Lyrics: First verse Deere's a happen-stance I'll tell to you, ‘bout a big coon dat I know; He's never doin' nothin', never says a word, He's coppin' ev'ry one's dough; I'll ask one question, Please put me wise; Seen dis coon yesterday, buyin' de town, Followed him just like a hound; I asked him, ""Kindly tell me how he hops de change,"" He never grumbled a sound, To save my life, now, I can't get wise. Chorus ""Do me just one favor, will you, put me wise, Put me wise. I got to know How you get your dough; Have a little mercy, for de Land's sake tell me How you get your diamonds, tell me ‘fore I dies; Have a little mercy for de Land's sake put me wise. Do me just one favor, will you, put me wise, Put me wise. I got to know How you get your dough; Have a little mercy, for de Land's sake tell me How you get your diamonds, tell me ‘fore I dies; Have a little mercy for de Land's sake put me wise."" Second verse I'm working ev'ry day I'm working hard, Funny I can't save a cent; It keeps me guessin’ and it keeps me thinkin’, Just how I’ll pay my rent; Oh, listen, white folk’s Please put me wise; I’ve eaten ev’rything, clubfooted eels, I think I’ve eaten bees knees; But diamonds and niggers how dey gets along, Now won’t you tell me please, Oh, kindly tell me, Just put me wise.
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