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"Up in Harlem every Saturday night
When the highbrows get together it's just so right
They all congregate at an all night hop
And what they do is Oo Bop Bee Dap
Oh Hannah Brown from way cross town
Gets full of coin and starts breaking 'em down
And at the break of day
You can hear ol' Hannah say
'Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer.
Send me again.I don't care.
I feel just like I wanna clown.
Give the piano player a drink because he's bringing me down!
He's gotta rhyme, yeah!When he stomps his feet.
He sends me right off to sleep.
Check all your razors and your guns.
We gonna be arrested when the wagon comes.
I wanna pigfoot and a bottle of beer.
Send me cause I don't care.
Blame me cause I don't care.
Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer.
Send me again, I don't care.
I feel just like I wanna clown.
Give the piano player a drink because he's bringing me down.
He's got rhyme, Yeah, when he stomps his feet.
He sends me right off to sleep.
Check all your razors and your guns.
Do the Shim-Sham Shimmy 'til the rising sun.
Give me a reaper and a gang of gin.
Play me cause I'm in my sin.
Blame me cause I'm full of gin.'"



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    huddiesbluesMar 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm
    Also it is "Send me Gate, I don't care". GATE was an expression like "man"or "brother".etc. See Louis Jordan lyrics.- he uses it quite a bit on his songs.
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    huddiesbluesMar 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm
    Hi again.
    Another correction, I am afraid.
    It is "full of CORN" (corn whisky)-not "coin"
    It is RYTHM not Rhyme.
    It is REEFER (not "reaper")- "give me a reefer and a gang of gin"
    Hope this helps
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    plainfamous2000Jan 5, 2009 at 3:56 am
    The 1920’s, also known as the flapper era, shows that this is how women felt, they wanted to be like men, but in their own way, they wanted to drink, smoke, party, and do everything that regular women didn’t do. They didn’t want to sit home all day cook, clean and take care of the children, they wanted to overachieve and stand out. And that’s why to me this song shows that Hannah Brown, the women in the song just wants to enjoy the night. She wants to drink and party, and be an individual who didn’t care about how others felt, she just wanted to have fun. “Blame me cause I'm full of gin”, “Send me again. I don't care”, “I feel just like I wanna clown”; all these phrases show that the type of women Hanna Brown was, this shows that she was a flapper and not just an ordinary women. “Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer. Send me again. I don't care. I feel just like I wanna clown. Give the piano player a drink because he's bringing me down! He's gotta rhyme, yeah! When he stomps his feet. He sends me right off to sleep.” This phrase to me means that when Hannah after receiving her some money she wanted enjoy it with food and beer; thus she goes to a diner where a piano player is playing, and he is bringing her down with his sad songs, and she doesn’t like it because she wants to have fun.

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