Track Title:               A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
Album Title:               The Complete Verve Recordings, Disc 3 (Porgy & Bess)

Prime Artist:              Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong
Arranger:                  Russell Garcia
Lyrics by:                 Du Bose Heyward
Music by:                  George Gershwin     (b. Jacob Gershvin)

Vocal:                     Louis Armstrong
Trumpet:                   Louis Armstrong
Producer:                  Norman Granz
Conductor:                 Russell Garcia

From the Show:             Porgy and Bess  1935 (S)
Lyrics:
JAKE
 (To Clara)
 What, that chile ain't asleep yet? Give him to me.
 I'll fix him for you.
 (Jake takes the baby from Clara)

 Lissen to yo' daddy warn you,
 'Fore you start a-travelling,
 Woman may born you, love you and mourn you,
 But a woman is a sometime thing,
 Yes, a woman is a sometime thing.

 MINGO
 Oh, a woman is a sometime thing.

 JAKE
 Yo' mammy is the first to name you,
 Then she'll tie you to her apron string,
 Then she'll shame you and she'll blame you
 Till yo' woman comes to claim you,
 'Cause a woman is a sometime thing,
 Yes, a woman is a sometime thing.

 SPORTING LIFE
 Oh, a woman is a sometime thing.

 JAKE
 Don't you never let a woman grieve you
 Jus' cause she got yo' weddin' ring.
 She'll love you and deceive you,
 Take yo' clothes and leave you
 'Cause a woman is a sometime thing.

 ALL
 Yes, a woman is a sometime thing.
 Yes, a woman is a sometime thing,
 Yes, a woman is a sometime thing.

 JAKE
 There now, what I tells you; he's asleep already.

 (Baby wails)
 (Men at crap game laugh).


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