By popular demand: ‘Keep It In Your Pantry’ lyrics (as heard by tandjam)

Lyle Lovett singing Keep It In Your Pantry, August 1, 2008

Every few days or so I get some hits from people searching for these lyrics. So I put on my headphones and then consulted some friends who also listened, and this is what we came up with:

My dear I have something to ask you
And I’ll try to get it right
You’ve heard the Light Crust Doughboys
All sing of Martha White
Oh the way to someone’s heart dear
That old expression’s true
So as long as we’re apart
Here’s my request of you:

Don’t cheat on me with cornbread,
Don’t cheat on me with beans
And don’t cheat on me with bacon, cooked up with collard greens
Don’t cheat on me with biscuits with jelly sweet and blue
Keep it in that place where
you know you will be true

Keep it in your pantry ( x 8 )

I hate that I am leaving
And leaving you behind
But soon I’ll be returning
With a healthy appetite
Oh and if you are not hungry
as you once were before
I’ll know you have betrayed me
behind that kitchen door

Keep it in your pantry ( x 8 )

I’ve dined the whole world over
I’ve had the fries of France
The melons of Verona
The sausage of Gdansk

No matter where I’ve been to,
From _________ to Rome
Nothin’s quite as tasty as what’s cookin’ right at home

Keep it in your pantry ( x 8 )

Light Crust Doughboys
Martha White


12 Responses to “By popular demand: ‘Keep It In Your Pantry’ lyrics (as heard by tandjam)”

  1. 1 Steve
    April 1, 2009 at 12:22 am

    MANY MANY thanks for this! I’ve been working on transcribing the lyrics and you had a few parts I mixed up! Thanks so much!

  2. April 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    You’re very welcome. It was fun.

    ETA: And I had lots of help.

  3. 3 philip wagner
    April 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I am so glad to get these lyrics. I have been lookinjg for months. Thank you !!

  4. 4 Calico
    September 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I have been trying for a really long time to find the chords for this song. Anyone know where I can get my hands on them?

  5. 5 AJ
    September 28, 2009 at 10:48 am


    “No matter where I’ve been to,
    from Shepherds Bush to Rome
    Nothin’s quite as tasty as what’s cookin’ right at home”

    Thanks very much for uploading the lyrics though!

  6. 6 Jason, Klein, TX
    October 20, 2009 at 8:16 am

    The lyrics on the Natural Forces release are “NO matter where I’ve been to, from Houston down to Rome”.

    This song makes me hungry.

  7. October 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Yes, now that the song has been released on the album (today!), we have the official lyrics. Thank you for mentioning it, Jason. (Before today, I’ve only heard the song at Lyle shows in Saratoga, and each time he of course substituted ‘Saratoga’ in that line for the local crowd.)

  8. November 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I think the last verse of Keep it in your pantry (Lyle Lovett) where words are missing might be From Houston down to Rome probably referring to Houston Texas and Rome Georgia. I’ll check the liner notes to be certain and let you know. The CD is in my car player right now and it’s time to head for the barn.

    Great Song. I’ve heard him perform it live a couple of times now and it’s always been a crowd pleaser.

  9. 9 philip wagner
    February 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I’d like to help Calico who needs the chords to ‘Keep it in Your Pantry’. This is an easy one. Key of G. Use G, C, and D. Good luck and enjoy picking n’ singing this tune as much as do. Practice the G run. It’s very essential to picking this song. Phil

  10. 10 Michelle
    August 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    what CD is this song located on? Thanks

  11. August 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    ‘Keep It In Your Pantry’ is on the album Natural Forces. (That album was not yet released when this post was made…)

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