Betty and Dupree

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Chris Barber

Donald Christopher 'Chris' Barber (born 17 April 1930, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England) is best known as a jazz trombonist. As well as scoring a UK top twenty trad jazz hit, he helped the careers of many musicians, notably the blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who was at one time his wife, and vocalist/banjoist Lonnie Donegan, whose appearances with Barber triggered the skiffle craze of the mid 1950s and who had his first transatlantic hit, "Rock Island Line", while with Chris Barber's band. His providing an audience for Donegan and, later, Alexis Korner makes Barber a significant figure in the British rhythm and blues and "beat boom" of the 1960s. more »


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Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring." (2x) 
 Dupree told Betty, "l'Il give you most anything." 
 He said, "Lie down, little Betty, see what tomorrow brings," (2x) 
 It may bring sunshine, may bring you that diamond ring." 
 Then he got his pistol, went to the jewelry store,(2x) 
 Killed a policeman and he wounded four or five more. 
 Then he went to the post office to get the evening mail (2x) 
 Sheriff caught poor Dupree and put him in that old Atlanta jail. 
 Dupree's mother said to Betty, "Looka' here what you done done."(2x) 
 "Made my boy rob and steal, now he is gonna be hung" 
 Betty went to the jailhouse, she could not see Dupree (2x) 
 She told the jailer, "Tell him these words for me." 
 "I come to see you, baby, I could not see your face." (2x) 
 "You know I love you, but I cannot take your place." 
 Sail on, sail on, sail on, Dupree, sail on. (2x) 
 You don't mind sailing, you'll be gone so doggone long. 
 Betty and Dupree 
 Dupree was a bandit; he was so brave and bol'; 
 He stoled a diamond ring for some of Betty's jelly roll 
 Betty tol' Dupree, "I want a diamond ring." 
 Dupree tol' Betty, "I'll give you anything." 
 "Michigan water taste like cherry wine, 
 The reason I know: Betty drink it all the time. 
 "I'm going away to the end of the railroad track 
 Nothing but sweet Betty can bring me back 
 Dupree tol' the lawyer, "Clear me if you can 
 For I have money to back me, sure as I'm a man 
 The lawyer tol' Dupree, You are a very brave man 
 But I think you will go to jail and hang" 
 Dupree tol' the judge, "I am not so brave and bol' 
 But all I wanted was Betty's jelly roll 
 The judge tol' Dupree, "Jelly roll's gonna be your ruin 
 "No, no, judge, for that is what I done quit doing" 
 The judge tol' Dupree, "I believe you quit too late 
 Because it is already your fate

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Written by: CHUCK WILLIS

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