Track Title:               Dat Ol' Boy (Card Song)

Prime Artist:              Pearl Bailey
Lyrics by:                 Oscar Hammerstein II     (O. Greeley Clendenning H. II)
Music by:                  Georges Bizet
Vocal:                     Dorothy Dandridge

From the Film:             Carmen Jones   1954 (M)
Adapted from:              Carmen (Bizet Opera)
[Carmen cuts the cards]

De nine o' spades!

[She mixes up the cards quickly, then cuts them again]

De nine!
Dere he is~de ol' boy,
Plain as kin be!
Death got his han' on me....

It ain' no use to run away f'um dat ol' boy
Ef he is chasin' you.
It's bes' to stan' right up an' look him in de face
When he is facin' you.
Y' gotta be puhpared to go wid dat ol' boy,
No matter what de time.
So I won't fill my pretty eyes wid salty tears~
Cuz I ain' got de time!
I'm gonna run out ev'ry secon' I got lef'
Before he t'rows me down.
I'm gonna laugh an' sing an' use up all my bref
Before he mows me down;
While I kin fly aroun' I'll do my flyin' high~
I'm gonna keep on livin'
Up to de day I die.

[She looks down at the nine of spades.]

De nine! ... Hello, ol' boy~hello!

Contributed by Carlene Bogle