Pre-war Blues Lyric Poetry: an Anthology

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Schaffer, Ed (Shreveport Home Wreckers) 22

Fence Breakin' Blues. 22

Home Wreckin' Blues. 22

Scott, Sonny. 22

Red Cross Blues. 22

Scruggs, Irene. 22

My Back to the Wall 22

Shade, Will 23

Sometimes I Think I Love You. 23

Memphis Boy‑Blues. 23

I Packed My Suitcase, Started to the Train. 23

State of Tennessee. 23

Kansas City Blues. 23

Evergreen Money Blues. 23

She Stays Out All Night Long. 23

She Stays Out All Night Long. 24

A Black Woman Is Like a Black Snake. 24

On the Road Again. 24

Whitewash Station Blues. 24

Stealin' Stealin' 24

Better Leave That Stuff Alone. 25

What's the Matter. 25

Feed Your Friend with a Long Handled Spoon. 25

I Can Beat You Plenty. 25

Taking Your Place. 26

Jim Strainer. 26

Mary Anna Cut Off 26

Take Your Fingers Off It 26

She Done Sold It Out 26

Shaw, Allen (Hattie Hart) 27

Coldest Stuff in Town. 27

I Couldn't Help It 27

Moanin' the Blues. 27

Short, Jaydee. 27

Telephone Arguin' Blues. 27

Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake. 28

Snake Doctor Blues. 28

Barefoot Blues. 28

Grand Daddy Blues. 28

Simpson, Coletha. 29

Down South Blues. 29

Sims, Henry. 29

Farrell Blues. 29

Tell Me Man Blues. 29

Sluefoot Joe. 29

Tootin' Out Blues. 29

Shouting Baby Blues. 30

Smith, . . . (Smith and Harper) 30

Insurance Policy Blues. 30

Smith, Bessie. 30

Down Hearted Blues. 30

Jail‑House Blues. 30

Ticket Agent Ease Your Window Down. 31

Weeping Willow Blues. 31

The St. Louis Blues. 31

Reckless Blues. 31

Sobbin' Hearted Blues. 31

Cold In Hand Blues. 32

You've Been a Good Old Wagon. 32

The Yellow Dog Blues. 32

Nashville Women's Blues. 32

J. C. Holmes Blues. 32

I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle. 33

Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town. 33

The Gin House Blues. 33

Baby Doll 34

Lost Your Head Blues. 34

One and Two Blues. 34

Young Woman's Blues. 34

Preachin' the Blues. 34

Back Water Blues. 35

After You've Gone. 35

Trombone Cholly. 35

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair. 35

Mean Old Bed Bug Blues. 35

Empty Bed Blues‑Part 36

Poor Man's Blues. 36

Me and My Gin. 36

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out 36

St. Louis Blues‑Part 36

Blue Spirit Blues. 37

Black Mountain Blues. 37

Long Old Road. 37

Shipwreck Blues. 37

Do Your Duty. 38

Gimme a Pigfoot 38

Take Me for a Buggy Ride. 38

I'm Down in the Dumps. 38

Smith, Bessie Mae. 39

St. Louis Daddy. 39

Sugar Man Blues‑Part 1. 39

Sugar Man Blues‑Part 2. 39

Smith, Clara. 39

I Got Everything a Woman Needs. 39

Every Woman's Blues. 40

Down South Blues. 40

All Night Blues. 40

Play It a Long Time Papa. 40

I Want My Sweet Daddy Now.. 40

I Never Miss My Sunshine. 40

Don't Never Tell Nobody. 41

Kansas City Man Blues. 41

Uncle Sam Blues. 41

It Won't Be Long Now.. 41

Hot Papa. 41

I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. 41

I Don't Love Nobody. 42

Good Looking Papa Blues. 42

You Don't Know My Mind. 42

My Doggone Lazy Man. 42

31st Street Blues. 42

War Horse Mama. 42

Mean Papa, Turn in Your Key. 43

The Clearing House Blues. 43

Don't Advertise Your Man. 43

Back Woods Blues. 43

Deep Blue Sea Blues. 43

Texas Moaner Blues. 43

Basement Blues. 44

Mama's Gone Goodbye. 44

Freight Train Blues. 44

Done Sold My Soul to the Devil 44

Death Letter Blues. 44

Prescription for the Blues. 45

Steel Drivin' Man. 45

He's Mine, All Mine. 45

Broken Busted Blues. 45

Shipwrecked Blues. 45

Court House Blues. 45

My John Blues. 46

Smith, Eithel 46

Jelly Roll Mill 46

Smith, Ivy. 46

Sad and Blue. 46

Third Alley Blues. 46

Smith, J. T. Funny Paper. 46

Howling Wolf Blues‑No. 1. 46

Howling Wolf Blues‑No. 2. 47

Good Coffee Blues. 47

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin'‑Part 1. 47

Mama's Quittin' and Leavin'‑Part 2. 47

Tell It to the Judge No. 1. 47

Tell It to the Judge No. 2. 48

Honey Blues. 48

Corn Whiskey Blues. 48

County Jail Blues. 48

Hungry Wolf 48

Hoppin' Toad Frog. 49

Fool's Blues. 49

Seven Sisters Blues‑Part 1. 49

Seven Sisters Blues‑Part 2. 49

Before Long. 50

Smith, Laura. 50

Gonna Put You Right in Jail 50

Don't You Leave Me Here. 50

Smith, Mamie. 50

Jenny's Ball: 50

Smith, Six Cylinder. 51

Oh Oh Lonesome Blues. 51

Pennsylvania Woman Blues. 51

Smith, Trixie. 51

I Don't Know and I Don't Care Blues. 51

Freight Train Blues. 51

Sorrowful Blues. 51

Don't Shake It No More. 52

Praying Blues. 52

Ride Jockey Ride. 52

Choo Choo Blues. 52

You've Got to Beat Me to Keep Me. 52

Mining Camp Blues. 52

The World's Jazz Crazy and So Am I 53

Railroad Blues. 53

He Likes It Slow.. 53

Black Bottom Hop. 53

Love Me Like You Used To. 53

Freight Train Blues. 54

No Good Man. 54

Spand, Charlie. 54

Good Gal 54

Back to the Woods Blues. 54

Sparks, Milton. 54

Erie Train Blues. 54

Spaulding, Henry. 55

Cairo Blues. 55

Biddle Street Blues. 55

Speckled Red (Rufus Perryman) 55

House Dance Blues. 55

Spivey, Sweet Pease (Addie Spivey) 56

Double Dozens. 56

Spivey, Victoria. 56

Arkansas Road Blues. 56

The Alligator Pond Went Dry. 56

Murder in the First Degree. 56

My Handy Man. 56

Organ Grinder Blues. 57

Organ Grinder Blues. 57

New Black Snake Blues‑Part 1. 57

How Do You Do It That Way. 57

Telephoning the Blues. 57

Don't Trust Nobody Blues. 58

Black Snake Swing. 58

I'll Never Fall in Love Again. 58

T. B.'s Got Me Blues. 58

I Can't Last Long. 58

Detroit Moan. 59

Spruell, Freddie. 59

Milk Cow Blues. 59

Muddy Water Blues. 59

Way Back Down Home. 59

Tom Cat Blues. 59

Low‑Down Mississippi Bottom Man. 60

4A Highway. 60

Don't Cry Baby. 60

Your Man Is Gone. 60

Let's Go Riding. 61

Mr. Freddie's Kokomo Blues. 61

Stevens, Vol 61

Beale Street Mess Around. 61

I'll See You in the Spring When the Birds Begin to Sing. 62

Vol Stevens Blues. 62

Baby Got the Rickets. 62

Coal Oil Blues. 62

Papa Long Blues. 62

Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues. 63

Stonewall Blues. 63

Stokes, Frank.. 63

You Shall 63

Sweet to Mama. 64

Half Cup of Tea. 64

Beale Town Bound. 64

Last Go Round. 64

You Shall 65

Its a Good Thing. 65

Mr. Crump Don't Like It 66

Blues in D.. 66

Downtown Blues. 66

Downtown Blues. 66

Bedtime Blues. 67

What's the Matter Blues. 67

Mistreatin' Blues. 67

It Won't Be Long Now.. 67

Nehi Mama Blues. 68

Stomp that Thing. 68

Take Me Back. 68

How Long. 68

Ain't Going to Do Like I Used to Do. 69

Hunting Blues. 69

South Memphis Blues. 69

Bunker Hill Blues. 69

Right Now Blues. 69

Shiney Town Blues. 69

Frank Stoke's Dream.. 70

Memphis Rounders Blues. 70

Stone, Joe. 70

It's Hard Time. 70

Back Door Blues. 70

Stovepipe No. 1 (Sam Jones) 71

Court Street Blues. 71

A Woman Gets Tired of the Same Man All the Time. 71

Bed Slats. 71

Sykes, Roosevelt 71

44 Blues. 71

All My Money Gone Blues. 71

The Way I Feel Blues. 72

Fire Detective Blues. 72

Single Tree Blues. 72

Skeet and Garret 72

Lost All I Had Blues. 72

Poor Boy Blues. 73

Kelly's 44 Blues. 73

3 6 and 9. 73

We Can Sell that Thing. 73

No Good Woman Blues. 74

As True As I've Been to You. 74

Hard Luck Man Blues. 74

Mr. Sykes Blues. 74

Highway 61 Blues. 74

Sylvester, Hannah. 75

Midnight Blues. 75

Down South Blues. 75

I Want My Sweet Daddy. 75

Tampa Red (Hudson Whittaker) 75

Through Train Blues. 75

It's Tight Like That 75

The Duck Yas‑Yas‑Yas. 76

What Is It That Tastes Like Gravy. 76

Jim Jackson's Jamboree‑Part I 77

No Matter How She Done It 77

Kingfish Blues. 77

Mean Mistreater Blues. 77

Seminole Blues. 77

Taylor, Charley. 78

Heavy Suitcase Blues. 78

Louisiana Bound. 78

Temple, Johnnie. 78

Big Boat Whistle. 78

The Evil Devil Blues. 78

Louise Louise Blues. 79

So Lonely and Blue. 79

New Louise Louise Blues. 79

Texas Tommy. 79

Jail Break Blues. 79

Thomas, Elvie. 80

Motherless Child Blues. 80

Thomas, George. 80

Fast Stuff Blues. 80

Don't Kill Him in Here. 80

Thomas, Henry. 80

Cottonfield Blues. 80

Arkansas. 81

Bob McKinney. 81

Shanty Blues. 81

Honey, Won't You Allow Me One More Chance. 81

Run, Mollie, Run. 81

Bull Doze Blues. 81

Texas Worried Blues. 81

Don't Ease Me In. 82

Texas Easy Street Blues. 82

Charmin' Betsy. 82

Don't Leave Me Here. 82

Thomas, Hociel 83

Gambler's Dream.. 83

Adam and Eve Had the Blues. 83

Put It Where I Can Get It 83

I've Stopped My Man. 83

Listen to Ma. 83

Thomas, Jesse Babyface. 83

Blue Goose Blues. 83

No Good Woman Blues. 84

Thomas, Ramblin' (Willard Thomas) 84

So Lonesome. 84

Hard to Rule Woman Blues. 84

Lock and Key Blues. 84

Sawmill Moan. 84

No Baby Blues. 85

Ramblin' Mind Blues. 85

No Job Blues. 85

Back Gnawing Blues. 85

Jig Head Blues. 85

Hard Dallas Blues. 86

Ramblin' Man. 86

Poor Boy Blues. 86

Good Time Blues. 86

New Way of Living Blues. 86

Thomkins, Jim.. 87

Bedside Blues. 87

Thompson, Ashley. 87

Minglewood Blues. 87

Thompson, Edward. 87

Showers of Rain Blues. 87

Florida Bound. 87

Seven Sister Blues. 88

West Virginia Blues. 88

Torey, George. 88

Married Woman Blues. 88

Lonesome Man Blues. 88

Townsend, Henry. 89

Henry's Worried Blues. 89

Mistreated Blues. 89

Long Ago Blues. 89

Poor Man Blues. 89

Sick with the Blues. 89

She's Got a Mean Disposition. 90

Townsend, Sam.. 90

Lily Kimball Blues. 90

Tucker, Bessie. 90

Bessie's Moan. 90

Penitentiary. 90

Turner, Buck.. 91

Black Ace. 91

Christmas Time Blues. 91

Turner, Joe. 91

Blues on Central Avenue. 91

unknown artist (Kansas City Blues Strummers) 91

String Band Blues. 91

unknown artist (Memphis Jug Band) 92

Snitchin' Gambler Blues. 92

unknown artist (George Bullet Williams) 92

Touch Me Light Mama. 92

unknown artist (Memphis Jug Band) 92

Sugar Pudding. 92

unknown artist (possibly Skip James) 93

Throw Me Down. 93

unknown artist (Noah Lewis) 93

Selling the Jelly. 93

unknown artist (Birmingham Jug Band) 93

German Blues. 93

unknown artist (Birmingham Jug Band) 93

The Wild Cat Squawl 93

unknown artist (Birmingham Jug Band) 94

Gettin' Ready for Trial 94

unknown artist (Birmingham Jug Band) 94

Giving It Away. 94

Vincson, Walter. 94

Overtime Blues. 94

Sitting on Top of the World. 94

Stop and Listen Blues. 95

Lonely One in this Town. 95

Yodeling Fiddling Blues. 95

Your Good Man Caught the Train and Gone. 95

Unhappy Blues. 95

Honey Babe Let the Deal Go Down. 96

She Ain't No Good. 96

Ramrod Blues. 96

Stop and Listen Blues No. 2. 96

Please Baby. 97

The World Is Going Wrong. 97

Shake Hands and Tell Me Goodbye. 97

I've Got Blood in My Eyes for You. 97

The New Stop and Listen Blues. 98

Go Away Woman. 98

New Shake that Thing. 98

Don't Wake It Up. 98

I'll Be Gone Long Gone. 98

Virgial, Otto. 99

Little Girl in Rome. 99

Bad Notion Blues. 99

Walker, Aaron T‑Bone. 99

Trinity River Blues. 99

Walker, Uncle Bud. 100

Look Here Mama Blues. 100

Stand Up Suitcase Blues. 100

Walker, Willie. 100

South Carolina Rag. 100

Wallace, Minnie. 100

Dirty Butter. 100

The Old Folks Started It 101

The Cockeyed World. 101

Field Mouse Stomp. 101

Wallace, Sippie. 102

Special Delivery Blues. 102

Jack O' Diamonds Blues. 102

Bedroom Blues. 102

Dead Drunk Blues. 102

Have You Ever Been Down. 102

Lazy Man Blues. 103

The Flood Blues. 103

Washboard Sam.. 103

Mama Don't Allow No. 1. 103

Jesse James Blues. 103

Mama Don't Allow No. 2. 104

Out with the Wrong Woman. 104

Come On In. 104

Big Woman. 104

Back Door. 105

We Gonna Move. 105

Low Down Woman. 105

Lowland Blues. 105

I'm On My Way Blues. 105

Bucket's Got a Hole in It 106

Save It for Me. 106

Sophisticated Mama. 106

Diggin' My Potatoes. 106

I'm Goin' to St. Louis. 107

Yes I Got Your Woman. 107

Life Is Just a Book. 107

I'm Not the Lad. 107

My Feet Jumped Salty. 108

Flying Crow Blues. 108

Levee Camp Blues. 108

I'm Feeling Low Down. 108

Brown and Yellow Woman Blues. 108

She Belongs to the Devil 109

Let Me Play Your Vendor. 109

Gonna Hit the Highway. 109

I've Been Treated Wrong. 109

Evil Blues. 109

Get Down Brother. 110

Lover's Lane Blues. 110

You Stole My Love. 110

I Laid My Cards on the Table. 110

I Get the Blues at Bedtime. 110

Washboard Walter. 111

Narrow Face Blues. 111

Insurance Man Blues. 111

Washington, Elizabeth. 111

Garden of Joy‑Blues. 111

Washington, Louis. 111

Tallahassee Woman. 111

Black Snake Blues. 112

Waters, Ethel 112

One Man Nan. 112

There'll Be Some Changes Made. 112

Georgia Blues. 112

That Da Da Strain. 112

At the New Jump Steady Ball 113

Oh, Joe, Play that Trombone. 113

Memphis Man. 113

Midnight Blues. 113

You Can't Do What My Last Man Did. 113

Ethel Sings 'Em.. 114

Craving Blues. 114

Weaver, Curley. 114

Sweet Patunia. 114

No No Blues. 114

Sometime Mama. 115

Oh Lawdy Mama. 115

Two Faced Woman. 115

Fried Pie Blues. 115

Weaver, Sylvester. 116

Can't Be Trusted Blues. 116

Weldon, Will (Casey Bill) 116

Stingy Woman‑Blues. 116

Memphis Jug‑Blues. 116

Sunshine Blues. 116

Turpentine Blues. 116

Hitch Me to Your Buggy and Drive Me Like a Mule. 117

Peaches in the Springtime. 117

W. P. A. Blues. 117

Blues Everywhere I Go. 117

Somebody's Got to Go. 118

Red Hot Blues. 118

Worried About that Woman. 118

Welsh, Nolan. 118

The Bridwell Blues. 118

St. Peter Blues. 119

Dying Pickpocket Blues. 119

Wheatstraw, Peetie. 119

Mama's Advice. 119

Ain't It a Pity and a Shame. 119

Don't Hang My Clothes on No Barbed Wire Line. 119

C and A Blues. 120

Ice and Snow Blues. 120

Sleepless Nights Blues. 120

All Night Long Blues. 120

Throw Me in the Alley. 120

Doin' the Best I Can. 121

The Rising Sun Blues. 121

Letter Writing Blues. 121

Cocktail Man Blues. 121

King Spider Blues. 122

Last Dime Blues. 122

King of Spades. 122

First and Last Blues. 122

True Blue Woman. 122

Sweet Home Blues. 123

Good Woman Blues. 123

Working Man. 123

Low Down Rascal 123

When I Get My Bonus. 123

Coon Can Shorty. 124

The First Shall Be the Last and the Last Shall Be First 124

Deep Sea Love. 124

Remember and Forget Blues. 124

Don't Take a Chance. 125

Block and Tackle. 125

Cut Out Blues. 125

When a Man Gets Down. 125

False Hearted Woman. 125

Crazy with the Blues. 126

Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp. 126

Peetie Wheatstraw Stomp No. 2. 126

Crapshooter's Blues. 126

Working on the Project 126

Sick Bed Blues. 127

I'm Gonna Cut Out Everything. 127

Devilment Blues. 127

Shack Bully Stomp. 127

Road Tramp Blues. 127

Truckin' Thru' Traffic. 128

Sugar Mama. 128

Whistlin' Rufus. 128

Sweet Jelly Rollin' 128

White, Georgia. 128

Pigmeat Blues. 128

Walking the Street 129

The Blues Ain't Nothin' But. . . 129

White, Joshua. 129

Welfare Blues. 129

Stormy Weather No 1. 129

White, Washington (Booker Washington White) 129

The Panama Limited. 129

Pinebluff Arkansas. 130

Shake 'Em On Down. 130

Black Train Blues. 130

Strange Place Blues. 130

When Can I Change My Clothes. 131

Sleepy Man Blues. 131

Parchman Farm Blues. 131

Good Gin Blues. 131

High Fever Blues. 131

District Attorney Blues. 132

Fixin' to Die Blues. 132

Aberdeen Mississippi Blues. 132

Bukka's Jitterbug Swing. 132

Special Stream Line. 132

Wiggins, James Boodle It 133

Evil Woman Blues. 133

Forty‑Four Blues. 133

Frisco Bound Blues. 133

Corrine Corrina Blues. 133

Gotta Shave 'Em Dry. 134

Wilber, Bill (Joe Wilbur McCoy) 134

My Babe My Babe. 134

Greyhound Blues. 134

Wiley, Geeshie (Elvie Thomas) 135

Over to My House. 135

Eagles on a Half 135

Wilkins, Robert 135

Jail House Blues. 135

I Do Blues. 136

That's No Way to Get Along. 136

Alabama Blues. 136

Long Train Blues. 136

Falling Down Blues. 137

Nashville Stonewall Blues. 137

Police Sergeant Blues. 137

Get Away Blues. 138

I'll Go With Her Blues. 138

Dirty Deal Blues. 138

New Stock Yard Blues. 138

Old Jim Canan's. 138

Williams, Henry. 139

Georgia Crawl 139

Lonesome Blues. 139

Williams, Jabo. 139

Polock Blues. 139

Williams, Joe. 139

Little Leg Woman. 139

Somebody's Been Borrowing that Stuff 140

49 Highway Blues. 140

My Grey Pony. 140

Stepfather Blues. 141

Baby Please Don't Go. 141

Wild Cow Blues. 141

I Know You Gonna Miss Me. 142

Rootin' Ground Hog. 142

Brother James. 142

I Won't Be in Hard Luck No More. 143

Crawlin' King Snake.