Mudcat Café message #3844034 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25017   Message #3844034
Posted By: GUEST,MVS
10-Mar-17 - 04:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Silver Dollar / Man without a Woman
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Silver Dollar / Man without a Woman
cf "I Don't Bother Work," recorded in 1931 by the Carolina Buddies (Odell Smith, Norman Woodlieff, Walter Smith) on Columbia 15663-D.

I don't bother work, work don't bother me,
I'm just as happy as a bumble bee
Eat when I can get it, sleep 'most all the time,
I don't give a doggone if the sun don't never shine.
I go everywhere, I don't pay no fare,
I can ride a freight train just anywhere
Seems mighty strange, strange to me,
Work, work, work don't bother me.

Old Bill Cooper, worked down in the holler,
Want to know the diff'rence 'tween a woman and a dollar.
Ain't no diff'rence in one and all,
Woman is long and a dollar is small.
Look here, you, try to explain,
And make me understand
That a dollar will go from hand to hand
And a woman goes to workin' man.

(repeat verse 1)

Flip side of the disk is "He Went In Like a Lion," which guitarist Norman Woodlieff claimed as an original in some 1970s interviews. Sure, if you count writing down the lyrics from a 1919 or 1920 Billy Murray recording. I don't recall if he or Walter Smith claimed this one, however.

As with "Silver Dollar," this one is more like a medley. The first verse feels as if it fell out of "Ragged But Right," and back when I still had a bit of voice I used to medley this song with "Ragged" -- for so long that I have a hard time separating them out.