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Merritt Humorous Songs (19) RE: Humorous Songs 17 Nov 02


A calypso tune I currently like is Man Smart (Woman Smarter) written by Norman Spann(sp?) AKA King Radio. Harry Belafonte recorded circa 1952. It's been covered by a wierd range of folks including Robert Palmer, The Carpenters, Bruce Hornsby.

Lyrics below I've somewhat restructured to minimize repetition and my confusion when performing live. There are other verses around. Works great with only 2 chords - in key of G would be G7+6 and D7 (or D9).

Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ~ King Radio ~ 1955

1. Let us look at woman and man
And see which one is smarter
Some say man, but I say no!
The woman got the man like a puppet show

CHORUS: It ain't me, it's the people that say
The men are leadin' the women astray
But I say - that the women today
Are smarter than man in every way

2. The little boy sat down and cried
An old man passing asked him why
He said, "I can't do what the big boys do"
The man sat down and he cried too - CHORUS

3. Garden of Eden was very nice
Adam never worked paradise
Eve arrives, paradise gone!
Make Adam work from that day on LAST CHORUS

LAST CHORUS: It ain't me, it's the people that say
The men are leadin' the women astray
But I say - that the women today
Are smarter than man in every way
Well that's right, the women are smarter
That's right, the women are smarter
Well that's right, the women are smarter
Smarter than man in every way - END

Good luck with your gig!

- Merritt


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