Song Lyrics: Shake Shake Mama

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Artist:Mance Lipscomb
Albums: Unknown
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Oh, ain't gonna give you no more cherry ball1
Oh, ain't gonna give you no more cherry ball
You gone drunk and showed your Santa Claus2

Oh, a little bitty woman, hips just like a snake3
Oh, a little bitty woman, her hip just like a snake
...baby, it really take

Oh, late last night my love come fallin' down
Me and my baby on our last go-'round

Oh, shake, shake mama, I'll buy you a diamond ring
Oh, shake, shake mama, I'll buy you a diamond ring
You don't shake, ain't gonna buy you a doggone thing

Oh, my clutch start to slippin', carb's won't even sing
Oh, my clutch start to slippin', my carb's won't even sing
Blues in the compression, fire my piston ring

Oh, rider, you ain't foolin' me
Look-y here, rider, you ain't foolin' me
You been slippin' to your old-time used-to-be

Oh, I like my babe but I don't like her teddy bear4
Oh, I like my woman but I don't like her teddy bear
I'm gonna buy her a box-back, maybe it'll work

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Note 1: cherry ball is probably blues slang, fostered by the 1930 Memphis Minnie composition "Cherry Ball Blues" which begins "I ain't gonna give you none o' my cherry ball". James uses it to personify sex or (according to one's point of view) "dehumanize" women;
Note 2: one of the country blues' least known sexual euphemisms, "Santa Claus" may have an idiomatic basis in the Southern speech. Tossing a quarter dollar to an elderly Negro, a character of writer Faulkner remarks, "Buy yourself some Santa Claus";
Note 3: hips just like a snake, said of people who can twirl their bodies impressively;
Note 4: teddy bear, a woman's one-piece undergarment, worn in the twenties.
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Title: Slang    By: kornfields
On: Thu., Dec. 4, 2014, 01:48 AM    (Rating: Average)
Cherry Ball was pretty common slang for cherry wine... sort of a cheap fruit hooch that was popular in the south among poor whites and blacks. Of course, there is a bit of word play here.

Santa Claus was slang for "muff" (think of Santa's beard)... as in "All the whores are gonna drop their drawers. There goes the man who mugged Santa Claus." In this case, she got drunk and lifted her dress.
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