Pistol Packin' Mama

Al Dexter

About Pistol Packin' Mama

"Pistol Packin' Mama" is a 1943 song with the words written by Al Dexter, who adapted the melody from "Boil Them Cabbage Down." The song is notable in that it was the first number one on the Juke Box Folk Records chart, which was later known as the Hot Country Songs chart. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded the song on September 27, 1943 for Decca Records and it was the first number on the Juke Box Folk records charts followed by the original version (recorded March 18, 1942) performed by Al Dexter and His Troopers released on Okeh 6708. The Bing Crosby recording of "Pistol Packin' Mama" peaked at #3 on the Harlem Hit Parade chart. The B-side of the Al Dexter version of "Pistol Packin' Mama," a song entitled "Rosalita," hit number one on the same chart later in the year. As with the Bing Crosby recording, the Al Dexter version charted on the Harlem Hit Parade chart, peaking at #5. Patty Andrews recalled that she and her sisters were quite amused and had to restrain their laughter when Crosby ad libbed "lay that thing down before it goes off and hurts somebody." 


Year:
2006
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Drinking beer in a cabaret and was I having fun
Until one night she caught me right
and now I'm on the run.
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Lay that pistol down, babe - lay that pistol down
Pistol Packin' Mama, lay that pistol down.
She kicked out my windshield - she hit me over the head
She cussed and cried and said I'd lied 
and wished that I was dead.
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Drinking beer in a cabaret and dancin' with a blond
Until one night she shot out the light - Bang!
that blond was gone.
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I'll see you ev'ry night, babe - I'll woo you ev'ry day
I'll be your regular daddy - if you'll put that gun away.
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Now I went home this morning - the clock was tickin' four
Gun in her hand, says "You're my man, but I don't need you no more."
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Now there was old Al Dexter - he always had his fun
But with some lead, she shot him dead - his honkin' days are done.
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Al Dexter

Al Dexter (May 4, 1905 – January 28, 1984) was an American country musician and songwriter. He is best known for "Pistol Packin' Mama," a 1944 hit that was one of the most popular recordings of the World War II years and later became a hit again with a cover by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters. more »

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