What Is It?
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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I've got a gal oh, what a gal
She weights two hundred pounds
But she is just my kind of gal
The best one I have found can she pet?
Oh, how she pets why, each night in the park
I take my cornfed mama out
And neck where it is dark
Oh, she takes her little what's
It where she goes
Her little funny what's it always shows
But when she struts down the street
Het little what's it can't be beat
Cause she's not too fat she's not too thin
But where she sticks out she should cave in

She takes her little what's it where she goes
And her what's it never grows
But when she struts right down the street
Her little what's it can't be beat

But she's my gal
My dog-faced gal from Nashville, Tennessee
Oh she has feet
And oh, what feet, she wears a number nine
Her feet are big and she is strong
This dog-faced gal of mine and when we go
We always go to places she likes best




I walk a while then she sit's down
To let her what's it rest

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers's song "What Is It" are playful and humorous. The song describes the singer’s admiration for his girlfriend, who is a plus-sized woman. He emphasizes that her weight doesn’t bother him because he appreciates her for who she is. The singer takes his girlfriend out to a park every night and enjoys cuddling with her in the dark. He also talks about his girlfriend’s “little what’s it” or genital area, and how it is always visible when she walks. Despite her size, the singer loves his girlfriend and is proud to be with her.


Line by Line Meaning

I've got a gal oh, what a gal
I have a girlfriend who I'm very fond of


She weights two hundred pounds
She's a larger person


But she is just my kind of gal
Despite her size, I find her attractive and we have a good relationship


The best one I have found can she pet?
She's physically affectionate with me


Oh, how she pets why, each night in the park
We go to the park every night and she is very affectionate with me there


I take my cornfed mama out
I take my girlfriend out on dates


And neck where it is dark
We get romantic in dark, private spaces


Oh, she takes her little what's
She carries a small item with her


It where she goes
She brings it with her everywhere she goes


Her little funny what's it always shows
The item she carries is always visible and noticeable


But when she struts down the street
When she walks confidently in public


Het little what's it can't be beat
The item she carries is very appealing and attractive


Cause she's not too fat she's not too thin
She has a good weight and figure


But where she sticks out she should cave in
Her curves are attractive but in certain areas, they could be more toned


She takes her little what's it where she goes
She brings the item she always carries with her


And her what's it never grows
The item she carries is always small


But when she struts right down the street
When she walks confidently in public


Her little what's it can't be beat
The item she carries is very appealing and attractive


But she's my gal
Despite any imperfections, she's my girlfriend and I love her


My dog-faced gal from Nashville, Tennessee
She's not conventionally beautiful, but she's beautiful to me


Oh she has feet
She has large feet


And oh, what feet, she wears a number nine
Her feet are a size nine, which is fairly large for a woman


Her feet are big and she is strong
She's a strong and sturdy person


This dog-faced gal of mine and when we go
Despite any imperfections, she's my girlfriend and I cherish our time together


We always go to places she likes best
We prioritize activities and locations that she enjoys


I walk a while then she sit's down
We take breaks during our activities


To let her what's it rest
She takes a break to rest her body and refresh herself




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Capitol CMG Publishing, Songtrust Ave, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ROBERT ELLIS ORRALL, CURTIS WRIGHT

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Comments from YouTube:

@morganwalz3938

In 1931, this Jimmie Rodgers song “What’s It?” was banned because the “what’s it” in the title lives in his girlfriend’s underwear. According to the lyrics, the woman's whatsit always shows, and it sticks out where it should cave in.

@clintwalls5217

Awe!!👌👀🤔

@thebrazilianatlantis165

The pianist is Ruth Anderson Story Moore (1897-1983).

@clappzzz

Comical song, great piano part. And nobody can yodel like Jimmie.

@CPorter

Radio Dismuke brought me here

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