Minnie The Moocher

Calloway Cab

MINNIE THE MOOCHER by Cab Calloway Tabbed by Dadfad (John M.) 8/13/02 ( Dadfad@dadfad.com or duolian@msn.com ) Printing information: Copy and print w/ Notepad in Courier-New, Number 10 font.
Transcribed from Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, recorded December 18, 1933.
(Em)Folks, now here's the story 'bout (Am)Minnie the (Em)Moocher, (Am)She was a red-hot (B7/11 ?)hootchie- (Em)cootcher, (Em)She was the roughest, (Am) toughest frail, (B7/9)But Minnie had a heart as big as a (Em)whale.
(---------------------------------------------|Em)Hi-de-hi-de-hi-di-hi! (repeat in Em) (---------------------------------------------|Am)Ho-de-ho-de-ho-de-ho! (repeat in Am) (B7/11)He-de-he-de-he-de-he! (repeat in B7/11-| (Am)Ay-ee-ay-ee-ay-ee(Em)ay!
(Em)Poor Min, (Am)poor Min, (B7/11)poor.........(Em) Min.
This is a transcription from an orchestrated version that was mainly comp/vamping through the minor progression. Vocals and a trumpet lead line made up most of the melody, sang and played in an Em scale. These chord changes were the ones implied by the scales and common structure in this style of progression.
The chords: Em = 022000, Am = X02210, B7/11 = X21200
These chords should be played as seen fit around the vocal phrasing. A bit of information on some of the lyrics: A "frail" was slang for woman back then, The King of Sweden was a notorious playboy of the day, a "cokie" was...well what do you think it was? (Duh!) Anyway... On the "End Line", the last "poor" should be extended as long as practical. I have several versions, on all of them it is extended and on one version the word "po-o-o-o-o-r" is held well over forty seconds in length, the last "Min" then sang in an exaggerated bass voice, with a final Em chord wind-up.
Folks, now here's the story 'bout Minnie the Moocher, She was a red-hot hootchie-cootcher, She was the roughest, toughest frail, But Minnie had a heart as big as a whale.
[Call and response scat chorus differs every time.] H----------------|i-de-hi-de-hi-di-hi! (Chorus repeats line) H----------------|o-de-ho-de-ho-de-ho! (Chorus repeats line) H----------------|e-de-he-de-he-de-he! (Chorus repeats line) Ay-ee-ay-ee-ay---|ee-aye!
She messed around with a bloke named Smoky, She loved him though he was cokie, He took her down to Chinatown, And he showed her how to kick the gong around.
She had a dream about the King of Sweden, He gave her things that she was needin', He gave her a home built of gold and steel, A diamond car with a platinum wheel.
He gave her his townhouse and his racing horses, Each meal she ate was a dozen courses; She had a million dollars worth of nickels and dimes, She sat around and counted them all a million times.
Poor Min, poor Min, poor Min.

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