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Calloway – Minnie The Moocher lyrics

Folks, hereґs a story about Minnie the Moocher
She was a red hot hoochie-koocher
She was the roughest, toughest frail
But Minnie had a heart as big as a wha-a-le

Heedey-hee-dee-hee-dee hee ()

She messed around with a bloke named Smoky
She loved him though he was cokey
He took her down to Chinatown
Where he showed her how to kick the gong around ()

Heedey-hee-dee-hee-dee hee ()

She had a dream that the King of Sweden
He gave her things that she was needinґ
He built her a house of gold and steel
A diamond car with platinum wheels


He gave her his townhouse and his racing horses
Each meal she ate was a dozen courses
She had a million dollars worth of nickels and dimes
She sat around and counted them all a million times

Heedey-hee-dee-hee-dee hee

Now Min and Smokie, they started jaggin'
They got a free ride in a wagon
She gave him money to pay her bail
But he left her flat in the county jail

Whoooa, yeaaaah
Hey de he de he he
Whoa Whoa

Poor Min met old Deacon Lowdown
He preached to her that she ought to slow down
But Minnie wiggled her jelly roll
And Deacon Lowdown yelled, "Lord save my soul!"

Hi de hi de hi de hi
Ho de ho de ho de ho
Skiddley doodley doodly do
Skiddly diddly day

They took her where they put the crazies
Now poor Min's kicking up those daisies
You've heard my story this is her song
She was just a good gal, but they done her wrong

Hi de hi de hi de hi
Skooby de be do
He de he de he de he
Whoa, Whoa Whoa

Poor Min, Poor Min, Poor Min.

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  • u
    It's a story about a woman called minnie. She was a hoochie-coocher, a provocative dancer, and the first verse says that even though she was this and all rough and tough she was very kind.
    The guy she was in love with was a coke head, and he took her to chinatown and taught her how to smoke opium.
    She had dreams about a man who could buy her everything she wanted, and she would have so much free time that she could sit around all day and count the piles of money she'd have.
    Minnie and smoky started driving around and smoking marijuana, I guess they stole a car and got arrested. Minnie gave him money to pay her bail but he ran off with it and left her in jail. (a rhyme, yay: p).
    She met a religious man, and he told her to rethink her life. She tried to tempt him with her body. Needless to say, it didn't work.
    Then she was put into a mental asylum, where she died.
    Basically the whole song is saying minnie is a poor girl who got in with the wrong crowd and made some bad decisions, but at heart she was kind, and we should feel sorry for her.
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  • u
    I'm glad he gives us a glimpse into that time and life that is often covered up. Yes, we know about prohibition and speak easies, but most of it just wasn't spoken of, except in funny cartoons. But he gives us insight into the words, etc.
    Minute describes many ladies today, who are good, gentle souls but get swallowed up by the world and they give away their souls just to be loved. What they didn't say straight up is how she was just trying to find someone decent who would love her, though it hints it.
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