Albert Collins Don't Go Reaching Across My Plate cover

Don't Go Reaching Across My Plate
by Albert Collins

May 3, 2006

Don't Go Reaching Across My Plate Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
If one thing in this world
I just can't stand
Is bein' at the table wit' an ill-mannered man
Verse 2
Now, if he's sittin' on your left
Before you could eat a bite
He'll reach across your plate
An' you know that ain't right
Verse 3
Now I like to eat, as well as any man
But there's some rules, a fool should understand
When ya have one little helpin'
An' one extra piece of cake
I tell ev'rybody, don't go reachin' across my plate
Verse 4
I was at a party last night, at over Big Murray
Cat reached 'cross my plate
Got a coat sleeve in my gravy
I didn't say a word, just looked him dead in the eye
He reached across my plate, an' cut him a piece a pie
Verse 5
Now I don't care if he did it for a prank
I don't care, if you had a drink
Especially when I'm out, a-with my date
Now don't you go reachin' across MY plate
Verse 6
At a party last week, there was some high-class folks
Ev'rything on the table, an' that ain't no joke
They had barbecue possum1, rattlesnake gravy
Chicken fried skunk2, an' it smelt real crazy
Verse 7
Ev'rything went fine, but one thing made me blue
A cat reached across my plate, for some armadillo3 stew
Now when you at the table, you act real nice
You say, "pass me that" or "pass me the platter"
But just because you hungry, an' happen to come in late
Don't you go reachin', across MY plate
Verse 8
"Pass some a-that turkey over there, baby!"
Verse 9
"No, don't give me none of that skunk, I don't want none a-that"
Verse 10
"I, I beg your pardon"
Verse 11
"If this cat stop reachin' 'cross my plate, I can maybe ask for somethin'"
Verse 12
"A pass me a little a-that turkey there, baby"
Verse 13
Na na na na-na-na-na
Verse 14
Verse 15
"Party' nice, party's nice"
Verse 16
"Yeah, ah give gimme some a that chicken over there, baby"
Verse 17
"Chicken fried skunk?
Verse 18
"Ah no"

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