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gregoryagogo
post Sep 27 2010, 10:11 PM
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I'm having a tough time finding these lyrics. Worse, I'm having a tough time hearing the words in Margaret Young's version...

Any want to have the lyrics to post, or want to take a crack at transcribing them? wink.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJN9OBVE3-s


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post Sep 28 2010, 09:17 PM
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I had a spin at the lyrics. Though the male version is quite different here: Georgia Melodians Band (1925)



Margaret Young version

Tell me have you met Mister Johnson yet?
A man that's steppin' about
He goes in ???
He even ??? comin' out
Everybody's heard about him
All over town
Yes it seems ????
Hottest man around

He's red hot Henry Brown
The hottest man in town
That red hot mamma that you heard about
Took a look at him and the fire went out
He's a man that's hard to find
He's a red hot steppin' kind
Got a heatin' stove for Christmas from a gal named Anne
Had to take it back, change it for a 'lectric fan
When he hotsy-totsy's round
They call him red hot Henry Brown

He's red hot Henry Brown
The hottest man in town
Went to Alaska 'bout a year ago
Cause they sent for him just to melt the snow
He's a man that's hard to beat
The inventor of steam heat
When he goes into a big cafe then it's no joke
As soon as he walks in the place begins to smoke
When he hotsy-totsy's round
They call him red hot Henry Brown


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post Sep 29 2010, 04:52 AM
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Thank you!

Isn't amazing how some words come thorugh so unintelligible?! Then the more you listen to them over and over it sounds even MORE unintelligible! LOL... I'm refering to your ??? parts in your transcription!

Thanks again! I ended up buying sheet music... And I'll share the "real" lyrics with yall when I get it. wink.gif


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post Sep 29 2010, 04:06 PM
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QUOTE (Aaron2006 @ Sep 28 2010, 04:17 PM) *
I had a spin at the lyrics. Though the male version is quite different here: Georgia Melodians Band (1925)



Margaret Young version

Tell me have you met Mister Johnson yet?
A man that's steppin' about
He goes in ???
He even ??? comin' out
Everybody's heard about him
All over town
Yes it seems ????
Hottest man around

He's red hot Henry Brown
The hottest man in town
That red hot mamma that you heard about
Took a look at him and the fire went out
He's a man that's hard to find
He's a red hot steppin' kind
Got a heatin' stove for Christmas from a gal named Anne
Had to take it back, change it for a 'lectric fan
When he hotsy-totsy's round
They call him red hot Henry Brown

He's red hot Henry Brown
The hottest man in town
Went to Alaska 'bout a year ago
Cause they sent for him just to melt the snow
He's a man that's hard to beat
The inventor of steam heat
When he goes into a big cafe then it's no joke
As soon as he walks in the place begins to smoke
When he hotsy-totsy's round
They call him red hot Henry Brown


Back in the early 60's when I was in college, I found this version on Brunswick on an antiquing trip over to Big Sandy, Texas. However, I wasn't really interested in vocals, so didn't keep it. However, all these years later I can remember playing it and I can recall these slight differences:

"Tell me have you met Mister Johnson yet?"

Should be "Tell me have you met Mr. CHARLESTON yet?"

I remember my roommate arguing with me that it should be "Mr. Johnson", but "Mr. Charleston" makes much more sense in this context and could easily sound like "Johnson" with the way some words are mangled on these recordings.

"He even ??? comin' out"

Should be "He even MEETS HIMSELF comin' out"

I can't recall what the other "?'s" were.

I'm going down to Baylor this afternoon and will see if this is in the Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music and clear up the missing lyrics.

Eddie the Collector

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post Sep 29 2010, 04:20 PM
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Well when I listened to the Margaret Young version, I heard "Mr. Charleston"...

"He even MEETS HIMSELF comin' out" That makes very good sense, and is quite funny!

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post Nov 6 2010, 03:46 PM
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I got the sheet music to this song and here are the complete lyrics:






Red Hot Henry Brown

(Verse 1)
Take a look at me, if you want to see
A man that's steppin' about;
I go in cafes so fast, I meet myself coming out.
Ev'ry body's heard about me, all over town,
Girls can't tame me, they nick-name me,
Hottest man around.


(Chorus 1)
I'm Red Hot Henry Brown,
The hottest man in town,
That red hot mamma that you heard about,
Took a look at me, and her fire went out,

I'm a man that's hard to find,
'Cause I'm the red hot steppin' kind
I got a heatin' stove for Christmas from a gal named Ann,
Had to take it back and change it for a 'lectric fan

'Cause when I hotsy totsy 'round
They call me Red Hot Henry Brown.


(Verse 2)
Get the people's goat, Wear no overcoat,
I'm warm when ever it snows;
My tailor works overtime
'Cause I burn up all my clothes
I can do the Charleston
I'm the champ' of the day.
Other dancers take no chances,
Throw their shoes away


(Chorus 2)
I'm Red Hot Henry Brown,
The hottest man in town,
Went to Alaska 'bout a year ago
'Cause they sent for me,
just to melt the snow.

I'm a man that's hard to beat
I'm the inventor of steam heat
Say, when I go into a big cafe
Then it's no joke,
Soon as I walk in the place
Begins to fill with smoke,

'Cause when I hotsy totsy 'round
I'm the hottest man in town.


(Chorus 3)
I'm Red Hot Henry Brown,
The hottest man in town,
That red hot mamma that you heard about,
Took a look at me, and her fire went out,

I'm a man that's hard to find,
'Cause I'm the red hot steppin' kind
I bought a bag of flour once,
So sweetie she could bake,
Before got it home,
Right in my arms,
I baked a cake,

'Cause when I hotsy totsy 'round
They call me Red Hot Henry Brown.


Fred Rose; 1923


Here the piano roll here


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