• Oscar Brown, Jr.

I DON’T NEED YOU (HELPING ME DO BAD)

I

I don’t need you helping me do bad

Not behind the kind of breaks I’ve had

Don’t need you to renew my jinks

Emphasize how the system stinks

Or how low life sinks

To keep me sad

I don’t need you helping me do bad


I don’t need you leading me to worse

Heading my procession like a hearse

Don’t need you to increase my dues

Sing along while I cry the blues

Teach me how to lose

Or who to curse

My misfortunes do not need a nurse


Yes I’ve got a problem

Maybe quite a few

But if you can’t help me solve ‘em

Baby, who needs you?


I don’t need you helping me do bad

That’s all it would take to drive me mad

Don’t need you who disaster struck

Hard times hit like a sitting duck

With your lousy luck

Stuck in my pad

I don’t need you helping me do bad


(Part I is a song in the score of OBJ’s musical Great Nitty Gritty)






II

I don’t need you helping me do bad

You who take away but never add

You who leave much to be desired

Give new meaning to sick and tired

Who treats being fired

Like it’s a fad

I don’t need you helping me do bad


I don’t need you causing me to fail

Aggravating ills from which I ail

Don’t need you to create more mess

Introduce me to your distress

Making sure success

Can’t find my trail

I don’t need you hanging on my tail


Yes, my life is troubled

But I don’t need you

To make sure my trouble’s doubled

As you always do


I don’t need you helping me do bad

You who seem to get the blues in plaid

Polka dots, checks and prints and stripes

Matching up all your grief and gripes

All the different types

Of woes, you’ve had

I don’t need you helping me do bad


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