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Chapter Eleven
Enticed into a Shop of Dubious Repute, Our Heroine Embarks on Adventures Therein.


Have you ever heard about Willie the Weeper?
Had a job as a chimney sweeper
He had the dope habit, and he had it bad.
Let me tell you 'bout a little dream he had.

He went down to the dope shop late Saturday night
He knew the lights would all be burning bright
Well, I guess he must have smoked a dozen pills or more
When he woke up he was on a foreign shore.

He had a million cattle and he had a million sheep
He had a million vessels on the ocean deep
He had a million dollars, all in nickels and dimes
And he knew because he'd counted them a million times

He landed in New York, one evening late
He asked his sugar for an after date
He started to kiss her and she started to pout
When...bang! Bang!
And the dope gave out


Music and Lyrics arranged by Pamela Moore

Based on a work by Ernest Rodgers
Madame Pamita - Vocal and baritone ukulele
Patrick "The Idiot Saw-vant" Weise - Musical Saw

Recorded September 8, 2008 at Mr. Peter Dilg's Wax Cylinder Factory


This song about the adventures found within opium hallucinations was originally recorded by Ernest Rodgers (and also Half Pint Jaxson) in 1927. Listen for lyrical references that pre-date the famous "Minnie the Moocher" and arcane drug terminology such as "smoked a dozen pills," "pills" being a reference to balls of opium.