The way the lyrics of this song switches perspectives, from a man who asks “who’s gonna be your man?” to a woman who says “I don’t need no man,” and then back again is a common feature of many traditional ballads that came to the United States from Britain. The singer becomes a storyteller, rather than a “speaker” in the first person as we usually hear in most songs today.
This is a traditional song. Double C tuning with capo on the second fret, aDADE.
Who’s gonna shoe your feet?
Who’s gonna glove your hand?
Who’s gonna kiss your pretty little lips?
Who’s gonna be your man?
Papa’s gonna shoe my feet.
Mama’s gonna glove my hand.
Sister’s gonna kiss my pretty little lips.
I don’t need no man.
Longest train I ever did see,
A hundred coaches long.
And the only woman that I ever did love
Was on the train and gone.