Take It All Off

Lyrics: Eva Darby
Music: Eva Darby

This was played when the Dead backed Bo Diddley on 25 March 1972. It's a rudimentary version of the song recorded by Bo Diddley--available on the box set of his work.

Take it off baby
Take it all off
Take it off baby
Take it all off

Wait a minute
I want the girls to head down here a little bit
Come on girls when I tell you
Take it off baby
Y'all answer me - are you ready?
Take it off baby

Wait a minute - you didn't hear me
All right girls, are you ready?
I said, are you ready girls?
Take it off baby
Come on, answer after me
Take it off baby
(Take it off baby)

Come on, do it again
I want the girls to repeat after me
Take it off baby
(Take it off baby)
Take it off
(Take it off)

C'mon girls, you got it
Take it off baby
(Take it off baby)
Take it off
(Take it off)

Wait a minute - girls, girls, girls, girls
Y'all need to [...]
Right fellers, let's do it too
Take it off baby
(Take it off baby)
Take it all off
(Take it all off)
Take it off baby
(Take it off baby)
Take it all off
(Take it all off)
Take it off baby
Take it all off
Take it off baby
Take it all off

You got everything a man could want
A moustache and muscles
You even got hair on your chest
Sometimes it's ... oh
Take it all off
(Thanks to Norbert Jung for the tape)

Matt Schofield has prepared the following transcription of Bo Diddley's studio version:
Hello baby I'm sure glad you could make it this evening

(Take it off baby) Yeah
(Take it all off)
(Take it off baby) Goodness gracious
(Take it all off) Yeah

Baby take off your coat
Hand it to me, let me hang it behind the door
Come on take it off baby, take off that wig
Let me play in your natural hair
Come on baby, take it all off
Baby, take it all off

Take off them eyelashes
I know you bought them on sale
Baby, don't scratch my back with them old false finger nails
Don't roll your bloodshot eyes at me
Come on, take it all off
Yeah, that too

(Take it off baby) Mmm, mmm
(Take it all off) Look-ee here, look-ee here
(Take it off baby) Ooh-ee
(Take it all off)

Baby you got everything a man wants
You got muscles, a moustache
You even got hair on your chest
Ooh, look at that, yeah, corns [in] your hands
Take off your shoes and relax your [nerve] baby
Forget about tomorrow 'cos it's later than you think
Come on baby, take it all off

Yeah, yeah, yeah, uh-uh
Take it all off
Don't, don't, don't be scared
Take off that too, nobody here but me and you
Come on baby, please, take it all off

(Take it off baby) Ooh, yeah
(Take it all off) Take off that too, lay it on the dresser
(Take it off baby) Put that on the dresser too
(Take it all off) Ooh goodness garcious, now wait a minute, I got to get myself together

(Take it off baby) I didn't know the night was going to be like this, it's alright
(Take it all off) Ooh, yeah, look what Santa Claus sent me
(Take it off baby) .....


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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