Willie, the Chimney Sweeper (Willie the Weeper)
Traditional, originated circa 1904.
Have you ever heard about Willie the weeper?
Had a job as a chimney sweeper.
He had the dope habit and he had it bad.
Listen while I tell you ’bout a dream he had.
He went down to the dope shop one Saturday night.
He knew the lights would all be burnin’ bright.
Well I guess he smoked a dozen pills or more;
When he woke up he was on a foreign shore.
The Queen of Sheba was the first he met.
She called him lovey dovey and honey pet.
She gave him a great big autie-mobile
With a diamond headlight and a go-holden wheel.
Down in Honolulu Willie fell in a trance
Seein’ the dusky beauties do the hula dance.
His sweetie got in jail and Willie sure did shout
When he got the news that she had wiggled out.
He landed with a splash in the river Nile
Ridin’ on seagoin’ crocodile
He winked at Cleopatra. She said, “Ain’t he a sight.”
(‘N’ she said) “How ‘about a date for next Saturday night?”
He had a million cattle and he had a million sheep.
Had a million vessels on the ocean deep.
Had a million dollars all in nickels and dimes,
Well he knew because he counted it a thousand times.
He landed in New York one evenin’ late.
He asked his sugar for an after-date.
Started to kiss her and she started to pout,
And the dope gave out.
Transcribed from Victor 20502, as sung by Ernest Rogers, recorded February 17, 1927.