*Please note, there are a few lyrics I’m not entirely confident I have correct. I have underlined these lyrics in the ‘lyrics only’ section at the bottom of this post. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to show the lyrics to Jon and find out if these areas are accurate.
A Few Notes About the Piece…
- This piece did not originally have lyrics. It was first released on a famous album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers entitled Moanin‘ featuring:
Lee Morgan (tp)
Benny Golson (ts)
Bobby Timmons (p)
Jymie Merritt (b)
Art Blakey (d)
* Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 30, 1958)
- I recently found out about a really interesting book which gives biographies of the numerous jazz musicians who worked with Art Blakey in the Jazz Messengers group. The book is Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
The Original Recording:
Who is that?
Where’d you find her at?
Your hearin’ every fella say,
Betty walked his way.
Who is she?
Just how lovely can you be?
It’s not just any chick on the scene –
To tell the truth the girl is really mean.
Betty’s all you need,
She’s nothin’ classy
Just is strictly built for speed,
I had to turn her loose ’cause she’s
The only chick I know, slicker than me.
There she goes
Betty’s movin’ on – she’s gone!
What’s left to say,
Betty’s walkin’ away.
Shout Chorus (First two A’s on the head out):
Such beauty, in motion,
It’s strollin’, just like the ocean,
that’s Betty, she captures every single eye,
And wiggle, like jello,
So groovy, so fine and mellow,
I wonder who’ll be her next lucky guy?