Peas an' Rice

by Brian Inglis

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Peas an' Rice (Peas and Rice and Coconut Oil) is an old Bahamian folk song written originally as a calypso, writer unknown. It was first recorded in 1932 by the Mart Britt Orchestra and Count Basie made it a very popular song in 1938. Much Later 'Electro Swing Republic' used samples from the Count Basie version. The song describes a woman suffering from alcoholism and this is my arrangement and single release from my forthcoming album 'Jazz me Blues'

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Peas an’ Rice

Mama don't want no peas an' rice an' coconut oil,
Mama don't want no peas an' rice an' coconut oil,
Mama don't want no peas an' rice,
Mama don't want no coconut oil,
Just a bottle of brandy handy all the day!

Mama don't want no gin because it would make her sin,
Mama don't want no gin because it would make her sin,
Mama don't want no glass o'gin,
Because it's bound to make her sin,
Says it keeps her hot and bothered all the day!


Mama complains she's got a pain across her chest,
Mama complains she's got a pain across her chest,
Mama com-plains she's got a pain
And the reason is very plain,
And the fruit that papa gave her, it won't di-gest!

Mama she likes the rum, it fills her so with fun,
Mama she likes the rum, it fills her so with fun,
Mama she likes to have the rum,
She says it fills her so with fun,
It makes her feel like whoopee all the time!

Mama lay down last night to sleep, she says she's feeling cold,
Mama lay down last night to sleep, she says she's feeling cold,
Mama lay down to sleep, we're told,
Mama was feeling very cold,
She says that papa must be getting so old!

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released June 28, 2021

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