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Thread #31479   Message #409706
Posted By: GUEST,Wendy
02-Mar-01 - 02:34 PM
Thread Name: Weed songs
Subject: Lyr Add: REEFER MAN
I've always enjoyed Cab Calloway's "Reefer Man", because it's just so goofy. I think Don Redman did it too. I found the lyrics below at this site , which seems to be a list of drug related songs and their lyrics.

There's also this site, posted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University: SOURCES OF OLD-TIME DRUG MUSIC .


THE REEEFER MAN
(sung by Cab Calloway)

Oh, have you ever met that funny reefer man?
Oh, have you ever met that funny reefer man?
If he says he swam to China:
He sell you South Carolina
Then you know you're talking to that reefer man.

Have you ever met that funny reefer man?
Have you ever met that funny reefer man?
If he says he walks the ocean
Every time he takes the notion
Then you know you're talking to that reefer man.

Have you ever met a funny reefer man?
Have you ever met a funny reefer man?
If he takes a sudden mania
Wants to give you Pennsylvania
Then you know you're talking to that reefer man.


The site omitted my favorite verse, which as I recall it, goes:

Have you ever met that funny reefer man?
Have you ever met that funny reefer man?
If he trades you dimes for nickels
And calls watermelons pickles,
Then you know you're talking to that reefer man.