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Why Don't You Do Right

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"Why Don't You Do Right?" is an American blues- and jazz-influenced pop song written and composed in 1936 by Joseph "Kansas Joe" McCoy. A twelve-bar minor key blues form with a few chord substitutes, it is considered a classic "woman's blues" song and, more recently, it has also become a standard.

"Why Don't You Do Right?" first appeared in 1936 as "The Weed Smoker's Dream," written and composed by McCoy and recorded by his band, the Harlem Hamfats. The song was subtitled "Why Don't You Do Now" on the original release. McCoy later rewrote the song, refining the composition and changing the lyrics entirely

lyrics

You had plenty money 1922
You let other women make a fool of you
Why don't you do right like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

You're sitting down, wondering what it's all about
If you ain't got no money, they will put you out
Why don't you do right like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

If you had prepared twenty years ago
You wouldn't be wanderin' now from door to door
Why don't you do right, like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

I fell for your jivin' and I took you in
Now all you got to offer me's a drink of gin
Why don't you do right like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

Why don't you do right, like some other men do?
Like some other men do

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from Everytime We Say Goodbye, released March 15, 2012
Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog jr.Written by Joseph Kansas Joe
George Mesterhazy, paino
Lisa Lindsley, vocals
Fred Randolf, bass

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Lisa Lindsley Paris, France

Sultry chanteuse Lisa Lindsley, sings on stages from Paris-San Francisco, sings timeless standards from the 20′s-40’s. She's been described as a glass of Champagne, cool, refreshing and mildly intoxicating.

“The mood is intimate…Lindsley’s simple delivery is delicate and unaffected.” John Ephland- Downbeat, March 2012 issue (3 stars)
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