Album Title: Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: Vol 4, 1957-1960
Prime Artist: Chuck Willis
Producer: Ahmet Ertegun
Producer: Jerry Wexler
Written by: Chuck Willis
Gather 'round me,
I'm gonna tell you a story 'bout Betty 'n' Dupree.
Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring."
Lord, Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring."
Dupree told Betty, "l wiIl buy you anything."
Dupree asked Betty, "Baby, will you be my wife."
Lord, Dupree asked Betty, "Girl, will you be my wife."
"If I buy you that ring, you're mine the rest of your life."
Lord, Betty told Dupree, "Yes, I will be your wife."
You know, Betty told Dupree, "Baby, I will be your wife."
He said, "You will, pretty baby? I'm yours the rest of my life."
Transcribed by Todd Peach
(With some help from Wilson Gray)
The following is some lyrics I found somewhere; perhaps it's an album
version or other historic version. The above is the 'single' as presented
on the Atlantic box set.
Betty told Dupree, "I want a diamond ring." (2x)
Dupree told Betty, "l'Il give you most anything."
He said, "Lie down, little Betty, see what tomorrow brings," (2x)
It may bring sunshine, may bring you that diamond ring."
Then he got his pistol, went to the jewelry store,(2x)
Killed a policeman and he wounded four or five more.
Then he went to the post office to get the evening mail (2x)
Sheriff caught poor Dupree and put him in that old Atlanta jail.
Dupree's mother said to Betty, "Looka' here what you done done."(2x)
"Made my boy rob and steal, now he is gonna be hung"
Betty went to the jailhouse, she could not see Dupree (2x)
She told the jailer, "Tell him these words for me."
"I come to see you, baby, I could not see your face." (2x)
"You know I love you, but I cannot take your place."
Sail on, sail on, sail on, Dupree, sail on. (2x)
You don't mind sailing, you'll be gone so doggone long.