My Belly's True

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From "Black Bean"

I got caught with a girl name of Ruby Marie
She's a poor boy's dream,
She's like a cup of sweet cream
And she's the prettiest thing
I ever did see.
And she could cut the rug
Like it ain't no fact,
But she went to the kitchen
Now she couldn't make jack
So I walked her on home
And I come crawlin' back to you.

So Darling, shine up the skillet
And fire up the kettle
My heart is empty 'til my plate is full
'Cause the hot-crossed biscuits
And corn mush stew
Tickle me pink
When I'm feeling blue
'Cause my heart is deceiving
But my belly's true tonight.

Well I know you wish for my love,
I know you pray for my health
And tonight I'm yours
But if you see me in your pantry
You better just
Keep your hands to your shelf
I want the string bean, butter bean,
Sugar bean, sugar snap peas,
Crack corn, crack pepper jack bread puddin'
Call the doctor, baby,
I think I'm feelin' fine!

So Darling, shine up the skillet
And fire up the kettle
My heart is empty 'til my plate is full
'Cause the hot-crossed biscuits
And corn mush stew
Tickle me pink
When I'm feeling blue
'Cause my heart is deceiving
But my belly's true tonight.

And when I die,
Lay my bones on your cupboard shelf too
So as the pretty girls crowd in to see,
You'll be proud 'cause
None of them could make a man as happy as you.
And girl, I ain't no saint,
So when I'm down and dyin'
The devil may take me,
And that's just fine,
But if he wants my grub,
He'll have to wait in line, you'll see.

So Darling, shine up the skillet
And fire up the kettle
My heart is empty 'til my plate is full
'Cause the hot-crossed biscuits
And corn mush stew
Tickle me pink
When I'm feeling blue
'Cause my heart is deceiving
But my belly's true tonight.


(Jeff Kleiner - harmonica)

Copyright 1999 Zach London

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