Track Title:               What You Want wid Bess?
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:                     Ella Fitzgerald

Producer:                  Norman Granz
Conductor:                 Russell Garcia
From the Show:             Porgy and Bess  1935 (S)
Lyrics:
BESS
 Oh... What you want wid Bess?
 She's gettin' ole now;
 Take a fine young gal
 For to satisfy Crown.
 Look at this chest
 An' look at these arms you got.
 You know how it always been with me,
 These five years I been yo' woman,
 You could kick me in the street,
 Then when you wanted me back,
 You could whistle, an' there I was
 Back again, lickin' yo' hand.
 There's plenty better lookin' gal than Bess.

Can' you see, I'm with Porgy,
Now and forever
I am his woman, he would die without me.
Oh, Crown, won't you let me go to my man, to my man.
He is a cripple an' needs my love, all my love.
What you want wid Bess? Oh, let me go to my man. . .

CROWN
What I wants wid other woman,
I gots a woman, yes,
An' dat is you, yes, dat is you, yes,
I need you now an' you're mine jus' as long as I want you.
No cripple goin' take my woman from me.
You got a man tonight an' that is Crown, yes, Crown, yes
Crown.
You're my woman, Bess, I'm tellin' you, now I'm your man.

 (Pressing her very close)

 BESS
 What you want with Bess?
 (Boat whistles)
 Lemme go, Crown dat boat, it's goin' wiout me!

 CROWN
 You ain't goin' nowhere!

 BESS
 (Weakening)
 Take yo' hands off me, I say, yo' hands, yo' hands, yo hands.
 (Crown kisses her passionately)

 CROWN
 I knows you' ain' change - wid you and me it always be the
 same. Git in dat thicket.
 (Bess backs into woods; Crown follows.)


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