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Subject: FUN FACT: That Lee song (recorded June 27, 1942) was actually from a cruder 1936 song called "Weed Smoker's Dream", a Harlem blues/jazz-influenced pop song written by Joseph "Kansas Joe" McCoy, later rewriting, refining the composition and lyrics w/newly titled "Why Don't You Do Right?" ...


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The original song had much racier lyrics!
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Date Posted: Friday, June 14, 05:00:32pm
In reply to: Peggy Lee - Benny Goodman Orch, 1943 's message, ""Why Don't You Do Right ?"" on Friday, June 14, 11:50:31am

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Don%27t_You_Do_Right%3F
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_Joe_McCoy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyjW8FTGxbI



"Weed Smoker's Dream"
--Joseph "Kansas Joe" McCoy

Sitting on a million, sitting on it everyday
Can't make no money giving your stuff away
Why don't you do like, like the millionaires do
Put your stuff on the market and make a million too
Face of a betting women, she bets on every hand
She's a tricking modafunkyou everywhere she lands
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 the back though she got hot stuff for cell
Why don't you do now, like the millionaires do
Put your stuff on the market and make a million too
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
Put your stuff on the market and make a million, too"


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