IDA RED

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  • “Ida Red” is an American traditional song of unknown origins. Verses are unrelated,
    rather humorous, and free form, changing from performance to performance. Ida Red’s
    identity is unknown, but is feminine in most uses. The earliest recording is a one by
    Fiddlin’ Powers & Family, which includes vocals. There is also a early well-known
    instrumental by Dykes Magic City Trio, In the 1930s Bob Wills took the old tune and set
    it to a 2/4 dance beat to be played by his Western swing dance band, the Texas Playboys.
    His 1938 recording became a hit.
    Light in the parlor, fire in the grate
    Clock on the mantle says it gettin’ too late
    Curtains in the window, snowy white
    [Incomprehensible] on Sunday night
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Lamp on the table, picture on the wall
    There’s a pretty sofa and that ain’t all
    If I’m not mistaken I sure am right
    Somebody else in the parlor tonight
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Chicken in a bread pan pickin’ out dough
    Granny, does your dog bite? No, child no
    Hurry up boys now, don’t you be slow
    Y’all in a girdle like you was awhile ago
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    My old mistress promised me
    That when she died she’d set me free
    But she lived so long that her head got bald
    Took the the notion not to die at all
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Lights grow dim, fire’s gettin’ low
    Somebody said it’s time to go
     I hear a whisper, gentle and light
  • Don’t forget to come back Saturday night
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red
    Ida Red, Ida Red, I’m plum fool about Ida Red