment.

[I see he has another song called CUPPA JAVA THE SIZE OF MY HEAD. I might transcribe that later.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea son
From: topical tom
Date: 09 May 08 - 05:51 PM

"The Coffee Blues" by Mississipi John Hurt:

                Coffee Blues
        

soundclip

by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from Coffee Blues (Vanguard 19032), copyright notice

(spoken:
This is the "Coffee Blues", I likes a certain brand
- Maxwell's House - it's good till the last drop,
just like it says on the can. I used to have a girl
cookin' a good Maxwell House. She moved away.
Some said to Memphis and some said to Leland,
but I found her. I wanted her to cook me some
good Maxwell's House. You understand,
if I can get me just a spoonful of Maxwell's House,
do me much good as two or three cups this other coffee)

I've got to go to Memphis, bring her back to Leland
I wanna see my baby 'bout a lovin' spoonful, my lovin' spoonful
Well, I'm just got to have my lovin'

(spoken: I found her)

Good mornin', baby, how you do this mornin'?
Well, please, ma'am, just a lovin' spoon,
just a lovin' spoonful
I declare, I got to have my lovin' spoonful

My baby packed her suitcase and she went away
I couldn't let her stay for my lovin',
my lovin' spoonful
Well, I'm just got to have my lovin'

Good mornin', baby, how you do this mornin'?
Well, please, ma'am, just a lovin' spoon,
just a lovin' spoonful
I declare, I got to have my lovin' spoonful

Well, the preacher in the pulpit, jumpin' up and down
He laid his bible down for his lovin'
(spoken: Ain't Maxwell House all right?)
Well, I'm just got to have my lovin'



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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea son
From: topical tom
Date: 09 May 08 - 06:23 PM

Here's Mississippi singing "My Creole Belle" and "Lovin' Spoonful":

   The blues as they were meant to be!


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Subject: Lyr Add: CUPPA JAVA THE SIZE OF MY HEAD (D Newton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 May 08 - 07:30 AM

I couldn't get the whole song. This is transcribed from a 2-minute sound sample found at CD Baby:

CUPPA JAVA THE SIZE OF MY HEAD
Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton

Early in the morning when I open my eyes,
Only one thing that's on my mind.
Only one thing get me out o' my bed:
A strong cup o' java 'bout the size o' my head.

Yeah, my hands are always shaky and my hair is a mess.
My mind's a bit hazy. I can't even get dressed.
Only one thing that'll see me through:
A big black pot o' that dark French brew.

Grind the beans. Let it drip.
Dark French roast, take a sip.

You can have your eggs and your orange juice
Your tea an' your toast. I got no use.
Only one thing, that's what I said:
I want a strong cup o' java 'bout the size o' my head.

Well, if you see me lookin' sick or maybe actin' ill,
Don't you call me no doctor, don't you gi' me no pill.
Only one thing that'll remedy me.
A great big black hot pot o' caffeine.

Grind the beans. Let it drip.
Dark French roast, take a sip.

You can tell the doctor that his work is …


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: GUEST,Zeaz
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 04:14 AM

Does anybody know what the word "Mr. Moto" refers to in Java Jive


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:48 PM

See Mr. Moto in Wikipedia.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COFFEE BLUES (Sam Lightnin' Hopkins)
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 10:31 AM

Here's another song called "Coffee Blues". I heard it on the radio years ago and put it on a casette tape (remember those?) I didn't know the song's title and referred to it as "Mama got mad at Papa" I used the Google search engine to find these lyrics by entering that "title" and another repeated line "he didn't bring coffee home".


COFFEE BLUES
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins


Mama got mad at papa 'cause he didn't bring no coffee home

Mama got mad at papa 'cause he didn't bring no coffee home

She begin to wonder what is going on wrong

Papa said, "Mama, I ain't mad with you, now, don't you get mad with me

Baby, I ain't mad with you, now, don't you get mad with me, whoa"

Papa must have been teasing mama 'cause she said, "I ain't mad with you"

Papa must have been teasing mama 'cause she said, "I ain't mad with you"

She said, "Everything's all right, don't make no difference what you do"

You know papa got good with mama somehow

And I was crying for bread, and yes, I, baby,

I was crying for bread, and these are the words I said

Now look at mama, just trying to shout

It was early one evening but papa came home late at night

It was early one evening but papa came home late at night

That's when mama was mad and her and papa began to fight

http://www.notdarkyet.org/tt-coffee.html


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Subject: Lyr Add: TEA (Michael Hurley)
From: Stewie
Date: 30 Aug 09 - 08:43 PM

The thread title also mentions 'tea'. Here is a classic ditty from the spendidly eccentric mind of Michael Hurley. It was first recorded by him back in 1964 at the tender age of 22.

TEA
(Michael Hurley)

Turn on the tea and let it brew
I like six cups not one or two
Break out the cups and honey too
And turn on the tea and let it brew
I don't care that she's left me
Just so long as the cupboard's full of tea
My nerves are shakin' and my heart is breakin'
That's just because of all the tea I've taken
Poor old Buddha turned into stone
That's why I drink tea alone
Buddha's made of stone and his eyes are ruby
But his thoughts and dreams are distilled in the tea
I'll drink my tea and sit and dream
Conjure up a leprechaun to dance in the steam
I'm drinkin' my tea and it's gettin' late
I thought I heard somebody pass my gate

Source: transcription in booklet accompanying Michael Hurley 'First Songs' Folkways LP FG 3581 (1964)

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 02:07 AM

Johann Sebastian Bach's "Coffee Cantata".

How about Jimmie Rodgers' "Tea for Texas"? ;-}

I'm sure I've come across several cowboy songs and poems about coffee (or the deplorable preparation or condition of it), but I'd have to search about to find them again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea son
From: M.Ted
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 07:00 AM

YouTube clip of Michael Hurley's Tea Song
Lyrics are a bit different.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 07:16 AM

Has anybody got the lyrics to the song (ditty) that starts "I like a nice cup of tea in the morning"? I believe it also contains the line "..and a nice cup of tea with my tea".


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Subject: Lyr Add: A NICE CUP OF TEA (Herbert, Sullivan)
From: maeve
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 07:23 AM

A NICE CUP OF TEA (Herbert / Sullivan)

I like a nice cup of tea in the morning
For to start the day you see
And at half-past eleven
Well my idea of Heaven
Is a nice cup of tea
I like a nice cup of tea with my dinner
And a nice cup of tea with my tea
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said For a nice cup of tea


Found here

maeve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 09:46 AM

Thanks, Maeve.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 01:38 PM

Here's a verse to go with your chorus of A NICE CUP OF TEA:

Some folks put much reliance
On politics and science.
There's only one hero for me:
His praise we should be roaring,
The man who thought of pouring
The first boiling water onto tea.

The National Library of Australia lists 2 songs called A NICE CUP OF TEA:

A NICE CUP OF TEA
Words, A. P. (Alan Patrick) Herbert. Music, Henry Sullivan.
Sydney : J. Albert & Son, c1937.

A NICE CUP OF TEA
Words, Frank W. Green. Music, Alfred Lee.
London : C. Sheard, [between 1860 and 1880?]
"Sung by James Hillier to delighted audiences"


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Subject: Lyr Add: COFFEE AND TEA (from Bodleian)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 01:55 PM

From the Bodleian Ballad collection, Harding B 25(392):

[There seems to be some sexual subtext here, but there's a lot I don't understand. --JD]


COFFEE AND TEA

1. My love she drinks Coffee and Tea,
But hey for good liquor and sack;
And every health that goes round,
Here's a health to my own Paddy Whack.

CHORUS: Mally, come plank my plank.
Mally, come plank perri-wig.
Mally, come cover my song.
Good humour you'll find in my merry-gig.

2. I have three ships on the sea.
There is three of them bound to Limerick,
Three laden with Coffee and Tea,
And two with my three-square Gimlick.

3. There are thirty fair maidens in York
And thirty fair maidens in Limerick.
That makes out the even three score.
I bo——d them all with my Gimlick.

4. I have a house of my own.
I have a hole in the rigging o't.
I have a well on the floor.
You may water your nag in the middle o't.


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Subject: Lyr Add: A GOOD CUP OF TEA (from Bodleian)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 02:34 PM

From the Bodleian Library Ballad collection, Firth b.27(319):


A GOOD CUP OF TEA

AIR—Jenny Put the Kettle On.

1. When our hearts are o'erladed with sorrow and grief,
And joy from our presence doth flee,
Methinks of all comforts the warmest and chief
Is surely a good cup of tea.

2. When health and when pleasure delighteth the heart
And we dance with a soul full of glee,
Though the waltz and the polka their pleasures impart,
We'll pause for a good cup of tea.

3. When sickness and pain find their way to our hearts—
And who can expect to be free?—
Oh! one of the things most valued on earth
Just then is a good cup of tea.

4. Ere we start in the morning to travel by rail
Or by steam take a trip to the sea,
No perfume e'er wafted on Araby's gale
Smells then like a good cup of tea.

5. At the end of our journey—too early for bed,
Yet bored by the demon Ennui,
How our spirits return—how our languor hath fled—
When refreshed by a good cup of tea.

6. How hard must the toil-doomed artisan strive
Ere his home humblest comforts can see;
Yet he gratefully owns he has none will revive
His strength like a good cup of tea.

7. When hour after hour the poor poet doth sit
With the paper still blank on his knee,
"The spirit that moveth him" into the fit
May come with a good cup of tea.

8. Quaff the wine-cup who may, there's delight in the draught,
But for ills it, alas, is not free.
I yield it, though long and though loud be the laugh,
For a wholesome and good cup of tea.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE TEA (from Bodleian)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 03:36 PM

From the Bodleian Library Ballad collection, Harding B 11(3743):


THE TEA
[London: between 1819 and 1844]

1. The tea!—the tea!—the wholesome tea!
The black, the green, the mix'd, the good, the strong Bohea!
When the water boils, and the tea is made,
And the tea things on the table laid,
We washerwomen work with glee,
But still at night enjoy our tea.
  I'm at my tub!—I'm at my tub!
  I am where I would ever be,
  Among the steam and suds so blue.
  Though my copper has a smoky flue,
If a storm should come, what is't to me?
I wash! I wash! And I take my tea!

2. I hate, oh, how I hate to hear
That some prefer to tea, strong beer.
It makes men drunk both night and noon,
And if they sing, 'tis out of tune;
And ladies, if they drink strong beer,
Are apt to scratch and perhaps to swear.
  I have had coffee galore,
  But I love the green tea more and more,
  For it's good for the nerves, and warms my heart,
  And from it I will never part.
For a friend it was, and is to me,
For when I was born, my mother gave me tea.

3. The tiles were white, and a frosty morn
In December month when I was born.
The dustman bawl'd and his bell he toll'd,
And the milkman's nose was blue with cold,
And never was heard such a medley wild
As welcom'd to life the cockney child.
  I have liv'd since then, a maid and wife,
  A sober washerwoman's life,
  Wash'd down with tea all idle care,
  And never have wish'd for better fare;
And death, whenever he comes to me,
Will find me drinking a good strong cup of tea.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 06:13 PM

TEA
  C.L. Gilman

From the faucets of the fountain and the bottles of the bar
I've tried many fancy gargles, 'most as many as there are,
But the drink that's first and foremost, if you put it up to me,
Is the scalding can of ashes, swamp-juice, soot—and tea.

At the take-off of the portage, when a man is damp with toil,
Heat and deer-flies are forgotten, when the tea comes to a boil.
In the silent winter muskeg, where the snow has hid the trail,
Strength and hope and courage wait him with the bubbling of the pail.

Propped with rocks beside the rapids, jabbed into the forest mould,
Smoked and scorched, ten thousand tea-sticks, mark the camp-sites of the bold.
Other drinks may please the townsman, do to flirt with now and then,
But, the Silent Places witness, tea's the drink that's drunk by men.

Source: Camp-Fire Verse; ed. Williams Haynes and Joseph Leroy Harrison; Duffield & Company, New York, 1917.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 22 Sep 09 - 07:53 PM

"Arbuckle's Coffee", performed (and probably written) by the Arbuckle Boys from Texas: YouTube clip.

You can find more information on the beginnings of Arbuckle coffee at the Arbuckle Coffee Roasters web site.    In particular, watch the clip toward the bottom of the page (the video for the above song is also available there) and click on the "Arbuckle legend" link at the top of the left-hand links.

Other YouTube clips suggest various ways of preparing "cowboy coffee", but these are modern-day campers' methods without historical authenticity.

Here's another song: "Cowboy Coffee", a more humorous, contemporary song written and performed by Chris Davenport: YouTube clip.

A contemporary song, "Black Coffee" is popular for country line dancing, though it seems to be a whiny love song having blessed little to do with coffee.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: GUEST,Ray Shakeshaft
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 12:22 PM

Has anyone got the chords to 'I like a nice cup of tea in the morning'

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea son
From: Ritchie
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 03:17 PM

Ray,try Phil Powell ....,

great minds think alike ;-)


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARBUCKLE'S COFFEE (Arbuckle Boys)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 11:49 PM

My transcription. See Artful Codger's link above.


ARBUCKLE'S COFFEE
Recorded by the Arbuckle Boys

Roll out, boys. Come and get it.
Grease your gear. Flapjacks in the skillet.
Fill your hands and head for the pot.
That Arbuckle's coffee, she's ready and hot.

She'll warm you up. She'll curl your hair.
You can float a horseshoe in that black stuff there.
Old Cookie says: "Boys, I'm a famous man,
And Arbuckle's coffee, she's the best in the land."

CHORUS: Arbuckle's coffee in an old tin cup,
Sip it real slow. Drink it right up.
Arbuckle's coffee in an old tin can
Put hair on your chest, good to the last man.

Here comes Blue. He's ridin' in fast
With Slim and J. B. and young Billy Bass.
Here comes Lou, and here comes Shorty
Smellin' that ... Arbuckle's coffee.

Ol' Cookie he's a-cussin', raisin' almighty Cain.
His biscuits ain't risin'. It's tryin' to rain.
Them boys is a-laughin' and tellin' tall tales,
Drinkin' Arbuckle's coffee right out on the trail.

*
For history, see this article: Coffee, Cowboys and a Ranch: The Arbuckle Brothers' Wyoming Connection by Phil Roberts, University of Wyoming Department of History


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 04:58 PM

As I hear it (verse 2 line 4): Smellin' that good old Arbuckle's coffee.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Joe_F
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 06:41 PM

According to my mother,

    You're the grounds in my coffee.
    You're the hair in my stew.
    You will always be
    My atrocity.
    I can do without you.

*

Finjan (in DigiTrad, but incomplete by a damn sight)

*

Eyes of Night Owls by Bob Kanefsky:

    Grind, children, grind
    For a clear and wakeful mind
    That can work thru the night if we please.
    Grind, children, grind --
    We're preserving humankind,
    And we each have our own priorities.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: open mike
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 04:54 PM

there is an old trad work song from the days of the Irish rail road
"Work all day for sugar in my tay"

Drill ye Tarriers Drill...
see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drill,_Ye_Tarriers,_Drill


i wonder why Joni Harm's c.d. with Cowboy coffee on it sells for $150?!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea son
From: Rowan
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 05:49 PM

Billy of tea
Tune: Bonnie Dundee
Words: Australian Traditional but I'll try to find out details of by whom/ from whom/when/where it was collected.

You can talk of your whisky and talk of your beer,
There's something much nicer that's waiting me here,
It sits on the fire beneath the gum tree,
There's nothing much nicer than a billy of tea.

So fill up your tumbler as high as you can   
And don't you dare tell me it's not the best plan,
You can let all your beer and your spirits go free
There's nothing much nicer than a billy of tea.

I rise in the morning as soon as it's light
And go to the nosebag to see it's alright
That the ants on the sugar no mortgage have got
And straight away sling my old black billy pot

And while it is boiling the horses I seek
And follow them down as far as the creek
I take off their hobbles and let them run free
Then haste to tuck into my billy of tea

And at night when I camp if the day has been warm
I give to my horses their tucker of corn
From the two in the pole to the one in the lead
A billy for each holds a comfortable feed

Then the fire I make and the water I get
And corned beef and damper in order I set
But I don't touch the grub though so hungry I be,
I wait till it's ready, my billy of tea

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: beeliner
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 07:38 PM

"Have Another Espresso"

W&M by Shel Silverstein

Now whenever life is looking dark and mean
I have myself an espresso.
And then I kinda sit back and like dig the scene
And maybe have myself another espresso.
And there's a chick in the coffee shop who's caught my eye
But she never talks to me when I walk by
So I sit there and I cool it and I'm oh so sly
And I have myself another espresso.

Well last night I decided to do the thing
As I had myself another espresso.
So I asked that chick, would she care to swing
As I had myself another espresso.
And she said, "Baby, that's uh cool with me
But like I can't split until half past three
So why don't you just sit there and cool it and like wait for me
And maybe have yourself another espresso."

Well I never cared much for formal dates,
I just sit and have myself an espresso.
Man ya know but when a chick is a groove like baby you've gotta wait
And maybe have yourself another espresso.
So I took off my coat and I hung up my hat
And for the next five hours right there I sat.
You know that chick went home with some other cat,
And so I had myself another espresso.

The moral of the story I will tell you then
As I have myself another espresso,
Is always follow the ways of Zen
And maybe have yourself another espresso.
And whenever the world has got you way uptight
Why baby you just sit there and cool it until everything's right
'Cause you know I met another chick that very night
And we -- uh -- we --
Well we just sat around and had us an espresso.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 09:08 PM

We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week.
The bottom is out of the universe.
-Rudyard Kipling

Not one, AFAIK, ever set by Peter Bellamy: but worth citing on this thread, I think...


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Subject: Billy of Tea
From: Artful Codger
Date: 12 Nov 09 - 10:09 PM

Re "Billy of Tea":
Bob Bolton posted a couple versions (including the originally published one) and additional information in the "Billy of Tea" thread (20337); also in a BS thread (20316) on Lapsang Souchong. The author was not credited in the original publication, and I don't believe authorship has since been determined.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea son
From: Rowan
Date: 13 Nov 09 - 05:43 PM

Thanks for that AC.
It comes as no surprise that Bob had already posted its original text, as he has a considerable set of resources to hand. The text I posted is as I have sung it and I probably learned it around campfires from other bushwalkers who may have learned it from John Meredith's Penguin edition of Australian Folksongs, prior to the Bushwackers or even Dave de Hugard, who is a towering influence on such things.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive
From: Genie
Date: 05 Jun 12 - 08:39 PM

I just realized I've been singing a mondegreen of part of the lyrics to Java Jive for years.   I think Rise Up Singing was the source of the mondegreen. Anyway, here's the line as I learned it:

Boston beans, soy beans,
I mean the itty bitty kidney beans.
You know that I'm not keen about a bean
Unless it's a chilly chili* bean.   


* Not sure what the spelling was, but it seemed to be referring to chili beans, and I could never figure out why beans other than coffee beans were lauded in the song.

Now I find out that the actual line is "... a cheery, cheery bean," and that makes a whole lot more sense.


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Subject: Lyr Add: A NICE CUP OF TEA (from Binnie Hale)
From: GUEST,Drumcolliher
Date: 05 Mar 13 - 05:21 AM

I LIKE A NICE CUP OF TEA

Binnie Hale (22 May 1899 – 10 January 1984)
English actress, Music Hall singer and musician.


Some folks put much reliance
On politics and science
There's only one hero for me
His praise we should be roaring
The man who thought of pouring
The first boiling water onto tea

I like a nice cup of tea in the morning
For to start the day you see
And at half past eleven
Well my idea of heaven
Is a nice cup of tea
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea

You can talk about your science
And your airships in the sky
I can do without the wireless
And you'll never see me fly
The public benefactor of the universe for me
Is the genius that thought of pouring water onto tea

I like a nice cup of tea in the morning
For to start the day you see
And when I get the breakfast in
Well my idea of sin
Is a fourth, or a fifth, cup of tea
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea

They say it's not nutritious
But still it is delicious
And that's all that matters to me
It turns your meat to leather
But let's all die together
The one drink in paradise is tea

I like a nice cup of tea
In the morning
For to start the day you see
And at half past eleven
Well my idea of heaven
Is a nice cup of tea
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea
And when it's time for bed
As I think I may have said
I'd like a nice cup of tea

You can talk about your liberties
They talk of women's rights
I don't want to make no speeches
Because the one that does is trite
And anyone can have my vote and chuck it in the sea
But golly there'll be trouble if they try to touch me tea

I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea
And when it's getting late
Almost anything can wait
For a nice cup of tea


Sung by Binnie Hale


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Java Jive (and other coffee & tea songs)
From: Bettynh
Date: 05 Mar 13 - 02:05 PM

The Short Sisters sing this round by Karl Gottfried Hering:

C-O-F-F-E-E: -- don't drink too much coffee.
Not for children is this Turkish brew;
hurts the brain and the nervous system, too.
Take this advice from me --
have a nice cup of tea!

The tune is here


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