Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
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Music:Unknown
Performed By:  Leon Redbone (1978)
Copyright:Unknown
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A7
A7+5
Unknown
B7
Bm7-5
Unknown
C#7
Cdim
D
E7
Em7
Em7/9
Unknown
F#7
Fdim
G
Gdim
G/B
G/F#
Words & Music by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager, 1924
Recorded by Leon Redbone, 1978


D      A7      D       B7
In the town of Louie-ville

E7     Bm7-5            G   G/F# E7
Lived a man they called Big Bad Bill;

A7        Em7      G    A7  A7+5  	D
I want to tell you,  he sure was tough --

   Cdim           Em7         A7
He certainly did strut that stuff.


D      A7      D        B7
He had folks scared to death;

E7           Bm7-5      G   G/F#    E7
When he walked by they held their breath.

E7       Bm7-5    E7  Em7/9 Fdim   A7
He was a fightin' man, sure  e - nough.

G             B7        E7
Now Bill took himself a wife,

G/B      A7    G/B  Cdim  A7
Just to lead a dif'frent life.


D   Em7  D   A7   G   Em7  A7  D    G  D  A7
Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now;

D   Em7  D   A7   D     Cdim      A7
Married life has changed him somehow.

G        G/F#          Em7         Gdim
He's the man that they all used to fear

         D              F#7         B7        
Now the people call him sweet Papa Willy Dear

E7            Bm7-5   B7    E7
Stronger than Samson, I declare,

      A7           G/B     A7          Em7   A7
Til a soft-skinned Delilah bobbed his hair.


D   Em7  D   A7      D   Em7  A7  D     G  D  A7
Big Bad Bill don't fight an - y - more;

D     Em7   D    A7  D          F#7     B7
Wash - es dish - es and he mops up the floor.

G                 Em7       C#7
Used to spend his ev'nings lookin' for a fight;

D               F#7           B7
Now he's got to see his momma ev'ry night.

G        Em7    A7    Em7  A7  D
Big Bad Bill is Sweet William now.




I did take a couple of liberties with the lyrics, relying in part on a 
Doris Day version that is slightly more politically correct.

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