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# Title Principal Artiste Composers Lyricist / Date written Place Date recorded Matrix Label&cat.no. Additional Information
485 Oh Mo'nah Roy Fox ahb Ted Weems / Country / Washburne w/m 31 London December 30, 1931 GB-3767-2 Dec F-2763,Dec M-1083 German Grammophon24504-B As above. Vocal by Nat Gonella, chorus with AB
Oh Mo'nah

Oh Mo'nah

(Ted Weems / Country / Washburne)


Roy Fox and his Band. Nat Gonella vocals with Bowlly in chorus

Roy Fox fell ill with pleurisy and his doctors sent him to Switzerland to recover; leaving Lew Stone in charge. Roy Fox was absent from November 1931 to April 1932.


Hi-ley, hi-lye, hi-lo
Hi-ley, hi-lye, hi-lo
Oh lordy hear us moanin'
We're moanin' and we're groanin'
We're moanin' for that Mo'nah girl

An old coloured preacher was sittin' on a log, (Oh Mo'nah)
Had his finger on the trigger and his eye on a hog. (Oh Mon'ah)
The gun said "boo!" and the hog said "vip!", (Oh Mon'ah)
The preacher grabbed him with all his grip! (Oh Mon'ah)

Oh Mon'ah, oh you shall be free, oh lordie lordie
Oh Mon'ah, oh yes you shall be, yes you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

I was wined down the road, (Oh Mon'ah)
Had a tired team and a heavy load. (Oh Mon'ah)
I popped my whip and the lead horse sprang, (Oh Mon'ah)
And the hind horse busted the wagon's tongue! (Oh Mon'ah)

Oh Mon'ah, oh you shall be free, oh lordie lordie
Oh Mon'ah, oh yes you shall be, yes you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

I was down behind the henhouse on my knees, (Oh Mon'ah)
When I thought I heard a chicken sneeze. (Oh Mon'ah)
He sneezed so hard with the whooping cough, (Oh Mon'ah)
That he sneezed his head and his tail right off! (Oh Mon'ah)

Oh Mon'ah, oh you shall be free, oh lordie lordie
Oh Mon'ah, oh yes you shall be, yes you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you...