Pre-war Blues Lyrics: the Anthology




I said look a-here mama : what in the world are you trying to do
You want to make me love you : you going to break my heart in two
I said you don't want me : what made you want to lie
Now the day you quit me fair brown : baby that's the day you die
I'd rather see you dead : buried in some cypress grove
Than to hear some gossip mama : that she had done you so
It was early one morning : just about the break of day
And along brownskin coming : man and drove me away
Lord my baby quit me : she done set my trunk outdoors
That put the poor boy wandering : Lord along the road
I said trouble here mama : and trouble everywhere you go
And it's trouble here mama : baby good gal I don't know



I got something I'm going to tell you : mama keep it all to yourself
Don't you tell your mama : don't you tell nobody else
I'm going to write you a letter : I'm going to mail it in the air
Then I know you going to catch it : babe in this world somewhere
I'm going to write you a letter : I'm going to mail it in the sky
Mama I know you going to catch it : when the wind blows on the line
Ooh : mama I don't know what to do
I knows you'll go : leave me all lowdown and blue
Ooh : that's the last word you said
And I just can't remember : babe last old words you said



And I rolled and I tumbled : and I cried the whole night long
And I rose this morning : and I didn't know right from wrong
Have you ever woke up : and found your dough-roller gone
Then you wring your hands : and you cry the whole day long

And I told my woman : just before I left your town Don't you let nobody : tear the barrelhouse down And I fold my arms : and I begin to walk away I said that's all right sweet mama : your trouble's going to come some day Lord I know my baby : sure going to jump and shout When the train get here : I come a-rolling out Lord I tell you it wasn't no need : of mama trying to be so kind Ah you know you don't love me : you ain't got me on your mind Mmm : you ain't got me on your mind And it's what is the need : of baby trying to be so kind Mmm : tried to treat her right But you started with another man : and stayed out every day and night Says I ain't going down : this big road by myself If I can't get you mama : I'm going to get somebody else Mmm : what you want your babe to do Says I know it's something : gal it ain't no use Yes today has been : a long old lonesome day Lord it seem like tomorrow : going to be the same old way Oh tell me pretty mama : how you want your rolling done Don't want to do : just like my old-time rider done Don't a woman act funny : she's going to put you down She *jumped in the bay* : with a case of Woman *use the jelly* : I like those old-time I've got a brownskin woman : she lives up on that hill Lord the fool trying to quit me : man but I love her still She was a *broad back middy* : and a gambling stomping whore She got a new way of getting down : have to get low as a toad Some of [these, you] women : I just can't understand They cook corn bread for their husbands : and biscuits for their men I been working on the section : *section* thirty-two I'll get a dollar and a quarter : I won't have to work hard as you Oh nigger licked molasses : and the white man licked them too I wonder what in the world : is the Mexican going to do Oh captain captain : what's the matter with you If you got any Battle Ax : please sir give me a chew Water boy water boy : bring your water around If you ain't got no water : set your bucket down Oh captain captain : what time of day Oh he looked at me : and he walked away Lord they accused me of murder : I haven't harmed a man Oh they accused me of forgery : I can't write my name Oh I went all around : that whole corral Lord I couldn't find a mule : with his shoulder well Oh I worked old Maude : and I worked old Belle Lord I couldn't find a mule : Maggie with his shoulder well Mmm : mmm Mmm : Lord that morning bell Lord she went up the country : and but she's on my mind Oh if she don't come on the big boat : she better not land Some of these women : I just can't understand They run around here : with one another's man Oh black woman evil : brownskin evil too Going to get me a yellow woman : see what she will do Going to get me a heaven : heaven kingdom of my own So these brownskin women : can cluster around my throne
Lord she won't pick cotton : girl won't pick no corn Baby I don't see why : you want to hang around me so long And it's one two three four : five six seven eight nine When I count them blues : the men and women is mine Lord if I get lucky : mama in this world again I ain't going to fool with no more women : and a mighty few men Mmm : mmm Lord I walked all last night : and all last night before I was sitting on a log : just like a doggone dog That's the mean old woman : come and crossed my heart Says I went to the church : and they called on me to pray I fell down on my knees : and forgot just what to say Oh Lordy mama : what am I to do I'm going to stay right here : wait on something new Mama I ain't going to be : your old work ox no more You done fooled around woman : let your ox get gored She will get up early in the morning : just awhile before day Then cook your breakfast : man rush you away Come in daddy : know my ox is gone You can never tell : when your ox is coming back home You can never tell : what the double-crossing women will do Says they will have your buddy : then play fake on you My woman got something : just like the rising sun You can never tell : when that work is done It's no use to worrying : about the days being long Neither worry about your rolling : because it's sure going on She got something round : and it look just like a bat Sometime I wonder : what in the hell is that
Listen here woman : I'm calling on your name You got me in trouble : and you say you ain't to blame Don't you never drive : a stranger from your door He may be your best friend : mama says you don't know My woman got something : and I ain't ashamed When I love my woman : it puts me in a strain Some men like dogging : I just declare I don't Babe if you think I'm same your mistreating men : I declare I won't Let's stop our foolishness : and try to settle down Says I [always] [wants, likes] a woman : that do not run around I used to have a woman : good as any in this town She had so many men : she kept me always crying I'm going to get up in the morning : do like Buddy Brown I'm going to eat my breakfast : man and lay back down When a man get hairy : know he needs a shave When a woman get musty : you know she needs to bathe I've got something to tell you : make the hair rise on your head Got a new way of loving a woman : make the springs screech on her bed If you don't believe I love you : look what a fool I've been Woman if you don't believe I love you : ah look what a shape I'm in I says I love my baby : better than I do myself If she don't love me : she won't love nobody else Now my home's on the water : spending awhile on land I was trying to find a woman : that ain't got no man Says I used to have a friend : by the name of Sam Says we was ragged and dirty : some called us a tramp Says I stole my woman : from my friend they call him Sam Says that scoundrel got lucky : stoled her back again I was raised on the desert : born in a lion's den Says my chief occupation : taking *musky* men women
Says I never had a woman : couldn't get her back again Says I traveled over this country : every kind of man I been moaning moaning : ever since you been gone Going to find a new way of moaning : bring my woman back home Says I went back home : and I looked up side the wall Says I could not find : my woman's clothes at all Mmm : mmm I been moaning woman : ever since you been gone Says I went back home : and I looked up on the shelf Says I'm getting mighty tired : sleeping by myself Says I went back home : and I walked up and down the hall Says I spied another mule : pawing in my stall Says I moaned early in the morning : moaned late late at night I was trying to moan to your satisfaction : till I treat my woman right Mmm : mmm Says I'm going to moan going to moan : till I treat my baby right A married woman : best woman ever been born Only trouble you have : is trying to keep her at home My woman left me this morning : but I blame myself That backbiting man taken my woman : now he's going to the west I can't sleep at night : when I lay down to take my rest Say the woman I love Lord : she is my partner's maid I seen better days : when times wasn't so hard Says my woman got mad : and drove me out of her yard I wonder what can the matter : with poor Betsy Mae Lord she got mad : and drove poor me away Says I wonder what's the matter : with my troublesome mind
Says I must be thinking : about my woman I left behind My woman she got something : works like sleeping pills It takes all of my time : to try to keep my backbone still That's why I can't keep from thinking : times I used to have Sometime I think : Lord I declare I declare I was sitting looking : way out across the world Said the wind had things switching : almost in a twirl Says I been a good fellow : just good as I can be Says it's Lord have mercy : Lord have mercy on me Mmm : mmm Says I been a good fellow : just as good as a man could be Some *lost their baby* : was blowing for two three miles around When they come to their right mind : they come on back to town Said rooster was crowing cows was lowing : never heard such a noise before Does it seem like hell was broke out : in this place below Says I wonder where : my easy rider gone She's a easy rider : but she do right not so long Some give her a nickel : some give her a lousy dime She's a easy rider : but she do right all sometime I wonder what's the matter : you ain't got no settled mind Says I got a little woman : ??? behind Say it's in the morning : so late in the night When she's loving you man : she loves you just right I say every time : that evening sun go down We gets in the bed : and we stay there a great long time It takes midnight *watch* : the early rising sun I looked out the window : says here my baby comes What you going to do mama : when your thing give out I'm going to telephone you : *we all* jump and shout I ain't going to tell no story : tell you no doggone lie Say when you get to loving : man I near about die
Did you ever wake up : between midnight and day And felt for your rider : she done eased away Fourteen long years : C and O run by my door My fair brown told me this morning : she didn't want me no more If you don't want me baby : what makes you wine and cry You put that thing on me mama : and let a black child die Which a-way which a-way : did the C and O leave your town She's gone west baby : *Capital* Creek Junction bound My mama told me baby : two long years ago If you fool with that little woman : you'll have nowhere to go Want all of you men : to clearly understand Take a Alabama woman : sure going to quit you for another man I love you baby : tell the whole round world I do I love you baby : don't care what you do I woke up this morning : about half past four Told my girl : I couldn't use her no more Look here pretty mama : what you done done You done made me love you : now your man done come Say God made a woman : he made her mighty funny Ring around her mouth : is just as sweet as any honey Say I got a key : shine like gold The women all tell me : satisfied their soul ??? : treat me right ??? *women* : ??? *side* Going away pretty mama : won't be back till fall If I don't get back then : I won't be back at all Said a monkey and a baboon : setting in the grass One said no : and the other said yes Six bits ain't no dollar : six months ain't no long time If you want to come to your baby : you can see me any time Take me for your prisoner : let that one I love go free Six months in the workhouse : sure ain't hard for me If you take me back baby : I'll let you be my boss Let you do anything : but nail me on the cross Baby baby baby : I got all my clothes out on pawn
I'm going to wake up one morning : and have all my glad rags gone Trouble trouble : ever since I been a man Seems like me and trouble : is just running hand and hand I've had trouble in Rock Island : also on the old S T But I seem so miscontented : every time I ride the big I C Very next time I ride the I C : that long whistle blow I'm going to hop right on : won't even stop to pack my clothes When that I C train : goes hurrying around that lonesome bend I'll be back to see my baby : but the Lord only knows when Now it was early one morning mama : I was on my way to school Lord that's when I got the notion : to break my mama's rule Oh the blues : falling like showers of rain I tell you once in a while moment : think I hear my baby call my name Lord I cried last night mama : then I cried the whole night long Going to do right mama : then I won't have to cry no more Lord I don't feel welcome : pretty mama no place I go Because the little woman I love mama : has a-drove me from her door Hollering good morning : I said blues how do you do Fell mighty well this morning : can't get along with you I cannot do right baby : when you won't do right yourself Lord if my good gal quits me : well I don't want nobody else Now you can read out your handbook : preach out your Bible Fall down on your knees and pray : the good Lord to help you Because you going to need : you going to need my help some day Mama if you can't quit your sinning : please quit your lowdown ways Says I woke up this morning : and I looked outdoors Says I know my mamlish milkcow pretty mama : Lord by the way she lows Lord if you see my milkcow buddy : I said please drive her home Says I ain't had no milk and butter mama : Lord since my cow been gone Says my blues fell this morning : and my love come falling down Says I'll be your lowdown dog mama : but please don't dog me around
Takes a rocking chair to rock mama : a rubber ball to roll Take a little teasing brown mama : just to pacify my soul Lord I don't feel welcome : eee no place I go Lord the little woman I love mama : have done drove me from her door Now one and one is two mama : two and two is four Mess around here pretty mama : you know we got to go Crying oh : baby don't you want to go Back to the *living light* city : to sweet old Kokomo Now four and one is five mama : five and one is six You mess around here pretty mama : you going to get me tricked Now six and one is seven mama : seven and one is eight You mess around here pretty mama : you going to make me late Says I told you mama : when you first fell across my bed You been drinking your bad whiskey : and talking all out your head I don't drink because I'm dry mama : don't drink because I'm blue The reason I drink pretty mama : I can't get along with you Now eight and one is nine mama : nine and one is ten You mess around here pretty mama : I'm going to take you in Now ten and one is eleven mama : eleven and one is twelve You mess around here pretty mama : you going to catch you a lot of hell I believe : that I got those black cat blues Lord if I win on Friday : please Saturday night I'm sure to lose Yes the black cat blues mama : ain't nothing but a doggone heart disease Said I was broke and disgusted : I didn't have no money for Christmas Eve Yes this black cat blues mama : don't mean no one nar' no good Said all my friends done forgot me : everybody's down on me in my neighborhood Lord some folks said blues and trouble nothing : but evil running across your mind When you get to setting down thinking : about the black gal treated you so nice and kind Oh if the black cat blues was money : I would be rich as Henry Ford Lord if the black cat blues don't leave me mama : Lord I've got to get further down the road I believe : I believe I'll go back home
Lord acknowledge to my good gal mama : Lord that I have done you wrong Now I'm going to ring up China yeah man : see can I find my good gal over there Says the Good Book tells me : that I got a good gal in this world some where Oh and the church bells is toning yeah man : on one Sunday morning Hollering some old dirty deacon : I mean rung that bell stole my gal and gone Lord if you can't send me no woman : please send me some sissy man Lord I woke up this morning : with my Port China tickets in my hand I'm going to sing these blues mama yeah man : and I'm going to lay them upon your shelf Lord you going to hear these blues again mama : well you sure got to sing them yourself Says I knocked on my front door mama : my good gal wouldn't seem to let me in Says it must be another rounder : laying up with my old black hen Says it thunders and lightnings : and the rain begins to fall Says it must've be another mule : mama kicking in my stall Says I'm going to buy me a thirty-two twenty mama : with a long six inch barrel Says I'm going to kill that mule : then I'm sure going kill my gal Then I'm going to Caruthersville mama : just to take that right-hand road Says I never quit walking : till I walked up in my mama's door Says I'll be sad and I'll be lonesome : worried I'll be blue Says I'm tired : of being worried with you Says the blues come down the alley : headed up to my back door Says I had the blues today mama : just like I never had before Blues and trouble : have been my best friends I says when my blues leave me : my trouble just walked in Now some folks says blues is trouble : nothing but evil running across your mind Lord when you setting down thinking about someone : have treated you so nice and kind Said you roll and you tumble : till it almost make you blind When you get to thinking about your good gal : well you almost to lose your mind I said when you start walking : your mind running every way If you think about that old black woman : Lord that led you off astray Says I want everybody : fall in line Shake your shimmy : like I'm shaking mine
You shake your shimmy : shake it fast If you can't shake your shimmy : shake your yas yas yas Says *I am* with your mama : out across the field Slipping and a-sliding : just like an automobile I hollered at your mama : I told her to wait She slipped away from me : just like a Cadillac Eight Say I like your mama : sister too I did like your papa : but your papa wouldn't do I met your papa : around the corner the other day I soon found out : that he was funny that a-way Says I went out yonder : New Orleans The wildcat jumped : on the sewing machine The sewing machine : sewed so fast Sewed ninety-nine stitches : up his yas yas yas Says God made Adam : made him stout He wasn't satisfied : until he made him a snout He made him a snout : just as long as a rail He wasn't satisfied : until he made him a tail He made him a tail : just to fan the flies He wasn't satisfied : until he made him some eyes He made him some eyes : just to look on the grass He wasn't satisfied : then he made his yas yas yas He made his yas yas yas : so he couldn't get a trick He wasn't satisfied : until he made him sick He made him sick : and then made him well You know by that : the big boy's coughing in hell Says I feel just like mama : throwing my slop jar in your face Said you done lost your mind : and let that old *out-minder* take my place Now I could cut your throat mama : and drink your blood like wine Because you's a dirty old buzzard : and you sure done lost your mind Mama here I am : right out in the cold again Says the woman that I'm loving : got brains just like a turkey hen Says I'd rather be a catfish : down in the Gulf of Mexico Than to hear the woman that I'm loving : say sweet papa I got to go Then I cried : till my pillow got soaking wet Says I walked all the way up Beale Street : I bowed my head at every old gal I met
Well I stood on the corner mama : and I looked two blocks and a half Lord I never seed Black Annie : but I sure God heard her laugh Then I went down the alley : with my gatling gun in my hand Just to kill my woman : for loving another man Now it's trouble trouble : I been had it all my days Well it seems like trouble : going to follow me to my grave Now my love is just like water : you can turn it off and on Now when you think I'm loving you mama : well I done turned you off and gone Now I'm going to set my picture : Lord up on your shelf Lord if you don't live with me mama : well you ain't going to live with nobody else Says my gal she caught the Southern : and the fireman he rang the bell And the engineer he left the station : just like a bat up out of hell Said I waved my hand : she didn't even look around Said and I felt like dropping : right down on the ground Mama here I am : down on my bended knees Says I'm crying to the good Lord : send me back my good gal if you please Said now I got a notion : to leave this lonesome town Says my gal she caught the Southern : and I know she done put me down Now my old bones is aching : and my hair is turning grey Said I'm going back home mama : and I'm going back there to stay Busy booting : and you can't come in Come back tomorrow night : and try it again I met your mama : in the alley way She's catching hunkies : both night and day Don't you remember : last Friday night You go out in the street : and you want to fight Keep talking : about your neighbor next door I caught her boogie-woogying : down on the floor Don't you remember : when my door was locked I had your mama : on the chopping block Pretty mama : I'm telling you I'm sick and tired : of the way you do Stop knocking : on my windowpane You tell what you see : don't you call my name
Let your money talk let your money talk : let your money talk let your money talk If you feel like riding : and don't want to walk Now you look so neat and you look so neat : and you talk so sweet you talk so sweet Now you can't get by no matter how you try : on your dead beat Let your money talk let your money talk : so we can hear so we can hear If you ain't coming back tell me right now : leave a dime for beer Let your money talk let your money talk : put it in my hand put it in my hand If you like your cool kind beer pretty mama : we can rush the can If you go to the butcher if you go to the butcher : to get you sausage grind your sausage grind If he can't get it in the front door : he don't want it behind You want your ashes hauled you want your ashes hauled : and ain't got no man ain't got no man Just lay it on the wood pretty mama : I do the best I can If you want to boogie-woogie if you want to boogie-woogie : and haven't got the price haven't got the price Just let the landlady know man : and she will put it on ice And now if you can't see if you can't see : if you deaf and dumb you deaf and dumb Don't stand around looking cute : and on a bum Now while you playing policy buddy : play four eleven and forty-four When you get your money : then pack your bags and go Crying oh : look what that [policy wheel, coal-field, greyhound] have done to me Says it done took all my money : and but it still won't let me be Now while you playing policy : play four eighteen and fifty-six You can pile up your black money : because you sure going to get it fixed Now when you change your numbers : play thirteen thirty-two and fifty-one But be careful buddy : because you might have to run Now while you playing policy buddy : play five nine and fifty-nine But be careful buddy : because you might lose your mind Now *ask you to* about gambling : play eleven seventeen and sixty-one If they don't give you your money : go buy you a gatling gun Now if you wake up in the morning : ain't got nothing on your mind Play that old country number : that you call three sixty-nine Now you can break out your windows : and look down at your glass Think you going to get my money mama : that's your yas yas yas
Oh stop and listen : hear those bells a-tone I found my faro : lying on a cooling board Says today has been : a long old lonesome day Seems like tomorrow : mama going to be the same old way Now don't your house look lonesome : when a hearse roll in front of your door I found my faro : lying on a cooling board Says and it smokes like lightning : and it *faro* shine like gold I wouldn't have seen her : not to save nobody's soul Lord then I ain't going down : that big road by myself If I don't carry you : mama I'm going to carry somebody else And I followed my faro : to the new burying ground Watch the pallbearers : when they lay my faro down Now it's mama mama mama : please keep your big legs down So I can stop old John Russell : Lord from hanging around Says I load coal in the morning : and I cut corn late at night When I come on home : and you and John Russell sure don't treat me right Says I hate like the devil : to declare war in my happy home Says I loaned you my money : and then you stole my gal and gone Now you going to hear thunder and lightning : from the end of my pistol barrel Says you stole my money : then you turned around and took my gal Now my *old back* is a-breaking : and my lights is a-burning low When I load this carload of coal captain : I sure ain't going load no more I can't get my milk in the morning : I can't get my cream no more And I want somebody to come here : help me get this bull from my door Says I went out to my barn this morning : he didn't have one word to say He was laying down by my heifer's side : please on a pile of hay Then I walked away : and I hung my head and cried Says I feel so lonesome : I ain't got my heifer by my side Now there's nothing that I could do : for that old bull has tea-rolled me When I get myself another heifer : I'm going to move back to Tennessee Says I'm still in love with my milkcow : I just can't stand the way she do I don't mind her drinking her whiskey : but please don't ballyhoo Says I've been traveling mama : all by myself When I had you baby : you thought I had somebody else But that's all right mama : I'll be up some day And just like you did me baby : I'm going to do you the same old way Says I asked my baby : to take me back once more She said you ain't got no money : sweet papa there is the door Said now I ain't got no money : and no place to go I asked you for a little small favor : and you drove me from your door Now I've got a little sweet woman : that I can call my own I want your *turning-gate* women : to please leave me alone Ever since you been gone mama : I've been about to lose my mind But I got another little sweet woman : and I don't want your three sixty-nine Says down in Georgia : where the dance is new Ain't nothing to it : because it's easy to do Now the old folks started it : and the young folks too Old folks teaching the young ones : what to do Said grandpa Johnson : grabbed sister Kate Shook her like he shaking : jelly on a plate Says old Uncle Jack : he is a jellyroll king He got a hump in his back : just from shaking that thing Says now I sees it : just a little funny swing You don't need no lesson : to shake that thing Why shouldn't I take a chance mama : when good luck comes along Seems like everybody's down on me : always somebody's doing me wrong Says I can't live for loving : but I just can't help myself Now the little woman I'm loving quit me : well I sure don't want nobody else Oh Mr Charlie : why don't you leave my gal alone Well you keep on kicking her : you bound to break up my happy home And it was early this morning : I was walking down the avenue Says I had a good spirit : thought I was strolling along with you Says I turned around : and I wrung my hands and cried Says I felt so lonesome : I didn't have my baby by my side
Says I love you mama : but you don't even care for me Because you a long tall woman : and I sure God ain't going to let you be Now she's long and she's tall : shaped just like a cannonball Says I found that woman : where the Southern cross the Yellow Dog Then I heard the church bells toning : way out on Dago Hill Then my heart struck sorrow : I guess you know just how I feel Says now tell me mama : what make you do me like you do Now some day you going to want me : and I swear and I won't want you Some people crave high yellow : please give me my black and brown Now if you mess with me mama : I'm sure going to turn your damper down Now just one thing : that worry my mind All of these womens : ain't none of them mine Scaredest I ever been : in my life Old Uncle Bud liked to caught me : kissing his wife Now big fish little fish : playing in the water Come on back here man : and give me my quarter Just like looking for a needle : in a bed of sand Just try to find a woman : ain't got no man Says God made a woman : and he made her mighty funny The lips around her mouth : just sweet as any honey Old Uncle Bud : he's a man like this He saves his money : and use his fist I woke up this morning : I couldn't even get out of my door Said this wild water got me covered : and I ain't got no place to go Now I hear my mama crying : but I just can't help myself Now this wild water keep on rising : I got to get help from someone else Now good morning Mr wild water : why did you stop in my front door Says you reaches from Cairo : clean down to the Gulf of Mexico Now don't you hear your mother crying : weeping and moaning all night long Because old man wild water done been here : took her best friends and gone Now look a-here Mr wild water : why do you treat me so doggone mean
Says you took my house out of Cairo : carried it down in New Orleans Now when you happy mama : everybody smiles with you Just as soon as you feel down-hearted: the whole round world turns blue Now when the sun is shining : everybody's happy as can be Just as soon as it start to raining : you quiver just like a leaf on a tree Now I got something to tell you mama : and I really want you to understand Every man you see wearing britches : he sure God ain't no monkey-man Now when I had plenty money : everybody want to be my friend Just as soon as I got ragged and hungry : now they all wants to laugh and grin Now I'm going to tell all you people : when I get on my feet again Says you need not ask for no small favors : just go ahead laugh and grin Now this dark cloud is rising : and it's thundering all around Look like something bad is going to happen : you better lower your airplane down Now that mean old twister's coming : poor people running every which a-way Everybody's got to wonder : what's the matter with this cruel world today Now my mama told me : when I was only five months old If you obey your preacher : the good Lord is going to bless your soul Now the daylight is failing : and the moon begin to rise I'm just down here weeping and moaning : right by my mama's side Now I'm going home : I done did all in this world that I could Says I got everybody happy : around here in my neighborhood When I was down in Georgia : I was doing mighty well Since I been here in Chicago : I been catching a plenty hell Says I'm going down to the station : ain't going to take no one's advice Says I'm going back to Georgia : where I can get my red beans and rice Now these Chicago women : have give me such a hard way to go Says they done took all my black money : and they got me running from door to door Now I been setting here looking : way down that lonesome road Says I'm raggedy and I'm hungry : and I ain't got no place to go Now I been rolling : I been rolling from sun to sun Says I got where I can't get no loving : not until my payday comes
Said I ain't no preacher : I'm just a bachelor man Some of these days mama : you bound to understand Now set down gal : stop your crazy ways Got trouble in the land : you're going to need my help some day Now when I want it : I want it awful bad If I don't get it : you know it's going to make me mad Said I asked my mama : to not to be so rough She ain't the type : to keep on strutting her stuff Says I asked my baby : not to be so mean She acts like a woman : from down in New Orleans Now come on baby : stop this up and down Don't like to catch you : start to messing around Now this big ship was a-rocking : and my body's filled with aches and pains Now if I get across the Atlantic Ocean : good people I will not live to Spain Now the big tide is rising : you better lower your anchors down Now if we don't make the circle : we never will get back to New York town Now why don't you people quit laughing : I feel mighty sad in my mind Said this big fog go to rising : and a cyclone is right behind Now I feels bad : nobody seems to want to go my way Says this big ship going to leaking : right between midnight and day Now I see something shining : daylight is breaking all around Soon as we make a few more lurches : I will be right back in New York town Captain rung the bell this morning : just at the break of day Said now it's time for you to go rolling : buddy why don't you be on your way Mama you can cook my breakfast : great God don't you burn my bread Do and I'm going to take my black hand razor : I'm going to cut you on your doggone head Now my captain done called me : Lord and I got to go Because he's on his old black stallion : and he's riding from door to door Now I will be so glad : when my payday comes Says I'm getting so tired mama : rolling from sun to sun Now I'm going to get up in the morning : do just like old Buddy Brown
Says I'm going to eat my breakfast : please and lay back down Now my road is rocky : but it won't be rocky long Says I been catching the devil : ever since my good gal been gone Says my mama told me : Lord when I was quite a child Son you must always remember : Lord that you was born to die Now I got so many wagons : till I done cut that good road down Because the little woman that I been loving : said she do not even want me around Says she won't write me no letter : she won't send me no telegram She just a hard-headed woman : and she don't even give a damn Now I'm going to smoke my reefer : drink my good champagne and wine Say I ain't going to let these hard-headed women : make me lose my mind I believe to my soul : there's a black cat sleeping under my bed Every time I get drunk : my woman wants to cut my head She keeps me running : ducking and dodging all night long Every time I get drunk : I don't mean to treat nobody wrong Now listen here mama : I ain't going to do it no more When I get full of my good whiskey : you got me running from door to door Now I'm leaving you mama : Lord and it won't be long Now if you don't believe I'm leaving : please count the days I'm gone Now just as sure as a freight train : rolls up in the yard Says I'm going to go far : take two dollars to send me a postal card Well I dreamed last night now : that my old shack was falling down And when I woke up this morning : my poor head was going round and round Now I'm going to be a robber and a cheater : I'm going to take that to be my game And when I make my black money : I'm going on back home to Mary Jane Now when I was a schoolboy : I would not take no one's advice Now I'm just a broke man : nobody seems to want to treat me right Now my poor heart is aching : and I really don't know what to do Says I got a strong notion : coming right on back home to you Now I'm going to close conversation : and I have no more to say And a since I been a broke man : nobody seems to want to go my way
Some of these days you're going to miss me : mama Lord when I'm gone Now just go ahead and forget it : and try to carry my good works on Now I'm going away mama : but I'll be back some day soon Just don't lose your head : let no lowdown rounder have my room Mama here I am : right back on the job again Says I've had no loving : Lord since God knows when Now you acted bad : and you don't obey my rules Because I'm back home again : I'm going to take you to a brand new school Now listen here mama : go ahead and set down and be yourself But the next time I go strolling : just try to find you someone else Now your ways and your actions : speaks almost as loud as words Because your dreamy eyes told me something : Lord that I never heard Now you know that you love me : mama why don't you tell me so Because you always hanging around : knocking on my door Every time I see you baby : my flesh begin to crawl Says why don't you be good : but my mule is kicking in your stall How can I miss you : mama Lord when I got dead aim Says I feel so different : till this old world don't look the same Now there's nothing that I can do : I did all in this world that I could Now she's gone and left me : she didn't mean me no good I'm getting so tired : of running from town to town For when I wake up in the morning : my head is going around and around Some of these days : Lord and it won't be long Says I'm going to run lucky : and find me a happy home Now I'm going to keep on traveling : till *such another* comes my way Says my woman get a chance to see me : not until the sunshiny day Now I been waiting for tomorrow : look like tomorrow ain't going never come Every day seems like Monday : just at the rising sun Now my poor heart is aching : and my head can't rest no more Says I'm getting so tired : of running from door to door Says I never missed my water : not until my well went dry Says I never missed sweet Annie : not until she said goodbye Hey Lord sweet mama : tell me when you're coming back again Says I ain't had none of your loving : Lord since God knows when Now the mailman he passed : but he did not leave no news Says he left me standing here : with the doggone aching-heart blues Well I ain't going to be no fool man : I'm going to hold up my head and walk Says my woman get a chance to see me : but they all hear me when I talk Says I holler in the morning : I begin to moan late at night Says I got a hard-hearted woman : and she don't know how to treat me right In the morning : right between midnight and day I'm going to pack my suitcase : and start to drift away My gal she got ways : just like a snake in the grass If I don't leave here soon : my life won't never last It's so hard : to get right up and change your mind When someone that you love : has been left behind Sooner or later : one of us has got to walk away She says I don't mind you going : but please don't go away to stay Now I don't care baby : if the wind don't never change If your coming don't bring sunshine : it sure God will bring rain Now there's trouble trouble : I been having all my days Now it seems like troubles : going to put me in my lonesome grave Now my woman she got ways : just like a wildcat in the woods She always raising hell and disturbance : right here in my neighborhood I'm scared to stay here : scared to leave this old bad-luck town So when I wake up every morning : my head is going round and round Now listen here people : I don't want no one's advice I done changed my way of living : going to find someone to treat me right I'm going to tell everybody : what bad luck I've had in my life I'd kill my sister and my brother : not a woman *break my line*
Now my [old] heart is ticking : just like a clock up on the wall Says I tried to be good : but my woman treats me like a dog Now I've got my name written : right on my right arm Every time I want to leave : I know she's got to come back home Now you said that you loved me : what make you treat me so unkind You just old hard-headed woman : but I believe you about to lose your mind Now you can tell your kid-man : he needn't take it so doggone hard Because if he messes with me : going to crack him right on his nog Now that's all I got to say mama : I ain't going to let you worry my mind When I go away to leave you : I will stop by to see you sometime Way down in Mississippi : where I was bred and born Reason : that will forever be my native home And my poor mother's old : Lord and her hair is turning grey I know it would break her heart : if she found I was barrelhousing this way And I'm going to where : now the water drink like wine Where I can be drunk there : and staggering all the time And it ain't but the one thing now : Lord that worries my mind That's a house full of women Lord : none in there is mine And my friend passed me : and she never said a word Nothing I had did : but was something she had heard Ain't going to marry : neither settle down I'm going to stay right here : till they tear this barrelhouse down And I love you babe : and I tell the world I do I don't love nobody : whole in this round world but you Ain't no use of weeping : ain't no need of crying For you've got a home : just as long as I got mine Is you ever been lucky now : woke up cold in hand I would call that now : nothing but a monkey-man And I love you baby : you so nice and brown Because you put it up solid : so it won't come down Did you get that letter now : mailed in your back yard It's a sad word to say : but the best of friends have to part
Paid my room rent last night : half past ten Take my gal to the door : but she wouldn't go in I take a gal for a ride : she tried to get rough *How* I been in your doorway : strutting my stuff Ain't these women funny : about the way they do Start to loving a man : then go to dogging you I buy you a cigarette : and I buy you snuff I know doggone well now : when I get enough Now make someone : to tell you *loves* every day I know that's enough : to let you have your way Mama you been just like : says a farmer's mule Longer I live with you : harder you is to rule I told my wife : if you want me to wait You better stop your sister : from doing her *gait* I woke up this morning : my good gal was gone Stood by my bedside : and I hung my head and hung my head and moaned I walked down the street : I couldn't be satisfied I had the no no blues : I couldn't keep from I couldn't keep from crying It ain't none of my business : but it sure ain't right Take another man's gal : walk the streets all walk the streets all night Take a mighty *pricky* woman : to treat her good man wrong Take a mighty mean man : take another man's take another man's home I'm a stranger here : I just blowed in your town If I ask for a favor : don't turn me don't turn me down I'm long and tall : like a cannonball Take a long tall man : make a good gal make a good gal squall If I mistreat you : I don't mean no harm Because I'm a motherless child : don't know right from don't know right from wrong I ain't no gambler : and I don't play no pool I'm a rambling roller : jelly-baking jelly-baking fool She's low and squatty : right down on the ground She's a lightweighted mama : so I can bear so I can bear down I'm a stranger here : I come in on the train I long to hear : some good gal call my good gal call my name
I wonder : will a matchbox hold my dirty clothes I haven't got so many : but I got so far to go Women all singing the blues : I can't raise my right hand What make a woman have them blues : well you know somebody's got her man The blues is something : woman I ain't never had Just get your *best friend's good man* : and do the best you can A weak-minded woman : will let a rounder tear her down And when she get in trouble : that rounder can't be found She got up last night : she crawled around my bed Going love you long time daddy : I guess I will see you dead Woman take the blues : she going to buy her a paper and read Man take them blues : he going to catch a train and leave My gal got a mouth : like a lighthouse on the sea Every time she smiles : she throws that light on me Bad luck in my bed : bad luck's in my home That's the reason why : singing this bad-luck moan I got a gal : though she's a little bit up in years But she sure knows how : how to shift her gears Some like pigmeat : but hogmeat's what I crave I believe : this sure going to carry me to my grave Mmm : mama come to my rescue I'm feeling so bad : till I don't know what to do Well the chinch has moved in : all in my room Somebody better come here : pretty doggone soon When a man gets down : the trouble lasts always Your gal will leave you : and be gone for days and days Tell all you women : how to make a happy home Keep you a workingman : and leave those sweet boys alone There's coming a time : these women won't need no men Their body washed up : and money'll come rolling in When you think : your women always running hand to hand You can bet your bottom dollar : one's got the other one's man On one Monday morning : on my way to school
That's the Monday morning : I broke my mama's rule Yonder she goes : with a broom in her hand Sweep me off : for another man I wonder : will a matchbox mama hold my dirty clothes I ain't got so many : but I got so far to go Women all singing the blues : I ain't raise my right hand What make a woman have them blues : when she knows somebody's got her man The blues is something : woman I ain't never had Just get your *best friend's good man* : and do the best you can A weak-minded woman : will let a rounder tear her down And when she get in trouble : that rounder can't be found She got up last night : she crawled around my bed Going love you long time daddy : guess I will see you dead Woman take the blues : she going to buy her a paper and read Man take them blues : he going to catch a train and leave My gal got a mouth : like a lighthouse on the sea Every time she smiles : she throws that light on me I got a gal : she got a Rolls Royce She didn't get it all : by using her voice I'm wild about my tuni : only thing I crave Well sweet patuni : going to carry me to my grave Every time : my gal walk down the street All the boys holler : ain't tuni sweet I got a gal : she lives up on the hill You can't get her tuni : she got automobile Well I woke up this morning : half past four A long tall gal : rapping at my door She was singing sweet patuni : only thing I crave Well sweet patuni : going to carry me to my grave If all these tuni : was brought to a test A long tall gal : can *break* it the best
Telling all you men : I been well blessed If I get what I want : you can have the rest I got the blues for my baby : she got the blues for I say me But I can't see my baby : and she can't see me I'm going to be condemned : early tomorrow I say morn But I am not guilty : because I ain't done nobody wrong My crime my crime : I really can't understand They got me accused of murder : and I never harmed a man Will you please come down : on my trial day So when I be condemned : you can wipe my tears away They ain't no need to cry : no need to weep and moan Just try to get somebody : to go on my bond It's going to be weeping : I begin to moan Said I'm a poor boy here : I sure ain't got no home The jury found me guilty : the judge say listen here It ain't no fine for you : get ready for the electric chair I done everything : a poor ??? man can do Well mama *done leaving* : taken no ??? on you I said you get blue mama : honey you can dance But papa done got you : you've had your last chance You going to miss me : baby when I'm gone Won't be no need : a-sing this lonesome song I give you all my money : I was cold in hand And you spent all my money : on your other man When you in my presence : mama you giggles and laughs And tell me so many ??? : that I have no need no cash Said high sheriff been here : got my girl and gone I said isn't it lonely : since I'm all alone Well listen Mr : what have my baby done I just want to know : if she done anybody wrong They took her on down : to that big rock jail
And her crime was so evil : nobody will go her bail You took your gun : made her raise her hand And you went wrong : because she ain't never harmed a man My babe in jail : I can't get no news I don't get nothing : but the mean old high sheriff blues Oh you used to told me : you could drive me like a cow But now you can't drive me : because you don't know how From now on mama : I tell you just like that If you hit my dog : sure going to kick your cat From now on mama : I ain't going to have no rule I'm going to get hard-headed : and act just like a doggone mule From now on mama : you going to do what I say You must understand : you can't have your ways From now on mama : this way you got of doing Sugar you better stop that : Lord it's sure going to be your ruin From now on mama : starting from this very day I'm going to get someone : who can drive my blues away I want her to drive them off : so they won't come back no more From now on mama : I said I'm going to let you go I saw you doing something : don't do it no more Because if I catch you : baby walking slow *Lord* took another man : *right across my face* Then told me : that the one had took my place You say you done quit me : now what should I do Can't make up my mind : to love no one but you Now you take him for your sweet : take me to be a slave You better see the undertaker : get someone to dig your grave You say your suitcase is packed : your trunks done gone Better stop your bus : and bring it right back home I knocked on your door : and I *quit quit quit* Begged till daybreak : and I ain't got none yet
Big girl I love : live on Eighteenth Street She got a new line : for every man she meets To let her tell it : she ain't got no man But she hangs around here : always raising sand One day ??? : we're riding along I asked her how about it : and she walked back home She don't do this : she don't do that Rub your hand down her back : she act like a cat She ain't low and squatty : she ain't long and slim Only way you'll get it : have to grab your lemon *It ain't right* : and I don't have fun This girl I love : won't give me none I want it right now : please tell me can I get it I better not catch : nobody else with it My baby done quit me : talked all over town And I'm too good a man : for to let that talk go around Take the shoes I bought her : bare foots on the I say ground One these days : Jack Frost said he sure going to tear you down Now Mr Mr : please spare my life I got four little children : I got one *bald-*headed wife If I should die : in the state of Arkansas I want you to send my body : home to my mother-in-law Said if she don't want it : baby give it to my ma Said if my ma don't want it : baby give it to my pa Said if my pa don't want it : baby give it to Abby Lee Said if Abby don't want it : say give it to my used-to-be Said if she don't want it : baby cast it in the sea Then these squabbling women in Greenville : will stop squabbling over me Said I won't be worried : with these blues no I say more Said it's traintime now : *said that* ring I did adore Baby I been working : all this blasted year I want to go home : ain't got no shoes to wear The times so hard : can't get no work to do And my hard luck mama : because I ain't got no shoes I'm going to sit right down : hang my head and cry
I feel just like : I could lay right down and die Sugar I will never : be contented here I am so barefooted : ain't got no shoes to wear My coat all busted : my pants all full of holes Barefooted hungry and raggedy : doggone my hard-luck soul I can't sleep no more : can't get her off my mind Know I wants to see my baby : man only one more time I treated her wrong : before she left my home I guess I'm not her daddy : and she would not have been gone I didn't know I loved my baby : till she packed her trunk to leave I telephoned the undertaker : just come and bury me please Might get a black cat bone : going to bring my baby back home Lord and if that don't do it : might be one more rounder gone I been a bad bad boy : didn't treat nobody right They want to give me thirty-five years : some want to turn out my light Judge please don't kill me : I won't be bad no more And I will listen to anybody : something I ain't never done before I'm sitting here in prison : with my black cap on I want to speak to all you fast fellows : that you are in the wrong Well I'm so sorry : every day that I was born But God remember this : even when I'm gone When they get you in jail : with your back turned to the wall I ain't going to sing no more : baby that is all Take your picture : make it in a frame When you're gone : I'll see you just the same Believe to my soul : my girl got a black cat bone Treat me mean : and I won't let her alone See that spider : climbing up the wall Hunt some place : to get his ashes hauled Treat my slippers : with some *hog eye* lard Hear me tipping : towards my good gal's yard
Mama mama : please let me alone In the corner : can get what I want If you want a good woman : go to the Larkin Dam You want to ruin your woman : take her to Birmingham Have you ever waked up babe : between midnight and day Turn over and grab the pillow : where you great gal used to lay If you want a good woman : get one long and tall When she go to loving : she make a panther squall I'm motherless and fatherless : sister and brotherless too I wake up this morning : blues all around my bed Well I had a high fever : going up to my head I'm got two women in the country : I'm got two women stays in town Reason I consider it so careful : because men don't dog me around They may be brownskin woman : with Georgia hair long as my own They can do the best playing poker : you sure done lost your home I don't want no jealous-hearted woman : who tries making up my bed And she puts *straw* in your mattress : makes you wish you was dead I'm going to leave here walking : going down Number Sixty-One If I find my baby : we are going to have some fun I walked Sixty-One Highway : till I gives out in my knees *Every time* that M and O : when she came on that Santa Fe That Sixty-One Highway : longest road I ever knowed It runs to Atlanta Georgia : clean to the Gulf of Mexico I'm going home : get my Bible and set down and read I'm going to ask the good Lord : give me back my baby if he please
Who's going to be : in the second bamalong Been to the nation : and I just got back Didn't get no money : but I'll go to *there* If you didn't want me : don't you dog me around I didn't come here : to be nobody's dog Just as sure as the sun : sets in the golden west I got the one : that I love the best Thought I heard : old K C when it blowed She blowed like : it never blowed before Oh it's coming a time : when a woman won't need no man Honey I love : God knows I do Sister : give me that long-distance phone I'm going to talk : to that brown of mine I've got the blues : on my mother's knee And I know : she's got the blues for me I've been thinking all day : thinking of the past And I'm thinking : of my mother last I received a letter : what do you suppose it read Said come home : your poor old mother's dead Said I grabbed a train : I went home a-flying She wasn't dead : but she was slowly dying Said run here daughter : fall down on your knees Won't you song : Nearer My God to Thee Fell down on my knees : I begin to moan Yes dear mother : I'll try to sing that song The tears rolled out : like a black shower of rain Goodbye mother : I won't see you again Then I scampered away : with fear in my heart I had no mother : here to take my part
I been drifting and rolling : along the road Looking : for my room and board Like a log : I've been jammed on the bank So hungry : I grew lean and lank Get me a pick and shovel : dig down in the ground Going to keep on digging : till the blues come down I've got the blues : for my sweet man in jail Now the judge : won't let me go his bail I've been rolling and drifting : from shore to shore Going to fix it : so I won't have to drift no more I'm going away : it won't be long I know you'll miss me : from singing this lonesome song I'm going away : mmm I won't be long And then you know : you must have done me wrong My daddy got ways : like a baby child Those doggone ways : are driving me wild Those doggone ways : are driving me wild And that is why : you never see poor Lottie smile My heart aches so : I can't be satisfied I believe : I'll take a train and ride I believe : I'll take a train and ride Because I miss my cruel daddy : from my side I've got Cadillac ways : got some super ideas I can't see : what brought me here I can't see : what brought me here It must have been : this new canned city beer I'm lame and blind : can't hardly see My doggone daddy : turned his back on me Because I'm lame : I can't hardly see I ain't got nobody : to really comfort me I'm going away : it won't be long I know you'll miss me : from singing this lonesome song I'm going away : it won't be long And then you know : you must have done me wrong My daddy got ways : like a baby child
Those doggone ways : are driving me wild Those doggone ways : are driving me wild And that is why : you never see poor Lottie smile My heart aches so : I can't be satisfied I believe : I'll take a train and ride I believe : I'll take a train and ride Because I miss my cruel daddy : from my side I've got Cadillac ways : got some super ideas I can't see : what brought me here I can't see : what brought me here It must have been : this new canned city beer I'm lame and blind : can't hardly see My doggone daddy : turned his back on me I'm lame : I can't hardly see I ain't got nobody : to really comfort me I been rolling and drifting : along the road Just looking : for my room and board Like a log : I've been jammed on the bank So hungry : I grew lean and lank Get me a pick and shovel : dig down in the ground Going to keep on digging : till the blues come down I've got the blues : for my sweet man in jail And the judge : won't let me go his bail I've been rolling and drifting : along the road Going to fix it : I won't have to drift no more Is it hopeless : when I lost my best friend Lord in my *doorbox* : is a call to him Lowdown mean and hopeless : is just the way I feel I can see from now on : all *luck flee* from me Love sure have : made a fool out of me Since my daddy left me : I'm hopeless as can be ??? : I sure can't find Ooh : I can't get this daddy off my mind Lonesome for you in my heart : way down in my ???ee I want somebody to help me : if you ??? please
I love my daddy : better than I love myself And I love *them* more : swear he can't be *less* Get away from my window : stop knocking on my door I got a brand new papa : I can't use you no more If you see me stealing : please don't tell on me I'm just stealing from my regular : back to my used-to-be I ain't good-looking : I don't dress so fine I'm just a big fat mama : I'm just taking my time Have you ever seen sweet potatoes : growing on a vine If you take a peep in my back yard : better take a look at mine There's a certain girl : name is Suley Brown She win a big fortune : shaking him down Every time he shake it : makes you feel young I could see him shake it : the whole night long Oh don't be ashamed : to shake it so Shake it : till they say If you be in a gym : and want to reduce Oh shake it yourself gals : put it on a juice You can shake : just like it would shake a tree The way you shake it : it's pleasing me Just let me tell you : a thing or two A plenty of people shake it : but not like you Oh shake it : you know just what I mean You are what I call : real shaking scene Let me see you shake it : once more again I spent all my money : to ??? that thing If that were me : and me was it I was so glad : to get rid of it I can use a man : when it amuses me Because a happy man : I never did meet At first you think : that he is great
But you will find out : that always ain't One time : he could put it on strong But I think : those days now gone Used to be my sugar : you ain't sweet no more Because you mistreated me : and you throwed me from your door Mama my cot's ready : keep it for myself Mama I done got tired : of sleeping by myself Mama didn't like me : papa give me ways That's the very reason : I'm a wandering child today Talk about your sure love : just ought to meet mine She ain't so good-looking : but she do just fine She stood on the corner : *see she going to steal that* man And a blind man see her : dumb man call her name Dumb man asked her : who your [man, regular] can be And the blind man looked at you : sure look good to me Jellyroll jellyroll : jellyroll is so hard to find Ain't a baker in town : can bake a sweet jellyroll like mine I got to go to Cincinnati : just to have my hambone boiled Womens in Alabama : going to let my hambone spoil Well she's mine and she's yours : and she's somebody else's too Don't you mention about rolling : because she'll play her trick on you That's the way that's the way : these barefooted soul'll do They will get your money : and they'll have a man on you You come home at night : she got a towel on her head Don't you mention about rolling : because she swear she nearly dead Jellyroll jellyroll : well you see what you went and done You done had my grandpa : now you got his youngest son I'm getting tired of walking : I believe I'll fly awhile I'm getting tired of women : telling me their lies I wonder : what made grandpa hey love your grandma so She got the same jellyroll : she had forty years ago
That same train : same engineer Took my woman away Lord : left me standing here My girl caught a passenger : I caught the mamlish blinds Hey you can't quit me : ain't no need a-trying Hey Mr conductor : let a broke man ride your blinds You better buy you a ticket : know this train ain't mine I just want to blind it : from this half-good town When she blows for the crossing : I'm going ease it on I pray to the Lord : that Southern would wreck *Till they* kill that fireman : break that engineer's neck I stand here : looking up at the rising sun Some train don't run : why be some walking done Well I saw the Frisco : when she left the yard When that train pull out babe : it nearly broke my heart They's two trains running : none of them going my way I'm going to leave here walking : on this very day Well there's one thing I don't like : about the railroad track They'll take your rider : never bring her back Honey where were you babe : when the Frisco left the yard I was on the corner : police had me barred Look here woman : making me mad Done bringing me something : somebody done had Let me tell you : what these women do Go out and get something : bring it home to you Now you need not think : because you look cute I've got to put up : with the way you do The woman I love : she's long and tall When she grab you and shake you : you bound to fall Now bring this thing : down to a test A long tall man : you know's the best A short stubble man : go bumpty bump Because he ain't got the movements : in his hump Know what you been doing : by the whiff of your jaw *My* ??? : You need not come here : you ain't not get none of mine
You left a man on the doorstep : hollering and crying Now you need not think : because you're black I'm going to beg you : to take me back No you need not think : because I look green I ain't never been : down in New Orleans I went down the road : that smoky road Like to brought me back : on a cooling board See that woman : all dressed in red Cause a man : to kill you dead You see that woman : all dressed in blue You can't put up : with the way she do See that woman : all dressed in white She get your five dollars : she won't treat you right Run to town : hurry back Buddy got a girl : I really like See that woman : all dressed in dark Things will look better : in the Washington Park You need not think : because you look sweet You can make : a fool of me Every time : I go to town Meet my gal : hanging around Girl I love : ain't no fool Big as an elephant : strong as a mule Railroad Bill : ought to be killed Never worked : and he never will Railroad Bill : done took my wife Threatened to kill me : that he would take my life Going up the mountain : take my stand Forty-one derringer : in my right and left hand Going up the mountain : going out west Forty-one derringer : sticking in my breast Buy me a gun : just as long as my arm Kill everybody : ever done me wrong Buy me a gun : with a shiny barrel Kill somebody : about my good-looking gal
Got a thirty-eight special : on a forty-four frame How in the world can I miss him : when I've got dead aim When I went to the doctor : asked him what the matter could be Said if you don't stop drinking son : it'll kill you dead Going to drink my liquor : drink it and win Doctor said it will kill me : but he never said when If the river was brandy : and I was a duck I'd sink to the bottom : and I'd never come up Honey honey : do you think of me Times have caught me : living on pork and beans Son you talk about your honey : you ought to see mine She's humpbacked bow-legged : crippled and blind Honey honey : do you think I'm a fool Think I'm going to quit you : while the weather is cool Honey honey : quit your worrying me It's going through the world : in my heart disease Going up the mountain : *do everything* Go through the world : All I want is a new pair of shoes : that is all I pray Some old place I can go : to lay my weary head ??? *dissatisfied* : any old place to be For any old where I hangs my hat : is home sweet home to me I don't need no real estate : and neither no ??? *long* All I want is a place to stay : I can call my home I say goodbye hard luck hello joy : here I come for tea For I didn't bring nothing to this old world : and I can't carry nothing away Down to the depot mama Lord : I looked up on the board Lord I asked the ticket agent : how long the southbound train been gone Got my ticket Lord Lord : conductor can I ride Lord I want to *get to* that basement : I'll be satisfied Sweety in the basement mama Lord : sweet as she can be Lord she is low and she is squatty : she's all right with me Down to the railroad mama Lord : and I looked up at the sun Lord if the train don't come : there's going to be some walking done Don't want no woman Lord Lord : *declare I'll stay at home*
Because she will hide in the bushes : she is hard to find Starvation in my kitchen : rent sign's on my door And if my luck don't change : I can't stay at my home no more And I got up this morning : just about the dawn of day Mean I ain't got no job : I ain't got no place to stay Lord I walked to a store : I ain't got a dime When I asked for a darn neckbone : the clerk don't pay me no mind Lord Lord : mama some old rainy day Mean my luck going to change : and I going to be treated this a-way Listen everybody : from near and far You want to know : just who we are Now if you like : the way we play Listen boy : we'll try to stay We'll make you loose : we'll make you tight Make you shake it : till broad daylight I would never do brag : never do boast Played this tune : from coast to coast Now if you like this tune : think it's fine Set right down : and drop a line Sometime : we're down your way We'll drop in : and spend the day Now some want to know : just what you got Got good okra man : serve it hot Now we ain't good-looking : and we don't dress fine The way we whip it : it's a hanging crime If you see me stealing : don't tell on me Just stealing : back to my used-to-be We never have one gal : at a time Always have : seven eight or nine Got up this morning : with the same thing on my mind And the girl I'm loving : but she don't pay me no mind
Lord my girl caught the train : and she left me a mule to ride When the train turn the corner : got a note my black mule died Just as sure as the grape vine : grows all around that stump Said I want you and I need you : mama to be my sugar lump Just as sure as the rabbit : mama plays on your grandma's farm Said I done got tired : of that stuff you been carrying on Now you see me coming : now mama heist your window high But you know I'm going to leave you : girl I know you're going to grieve and cry I've got so many wagons : it done run my good road down And I got so many women : till the men don't want me around Got up this morning : about half past four Somebody's knocking : on my back door Some of these mornings : mama it won't be long You going to call me baby : and I'll be gone Your right foot in mama : your left one out Your time baby : and move your body about Get me a picket : off of my back fence Whop you on your head : until you learn some sense Now listen here my baby : tell you what I want you to do Want you treat me mama : like I do you Because I can't be satisfied : and I can't be satisfied And I can't mistreat her : not to please nobody's mind Now I love my sweety : tell you the reason why My baby got something : to satisfy my mind Lord starvation's in my kitchen : rent sign's on my door Good girl told me : she can't use me no more I'm leaking at the heart : bleeding at the nose Good girl told me : she can't use me no more Got on my high-cut stockings : low cut shoes Mama and I ain't ??? : ??? sure can use Now look a-here boys : ain't this rich I got to pay my wife : for everything I get
I got up this morning : mama about half past four Somebody was knocking : on my back door Some of these mornings : mama it won't be long You going to call me babe : and I'll be gone Down in Mississippi mama : doing very well Now I went up north with you ma : I ain't doing so well Get me a picket : off of my back fence Whop you on the head : until you learn some sense Pussy cat pussy cat : where have you been so long Lord the mouse done been here : packed his grip and gone Pussy cat pussy cat : why don't you stay at home You sleep all day : run up the alley all night long If you got money in the bank : don't let your woman draw it out Because she'll spend your money : then she will throw you out Oh Lord Lord Lord : crying Lord Lordy Lord Said I used to be your regular : now I've got to be your dog You were the cause got me broke : how can you be so mean Say you taken all my money : give it to your no-good man Said I have had money : but now I'm cold in hand Says and the woman that I'm loving : living with another man Says I know my baby : she sure going to jump and shout When I get down to the bank : and draw my money out Lord my hair is a-rising : my flesh begin to crawl I had a dream last night babe : another mule in my doggone stall And it's some people said : these Big Bill blues ain't bad Lord it must not have been : them Big Bill blues I had Lord I wonder what's the matter : Papa Bill can't get no mail Lord the post office must be on fire : and the mailman must undoubtedly be in jail I can't be your wagon : cinch I ain't going to be your mule I ain't going to fix up your black *tarnation* : I ain't going to be your doggone fool
I got up this morning : hear the train whistle blow Lord I thought about my baby : I sure did want to go Lord I grabbed up my suitcase : I *dropped it on the floor* I could see the conductor : he waving his hands to go I said Mr conductor man : I want to talk to you I want to ride your train : from here to Bugaloo I'm leaving this morning : man I ain't got my fare But I will shovel coal in your engine : till your train get me there Crying please Mr conductor man : please take my last thin dime Lord I got a woman in Bugaloo waiting : man I can't lose no time When the bell started ringing : conductor hollered all aboard Lord I picked up my suitcase : start walking down the road I'm leaving this morning : I sure don't want to go Lord and the woman I been loving : she don't want me no more I made a long day : walking along and crying I lost my baby : can't be satisfied When you get in trouble : haven't got a friend Just take it easy : they'll need your help again Now ain't it hard : to live alone Just as hard to be married : and break up your home But that's all right : that's all right for you You need me some morning : when I won't need you When I was down : lost my wife and my friend When I got my money : they all come back again Well money and pretty women : running hand in hand When they raising a squabble : taking some woman's man If you got a good bullcow : better feed him every day Because may come along some young cow : and tow your bull away Leave you bull in a pasture : where there ain't no grass But you women all thought you loved me : look like every minute going to be my last Oh babe : don't mean your bull no good
Why don't you rub your bullcow and pet him : tell him what you want your bull to do Babe your bull got a horn mama : as long as your right arm Lord if you play with my horn baby : make you break up your happy home Babe you may be beautiful : you got to die some day So you well as to give me some of your loving : before you pass away I got four feet to walk on : tail to shake if it's all night long Lord at daybreak call me baby : you'll find your bullcow gone Why don't you tell me loving mama : how you want your rolling done Lord I'll give you satisfaction : now if it's all night long Lord I got up this morning : just about the break of day Lord I'm thinking about my baby : Lord the one that went away Lord I got me a little old brownskin : just as sweet as she can be Lord she low and she squatty : but she's all right with me Now you can put me in the alley : my gal is name is Sally You wake me up in the morning : mama I still got that old habit Won't you tell me : how you want it done Lord I'll give you satisfaction : now if it's all night long Lord it's some of these old mornings : Lordy know it won't be long Lord I know you going to call me : baby Lord and I'll be gone Got a long tall mama : she stands about seven feet nine And when she get to loving : holler papa won't you take your time Oh when she start to loving : she sure can do her stuff And she squeezing so tight : holler mama Lordy that's enough Got a brand new movement : one that she calls her own And when she start to kissing : make a poor man leave his home And she do a little of this : and mama and she do a little of that And when she put on full steam : make a freight train jump a track Said she's long and tall : and half as sweet as she can be To satisfy that woman : takes more than a bumblebee Mississippi River : is so long deep and wide I can't see my good gal : standing on that other side
I was crying and I called : I could not make my baby hear Lord I'm going to get me a boat mama : paddle on down from here Ain't it hard to love someone : when they are so far from you Lord I'm going to get me a boat : and paddle this old river through I went down to the landing : to see if any boats was there And the ferryman told me : could not find no boats nowhere The big boat is up the river : a-turning around and around Lord I'm going to get me a good girl : or jump overboard and drown It's a little train leaving out of here : they call the C and A Going to take me home baby : I'm going home to stay Because I'm leaving in the morning : Lord on that C and A Babe I'm going back to St Louis : I'm going there to stay Now my baby got unruly : she left from home What she going to come back and say : when she find her daddy gone My woman walks around : with her mouth poked out She won't tell nobody : what it's all about Now pack up my clothes : shove into your door I'm leaving this morning mama : I won't be back no more Now it's C for Chicago : A for Arkan Why did I leave you baby : because I'm tired of taking you dogging Boy she strictly tailor-made : boy she ain't no hand-me-down Catch you messing with her boy : I sure shoot you down She got them little bitty hands : them great big legs She sure looks good : because everybody says it She got them real dark eyes : now real curly hair Big Bill is going to follow : that woman everywhere You can look her up : and you can look her down She got a heaven boy : ain't never been found Ah watch her boy : as she pass by Because the day I catch you with her : boy that's the day you're going to die Now I know a little girl : about sixteen years old
She said Bill stop drinking : and I will satisfy your soul Now my woman told me : about fifteen years ago Bill you going to drink one of these mornings : and you'll never drink no more Now I wake up in the morning : holding a bottle tight When I lay down at night : mama just a gallon out of sight Yes I went to the doctor : with my head in my hand The doctor said Big Bill : I think I'll have to give you monkey glands Now my woman told me to stop drinking : and come on home Said if you don't Big Bill : some other man will carry your business on I'm a rustling man : I rustle night and day Just as soon as I get my money : I won't have to rustle this a-way A rustling man : have a hard time in this town Because when you get broke and down baby : your friends all turn you down I am a rustling man : I go from town to town I believe I will get married : married Lord and settle down I've traveled and traveled : mama I mean this whole world through I haven't found nothing : boy for a poor rustling man to do Going to tell you women : and it goes for the men Don't fool with me : because you sure can't win You's all right baby : but your line's too short Give me back my hat and shoes : now baby I bought You may be fat : woman slim or tall I've got something gal : that can kick in your stall I asked my wife : where she had been all night She said what you car : long as I treat you right Going to tell you baby : like the farmer told his potato I'm going to plant you now woman : but I will dig you later I listened to my baby : when she was telling me her dreams Lord everything now : baby would be peaches and cream I had money on the horses : money on one two three Now my water got muddy : and my horse run into a stream
Now when I had money : I had friends and a real good home Lord I done lost my money : babe my friends and home is gone Lord my mother tried : Lord to make me do right Lord I would stay drunk all day : baby and I wouldn't come home at night Lord if I had a-listened to my mother : Lord what she say Lord I would not have been here no : baby laying in this old hospital bed I've got the key to the highway : and I'm booked out and bound to go I'm going to leave here running : because walking is most too slow I'm going down on Florida : now where I'm better known Because woman you don't do nothing : drive a good man away from home Now when the moon peeps over the mountain : I'll be on my way Now I'm going to walk this old highway : until the break of day Run here sweet mama : run and help me with this heavy load I'm due in West Texas : and I got to get on the road I'm going to West Texas : I'm going down behind the sun I'm going to ask the good Lord : what evil have I done Yond comes a woman : with a peck of corn on her back I'm going to stick around here : and I'm going to try and keep her from carrying it back Now lady I ain't no mill man : just a mill man's son But I can do your grinding : till the mill man comes I want you to tell me pretty lady : how you want your grinding done Said I want it fixed up baby : just like your daddy done Said : I ain't going to talk no more Since you told how you want it fixed baby : just like my daddy done Many nights I rambled : and I hid out the whole night long Trying to teach my woman : how to do right from wrong Now mmm : mmm Said I'm worried now baby : won't be worried long Now T for Texas : and T for Tennessee I'm not after your woman : man she's after me And I went up on a mountain : and I looked down a little old hole
And I seen two monkeys : doing the sweet jellyroll Now look here baby : look what you've done done You done made me like you : now your man's done come And I went up on a mountain : and I looked down in the sea And I seen two monkeys : playing around after me I went up on a mountain : just to see what I could see And I seen two monkey-women : climbing up a tree I want you women : to strictly understand When my mother raised me : she didn't raise no monkey-man Now one two three : four five six I'm going to Chattanooga : get my hambone fixed Said I went up to my girl's house : and I tipped right through the hall I looked in through the keyhole : there's another nigger in my stall Oh yes pretty mama : have no money to pay Better get you a wood-chopper : to back up in your stall You better go the the doctor : get you a seasick pill I've been in pretty mama : and I won't be back no more If I call around pretty mama : will you let me park ???-hearted woman : that man got nothing that he wants fixed I can't help you woman : gasman got no jellyroll I can't help it pretty mama : the gasman don't take no chance You never have nothing : long as you live in Sugarland
Because you working for a woman : and a sweetback man I dump sugar all day : clean until broad daylight I done everything for that woman : still she don't treat me right I'm going to stop working baby : get yourself another man Because I've got another woman : you'll have to do the best you can I work for you in the winter : I work for you in the ice and snow And baby you told me : you didn't want me no more It done come summertime : and I ain't going to work no more Because I've got another woman : baby and I'm going to let you go Flying Crow leave Port Arthur : why they come in Shreveport to change their crew They'll take water in Texarkana : and for Ashtown they'll keep on through Twenty-five minutes from evening : for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake Flying Crow is heading for Kansas City : and boy she just won't wait Yon she gone she gone : with a red and green light behind Well now the red mean trouble : and the green means a rambling mind Well I hate to hear : that old fireman when he tones the bell See the train : weaving up and down the track Said I won't be dead : just ain't coming back When you see a train mama : come weaving up and down the line Said I'm bound to get a letter : from that cheating brown of mine Well I'm going away mama : won't be back till fall And if I get kind of lucky : won't be back at all I'm going to write a letter : mail it in the air I'm going to find this gal : she's in the world somewhere Don't you see mama : see what you done done You made me love you : now your man done come Mmm : I won't be here long In a few more days : up the road I'm going Said I'm going away mama : make it lonesome here I said mmm : what you got on your mind I got a mind to ramble : mind to leave this town I'm going away tomorrow mama : going out on the cue And if I find anything : coming back after you It's soon one morning : I heard a panther squall Tell your mama caught the local : you catch the Cannonball Tell you my man caught the local : I caught on behind Say now you can't leave me : 'tain't no need of crying Mmm pretty mama : ain't going to be here long You : and you treated me wrong When I leave from here : going out on the O I don't find no log camp : I'll find a gravel camp sure Mmm what's the matter here Ain't nothing going on wrong : but mama I don't care Mmm : don't need you nohow When I had you black gal : you didn't have nobody nohow Hey hey hey : corn liquor in my bones Now hurry up here you gals : and get me a barrel I'm going to make corn liquor : for to tickle you gals I went home last night : about half past four I seen corn liquor : running out my back door And it's mmm mama : what's the matter now Now pick me up mama : put me in your bed Corn liquor : is going all through your sweet daddy's head Now mama when I die : I want you to bury me deep I want you to put corn liquor : at my head and feet I want you to put one bottle : in my hand So I can drink my way : to the Promised Land Oh Lord mama when I die : I want you to bury me low So these corn liquor gals : know I ain't coming here no more Now mama ashes to ashes : and dust to dust Corn liquor daddy : done *push his first* Now if anybody ask you : who composed this song Tell them it's corn liquor daddy : he's been here and gone Mmm : corn liquor on my mind If you catch me out drinking : I'm not drinking just to keep from crying
I thought I heard that K C : when she blowed And she blowed : like my woman's on board When I get back : on that K C road Going to love my baby : like I never loved before I thought I heard : that K C when she blowed And she blowed like : my woman's on board When I get back : on that K C road Going to love my baby : like I never loved before I said my woman : had a falling out People in town : want to know what it was all about Yes I whipped my woman : with a singletree You ought a-heard her hollering : don't you murder me Yes I went to the Gypsy : to get my fortune told The Gypsy told me something : I didn't want no one to know Yes I went to my back door : and that ??? was locked I went to that front door : you know the ??? was locked Now don't you wish : your easy roller was little and cute like mine Every time she walks : she leaves a lot behind Mmm : baby don't you want to go Pack your little suitcase : papa's going to Kokomo Mmm : baby where you been so long I can tell mama : there's something going on wrong Mmm : baby you don't know you don't know Papa's already : going back to Kokomo And me and my baby : had a falling out last night ??? : my babe won't treat me right Mmm : baby what's the matter now
Trying to quit your daddy : baby but you don't know how And I'll sing this verse : baby I can't sing no more My train is ready : and I'm going to Kokomo Early one morning : on my way to the penal farm Baby all I've done : ain't done nothing wrong Loaded in the *dog* wagon : and down the road we go Oh baby : oh baby you don't know Into the office : then to the bathhouse below And with a light shower : baby we change our clothes All last night : baby it seemed so long All I've done : I ain't done nothing wrong I'll tell you people : the penal farm is a lonesome place And no one there : to smile up in your face Oh baby baby : it won't be so long now Before your daddy : he will be coming home Oh baby baby : won't you come after me My time is up : and penal farm has set me free When trouble starts : it stops at my front door I've had more trouble : than ever in my life before I wonder why : troubles keeps on worrying me I'd just soon have my body : baby buried in the sea I had trouble this morning : mailman didn't leave no mail I can't see my baby : she's all locked up in jail When trouble starts : it lasted so long Look like everything happened : and everything goes wrong Tell me baby : what trouble have done to me Come and got my regular : then took my used-to-be I can get my money : but trouble won't let it stay Trouble gets on me : and my money gets away I wonder why : trouble keeps on worrying me I'd just soon : have my body baby buried in the sea
Trouble in the morning : noon and night Seemed like I'm treated : every way but right When trouble gets on me : it never ends I get out of one thing : and back into something else again Nobody knows : the trouble I do see Nobody knows : but the good Lord and me I woke up this morning : with rambling on my mind And I lit out to walking : just to pass away the time I rambled all night long : and I'm rambling again today All I need is someone : drive my blues away Come here baby : and let me be your man I may not suit you : but I'll do the best I can One day I sit thinking : when the rain pour down outside And the more I thought : the more I began to cry Today has been : a long old lonesome day And it looks like tomorrow : going to be the same old way My days seem lonesome : and my nights they are so long I'll be mighty glad : when them old blue days are gone I'm just sitting here thinking : of dear old sunny Tennessee And wondering if my baby : is waiting there for me I'm going : where the Monon crosses the L and N And catch me a freight train : and go back home again I'm going back south : where it's warm the whole year round I'll be so glad : when my train pulls up in town I'm going down to the river : just to see the water run And to think about my troubles : and where all my money's gone Times has got so hard : that I cannot find a job
And every morning : the rent man grabs on my doorknob I'm getting so ragged : I ain't got no decent clothes I ain't got nobody : ain't got nowhere to go Now I'm worried : ain't no telling what I'm going to do My friends don't know me : and I can't get a dime or two Soon as hard time strike me : my baby puts me out Now guess you know : what these hard time is all about I left my baby : standing in the back door crying Begging and pleading : don't you leave this time Oh the sun's going to shine : in my back door some day I wish I had somebody : to drive my blues away Blues and trouble : both running hand in hand If you ain't never had the blues : you just can't understand You can always tell : when your woman's got another man She will take your bad treatments : and do the best she can I got a no-good woman : and she sure don't mean me no good I hope there ain't another woman like her : in nobody's neighborhood She leaves every morning : come back at the break of day And when she comes in the morning : she ain't got a word to say Every time I look at that woman : she's got a frown on her face I believe that woman : done let my best friend take my place Every evening : do you stop by my door But since he's got my woman : she don't stop there no more She's just a no-good woman : and I took her to be my friend But she's taught me a lesson : about no-good women and men Early this morning : my baby made me sore I'm going away to leave you : ain't coming back no more Tell me pretty mama : where did you stay last night It ain't none of your business : daddy since I treat you right When you see me sleeping : baby don't you think I'm drunk I got one eye on my pistol : and the other on your trunk
I love you pretty mama : believe me it ain't no lie The day you dare to quit me : baby that's the day you die Early this morning : my baby made me sore I'm going away to leave you : ain't coming back no more Tell me pretty mama : where did you stay last night It ain't none of your business : daddy since I treat you right When you see me sleeping : baby don't you think I'm drunk I got one eye on my pistol : and the other on your trunk Love you pretty mama : believe me it ain't no lie The day you try to quit me : baby that's the day you die Grab your gal : fall in line While I play : this rag of mine Too tight : won't behave Too tight : make you rave Too tight : won't jump Too tight : can't just once Too tight : make you cry Too tight : you want to die Too tight : won't quit Too tight : I'm singing it Too tight : I'll confess Too tight : it's a mess Too tight : you hear me sing Too tight : to shake that thing I woke up this morning : worried in my mind Thinking about : that girl I left behind I'm worried now : I won't be worried long The brownie I love : makes me sing this song If the blues don't kill me : they will drill me through and through Woman I love : don't know what to do There's one thing in this world : I cannot understand
That's a bow-legged woman : crazy about a cross-eyed man I'm feeling blue : lowdown as I can be Come on gals : run and kiss poor me I'm going downtown : to spread the news My gal quit me : and I ain't got the blues Come on gals : bob it up and down But don't let me catch you : messing around I'm going back to Tampa : to that girl I left behind I'm going back to Tampa : just to kill my worried mind Did you ever lie down at night : thinking about your brown You commence rolling and tumbling : I guess I'm Tampa bound The bridge washed out : the wire's all down My gal is in the flood : and I'm Tampa bound I got up this morning : put on my walking shoes I'm going back to Tampa : just to kill my lowdown blues Hey hey hey hey : hey hey hey hey My Stonewall Street gal : makes me feel this a-way You call me in the morning : you call me late at night You swear that you love me : but you know you don't treat me right I got the blues so bad : can feel them with my natural hand I been your dog : ever since I been your man I'm going to grab me a freight train : ride until it stops I ain't going to stay around here : and be your stumbling block Let me tell you mama : what my black dog done done to me He chased me from my regular : now he's after my used-to-be Black dog black dog : you caused me to weep and moan You caused me : to leave my sweet old happy home
Black dog black dog : you forever on my mind If you only let me : see my baby one more time So long black dog : I'm quitting you on the fly Because you got the nerve : to leave my good woman to cry Ah : the rising sun going down I ain't got nobody : since my baby's blowed this town Ah : mama love me one more time You give me a little chance : maybe you will change your mind I done called you : till I almost lost my mind I ain't going call no more : good man is hard to find Ah : mama who can your regular be I ain't got no regular : baby please take me Take me : mama I'll tell you what I'll do I'll get up every morning : work hard all day for you I got the bad feeling blues : keeps me worried all the time I can't get along : with that high brown gal of mine Look a-here mama : you done throwed your papa down I wouldn't hate it so bad : but the news all over town Look a-here mama : what you want me to do I work all the time : bring my money home to you Lord Lord : your papa done going to stay I never thought : you would treat your daddy this a-way I got the bad feeling blues : keeps me so lowdown I'm going to pack my grip : leave this lonesome town Brownskin mama : what in the world you want me to do You keep my poor heart aching : I'm blue through and through I helped you when you were down : and could not help yourself Now I'm down : you want to help somebody else You can go : do anything that you want to do Some day you want me : mama and I won't want you You treat me lowdown and dirty : baby that's all you do
But some old rainy day : it's coming home to you My mind's all churned up : that's why I'm all confused That's the reason why : I'm moaning these brownskin mama blues Keep on walking and walking : talking to myself Gal I love : with somebody's else I got the hard road blues : walking on down the line Maybe some day : my gal must change her mind It's a hard hard road : when your baby done throwed you down Going to keep on walking : from town to town It's been a long long time : since I seen my baby's face And I don't see her joker : stand to my place I'm going to find my baby : don't say she can't be found Going to walk this hard hard road : until my mustache drags the ground Hey hey : your daddy's feeling blue I'm worried all the time : can't keep you off my mind Hey hey : love you till the day you die Nobody but me : you know the reason why Hey hey : your daddy lonesome for you I ain't going to tell no lie : your daddy's about to die Hey hey : I'm lonesome night and day I told you what I said : don't you drive the blues away You going to quit me baby : good as I been to you Give you my money honey : to buy your shoes and clothes You going to quit me baby : put me out-of-doors Six months on the chain-gang : believe me 'tain't no fun The day you quit me baby : that's the day you die Jailhouse ain't no place baby : believe me 'tain't no lie Down south : on Wabash Street Everybody : you chance to meet They're doing it : night and day See : if it will drive your blues away Every little kid : that you meet In the alley : in the street Grab me mama : hold me tight Let's mess around : the rest of the night Throw your hands : way up high Grab me mama : make me cry People come : from miles around Get on Wabash : break them down There's no need of you dogging me : mama I ain't done nothing to you If you keep on dogging me : no telling what I'll do You dog me in the morning : mama you dog me late at night If you keep on dogging daddy : I sure ain't going to treat you right For years and years : I been your hard-working mule I may be crazy : but I ain't no doggone fool You used to be sugar : but you ain't sweet no more Better keep your other man : from hanging around my door You used to be kind : now you begun to change You treat me : like an old dog got the mange Goodbye mama : you ain't the same no more Don't come back : but treat me like you did before It's a hard hard time now : good man can't get no dough
All I do for my baby : don't satisfy her no more I ain't got no job : now you going to put me down You going to quit me baby : for a hard-working clown Time is so hard now : maybe things will change some day And when I get a job : maybe you will change your way Don't quit me baby : because I can't find no work to do Because all the dirt you done for me : it's coming back home to you I used to be a joker : now I'm going to make a change I'm going to get me a job : keep coal in your cold kitchen range I love my whiskey : crazy about it as I can be But my new bootlegger : well he's about to poison me Took one drink last night : and it made me go stone blind Got to run away : leave my sweet mama behind Sometime one drink : make me act like a doggone fool But two or three drinks : make me kick like a doggone mule Mama mama : don't treat your papa mean no more Get full of my bootleg whiskey : make you fly through the door I'm a good man when I'm sober : but Lord Lord when I'm drunk If you see me reeling : mama go hide in your trunk I got a sweet mama : she ain't low at all She got the kind of loving : will make a panther squall She got Elgin movements : and a twenty-year guarantee I bet you my last dollar : she don't put them jinx on me Walking walking : talking to myself Wondering if I die : would my baby love somebody else Sighing and crying : broke down with the blues My clothes are worn out : holes all in my shoes Walking across the country : trying to get a stake Because my baby : want every cent I make Tired and hungry : I've been walking many days Wondering : if my baby would stop her hateful ways
Walking across the country : with my head bowed down A woman can still make a man : act like a clown Mr police captain : listen to my plea I want to make my baby : come back home to me Give me a search warrant : and a great big hound I'm going to find my baby : if I have to track her down I know where she's at : but her man won't let me in All I want is a search warrant : and a bottle of gin I'm going to get running drunk : and go into that place And that backbiting man : better not show his face I love my baby : but she treat me so unkind If she thinks she can quit me : she really have lost her mind I got a notoriety woman : she about to drive me wild Beside that woman : sits ever meek and mild That woman is like a tiger : got ways like a bear Carries a gun in her pocket : a dagger in her hair To keep her quiet : I knocked her teeth out her mouth That notoriety woman : is known all over the South I can't get along with her : and I can't leave her alone Because she knows just how to make me : come back home She likes to fight : she likes to break them down Everybody knows : when my notoriety woman come to town Listen folks : to my moan I'm going to tell you : about Sally Jones I'm a man : play one gal And that's : my loving Sal She stepped out : I could see He tried : to two-time me So I thought : that I'd found out What this man : all about He was tall : he was thin
Drinks ??? : but *sips her* gin Thought I'd catch her : when I walked in Find her : loving my brother Jim He pulled out a gun : said she was through I'm going : to Chicago you He started to shoot : the gun wouldn't go I said that's all : I want to know We got married : had a baby lamb But that baby : looked like her iceman When the rooster saw the eggs : and they was red He walked across the road : and knocked the peacock dead She's gone away : boys and I'm glad Making : another poor fool sad Six men are in jail : faces to the wall But that gal : was the cause of it all I love to gamble : and gambling's all I do And when I lose : it never makes me blue I gambled away my money : and I gambled away my shack Same way I lost it : same way I'll get it back I won a woman : in a poker game I lost her too : win another one just the same Sometime I'm rich : sometime I ain't got a cent But I've had a good time : everywhere I went Got a new mama : ain't going to gamble her away Going to keep her with me : each and every day I had a fall : five to twenty-one When I get back : we going to have some fun Baby baby : tell me the true facts Will you be waiting : when I get back I told the warden : you pay my fine It didn't seem : that he paid me no mind The good things you have done : I can't forget If you quit me baby : it will be my death I love you baby : whole heart and soul Stand by me : until I get my parole
Be careful baby : while I'm gone You can't be good : I'll be gone too long Going away : and how happy I will be I know : still love me Went home last night : my baby won't let me in She made me mad : and I've got in my gin I been drunk so long : dizzy all the time And I found out : whiskey ain't no friend of me When I die : folks without a doubt You won't have to do nothing : but pour me out I can't sleep : and I can't eat a thing The woman I love : has driven me to drink I'm deep down in a hole : somebody else is up Getting sick and tired : of fighting that jug Hookworm in your body : and your food don't do you no good Same way with a rounder : come in a nice neighborhood Dirty old hookworm : got into my room Causes me to walk : groan and moan Man like a hookworm : got a hold to my baby He got to *point it fast* : people and I don't mean maybe Never can tell : what a hookworm man will do Take your baby : and make her stop loving you I'm going to leave my baby : and let her have her way She want me back some day : when he throws her down Mmm : mmm Her man like a hookworm : taking a hold to my babe There's : a great big mystery And it surely : is worrying me The little girl : about four feet four Come on papa : and give me some more I went out : and walked around
Somebody yelled : said look who's in town Went to church : put my hat on the seat Lady sat on it : said daddy you sure is sweet I said sister : I'll soon be gone Just give me that thing : you setting on Then I got : put out of church Because I talk : about diddie wa diddie too much Got my gal : took a chance We went : to a midnight dance Too tight : it's a mess Too tight : it's the best Too tight : it's a wow Too tight : I'll show you how Too tight : stepping out Too tight : hear me shout Too tight : it's hot stuff Too tight : can't get enough Too tight : it's too bad Too tight : Too tight : sick in bed Too tight : went to my head All my life : I been a traveling man Staying alone : and doing the best I can I shipped my trunk : down to Tennessee Hard to tell : about a man like me I met a gal : I couldn't get her off my mind She passed me up : says she didn't like my kind I'm scared to bother : around her house at night Got a police dog : craving for a fight His name is rambler : and when he gets a chance He leaves his mark : on everybody's pants Guess I'll travel : I guess I'll let her be Before she sics : her police dog on me
Packing my duffle : going to leave this town And I'm going to hustle : to catch that train southbound I got the Georgia blues : for the plow and the hoe Walked out of my shoes : over this ice and snow Tune up the fiddle : dust the cat and bow Put on the griddle : and open the cabin door I thought I was going : to the northland to stay South is on my mind : my blues won't go away Potatoes in the ashes : possum on the stove You can have the hash : but please leave me the claw Chicken on the roof : and melons on the vine I'll be glad : to get back to that Georgia gal of mine Numbers numbers : about to drive me wild Thinking about the money : that I should have had I dreamed last night : the woman I love was dead If I had played the dead row : I would come out ahead I act like a fool : and played on three six nine Lost my money : and that gal of mine I played on clearing house : couldn't make a grade Lord think of the money : that I should have made I begged my baby : let me in her door Wanted to put my twenty-five fifty seventy-five : in her seven seventeen twenty-four I want fifteen fifty : and see if it won I'm going to keep playing policy : till some good luck comes Listen everybody : I'm going to sing a song It won't be dirty : and it won't be long When you want some whiskey : right off the *stove* Go over : and see Miss Stella Gold The gals from the alley : slipping all around Telling everybody : they're leaving town I got a yellow gal : and a brown named Mame But the best I've ever had : was the old Crow Jane Met a funny fellow : he didn't like girls
Painted his face : and with his hair all curls I'm staying with a woman : about fifty-two I thought she was too old : I'm telling you I caught a stranger in my house : and I busted his head with a club I lay him out cold : with his heels in a tub I seen the sheriff coming : and I jumped for the door But I jumped too late : the sheriff had done jumped before They buried a man Thursday : just two short days you see And it makes me wonder : what they going to do to me I killed a man : and that's the how and how I'm sitting here wondering : if a woman's worth it now Mmm : rope stretching all day long In just a few more days : I won't be able to sing my song Don't trust no woman : who mistreats her man When you think she's in your kitchen cooking : she's got a stranger by the hand Ain't no need of you chasing women : brother if you really haven't got the cash Other men get all the chicken : and all you get is hash I have a lot of woman : but I sure don't want one now She always milks me dry : better than you ever milk a cow Mmm : rope stretching all day long I'm singing now mama : because it won't be long It wouldn't be so bad : if the rope would just get slack I wouldn't mind at all : but I just got a crick in my back When it's all over mama : and you're all alone by my side Just keep the flies from buzzing by me : and then I will be satisfied All last winter : and all last fall I didn't have nobody : to worry me at all No need running : holding out your hand
I can get a woman : same as you can a man When I first met you : you had your diamonds on Since I done left you : you've got them all in pawn No need a-running : hollering and crying I'll take you back baby : if you was dying Come on daddy : and tell me one more time When I left : I didn't have my right mind Ain't no need of sitting : with my head hung down Your black man : ought to get on out of town I was standing in my back door : looking at the evening sun go down I was standing there wondering : if my woman was in this town She left me this morning : she carried away all my clothes I'm going to find that woman : I don't care where she goes She sobbed when she told me : I just could not change my mind I was loving that woman : I know she was quitting me all the time Honey I went to the fortuneteller : asked her where had my baby gone She left me this morning : I hadn't done nothing wrong Going up Coal River : coming down no more Going to leave your town pretty baby : stop knocking on your back door Across deep water : ain't no skiffs around The ??? won't bring ??? : just let her sink on down My mama told me baby : my papa told me too Never let a fat little woman : going have no place to *spoon* Don't want no woman : got hair like horse's mane Woman's so doggone evil : want every woman's man Ooh : broke down in tears today I got the blues so bad pretty mama : I can't *gee* away Fourteenth Street women : don't mean no man no good Go out and get full of liquor : wake the whole neighborhood Let me tell you mama : like the Dago told the Jew If you don't want me : it's cinch I don't want you
There's two kind of nations : I sure can't understand That's Chinese women : and a doggone Dago man I was born in Texas : I raised in Tennessee You *missed a real brownie* : when you picked all over me I feel like jumping : through the keyhole in your door Told me this morning : you didn't want me no more I feel like snapping : my big gun in your face Had the nerve to tell me : another man's got my place Let me tell you : what sweet patuni do It take your money : and stay all night for you Well I'm wild about my tuni : the only thing I crave Sweet patuni : is going to follow me to my grave I went up on the mountain : looked down in the deep blue sea A big fat man : was trying to play with me If I could holler : like a mountain jack Go out on the mountain : call sweet patuni back Sweet patuni man : I can't understand He got ways like a barber : he's a full-blown man Down in the levee : Camp Number Nine You can pass my house : honey you can hear me cry I never had no blues : *sure am* I'm going to leave this camp : you *can go starry* here I ain't found no doctor : ain't no doctor in this whole round world Just to cure the blues : the blues of the leveecamp girl Hey Jim Tampa : you treat your women so mean You treat your *townie* : like a woman you ain't never seen Womens all know my name : call him Mr Tampa Long He made so much money : women when the weather was warm My man's got five women : I can call them by their natural names And all them are cheaters : sounds just the same It must be a black cat bone : jomo can't work that hard
Every time I wake up : Jim Tampa's in my yard I can stand right here : five miles down the road Give a gander the way : Jim Tampa used to go It ain't nobody in town : can grind their coffee like mine I drink so much coffee : till I grind it in my sleep And when you get like that : you know it can't be beat It's so doggone good : that it made made me bite my tongue Going to keep it for my daddy : ain't going to give nobody none I ain't ever loved it : this a-way before And I hope to the Lord : I won't love it anymore I got so now : that I can't control my mind I go to bed blue : and I get up crying It's so doggone good : it made me talk out of my head And it's better to me : than any I ever had Now I grind my coffee : till it's two and three dollars a pound And there ain't no more : cheap like mine in town It's so doggone good : till it make you bite your tongue And I'm a coffee-grinding mama : won't you let me grind you some You must bring me a job : or money from anywhere Because I can get your kind of loving : in the streets just anywhere You come home every day : looking for your stew and beans And you have got more nerve : than any pot hound I've ever seen Now you take your money : and you have your fun You don't have nothing : when house rent comes And I'm through : cooking you stew and beans And you can eat more neckbones : than any man I've ever seen Now if you want me baby : you got to make your *for sure* down And you got to put your money : down where I got mine Now you laying up in my bed : between my two white sheets I can't see or smell nothing : but your doggone feet And I'm through : trying to make a man of you And if you can't bring a job : don't you look for your daily stew I worked hard from Monday : until late Saturday night And you's a dirty mistreater : you ain't treating me right
And I'm through : cooking you stew and beans And you's a dirty pot hound : dirtier than any man I seen Look here papa : I don't mean no harm Come get some Georgia grind : to carry the good work on The thing I do : it's mighty fine And the mens pays their ??? : all the time When you got to doing it : it's a one-way strand Got to do my Georgia grind : like a natural man All you got to do : is to fall in line Put your right hand up : and your left one behind If you want to learn : you got to pay Because I ain't going to give : my Georgia grind away If you do it once : you'll do it twice And it's mighty fine I tell you : if you do it right I'm talking about my Georgia : I do mean grind And if something bothers you baby : it will satisfy your worried mind Some likes it slow : some likes it fast But I like my Georgia grind : at half and half Come past my house : and hear me cry Big *bad* daddy : won't you take your time I'm going back to Georgia : where I can have my fun Going down in Georgia : where I get my good grinding done Sometimes I'm up : sometimes I'm down I can't make my living : around this town Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I got to make my living : don't care where I go I need shoes on my feet : clothes on my back Get tired of walking these streets : all dressed in black Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I see four or five good tricks : standing in front of my door Please have mercy : bad luck's on my head Four or five good tricks : is all the money I need Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I can't get a break : don't care where I go I got a store on the corner : selling stuff cheap
I got a market across the street : where I sell my meat This way of living : sure is hard Ducking and dodging : the Cadillac squad Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And if you think I'm lying : follow me to the door I'd rather be sloppy drunk : than anything I know And another half a pint : will see me go I love my moonshine whiskey : better than I do my man You can have your beer and your bottle : give me my cool kind can I'd rather be sloppy drunk : sitting in the can Than to be at home : rolling with my man Mmm : bring me another two-bit pint Because I got my habits on : I'm going to wreck this joint I been on this sloppy drunk : for a solid year And when I can't get my whiskey : bring me my cool can beer My good man quit me : for somebody else And I'm sloppy drunk : drinking by myself I'm doing something now : I ain't never done before Going to do it this time : ain't going to do it no more My alley boogie: only thing I choose And it's the only thing I do : to drown away by blues I boogie all night : all the night before When I woke up this morning : I want to boogie some more Old alley boogie : only thing I crave I can do my alley boogie : so many different ways I got a bed in my bedroom : a pallet on my floor Got to do the alley boogie : everywhere I go Because I'm wild about my boogie : only thing I crave Good alley boogie : will carry me to my grave Mama loves my boogie : papa loves it too And it runs in my family : that's all I like to do I'm wild about my boogie : only thing I crave I'm going to do my boogie : the rest of my days Papa got a watch : mama got a ring Sister got a hump : from really boogying that thing
I'm wild about my boogie : only thing I choose Now she got to do the boogie : to buy her alley baby some shoes Now I done sung this song : until I quit And there ain't nobody : ??? no alley boogie yet And I'm wild about my boogie : only thing I crave I been doing my alley boogie : I been boogying all of my days I got a sweet black angel : I like the way he spread his wings And I'm crazy about him : he spreads so much joy in everything If I ask him for a dime : he gives me a ten dollar bill Yes he does everything : to keep my wants filled If my black angel would leave me : I believe that I would die And if I see him looking at another woman : I just scream and cry I love my black angel : and I want him by myself Lord I don't want him spreading his wings : over no one else Womens don't bother my black angel : don't bother him in any way I'll serve ninety-nine years in jail : most any day I'm wild about my black angel : I like the way he spread his wings He's got a new way of getting goose : and he sure can shake that thing Times is done got hard : money's done got scarce Stealing and robbing : is going to take place Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I'm going to rob somebody : if I don't make me some dough I'm going to do just like a blind man : stand and beg for change Until these arresting officers : change my tricking name Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I've got to make my living : don't care where I go I'm going to learn these working tricks : what it's all about I'm going to get them in my house : and ain't going to let them out Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I can't make no money : don't care where I go I got up this morning : with the rising sun Been working all day : and I ain't caught a one Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I can't make a dime : don't care where I go I got up this morning : feeling tough
I've got to call in my tricks : in the rough rough rough Because tricks ain't working : tricks ain't working no more And I've got to change my luck : if I have to move next door The train I ride : is eighteen coaches long And the man that I love : done been here and gone I hate to hear : that T and N O blow Puts my mind on the wander : makes me want to go Going to beat the train to the crossing : going to burn the trestle down That's the onliest way : I can keep my man in town He's a railroad man : and he sure do love to ride If he don't ride that T and N O : he sure ain't satisfied Going to fall down on my knees : pray to the Lord above Please send me back : the only man I love Got up this morning : by the rising sun Didn't have no whiskey : I tried to buy me some I use my Skeet and Garret : *feed* it everywhere Lord I like them baking powder blues : and I sure don't care Dice jumped to hustle Lord : I swear my money don't lose I got to win tonight : and buy this baking powder man some shoes Play them blues boy : and don't play them so slow Because I'm going to give you some more money : and I'm going to give it to you sure You may be beautiful : but baby you got to die some day And you going to reap what you sow : for treating me this a-way When the sun rose this morning : I was laying in my floor crying And I've done got tired : of being dogged all the time Tell me baby : what fault do you find in me You don't treat me : like I'm no human being Love hides all faults : make you do things you don't want to do When you love someone : and that someone don't love you
I'm lonesome I'm lonesome : and I got them lonesome midnight blues And I'm blue to my heart : my man I hate to lose Blues and trouble : have overtaken me And I've got those midnight blues : blue as I can be Late last night : when my clock was striking three My daddy was leaving : and the blues had me Just one thing : I want my man to know I ain't going to be : his lowdown dog no more He gets up every morning : and before he goes Say he don't want me to put my head : out of my front door He won't buy me no shoes : he won't buy me no clothes And he's got so lowdown : he wants to put me outdoors I ain't got no coal : I ain't got no wood And you know by that : that man don't mean me no good I ain't got no flour : I ain't got no lard And he knows doggone well : the times is done got hard Some folks say black is evil : but I will tell the world they're wrong Because I'm a sealskin brown : and I been evil ever since I been born I a-scared to trust a rabbit : and I won't even trust a squirrel And I won't bat my eyes : because I might lose sight on this whole round world I've got a head like a freight train : and I walk just like a grizzly bear And I use my Skeet and Garret : and I keep my ??? everywhere They call me Pig Iron Sally because I live in Slag Iron Alley : and I'm evil and mean as I can be And I ain't going to let nobody : put that doggone thing on me I ain't nothing but a mistreater : baby and it ain't no joke And if you don't believe I'm dirty : you can watch my bogus stroke I hate that train : that they all call the M and O It took my baby away : and he ain't coming back to me no more When he was leaving : I couldn't hear nothing but that whistle blow
And the man at the throttle : Lord he wasn't coming back no more He had his head in the window : that man the drivers roll They are going away baby : and doggone your bad-luck soul Now I'm so worried : and I'm so full of gloom And deep down in my heart : ain't nothing but a lover's ruin I was sorry : I was sorry sorry to my heart To see that M and O train : and me and my daddy part I worked all the winter : and I worked all the fall I got to wait until spring : to get my ashes hauled And now I'm tired : tired as I can be And I'm going back home : where these blues don't worry me I'm a free-hearted woman : I let you spend my dough And you never did win : you kept on asking for more And now I'm tired : I ain't going to do it no more And when I leave you this time : you won't know where I go My house rent's due : they done put me outdoors And here you riding around here : in a V-Eight Ford I done got tired : of your lowdown dirty ways And your sisters say you been dirty : dirty all your days I never will forget : when the times was good I caught you standing out yonder : in the piney woods And now I'm tired : tired as I can be And I'm going back south : to my used-to-be Sweet man sweet man : what makes you candy taste so hard And I would come to see you : but your woman is got me barred He caught the Frisco he caught the Frisco : and I just can't keep from crying And if he don't come back : I will lose my worried mind He is a rambler he is a rambler : and he is never satisfied And I know he was a rambler : when he caught that train to ride I'm going to find him I'm going to find him : with my smoking forty-five Because you know I love that man : he so hard to find He's gone he's gone : and he's forever on my mind And I want to see my man : because because he's so good and kind
A woman gets tired : of one man all the time And don't care what you give her : you can't change her rambling mind Don't never think : you got a whole woman by yourself Because there never was a woman : didn't love somebody else I ain't never loved : just one man in my life Because this kind of love I got : I can love the same way twice Some womens like two men : some womens they like three But I like as many men : I see is good to me Way down in Boogie Alley : ain't nothing but skulls and bones And when I get drunk : who's going to take me home I'm going to stop my man : from running around Because down in Boogie Alley : is where he can be found He goes down in Boogie Alley : house number three And when he gets down there : the womens won't let him come to see me I went down in Boogie Alley : with my razor in my hand And the blues struck : I brought back my man If you go in Boogie Alley : you better take you forty-four The womens will get your man down there : and they won't let him go When you come to my house : come down behind the jail I got a sign on my door : barbecue for sale I'm talking about my barbecue : only thing I crave And that good-doing meat : going to [carry, take] me to my grave I'm selling it cheap : because I got good stuff And if you try one time : you can't get enough I'm talking about barbecue : only thing I sell And if you want my meat : you can come to my house at twelve Now some like it hot : some like it cold Some take it : any way it's sold Some people wants it : some people don't If you buy my barbecue : it just won't don't don't don't Some people wants to know : the regular price Fifty-five cents : you can get some twice And I'm talking about my barbecue : only thing I sell
And you can get my meat : any night at twelve Jump steady daddy : please take your time You got a year and a day : to satisfy my mind Love me daddy : love me all the time And if you love me like I tell you : you'll be the jump-steady man of mine Jump-steady got to jumping : jumping in the room And I got crazy about him : because he could strut his stuff Now when jump-steady starts to jumping : he does it slow He goes from the top : down to the floor Ooh : just can't let him go Because he jumps better : than any man that I know He don't work on no rock pile : he don't tote no slag And the way he jumps steady : it's just too bad I went to bed last night : and the blues wouldn't let me rest Because I ain't been used : to sleeping by myself Oh blues oh blues : blues don't you see You are carrying me down : blues you trying kill poor me Now blues and trouble : go walk hand in hand I never had these blues : until my best friend loved my man She may have loved him one time : but that one man she can't hold Because it's ??? *in Texas* : that I could sell fast jellyroll He puts his arms around me : like the ring around the good Lord's sun Said he ain't had no woman to love him : Lord like I done A man say I had something : look like new He want me to trade a *cam* : for some of my stew Say he's going up the river : tried to sell his sack He would pay me for my stuff : when the boat get back I got good stew : and it's got to be sold The price ain't high : I want to get you told Go on up the river : man and sell your sack It will be stew meat here : baby when the boat get back
Now look here man : what you want me to do Give you my stew meat : and credit you too I credit one man : it was to my sorrow It's cash today : credit tomorrow Now it's ashes to ashes : dust to dust You try my stuff one time : you can't get enough Good morning skin game : hollering skin game please last I done staked my man to win : and I hope my money will pass He done pawned my house : he got my life at stake And I got to get it back : with that money he gamble and make He never lost no money : until he drew that black queen of spades And my man was in need of begging : he was in hard luck that very day When he come back to me : got a dollar two I want him to go back to that skin game : and see what he can do If my man : he could only win my money back I would take a walk downtown : buy me a brand new pair of shoes and hat I'm worried now babe : I won't be worried long Now when we is all going together : it's got to be carried on Now did you get that letter : baby that I wrote to you Oh you sitting in the shade baby : I declare you just won't do Now I say once ain't forever : say but two time ain't for twice Now when you get a good woman : you just won't treat her right Mmm : Lord Lord Lord Lord Lord Now if I can't be your regular mama : I sure ain't going to be your dog Now a yellow gal rides in an automobile : a brownskin gal rides the same A black gal *will tell you* an old hay wagon : she's getting by just the same A yellow gal drinks good old whiskey : a brownskin gal drinks the same But a black gal drinks shoe polish : she's getting drunk just the same A yellow gal will bite you she will pop you with a stick : a brownskin gal bites the same But a black gal get a rusty razor and run you all over town : and you know that woman raises hell just the same
Now a yellow gal will kiss you she will kiss you awful sweet : a brownskin gal do the same But a black gal spit bacca juice *shoo* snuff all on your lips : oh loving you just the same Sitting down here thinking : yes babe I believe I better go You know I believe I'll go down : that long long old dusty road Now that Eighty Highway : is the longest highway that I know Running all the way from Frisco Texas : *right cross* the Atlantic on the other *water course* That church bell was beginning to tone : yes some other good gambler's gone You know I wouldn't hate it so bad : but that Eighty Highway so long You women fuss and argue with your good man : when you know you don't do right yourself You know when I look for you at night : way down on Eighty Highway with someone else Yes if you get in trouble : call on a *car* about forty-five Baby now I just open up my chifforobe : and you'll see where my dollar lies Never mind : honey never mind Never mind : there's time to shine You said you loved me : you know you told a lie Oh never mind : never mind I'm just a good woman : baby gone astray Drinking charcoal liquor : throwing myself away But never mind : there's time to shine Spread your heart : babe just like mine Now you tell me mama : do you think that's right You with your kid all day : and run to me at night Now my regular woman : totes my pocket change And my sometime woman : wants to do the same And you better not let : my regular catch you here
Because it ain't no telling : what she might do Now she might cut you : and she might shoot you too Now she's the meanest woman : that I've ever seen And when I asked for water : give me gasoline Now if you want your woman : to look like the rest
You buy her high brown powder : and Farmer's Skin Success Now I got four or five puppies : and got one shaggy hound It takes all them dogs : to run my woman down I said the woman I'm loving : caught the train and gone Got the lowdown feeling : I sure won't be here long Now I went to the station : fold my arms and moan Asked the operator : how long my rider been gone Let me tell you : what that dirty train will do Take your last rider Lord : blow black smoke on you Ain't got no special : got no trifling kind Ain't got nobody mama : *she has rock the ship* Lord take me rider : take me to your hand Let me in your darkest corner woman : hide me from your man You don't want me rider : please don't dog me around Just like you found me : you took and threw me down Ask you to forgive me : darling if you please Mama sure as I told you : I fall down on my knees Now I tell you mama : now I'm sure going to leave this town Because I been in trouble : ever since I set my suitcase down Now you don't believe I'm leaving : just watch the train I'm on And you don't believe I'm lucky : just count the days I'm gone Now I ain't going to be : your teasing brown no more Sugar the way you do me : you make my blood run cold Now before I stay here mama : and be treated this a-way Now I'll let some freight train : *throw me in the sea* Mmm Lord oh Lord oh : oh Lord oh Lord oh Lord Now the woman I'm loving : she treat me like a mangy dog Now look a-yonder sugar : where the rising sun done gone I can't live over here mama : a long way from my home Won't you tell me mama mama : what have I said *or done* For you treat me : like my sugar just ain't *hard*
Mama mama mama : you sure can worry me *I ain't seen* none of my best woman : since my old-time used-to-be Now you see my rider now : I'll tell you what I'll do I'll rob and steal : and I'll bring it home to you See [how] the sun went down mama : left it so lonesome here Mama this lonesome place : don't seem like home to me Lord it's soon in the morning : going to believe I'll leaving here Down so long : down don't worry me Don't believe I'm sinking : believe what a hole I'm in You don't believe I loved you : think what a fool I been Went to the graveyard : fell down on my knees I said Lord have mercy : on this lonesome place Went to the graveyard : peeped in my rider's face Says I love you rider Lord : just can't take your place Thousands of people mmm : around the burying ground Just to see the ??? : let my rider down Felt so sorry mmm : till they let her down Lord my heart felt sorry : tears come rolling down Tell me mama : what's the matter now Trying to quit your daddy Lord : and you don't know how Tell me mama : on your worried mind If I don't get no better mama : believe I'm going I'm going I've been down so long : down don't worry me Don't believe I'm sinking : believe what a hole I'm in You don't believe I love you Lord : think what a fool I been Went to the graveyard : fell down on my knees Hollered Lord have mercy : on this lonesome place Thousands of people : round the burying ground Just to see the ??? : let my rider down Felt so sorry : till they let her down
Lord my heart struck sorrow : tears come rolling down Love you mama : till the sea go dry Lord I love you rider Lord : till the day you die Anybody ask you : who wrote this worried song Tell them you don't know the writer : he'd rather had his happy song Woke up this morning : mama was treating me night and day I reached for my sugar : and the fool had stoled away Worried now mama : but I shan't be very long Mama this the way I be treated : be on the county farm Wouldn't treat a dog : babe like you treat me Woke up soon this morning : with my face up to the ground I didn't have no sugar : not to pick up in my arms Mama that's all right : sugar that's all right for you Now you know you got me : just the way you do Woman woman woman woman : Lord what in the world you trying to do Baby the way you treat me : break my heart in two I got a woman good little woman : she got coal-black curly hair Now every time she smiles Lord : kindness everywhere I got a woman good little woman : she ain't a thing but a *courtesy* *Takes a* little redheaded woman : and I'll keep you company Treat me like ??? little baby : want you turn me around and around Babe when you love me : good Lord take me around and around Now these blues blues ain't nothing : Lord but a doggone hungry feel Got no money in your pocket : to get a decent meal And I went went to the depot : Lord I read up on the board Babe if you see me catch you there : Now I got to send send down soon : for my old-time used-to-be Lord I felt so hard : till the blues crept up on me Hand me down my suitcase : *reach* my walking cane *Know* my mother *treat me* : catch that morning train
Well I thought I'd write : but I believe I'll telephone Now if you catch me stealing : please don't tell on me Because I'm stealing : to my doggone used-to-be I woke up this morning : had the blues all around my bed I couldn't help but to think : about what my good gal said Now I got a heart full of trouble : and a suitcase full of blues I never seen no trouble : babe till I *stopped* with you I'm going to leave here walking Lord : and talking to myself I'm going to take my baby : or carry somebody else It's hard it's hard : it's hard *to get out of this* town *Get* another ??? : Woke up this morning : couldn't even walk in my shoes My baby just quit me : she left me with the bust up blues When you see two women : running hand in hand for long Bet your B V Ds : something is going on wrong Bought you a yo-yo dress : *full packed in* Now that's the thanks you give me : you left me with those bust up blues Have you woke up in the morning : *you weep and moan* Your best girl quit you : left you all alone Got a brownskin woman : just about as I need And the reason I say so : she so sweet to me When she rub my head : she make my fever rise When she rub my ??? : she's improved my appetite Now I had me a woman : didn't mean me no good Now I got me another woman : best in the neighborhood You scold me faro now : drove all from your door Well the Good Book say : you got to reap just what you sow There was ice and snow now : laying outside your door Your good old man rolled for you : at times when he was not able to go I can't sleep for dreaming now : I can't stay woke for crying
I was thinking about : that little old brown of mine Now I'm worried now : but I won't be worried long It takes a worried woman now : sing a worried song Now you got a bad husband now : baby that'll be all right Said I'll dodge your husband : like a rabbit dodge a dog at night I'll be so glad : when my buddy dead and gone Know my buddy got something now : Lord I'd like to own I'm going to give my baby : no more cherry ball Don't you let her get drunk Lord : and she'll *lower* her She used to be mine : but look who's got her now Well he sure can't keep her : she don't mean no good nohow You see me coming now : put your man outdoors You know I ain't no stranger baby : I been here before Sun rose this morning : I was laying out on my floor No sweet woman to love me : I didn't have no place to go Said the sun going down now : black dark caught me here Ain't got nobody to love me : nobody to feel my care She wouldn't if she could : and she wouldn't do it at all Grab another man : and went across the hall Grabbed my gal : around the waist Told me you better hurry : and you better make haste Run around the house : took me a peep through the crack See my baby : at a dirty act Just as well : make it up in your mind Ain't mush *chitlin* : but stir it in the house Worked all the summer : and all the fall Now I've got to take Christmas now : in my overalls Going up the country : won't be back till fall Times get no better : I won't be back at all You treat me : like didn't know my name You mistreated me now : for another man
My baby quit me : didn't say a word Was on account : of something that she heard When I had money : I had a friend Ain't got no money : I ain't ain't got no friend Take one more drink : make me tell it all Somebody : stole my little all-in-all Because Adam said to Eve : *you been cute so cute* You wouldn't give me none : of that forbidden fruit They had one is named Cabel : one is named Ain You know by that : they must have shook that thing Everybody here baby : seem to have a jolly time Lord there nobody knows : what's on my troubled mind Lord but I may be the youngest : Lord take my advice And don't never let : the same woman quit you twice Don't let your woman know you love her : you do you have done wrong She'll *commence* ??? : pack up her clothes and gone When you catch you a freight train baby : bounded for Santa Fe That's when I done found out baby : this ain't no place for me Because I did everything mama : tried to make you kind Now seem everything everything you do : it is to worry my mind Sometimes I wonder : I want to go back home Because my baby : have left me all alone The clothes look lonesome : hanging out on the line You can tell by that : I've got rambling on my mind And I said Lord : baby don't act that way Baby when I leave you : I'm going away to stay I said Lord : what you want me to do I took all my money : and I brought it home to you
Lord it's early this morning : Lord about four o'clock There was something in my bedroom : began to reel and rock Lord have you ever been accused baby : [when you] ain't done nothing wrong Lord that's a heart filled with squalor: Lord just sure as you born Lord but you can't be [mine, my baby] : and someone else's too There can no one get you baby : Lord until I get through Oh you can always tell : when a when a woman loves a man Lord she'll take bad treatment : and she'll do the best thing she can Lord when I got up this morning : snow was on my windowpane I couldn't even see my baby : couldn't even hear her name Lord and my baby is leaving : crying won't make her stay Lord if crying would do : now I'd cry myself away Lord and my room looked so lonesome : since my baby been gone Lord I ain't got nobody : that I can call my own Baby but you didn't come to see me : mama when I had felt alone *If it had been love with you* baby : I wouldn't have been dead and gone And you a no-good woman : you don't mean a man no good Lord and if I don't love you : I would not if I could I long to hear that : old guitar rag Whenever I hear it : I do that guitar drag Play that thing : old guitar for me Take me back : to my home in Tennessee Now some folks say : that love is blind But I'm one gal : who knows her mind Now one hot papa : is enough Because I don't believe : in that two-time stuff
Early one morning : just about four o'clock When the old Titanic : begin to reel and rock Smith took his glasses : and walked out to the front And he spied the iceberg a-coming : oh Lord had to bump Some was drinking : some was playing cards Some was in the corner : praying to their God Little children cried mama : mama what shall we do Captain Smith said children : I'll take care of you Titanic sinking : in the deep blue sea And the band all playing : Nearer My God to Thee If you want to hear : preacher curse Take his bread sweet mama : and save him the crust Preacher in the pulpit : Bible in his hand Sister in the corner : crying there's my man Preacher comes to your house : you ask him to rest his hat Next thing he want to know : sister where your husband at Come in here elder : and shut my door Want you to preach [for me] the same text : you did night before See that preacher : walking down the street Fixing to meddle : with every sister he meets Preacher preacher : you nice and kind Better not catch you : at that house of mine Jellyroll keep working : just about Sixteenth Street Well they got a nut factory : where the women do meet Got a nut factory : where they work so hard Well it's all over the country : husbands ain't got no job Saturday evening : when they draw their pay Well they don't draw nothing : if husbands don't draw them away Some draw checks babe : some draw nothing at all When they don't draw nothing : their husbands bust them in the jaw Down on Franklin Avenue : jellybeans standing to and fro Well you hear one jellybean ask the other one : which way did the good girl go
Skin man's hollering : passing right by my door Well he's hollering skin : everywhere he goes Some begs a nickel : some some begs a dime Some begs the jelly : to that teasing brown of mine Well it's skins oh skins : skin skin skin skin I'm going away old skin : but I'm coming back again Let me tell you : what the skin mens'll do Well they sell your wife skins : and take her away from you Times ain't now : nothing like they used to be And I'm tell you all the truth : ooh take it for me I done seen better days : but I'm putting up with these I could have a much better time : but these girls now is so hard to please Because I was born in the country : she thinks I'm easy to rule She tried to hitch me to a wagon : she want to drive me like a mule You know I bought the groceries : and I paid the rent She tried to make me wash her clothes : but I got good common sense I said if you don't want me : why don't you tell me so Because it ain't like a man : that ain't got nowhere to go I'll give you sugar for sugar : let you get salt for salt And if you can't get along with me : well it's you own fault Now wanted me to love you : and you treated me mean You might *give a thought* : on my nightly dream Sometime I think : that you too sweet to die Then another time I think : you ought to be buried alive Now when I leave here : I'm going to catch that M and O I'm going way down south : where I ain't never been before Once I had a notion : Lord and I believe I will I'm going to build me a mansion : out on Decatur Hill Now it's all of you men : ought to be ashamed of yourself Going around here swearing before God : you got a poor woman by yourself I started to kill my woman : till she laid down across the bed And she looked so ambitious : till I took back everything I said And I asked her how about it : Lord and she said all right But she never showed up : at the shack last night
Can't tell my future : and I can't tell my past Lord it seems like every minute : sure going to be my last Oh a minute seems like hours : and hour seems like days And it seems like my woman : ought to stop her lowdown ways Oh that woman I love now : she's five feet from the ground And she's tailor-made : and ain't no hand-me-down I say that I've got a woman : Lord and she lightning when she smiles Five feet and four inches : and she's just good hugging size I know you see that picture : now up on your mother's shelf Well you know by that : I'm getting tired of sleeping by myself And it's T for Texas now : and it's T for Tennessee Lord bless that woman : that put that thing on me I'm having so much trouble : with those tooth ache blues It's got me floor-walking : and wearing out my shoes I need a quick-filling dentist : because I'm mean and cross At night I'm hot with fever : and I just roll and toss When I went to my dentist : he put me in his chair It's a long pointed sharp something : don't make me pull my hair He shot a burning something : into my cavity Cocaine or soothing liquid : to ease my pain for me I told him : he was grinding into my roots too deep Sure was a rough old dentist : he made me moan and weep He kept right on *a-progging* : until I lost my head Right now I can't remember : the many things he did And when he lay me way back : my senses left me fast Before I hardly knew it : he flooded me with gas I woke up weak and dizzy : he told me that I would But all my pain had left me : he really done me good
Three pickaninnies : eating sugar-cane Each one turned to the other : and said *Must have made it good* : chicken in a pot *Butter like melting* : on the front Like a lollipop : with sugar tip Wild about : my baby's lips Grandma baked grandpa : some jellyroll Ate it : and *said oh oh* my soul *Went to my gal* : *on a Saturday night* *Dinner* : suits her appetite The blackest berry : the sweetest juice *Black hair* : *for my prejudice* Martha's sitting : on up that fence Yowling : like she didn't have no sense Blackbird cheeping : in a tree Said to the redbird : skeedle-um-skee Aunt Louise : she bought blue goose cheese When she start shaking : it's *long loose please* White little June bug : big fat duck Come on ducky : let us try our luck Jenny Mae : brother Sam If you want to be : a good-time man The night I saw : little Mickey Mouse Sashaying : all around the house Say excuse me mama : I don't mean no harm Just come here : to sing this little song Say my brown's got a wrist watch : and I got a ring Bought that jewel : just tapping that thing I been down in Memphis : been down in New Orleans The way we tap it : boys it's most *obscene* Now I bought a brand new car : it really wouldn't quit I gave it to my baby : like to had a fit Now look here baby : always having *soup* *Got no rest : over my dead loot*
I got a house : way up on the hill I got potatoes : and *they want* I've got a patch : sitting in the back ??? *potatoes* : and it's tight like that People in the kitchen : trying to I've got potatoes : I don't need no wife : don't need no home Hang my potatoes : in a little brown Potatoes on the simmer : potatoes on the boil I've got potatoes : boys it won't stop at all ??? good as ??? : ??? good as I've got potatoes : Lord they ought to Oh tell me baby : where did you stay last night For you come in this morning : sun was shining bright Oh the black cat told the white one : let's go across town and clown And the white cat told the black one : you better set your black self down Tell me baby : where did you get your sugar from I haven't had no boodle-bum : since you been gone Now it was old lady *Diana* : was sitting on the rock Along flew a bumblebee : and raised a great big knot Tell me bumblebee : when did you fly from home Oh you ain't done no stinging : on the boodie-bum You know the baby kitten jumped up : oh and began to wine You know he didn't know the racket : but he had the same thing on his mind Tell me baby sister : where did you get your sugar from Oh you don't know the racket : you ought to go back home Oh tell me mama : what's the matter now You don't know how to boodle-bum-bum : I know you didn't do it nohow I didn't *roll in here* : *till Lord sometime* last night I had to *ask* ??? : ??? *today* I think I'll ramble : *rambling* on my mind
I ain't got no right to leave : ain't got no right to change my mind Oh did you dream lucky : and wake up cold in hand And you want to see some good gal : ain't got no man Sometime I think I will : then I think that I won't Sometime I think that I love her : then I think that I don't Some screaming high yellow : I scream black or brown For high yellow may mistreat you : but black won't turn you down Mama I got a notion : honey and I believe I will Catch a long jumping Judy : go on across the hill Now I woke up this morning mama : blues all around my bed Thinking about the kinds words : that my mama had said Now my mama's dead : so is my daddy too That's the reason I tried to hard : to get along with you Now where there ain't no loving : ain't no getting along Because you'll have more trouble : honey than all the day is long So many days : I stoled away and cried Poor boy has been mistreated : now I can't be satisfied Now I'm going to write a letter : mail it in the air Because the March wind blows : it blows news everywhere Because I'm going up the country : won't be very long Good gal : you can count the days I'm gone I often tell my honey : don't have to fight The gal that gets you : has got to try to treat you right I'm crazy about my Jane : tell the world that I am Because I'm going : got to sing long-distance blues Now you get way back : you get to ball the jack You begin to fuss : and get your rider back I want to see my Jane : tell the world that I do Because I'm going I'm going : to sing long-distance blues I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed Thinking about that wire : that my brown had sent Lord I'm poor boy here : long ways from home Ain't got nowhere : not to lay my head Cold frosty ground : was my bed last night Thinking about the wire : that my baby had sent
But my mama told me : Sam come down fast Whiskey and women : will bother your learning bad Now my mama dead : so is my daddy too *Should I caught the wire* : trying to get along with you So many days : I stoled away and cried Poor boy's in the streets : can't be satisfied Going write a letter : mailed it in the air *Mail it by the window : love yous* everywhere Lord Lord : ain't going to moan no more If you wants your man : keep him out of Birmingham Because the red-hot mama : drives your dollar down I thought I'd send her : *but I'd leave it* at home *Oh she showed a lot of farmers : boys how to right from wrong* If you want your brown : better stay aside I said on that train : you gone off of my mind My road seem rocky : so the people do say But I'm a ??? driver : lucky to find my way Hot mama : sit down on my knee *I got to walk them down the city : how you got it up for me* *I said being in Alabama : meanest place I know Because I'm going up the country : mama how bad *I feel* Lord that Harlem goat mama : sure was feeling fine *I went ??? search light* : up and down that long line Now she grabbed that stick : and she broke that Harlem's back And she tied old Harlem : to the railroad track Lord the fast mail train : honey was coach and nine And that Harlem goat : she was serving time Lord *he gave her a shirt : it was a shirt of pink* He caught that red shirt mama : trying to flag a train He said when I die : don't bury me at all Just pickle my body : up in alcohol Lord I love my goat : better than I love myself I'm going to kill my goat : I'm going kill somebody else Lord it was early in the morning : about the break of day
With my head on a pillow : where my goat Lord used to lay Old Timbrook was a black horse : black as any crow Had a white ring around his forepaw : white as any snow Yes old Timbrook he come darting : like a bullet from a gun And old Molly she come creeping : like a criminal to be hung Johnny Walker Johnny Walker : Johnny Walker my dear son Hold tight rein on Timbrook : so that horse can run Oh the cuckoo was a fine bird : hollers when he fly But he never hollers cuckoo : till the fourth day of July Oh the race track it was dusty : and the wind was high Well you couldn't see old Timbrook : as he come darting by Oh the children they did holler : and the old folks squalled But old Timbrook he beat Molly : to the hole in the wall I love my race horse : likes to have my fun Old Mrs went to the race track : and lost all her mon' Told me late last fall : you never had no man at all Well you got more men : than a two-ton truck can haul Told me to my face : that a good man in my place Told me it was early last spring : when the birds began to sing Well it's the last chance : kid to be around here with me I told you early last June : when the flowers began to bloom You can't do no better : another good girl can take your room Go and heist your window : let your curtain down Well you can't tell : there may be some joker around Go and put on your nightgown : baby let's we go lie down Well it's the last chance : shaking in bed with you Well a short-legged mama : trying to carry your daddy by Said I want to let you know : I growed most too high When you see your rider : out in the road Said she's telling all her friends : that's a nineteen thirty Ford Now she doing things : that you don't never know Oh stop and listen : at the *one-note* how she blow Said you sell anyone parts : make the motor go Walk with my good girl in the daytime : walk with her at night Said I taught my kitchen *teller* : how to treat a good man right Way you doing me mama : says its out of sight Said anything a kid-man do : well it bes all right I'm going to *jack* me a picket : from my yard back fence I'm going to start a-whooping : learn the good girl some sense Well I do and I do : do and I do love you Said *nothing funny* : in a state about you A lot of these women: too lazy to put up with none of good man's dirt But they ain't too lazy : to count his money Saturday night I know a lazy woman : put ten dollars in a telephone Just to tell her sweet man : her monkey-man is out and gone When a woman's too lazy : to try and bake an apple pie She's too lazy to live : and she's too darn lazy to die I know you lazy women are going to *pan me* : when you hear this song But the truth *is* ??? : and I surely have to carry it on Lonesome lovesick blues will make you feel so lonely : when you're left all alone Dying for some loving : and the one you love has gone Deep down in my heart : I'm feeling blue Lonesome and lovesick : baby just for you When I'm alone : I moan the whole night through I want some loving : no one but you will do My heart is aching : breaking for some news My heart is aching : gee I'm all confused I said dices oh dices : please don't you three on me
I'm just as broke and hungry : as any gambler can be My buddy played the jack : when he give me that hard-luck queen He was one of the luckiest at cards : that a gambler have ever seen Jack of diamonds jack of diamonds : will turn your money green It's the luckiest card : that a gambler have ever seen I went to gamble in Cuba : I went to gamble in Spain Say my woman told me last night : she did not want no gambling man I said run here baby : sit on your daddy's knee Say I just want to show you honey : just what gambling have done for me Get me a shotgun : and use it in the woods I would fix you this way : that you wouldn't do no man no good Started to kill her : and she fell down on my bed Before *ten* this morning : you had me talking out my head Don't the moon look pretty : shining down from that willow tree I can see my baby : and she can't see me Some of these menfolks : look just like my sure-to-be If you mistreat my woman : I'm going to make you jump in the deep blue sea Say run here woman : and see what you done done You done started me to loving you : and now your other man done come Well I'm going to Detroit : get myself a job I'm tired of laying around here : working on the starvation farm Yeah I'm going down there and get me a job : working in Mr Ford's place Say that woman told me last night : that you cannot even stand Mr Ford's ways Say I got me a little [low, bitty] woman : five [foot, feet] from the ground She five foot standing : and she four feet lying down Say I know my dog : baby if I hear him bark And I know my woman : if I feel her in the dark Say you better stop your woman : from smiling in my face Woman if you keep on a-smiling : I'm sure going to take your place One of these mornings : it won't be long You going to look for me baby : and I will be gone
Lord I'm going to leave here walking : Lord I'm going away But I may be back to see you : one cold rainy day She tried to make me think : she is true to me But she just as crooked : as she can be I spent her money : she spent mine She used to spend my dollars : just like she spent my dimes That's all right : *bad luck pass on* I'd love to go home any time : and catch another mule in my stall I don't want no woman : that wears a number nine I wake up in the morning : I can't tell her shoes from mine Every night : I wander all by myself Thinking about the woman I love : loving someone else Boo hoo : I just can't keep from crying I'm worried about my baby : she's on my mind Sometimes I wonder : do she think of me And again I wonder : if I will ever be free I'm telling all you women : what's on my mind I never loved one woman : no more at a time Boo hoo : I wring my hands and cry I'm thinking about the loving : that I let go by Since you been gone baby : I haven't been a bit of good Because I never get the loving : that I really should My baby ain't good-looking : and she don't dress fine But she gives me money : all of the time She goes out at night : just like she's on wheels And then I know : she's going out to rob and steal I lay in my bed : my baby brings me my meals What good is a woman : if she don't rob and steal I used to live with a woman : they called her *Tilty Til* I soon got rid of her : she couldn't rob and steal I know : how you hungry hustlers feel Your woman don't know how to rob : she is too doggone scared to steal
Been a poor boy : a long way from home ??? : no money to bear my fine Lord I guess : I'll have to catch that *Frisco out* And if that don't do : I'm going to try the woods awhile I cried hello Central : give me your long-distance phone I cried please ma'am : give me thirteen forty-nine Well I'm going downtown baby : won't be gone so long Say I'm tired and worried : about to sing this song And I stay at home baby : you don't treat me right The best time I have girl : when you's out of my sight Said give me back the wig I bought you : let your head go bald But when I first met you babe : you didn't have no hair at all I went downtown : didn't mean no harm Police grabbed me : right by my arm Soon I began to kick : I began to rear They like to throw *me* : in the air Now ??? : was in the stand Had them law books : in his hand *Evil Bridges* : and Moses Brown Am going across the street ??? : going to town I said hey mama : I'll give you your last chance You do the world a service : but you want to wear my pants I said hey : what's the matter now You just a trifling woman : don't mean me no good nohow
I give you my money : but that don't do no good I begun ??? *to worry* : that's just what I should Nobody knows old Naptown : baby like I do If you will stop and listen : I will tell you a thing or two When you get lonesome : and want to have some fun You just grab a train : and try old Naptown some When you get to Naptown : the blues won't last very long Because they have their pleasure : and they sure do carry on I would rather be in Naptown : than any place I know I can get me a ticket : and stop by the *Walter* show I'm going back to Naptown : baby don't you want to go Because there ain't nobody : knows old Naptown like I know Woke up my baby : come my love Unlock the door : the sky's above Are leaking : on your bed Papa's in the rain : getting all wet Getting all wet : getting all wet And if I die : you will regret Papa had : no place to go You got a nice warm room : and so Share it with papa : don't forget Papa's in the rain : getting all wet This rain ain't healthy : I've been told Hear me cough : catching cold Ain't no telling : what I'll get Papa's in the rain : getting all wet Papa's got : no coat at all You got a raincoat : in your hall This suit I told you : was too small You nappy head : you knew it all It lets me stand : but I can't sit Papa's in the rain : getting all wet Papa must eat : or he will die You got pork chops: you got pie Graveyard : is such a lonely place
Don't want dirt : thrown in my face Pity old papa : and don't forget Papa's in the rain : getting all wet Mama's baking cookies : out in the kitchen Papa smells the cookies : and his nose starts to itching Papa tried to steal one : like he did before But mama's got the lock : on the kitchen door Papa says to mama : come a little closer Mama looks at papa : says oh oh no sir Papa turns around : starts to go away Comes right back : when she hear him say Papa says to mama : you a real nice-looker You turn on the heat : like a fireless cooker Come a little closer : in your papa's arms Another little kiss : wouldn't do us any harm Papa comes home : when his work is over Mama says to papa : you sure ain't clover Guess what I cooked : for you today Mama just smiles : when she hear papa say Went to the station : to get me a train Going to climb on board : and ride again Just climb aboard : and ride around I might get off : at Memphis town Shovel in the coal : see the wheels go around Everybody's going : down to Memphis town I said conductor : where the trains all going I want to go see : that gal of mine He answered me : with a railroad frown All trains going : to Memphis town I said what's doing : down old Memphis way The trains all going : there today The trainman said : there's a jubilee And Memphis is town : that's only place for me I said to the station man : where's my train He said I never knowed : you own the train
I said you better answer : or I'll smack you down He said all trains going : to Memphis town Goodbye folks : I'm on my way See you : on some other day Got my ticket : here's my train Going down to Memphis : see my gal again I'd rather be sloppy drunk : than anything I know And another half a pint : mama will see me go I love my moonshine whiskey : better than a filly loves her mare You can take your pretty bucks : give me my cool kind can I'd rather be sloppy drunk : sitting in the can Than to be out in the streets : running from the man Mmm : bring me another two-bit pint Because I got my habits on : and I'm going to wreck this joint My gal trying quit me : for somebody else Now I'm sloppy drunk mama : sleeping all by myself I'm a 'fore-day rider mama : riding all night long Anywhere I come mama : I sing my worried song Now I'm going to leave you mama : we can't get along Going to let you go mama : and sing my worried song I won't carry nobody mama : I'm riding by myself Because the 'fore-day blues : don't worry nobody else And I rode to make you happy baby : rode all night and day You brought me these blues mama : seems like they're going to stay Did you ever go down : on the Mobile and K C line I just want to ask you : did you ever see that girl of mine I rode the Central : and I hustled the L and N The Alabama women : they live like section men Don't cry baby : your papa will be home some day I've been away baby : but I did not go to stay Don't the clouds look lonesome : across the deep blue sea
Don't my gal look good : when she's coming after me I ain't going to be : your lowdown dog no more You don't want me baby : down the road I'll go Now I work hard mama : and I brought you home my pay You say you ain't going to miss me : when I'm gone away Ooo : ooo wee It's a lowdown shame : the way you treat poor me My home ain't here : I ain't compelled to stay It's your time now : but it'll be mine some sweet day And I ain't going to be : your lowdown dog no more The train is at the station : my mind's made up to go I'm going to the country : put my watch in pawn I don't want it to tell me : that you've been gone I had some tough luck lately : I got locked up in jail I sat and called you baby : to come and go my bail I'm going down to Georgia : then up to Tennessee So look me over baby : this is the last you'll see of me The last time I tried to love you : you were so very cold I thought that I was standing : holding the North Pole I can look and see the greenback : growing on that hill But I ain't seen the greenback : on a dollar bill I haven't any money : for a ticket on the train But I will ride the rods baby : to be with you again I come to your house : and knock upon your door You had the nerve to tell me : you didn't want me no more After all I've done : what more can I do I gave you my love : and tried to get along with you I fed you when you were hungry : took you in when you was outdoors I give you my money : and even bought your clothes I tried to treat you right : you would not pay that no mind There ain't no more I can do : there ain't no needs in trying
I know you won't miss me : after I am gone But always remember : that you treated your daddy wrong Now I'm going to leave you : and do the best I can Because you don't want me : there must be some other man I saw your mama : in Kansas City The way she was looking : was a doggone pity Feet on the ground : clothes wasn't clean Dirtiest old stuff : I ever seen Now I got a gal : she is big as a bull She never stops drinking : till her belly gets full Gets full of liquor : and tries to sing Tight like that : and shake that thing I ask her about it : she said before long Let's get together : because your water's on Let's get started : be long gone Let's get together : what you waiting on I saw you mama : way last spring Eyeballs shining : like a diamond ring Staggered down the street : hollering and a-fussing I tried to stop her : and I got a good cussing I saw your mama : your papa too What they was doing : just won't do I slipped up on them : and took one look What they was doing : wasn't in the book If you want some loving : you want it cheap Go down on Ellsworth : about the middle of the week Show them girls a quarter : they won't let you go It's four or five times : and then some more About four this morning : blues come in my door Please Mr blues : don't come here no more I keep the blues all night : and the whole day through I'm so full of blues : I don't know what to do Well something has got to be done : to get these blues off my mind I believe I'll get drunk : and stay drunk all the time Well I'm going to leave you : I ain't going to sing no more
Because I'm full of blue : and I have got to go In the wee midnight hours : long before the break of day When the blues creep up on you : and carry your mind away While I lay in my bed : and cannot go to sleep While my heart's in trouble : and my mind is thinking deep My mind was running : back to days of long ago And the one I love : I don't see her anymore Blues why do you worry me : why do you stay so long You come to me yesterday : been with me all night long I've been so worried : I didn't know what to do So I guess that's why : I've had these midnight hour blues You're a mean mistreating mama : and you don't mean me no good And I don't blame you baby : I'd be the same way if I could You say you're going to leave me : well you say you going away That's all right baby : maybe you'll come back home some day Now you're a mean mistreater : and you mistreats me all the time Now I tried to love you : swear but you won't pay that no mind Can you remember mama : in the morning I knocked upon your door You had the nerve to tell me : that you didn't want me no more Ain't it lonesome : sleeping all by yourself When the one that you love : is loving someone else Hurry down sunshine : see what tomorrow brings May bring drops of sorrow : and it may bring drops of rain Now I love my baby : but [she, my baby] don't love me When I get in trouble : she is the last one that I see Going down on the bottom : back to the Lone Star State Stand back pretty mama : I don't want you to make me wait So long people and sweethearts : I'll soon be on my way Now I'm leaving this lonesome old town : now I may come back some day Now I never got worried : until the fireman rang his bell Two keen long whistles : bid me long farewell
Now I love my good corn liquor : and I really mean I do Now I don't care who knows it : and I really mean that too Now I've been drinking my good corn liquor : I mean don't no one get rough Now I try to treat everybody right : but I mean don't start no stuff Give me another half a pint : [and, then] maybe I'll go home The reason why I'm getting drunk today : I swear my baby's gone Some folks like their alcohol : but give me my corn *I believe* all the time Reason why I love it so well : it's so soothing to my mind So give me some more corn liquor : if I get drunk [just please, please just] take me home I ain't going to bother nobody : just let the good times baby roll on Nights so lonesome : and the days so long Ain't had no loving : since you been gone If you see my baby : tell her to hurry home Ain't had no mmm : since she has been gone You put the puppies on my mama : you drove me crazy too You done made me love you : what can I do Won't you tell my baby : to hurry back to me She's got the best old mmm : I ever did see Won't you tell my baby : to hurry back to me She got the best old loving : that I ever did see You can pull your dress babe : up above your knees You can strut your stuff babe : but don't mess with me You going to leave me you going to leave me : you going to leave me blue I want some of your loving : don't care what you do Now I've got a girl : she lives down in in Shady Lane I love that girl : but I'm scared to call her name It's going to be one of these mornings : swear and it won't be long I'm going to catch the first thing smoking : and down the road I'm going Where I long ain't here baby : it's way out in the west In the Smoky Mountains : where the eagle builds his nest Did you ever love a girl : a girl you hate to lose
Don't lose your temper : when you've been drinking booze I had the blues before sunrise : with tears standing in my eyes It's such a miserable feeling : a feeling I do despise Seems like everybody : everybody's down on me I'm going to cast my troubles : down in the deep blue sea Today have been : such a long old lonesome day I've been sitting here thinking : with my mind a million miles away Blues starts a-rolling : and it stops at my front door I'm going to change my way of living : ain't going to worry no more Now I love my baby : but my baby won't behave I'm going to buy me a hard-shooting pistol : and put her in her grave Believe I'll take me a walk : around the corner by myself And if I can't find my baby : I don't want nobody else She went out last night : and she didn't even say goodbye How come she left me : Lord I really don't know why Now I'm going out this morning : my forty-five in my hand Now I'm going to kill my woman : for loving another man Then I'm going to the judge : and I'm going to fall down on my knees Ask him please fair judge : have mercy on me please Judge I done killed my woman : because she treated me so unkind Treated me so unkind : till I swear I lost my mind Well it's please please please : don't send me to the electric chair Just give me my time : and I'll try to do it anywhere When I'm dead and gone : and six feet in the ground You can only say : there's a good man has gone down Oh it looks mighty cloudy : and I believe it's going to rain I just love to hear : my baby call my name Now I woke up this morning : my woman was standing over me She had a big forty-five : and she was mad as she could be Now I prayed to my baby : and to the Lord above Now I said honey please don't shoot me : baby you the only woman I love
She seen me with a woman : standing at her front gate Now I tried my best to dodge her : but I was just a little too late Now and it's please please please darling : honey please don't take my life Because you got me all wrong baby : honey that was another man's wife No need to ask me : why I'm packing my clothes I'm going to leave you mama : and I really don't care who knows Now I used to love you : but now I'm getting tired of your kind I'm going down south : just to see what I can find Now I may miss you : but I don't think I will I'm going to get me a new woman : to love me till I get my fill You mistreated me mama : you would not treat me nice and sweet So I'm going down south : shake this dust of this town off my feet My woman so lowdown : she barrelhouse all the time She's low and squatty : but I love that girl of mine When she gets up in the morning : she starts to drink her corn Every time I think of that woman : I wished I had never been born She struts around all day : she barrelhouses the whole night through But when she loves me : I forget that I ever was blue I wish that I could cure : her barrelhousing ways And is I stay with her : I'll barrelhouse some day myself Now I love my woman : swear that she won't act right Gets her head full of whiskey : and wants to start a fight Well this barrelhouse woman : what makes you so mean Well you the meanest old woman : baby that I ever seen You stay drunk all night : and the whole day long Sometimes I begin to wonder : what in the world is going on wrong Now I've told you once : ain't going to tell you no more Now the next time you get drunk : right out my door you'll go Now I'm going to get real mean baby : I swear I won't act right Next time I catch you drunk : baby we going to have a fight I don't want no barrelhouse woman : messing around with me
If you got to get drunk baby : mama please just let me be Now I believe : I believe I'll go back home Because this life I'm living : won't let me stay here long His wife is gone : but she was all right with me He would give her ninety-four dollars : and she would give me ninety-three I believe : I believe I'll make a change Going to turn off this gas stove : I'm bound for a brand new range Come on boy : let's go down on Tenth Street Some of the prettiest women down there : that you ever did meet Now down on Smith Street : where you get your rocking rye Boy that's what I'm talking about : and I ain't talking no lie Now I'm got a gal : she's so sweet Sweetest little gal : that I ever did meet Every time I see my woman : walking down the street Boy great big legs : and that little bitty feet Now give me whiskey : you can give him gin I'm going away baby : but I'll be back again Now down on Tenth Street : boy it's a terrible mess Boy we can have more fun down there : than any place I guess Now I like my bucketful of beer : and I like my gin Boy I ain't coming back here no more : with a *very win* You hear me talking to you : you hear me talking fast Boy you liable to slip up : and fall on your yas yas yas Big Four blowed this morning : at the break of day And it sounds so lonesome : because it taken my baby away Big Four Big Four : won't you please turn your train around Because here I sit all down and out : with my head hung down I tried to be as good to that woman : as one man could be And I mean it's a shame : the way she went and left poor me Yes I'm down and out : ain't got no money to ride no train But I'm going to find my good gal : and bring her back home again
Please Mr brakeman : won't you let a poor man ride your blinds I'm just trying to make it : back to that gal who is worrying my mind I'm a hard-hearted papa : there's nothing pleases me I've had to be good long enough : now I'm going to be mean as I can be I don't even like what I drink : my food don't taste right at all And a lowdown no-good woman : is the cause of it all When I tried to be soft and easy : people would not let me be Now I'm just as mean and hateful : swear as I can be I spent all of my money : showing my friends a great big time Now they laugh and grin at me : because I ain't got a lousy dime So I'm a hard-hearted papa : I've done changed my ways And I think they will stay changed : for the rest of my days You left me crying baby : please come back to me And you know I've done all baby : I've been as good as I could be Why did you go : and leave me cold in hand I know what it's all about : it was on account of your other man Now I can't sleep at night : there's rocks all in my bed Because I ain't got you pretty mama : to hold my aching head I'm going to buy me a shiny pistol : I'm coming after you I ain't going to let you : treat me just like you do So watch your step mama : you know what you've done If you don't come back to me : hot spring water won't help you none Minutes seem like hours : and hours seem like years Since I've had these blues : I just can't keep from shedding tears I'm going to tell everybody : what my good gal done to me one day She put me out and broke my heart : just to pass the time away Now I ain't got no money : and I ain't got nowhere to stay But that's all right baby : if you want to turn me away You know I work hard baby : and I brung you home my check Now I ain't never loved no woman : like I loved you yet You evil-hearted woman : you got a heart like a stone You don't mean me no good : so I leave you alone You used to be sweet : but you ain't sweet no more You want to leave me alone : and stay away from my door You're just like a rattler : you always ready to bite So I'm going to get me a good woman : who will treat me right Yes you're evil : just as evil as you can be I don't want you to cook for me no more : because you might poison me So be on your way evil-hearted woman : and stay away from my door I done took your foolishness long enough : and I don't want you no more Women if you got a good man : give him three good meals every day If you don't : some other woman is going to tow your man away I've got so many women : that I don't care when one dies I don't even weep : I don't even cry Some men crave high yellow : but give me black or brown Because I can't tell the difference : when the sun goes down Blacker the berry : sweeter is the juice I got a good black woman : and I ain't going to turn her loose They say black is evil : and they don't mean you no good But I would not quit my black woman : baby if I could I've got a good black gal : I've got a good black gal She's my buddy : and I swear she is my pal Whiskey is my habit : good women is all I crave And I don't believe in two things : will carry me to my grave I'm going to Louisiana : where I can drink and have my fun I can't stay here much longer : because my time has just about come When you see me leaving baby : don't you wear no black You see your loving daddy : walking down some lonesome railroad track When I was a hustler : I'm in my prime I would drink good whiskey : and gamble all the time
She ain't good-looking : but the good gal do go clean And I'm crazy about my baby : though she is so mean My gal got arrested : and they put her in the county jail They fined her eleven twenty-nine : and they even allowed her no bail Now I'm going to see that judge : and talk to him myself Tell him that he sent my gal to the county road : and left me by myself Now I never felt so sorry : till the people walked down the lane And my heart struck sorrow : when they called my good gal's name And I heard the jailor say hello : prisoners all fall in line I'm also talking about that long-chain woman : that got eleven twenty-nine I've got the blues so bad : that I just can't rest I'm going to ask that jailor : can I do my good gal's time myself Now you got me grieving mama : over nobody else but you Yes you got me grieving mama : I really mean that's true I'm not going to worry : in my life no more If you want to leave me : you can go Now you got me grieving mama : over nobody else but you Yes you got me grieving mama : I love no one else but you I woke up this morning : didn't find you there Wondering what man : had his hand running down through your hair down there But I'm not going to cry : I'm not going to sigh You going to leave me : bye bye bye She's got a bed in her bedroom : it shines like a morning star When it starts to rocking : it looks just like a Cadillac car Baby baby baby : you had better get your back yard cleaned Because you *better* cook the best old corn bread : a poor man ever seen Get your red ripe tomato : and your T-bone steak And if you fix it like I like it : I will get you a new V-Eight I like it early in the morning : I've got to have it late at night I don't want you to fix it : if you don't fix it right I smell your cabbage burning : baby turn your good bread around Because in your kitchen baby : it's where the good stuff can be found Times is done got so tight : so I'm going to rob and steal It's done got so tight : a man can't get a decent meal I ain't got no shoes : and I ain't got no clothes The house rent man : has done put my things outdoors It was thundering out and lightning : oh Lord how it did rain But somehow : I'm going to get even with that house rent man I've done got evil : and I've done got mean And when I start to stealing : I'm going to pick the rounders clean I'm longing for my sugar : and I don't want no one else And I don't miss her so much : until I'm all by myself Now I knowed when I quit her : I was doing wrong Now I've got trouble on my mind : it's trying to get her back home I'm going to pay the boss : and get my check-card today And give it to my sugar : if she'll come back home to stay Fussing and fighting : ain't no way to get along This done caused me a world of trouble : and broke up my happy home I can't work in the daytime : I can't sleep a wink at night Thinking the woman that I love : ain't been treated right I'm going to get me a brand new [shiny] pistol : with a long shiny barrel I'm going to ramble this town over : until I find my girl I'm going to go to the station : and try to find her there And if the Lord has not got her : she's in this world somewhere She left me with a head full of trouble : and a head full of misery And now she's got me crying : baby please come back home to me My mother told me : don't you weep don't you moan Because son there'll be women here : when you dead and gone When I get through rambling : and looking this whole world through I won't be dead with trouble : you know I died to *lose*
Now I'm down and out : ain't got no friends around I'm going from door to door : everybody turns me down Now my woman treats me : [just] like I'm a motherless child She's always squabbling : she don't give me a ??? smile* Now here I am people : out in the ice and snow My clothes all in pawn : ain't got nowhere to go She said she liked my music : but my tune's too short But if she gets long winded player : she's sure to get caught Now babe I can't help it : if I can't play long I'm just a little skinny fellow : and a player is strong If somebody finds me : when I'm dead and gone Say I did self-murder : I died with my boots on Took me a Smith and Wesson : and blew out my brains I didn't take no poison : I couldn't stand the strain No I ain't no coward : and I'll tell you why I was just tired of living : but wasn't afraid to die Take me to the graveyard : put me in the ground Please write on my tombstone : my woman threw me down In my farewell letter : someone's sure to find Goodbye old cruel world : I'm glad I left you behind Rising river blues : running by my door They running sweet mama : like they have not run before I got to move in the alley : I ain't allowed on your street These rising river blues : sure have got me beat Come here sweet mama : let me speak my mind *If you need to talk* : take a long long time Jellyroll jellyroll : you can eat it on the fence If you don't go get it : you ain't got no sense Talking about my jelly : about my sweet jellyroll When you take my jelly : mama can't keep you at home Can make a blind man see : a lame man walk
It make a deaf woman hear : and a little baby talk Now tell all you people : what jellyroll done done Made grandma : marry her youngest grandson Jellyroll is a thing : a man won't do without He'll ??? *things* ??? : if the people *put him out* I went up on the mountain : looked down in the sea A good-looking woman : winked her eye at me If you don't believe : my jellyroll will do You can ask anybody : on Auburn Avenue You know I use plenty grease : every day But I ain't did no frying : while you was away My frying pan was on the stove : getting hot I said sweet papa : put some grease in my pot Don't leave me *don't you* babe : all my clothes in pawn I mistreated you baby : and I know I was wrong I gave you all my love : still you were unsatisfied But my love for you baby : is all gone and died ??? baby : you can't have this town I'm leaving here baby : *feel no urge of backing down* When I call you babe : you refuse to come Hot spring waters : they won't help you none Some day baby : when I'm dead and gone You're going to hear : this old lonesome song I am an old bumblebee : a stinger just as long as my arm I stings every good-looking woman now : everywhere I goes along Says as I fly around now : I makes a beautiful song And everywhere I sting a good-looking woman : says I'll sure find me a home Now I'm an old bumblebee : just dropped in your town It ain't none of these women : turn this old bumblebee down They crying come here bumblebee : you know you know your stuff And you sting you old bumblebee : your old stinger just long enough
Mmm : what's going become of me Every time I need stinging now : I get those long-stinger bumblebees Says when I get to stinging them : I sting just like I should And they all crying old bumblebee : you know it hurts so good I'm a ramrodding daddy : I stays up on Main Street I keeps my gun loaded : for every good-looking woman I meet I'm a ramrodding daddy : Lord my rod is long and slim And every time I load a gun for a woman : you know it's too tight Jim I'm a ramrodding daddy : I rams as I walk along Every time I use my ramrod : I surely will win a home I want all you women : you better bear this in mind A good ramrodding daddy : these days is hard to find When I get to use my ramrod : I sure Lord take my time It ain't no other ramrodding daddy : can put his load below where I put mine I done told you told you : I told you too Quit having liquor : and gambling too A-look a-here baby : you [going, traveling] too fast The law going to step : on your yas yas yas Now you can twist you can twist : you can step on its tail You going to need somebody : to go your bail Now you may think : that they doing you wrong But they'll send you : to the county farm Now if you want : to leave from home Walk around : with a bottle of corn Now I told you told you : like a friend You better draw : your business in It makes no difference : baby where you go I got something : want you to know Every time I come : and feel your arms It makes my feeling : just get all wrong It is tomorrow : it's early or late
I want you baby : give me a date You's a red-hot mama : meat shakes on the bone Thinks about your loving : baby when you gone Every time : meet you on the street A funny feeling : my head to my feet But your arms around me : baby like you should I'm telling you baby : your loving is good I'm going to hug you : baby good and tight Now love me baby : like you done last night Baby I want you to know : babe I want you to know That way you been doing : Lord baby don't you do it no more Babe I want you to know : honey I want you to know That the way you been giving : Lord baby don't you give it no more Because I'm a stranger here : just dropped in your town Ain't none of these women : Lord turn me down They want you to understand : honey want you to understand I don't mean you no more good : now please get you another man Bo Carter is a man : broadcasts all over this land And he takes women from their men : Lord just any old place he lands When I get to use my broadcaster : it goes all around and around And when the women receiving you : they'll sure to put their men all down When you turn your radio light on baby : you look right in Bo Carter's face But you neither not worry : I'm going to surely broadcast for you some day The men can always tell : when Bo Carter has hit this land Says the women they all start : says a-really mistreating all their men They give their women their money : they really buy them the clothes But to that broadcasting Bo Carter : their women they are bound to go I don't want no more navy beans : boys I don't want no more I don't want no more navy beans : they're about to make my stomach sore I ate them last night : and the night before When I got through : I couldn't shut my door
I don't want no more pinto beans : boys I don't want no more I don't want no more pinto beans : they about to make my stomach sore I ate them last night : and the night before When I got through : I had to scrub my floor I don't want none of them *favor* beans : boys I don't want no more I don't want none of them *favor* beans : they about to make my stomach sore I ate them last night : and the night before Get in the luck : I ain't going to eat no more I don't want none of them *quinto* beans : boys I don't want no more I don't want none of them *quinto* beans : they about to make my stomach sore I ate them last night : and the night before Run to the little house in the back : couldn't shut the door When a man gets the blues : he sure will run around And when a woman gets the blues : she try to put her sweety down Let me tell you one thing : man don't you never do Don't you never let your woman : know her bad ways is worrying you Listen here sweet babe : one thing I want you to know If I don't do to suit you : I'm really going to let you go One more thing : I really want you to understand If I don't love to suit you : you can get you another man You can call me dirty : or any old thing you please But some day baby : you really need my little aid These times now : ain't suiting me *Account it* : costing a dollar three Old Aunt Martha : live behind the jail A sign on the wall : saying liquor for sale I never seen : the likes since I been born The women got the sales tax : on the South End home You used to buy it : for a dollar round Now sales tax is on it : all over town I'm as loving : as a woman can be The stuff I've got : will cost you a dollar and three Now you may take me : to be a fool Everything is sold : by the government rule Now listen here sweet baby : I never have been down But I can roll your lemon better : than any man in this town Baby please let me roll your lemon : and squeeze it the whole night long Oh let me squeeze and roll your lemon : oh baby until your good juice come There's some say your juice is sour : baby can't you see But your juice baby : is plenty sweet enough for me Now I just squeeze your lemon : baby one time I believe it'll give me ease : baby all up in my mind Says I come down last night : half past ten I want to roll your lemon baby : soon as I got in Says I woke up this morning : half past four I want to roll your lemon baby : just before I go Now don't you hear me mama : I'm begging at your door Now I'm begging now mama : don't treat me this way no more Says I'm here begging mama : down on my bended knees I'm begging now mama : don't treat me this way no more if you please Says [can't, don't] you hear me mama : rapping on your back door But if I get what I want mama : I won't rap no more Now don't you hear me mama : howling at your door But if you give me what I want mama : you won't hear me rap no more Now listen here mama : treat me in a lowdown way But if I get what I want mama : you'll see me walk away I'm at your door howling : like an old tomcat But most any man now : will howl about something like that Now listen here sweet baby : please listen to me I know that your loving : is the best that I ever seen Now listen here sweet baby : I really can't understand Thinking about your loving : mixed with some other man
Now listen here women : I want you to know I've got a new woman : just to roll my dough She roll me every morning : she roll me every night She never like to roll me : unless she roll me just right Now listen here baby : I want you to know It's no other woman : can do my rolling like you She shook me this morning : at half past one Oh wake up daddy : rolling must go on She shook me again : at half past two Oh wake up daddy : rolling ain't near through She don't roll it too high : or either too low She roll it good and easy : and it ain't too slow Now I ain't no butcher : no butcher's son I can do your cutting : until the butcher man comes Now I ain't no plumber : no plumber's son I can do your screwing : till the plumber man comes Now I ain't no miller : no miller's son I can do your grinding : till the miller-man comes Now I ain't no milkman : no milkman's son I can pull your titties : till the milkman comes Now I ain't no spring-man : no spring-man's son I can bounce your springs : till the spring-man comes Now I ain't no auger-man : no auger-man's son I can bore your hole : till the auger-man comes I asked my good girl : to feed me some She said wait : until my dinner get on Dinner got on : and she fed me some Now you know : we're carrying the good work on I asked the good girl : to give me some She said wait : until my dinner get on Dinner got on : and she give me some Now you know : we're carrying the good work on I asked the good girl : to squeeze me some She said wait : until my dinner get on Dinner got on : and she squeezed me some
Now you know : we're carrying the good work on I asked the good girl : to kiss me some She said wait : until my dinner get on Dinner got on : and she kissed me some Now you know : we're carrying the good work on I asked the good girl : to love me some She said wait : until my dinner get on Dinner got on : and then she love me some Now you know : we're carrying the good work on Says now come over here sweet baby : because I'm all alone Haven't got nobody : just to carry my smoking on Won't you just draw on my cigarette : smoke it the whole night long Just draw on my cigarette baby : until you make my good ashes come Now I got to go up the country : just to get my cigarette boiled The women around this place : going to let my cigarette spoil I come over here sweet baby : just to get my ashes hauled Lord the women at the other place : going to let my ashes spoil Here's one thing I want you to know : before you leave from home My cigarette ain't too big : and you know it ain't too long Oh pussy cat pussy cat : where you been so long Says I been around *the curve* : see could I find old Tom Says pussy cat pussy cat : you couldn't not wait You's afraid : old Tommy's going to make you late Oh pussy cat pussy cat : what you whine all night Says ain't old Tommy : doing you just right Says the old cats and the kittens : is sitting in the sun Says the old cats coughed : and the kittens all run Says the little bitty kittens : come out the door a-saying Baby I hear mama coughing : it's bound to be a *ben* She dug a hole : with her right hand And she buried her *corky* : down in the sand Old Tom and old pussy cat : playing seven up Old pussy turned the joker : and picked the money up They had a mighty fight : and not much of a race Old Tommy scratched pussy : in a dangerous place
Says the little bitty kittens : says papa Uncle Bud Says all around your mouth : is something like mud Says my baby got something : I don't know what it is I mean every time she love me: and you know I can't be still She got something : like a stingaree She can stand in Melford : man and put the check on me What she got : is really surprise I mean what she got man : surely will hypnotize She told me things : that was a fact She said man if you ever love me : you surely will trot along back She got something : that I really do love It ain't in her stockings : and you know it's just above I told her things : that I wanted her to und Says I want you to come : and do my loving in my own home Now listen here men : what Bo Carter say for you to do Says don't you never let none of these old trifling women : man never worry you I mean they'll keep you worried : they'll bother you all the time Says they'll take some other man and leave you : after you give them your last dime I mean they'll fuss and squabble : man the whole night through Just let you know they want some other man now : go in the bed in the place of you Says when you say you going to leave them : they'll beg you the whole night long Says they'll tell you that they're going to do better : they'll swear they going to stay home Now just listen here men : want you take Bo Carter's advice Just learn to live a bachelor : then you play safe the first Go down the river : there's something new It ain't nothing to it : it ain't hard to do Now listen here baby : this is coming to a test We going to see : who can double in a knot the best Now listen here baby : this ain't no fun Double in a knot : you'll always get my mon' Say you double in a knot : is the way
You can't make no money : laying straight these days You can double in a knot : or you can let it be You want to : hold your man you see Now listen here baby : bear this in mind You double in a knot right : you'll always have a dime Says the women these days : trying to learn something new See if they can : take your man from you Baby don't put no more baking powder : in your bread you see Because you [two] biscuits : is plenty tall enough for me Baby I don't want no more sugar : in your jellyroll you see Because your jellyroll : is plenty sweet enough for me Some men like lunch meat : and some they likes old tongue Some men don't care for biscuits : they like the doggone big fat bun Says some men you know they're straight : some crooked as a barrel of snakes Some men don't like bun and biscuits : like the doggone flat batter cake Little boy little boy : who made your britches Oh mama cut them out : daddy runned the stitches Little girl little girl : who made your dress Hey mama cut it out : and daddy done the rest Soo cow : don't you buck your eye I got to have the milk today : to make me a pie Soo cow : won't you back your leg I got to have that milk today : to make my bread Say you laying around here sweet baby : your face full of frowns Must I keep dealing : must I shuck them on down Baby must I keep dealing : or must I shuck them on down Baby I done quit dealing : I got to shuck them on down Now here's one thing sweet baby : I really want you to know You can push you can pull : don't you tear my clothes Now there's two big cars : rolling side and side You got my good girl : guess you satisfied
Now there's a big T for Texas : T for Tennessee T for the girl : she didn't care for me Says I went up to the station : looks up on the board There's a good time here : better one around the road Baby who been here : since your daddy been gone Says he must have been a preacher daddy : had a long coat on Baby who been here : since you daddy been gone I don't know who the man was daddy : had a derby on Baby who been here : since you daddy been gone Says he must have been a jellybean : had long shoes on Baby preacher's on the pulpit : just trying to save souls And his daughter's out on the highway corner : selling sweet jellyroll And the preacher's in the pulpit : jumping up and down And the sisters back in the amen corner : their southern bound Baby I got the whiskey : and you got the gin Let's both baby drink : and get drunk again Hey whiskey : uh what you say gin Let's both baby drink : and get drunk again It don't make me no difference : how drunk you may be Since you don't hold back baby : honey in loving me Hey I got the washboard : and you got the tub Let's put them together : baby and we'll rub-a-dub-dub Hey washboard : what you say tub Let's put them together : baby and we'll rub-a-dub-dub It don't make me no difference : how tired you may be Since you don't hold back baby : honey in rubbing with me Baby I say you going to need : my little help some old lonesome day But it will be too late sweet baby : your daddy will be gone away But I mean that's all right now baby : honey now that's all right for you You got me here in all this lowdown trouble : baby and this lowdown way that you do Go back old devil : and look up on your shelf And get you soap and water : and bathe your dirty self I beat my baby : man with a rope and a line - : until she went stone blind Some lowdown scoundrel : been fishing in my pond Catching all my game fish : and grinding up their bones What you want with a woman : man and she can't rob and steal You don't need no man baby : don't know you in the dark when he feel I says he's a country man : but that fool done moved to town He really done sold his cotton : and now he's walking around He's got the women : all calling him their old sugar pie But now that country fool is broke : and they calling him the old country guy He really wore a hole : in the bottom of his last pair of shoes And his pants behind is hollering : I got those raggedy-holey blues He's got to rob and steal : don't he got to leave out of this man's town Know he'll say going back to the country : going to sow some more cotton seed down Baby I'll split your kindling : you know I'll bellow your fire I will pack your water : from the boggy bayou Hey now tell me sweet baby : who may your manager be Before many more questions : won't you please make arrangements for me Your hair so doggone curly : and your eyes ain't blue That's why sweet baby : I'm making a fool about you Says I ain't good-looking : baby I don't dress fine When you come to loving : I'll pacify your mind Here's another little thing baby : want you to bear in mind When I get my pay check: I give you my last dime I wished I was like a little fish : in the deep blue sea So a woman like you : could take a little fish at me
I taken my baby : to the candy stand She got stuck : on the candy man I taken my baby : to the candy stand She got a fool : about the candy man I taken my baby : to the peanut stand She got a fool : about the old [nut, peanut] man I taken my baby : to the banana stand She got a fool : about the banana man I taken my baby : to the whiskey stand She fell on her face : about the whiskey man I taken my baby : to the whiskey stand She fell out : about the whiskey man I taken my baby : to the money stand She fell on her face : about the moneyman Hey I wonder : where is that policy right man [at] now I done lose all my money shooting craps : and I can't win no money nohow I'm going to put my last dime : on the twenty thirty and the little old ten Because they tell me that's my baby's initial : and it ought bring my money back home again I'm going to play them straight across : man you know [I'm playing, I got] them straight down Now policy man my number's done come out : bring me twenty-seven dollars on around I'm going to put a four bit piece : back on the twenty thirty and the little old ten And if them numbers come out man : it'll bring my money back right again Policy man if my numbers come out : don't fool around on the street Just cut across on St Lawrence Avenue : and bring my money on home to me Now it don't make no difference sweet little old honey : a-how you trying to carry on A-what you trying to do to me honey : I happen to have it in my bag Now it don't make a bit of difference with me honey : things you trying to do to me A-what you trying to do to me honey : I happen to have it in my bag Now you may go honey you may go : you may stray all alone But one of these days now little old sweet honey : you'll be out of house and home Now you trying to do little dirty things honey : and keep it out of your daddy's sight You fool right around now little old honey : and let me catch you dead to the right
I've had a funny feeling : all day and all night Somehow here : I don't be treated just right I ain't going to stay here today : if I have to walk Ever since I been here : it's been the whole town's talk I don't seem happy no more : I done got it bad Thinking of the money : that I once have had Now when you lose your money : don't lose your mind If you lose your good girl : there's no use a-crying I've had so much trouble : I've take it for my name If you ever have trouble : man I want you to do the same You will think : you left trouble all behind Get well away from home : then it will roll across your mind Made a date today : early or late My baby got movements : like a old Cadillac Eight I go away : I won't stay long Thinking about that sweet thing : I've left at home My baby loves me : tried to treat me right Gives me her loving : both day and night My baby says one thing : I know it is true Can't have another man : and be good to you Up in Chicago : long way from home Wanted somebody else : carry my loving on I'm going home : if I had a lock and key To keep these men : from stealing my loving from me Please baby please baby : won't you come back to your daddy one more time You know baby you know baby : when I get my money will give you my last dime When you left me babe : you left me feeling so blue You know babe : I didn't love no one but you I'm so blue baby I'm so blue baby : I can't sleep for drinking hardly talk for crying You know baby you know baby : you are always forever on my mind You know baby : I can't sleep at night
I go to take my meals : and can't eat a bite I walked into a beer tavern : to give a girl a nice time I had forty-five dollars when I entered : when I left I had one dime Wasn't that a beer-drinking woman : don't you know man don't you know She was a beer-drinking woman : I don't want to see her no more When I spent down to my last dime : she said darling I know you're not through I told her yes baby doll : and the diploma belongs to you She'd often say excuse me a minute : I've got to step around here And every time she'd come back : she'd say daddy buy me another quart of beer I said got to step off baby : are there anything if she like She said daddy I'll keep this table : if you promise me you'll be back I said I'm sorry baby : but I only have one more dime She said daddy buy me a small bottle of beer : so I can concentrate my mind I got wise to you baby : after so many years Once you had me worried : always shedding tears But no : all over now I just found out baby : you don't mean no good nohow I tried to make things happy : so we could live a happy life But darling after all I done : you wouldn't treat me right People used to ask you was I your husband : you would gladly tell them no Every time we'd get home : you said daddy I love you so Now you want to come back baby : since you realized yourself That I would treat you better : anybody else My name is Memphis Slim : they call me the grinder man If you be my customer : I'll let you have it on a easy plan I do my ramming at midnight : and I don't be seen in the day When everything is quiet and easy : Mr grinder can have his way I got so many customers : it takes me a week to get around But you need not be uneasy baby : Mr grinder won't let you down If you want to see me baby : you better see me while you can Because I'm a very busy fellow : you know they call me the grinder man
My room was empty : and my woman was gone I didn't have a nickel : and all my clothes in pawn I asked my next-door neighbor : which a-way did my baby go She said she left for the border : down in old Mexico I find a note on the floor : it almost send me off in a trance She said it's nothing that you done : I'm just leaving in advance It's so hard when a woman leave you : and she leave you on a *goon* You come home feeling very happy : and find only a empty room I've got something to tell you baby : don't let it break your heart So long together : now we've got to part Because I'm tired : of fattening frogs for snakes After these long many years : believe I just see my great mistake You told me that you loved me : say you love me all your life I caught you around the corner : telling that same lie twice Once I used to love you : I couldn't help myself Found out : you given your love baby to somebody else Now listen little girl : you don't worry my mind anymore Found out you acting funny : I'm sure going to let you go Now I love to sing : that good old Taylor blues When we want a drink : I swear we just can't lose Now you see [Mr Melrose, that man] : standing in the floor He going to give us a little drink : just before he go I believe I'll marry : I believe I'll settle down Lord I'm tired of being a rambler : my last trip of running around Lord I wonder : will she ever call my name Now if she don't love me no more : peoples ain't that a crying shame They tell me marriage is a sweet life : I believe I'll try it myself
Lord I wonder : will she ever think of me I'm sitting with my head bended down : and tears falling on my knee How he's got a gal : she's shaped like a hog Her voice remind me : of an awful dog Her hair look just like : a chinchilla coat You get close up on her : she smells just like a goat You know she's smelling : got B O all the time And she thinks soap and water : is a doggone crime Now her ears are so long : her nose so flat Her head so big : she can't wear no hat Now her dogs are swollen : and she got one eye She looks like a wreck : that happened last July She's a ugly : got B O all the time And she thinks soap and water : is a doggone crime Now she must have been : her mother's only child She should be a gorilla : because she sure is wild Got ways like a monkey : as sly as a fox She should be in a chain-gang : breaking up rocks Now she got legs like a needle : she ain't got no chin She's a beautiful woman : for the shape she's in Her feet look like swings : way out on a limb That's why : her mother put her off on him Because she's buggish : she's got B O all the time And she thinks soap and water : is a doggone crime Now you may be sweet little woman : as an apple on a tree Don't want no woman : to *lay* up and depend on me Now if I'm the Pullman porter girl : you got to be the maid So when every Saturday comes : we both can get paid Now when I go to bed little girl : and lay beside of you Now if I shake the cover : please try to shake it too Now there's no such thing : as man and wife nowadays We'll just call partners : so you cannot get sold for slaves
Woman you been having your way : and you don't want to see me have mine So there's no getting along : we're just two of the same old kind I tried to make things happy : and your life I tried to let you enjoy But you tell me you your mother's baby girl : do you realize I'm my mother's baby boy Around home you was just a spoiled one : and what you said it had to be But do you know that's the same old story : little girl really go for me Since we are just two babies : darling why can't we agree I'll talk baby-talk to you : if you'll talk baby-talk to me Now once I lived a life : of a millionaire I was spending plenty of money : and I didn't bit more care I was taking my boy friend out : for a good time Buying him champaign whiskey : and sometime wine But somehow or other : Lord my money ran low Well well and I couldn't find a friend : I declare nowhere I go Now if I ever get hold : to a dollar again People I'm going to squeeze on to it : until the eagle grins Now you got to be *deep* born blind : and cannot see Both legs cut off : above your knee All this must happen : and then I must agree And then I said maybe boy friend : you can borrow a dime from me Now you must not have : a tooth in your head Get a letter from home : some of your folks is dead Bring me the Titanic : that sailed the sea Everybody wants to know : how do Memphis slim get by Well but it ain't but three in my family : that's me myself and I Now my mother she told me : son just don't lead a doggone mule She said son have good manners : learn to paddle your own canoe Even my woman she asked me : daddy do you really love me I said maybe some day baby : but now my love is just for three She said daddy who is it please : with tears standing in her eye I said baby at this particular time : it's just me myself and I
I've been out all day : drinking both whiskey and gin Now if you catch me sober : please make me drunk again I'm not drinking because I'm thirsty : neither because I'm blue I've just got to stay drunk woman : to try to get along with you Whiskey make me stagger and stumble : fall down and scar my chin I know you ain't no good Mr whiskey : but I got to try you again I'm drunk Monday Tuesday and Wednesday : Thursday Friday and Saturday too I'm supposed to get drunk on a Sunday : as I have nothing else to do Good whiskey good whiskey : is all in the world I crave I'm going to drink good whiskey : the rest of my doggone days I'm down now baby : I'll be up some day And I won't have to put up : with your evil ways But there's a day coming baby : you going to worry too Lord and I won't have to put up : with the lowdown way you do You know I done : woman all in this world I could But I found out baby : you didn't mean no good You know I loved you : babe you breaking my heart It hurts me so bad : for us to part Now I'm not going to worry : my sweet life no more You been making your tip woman : I'm going to let you go So bye bye babe : if you call it gone I know it's going to worry me : but it won't last long Here I am : head over heels in love again Besides the woman was my mother : and that's where love begins I used to be a playboy : I played out both night and day But since I met Miss *Lamar* : she have made me change my ways Oh yes woman : you've caught the old coon at last But I just hope I'll be happy with my future : as I am with my present and past Now I love the life I'm living : and I'm living the life I love Woman I don't believe I could be any happier : if I were living in heaven above
Now lend me your love : baby please lend me your love I know you hear me keep moaning : just like Noah's dove You got a mortgage on my love : you know there really is no doubt But some day I'm going to find another woman : is going to buy your love mortgage out Down on Number Nine : where the M and M men go Every day : to have a real good time If you want some fun : and a real nice time You better join the boys and girls : down on old Number Nine Do that dance : they call the bedspring *pop* You can shut your eyes : begin reel and rock All you've got to do : is take your time Drink good whiskey : gin and wine You can go to the ocean : you can go to the deep blue sea But you can't find nobody : going to treat you like poor me You can spend my money : you can pawn my *sicking* clothes Catch you stooping : I'm going to let your meat outdoors Well the sun's going down : mama you know what you promised me Midnight supper : and my 'fore-day tea Leaving your town : mama and I sure don't want to go But to keep down trouble : mama guess I better go If you ever been down mama : you know just how I feel Just like a broke down engine : ain't got no driving wheel Easy mama : somebody knocking at my door It may be my yellow woman : mama you sure don't know I love you pretty mama : I tell the world I do I'm going to love you mama : till my dreams come true If you want me to love you mama : have to do like Jesse James Go out on some railroad track : and rob your daddy a passenger train
I'm worried today mama : but I won't be worried long I'm going to catch me a freight train : and I'm going to be long long gone My woman got a bed mama : shine just like the morning star When me and her get to laying in it : it ride like a Cadillac car I'm going back south mama : way down in Tennessee Know the woman I love : she sure was good to me I cried last night mama : and I cried the night before I ain't going to let you mistreat me mama : so I won't have to cry no more It is up to you baby : do anything that you want to do *So long as I can get ??? : get back out of you* You ought to be grateful daddy : You are three times seven : you know just what you want to do I'm worried now : and I won't be worried long If he don't come to see me : you can count the days I'm gone Some sweet day : I say it's after a while You having a good time now : but your troubles will be after a while When I leave this town : don't pin black crepe on my door I won't be dead baby : but I ain't coming back here no more I want all of you women : to strictly understand If you don't want no trouble : please don't you worry my man I can't sleep for dreaming : and I can't stay awake for crying Cried the man I love : said he's traveling on the line If my man could holler : like the Bob Lee Junior blows I would follow my daddy : most everywhere he goes And I asked the conductor : to let me ride the blinds He said buy you a ticket : you know this train ain't mine Oh I hate the train : that carried my man away But the same train carried him : going to bring him back some day
The train I ride : burn no coal at all But the *doggone engine* : pull my *Texas haul* I'm going away : to wear you off my mind Keep me worried : bothered all the time I hate to see : the evening sun go down Make me feel : that I'm on my last go-round My mama told me : papa told me too Don't you let no woman : make a fatmouth out of you I'm leaving here : crying won't make me stay The more you cry : the further I'm going away Train's down here : track's all out of line Mistreat me baby : mistreat your only friend Mistreat me baby : sure going to do it again I'm going to the river : sit right on the ground If the blues overtake me : jump overboard and drown Going to buy a shotgun : long as I am tall I'm going to shoot my baby : just to see her fall Oh now it's loving : really really wor-worrying me And that cruel-hearted loving : it's going to be the death of me Prison : sure don't want to make it my home I'm a good-hearted poor boy : just a long way from home Tell me cruel-hearted mama : what's on your hard-hearted mind Say you keep me in trouble : so worried and bothered all the time And I love my little baby : tell you just how I know I will work rob and steal for her : baby in the frosty snow And it's blues : woke me for my telephone I got a long-distance call from my baby : daddy I ain't coming back home The two women I'm loving : they keep bothering my heart That's one in Cincinnati : my Waco wife that broke my heart Tell me cruel-hearted mama : what you want your daddy to do
I'd rather see you murder me : baby and to leave me too And I'm going away : little baby crying it won't be long Said take your Bible pretty mama : and read the days your daddy's gone I got the Niagara Falls blues : pretty mama keeps a-worrying you And those Niagara Falls blues pretty mama : going to be the death of you I walked down my pantry : I walked back up my hall I stuck my head over the transom : another mule was in my stall I got the blues so bad : that it hurts my tongue to talk I got the blues so bad : that it hurts my baby's feet to walk Now it's run to your window : heist your shade up high It's stick your head out the window : see the worried blues pass by I looked down the lonesome road pretty mama : far as I could see Another man had my wife : and I swear the Niagara blues had me I got the blues in a bottle : got the rattlesnake in my hand How can I live in this world babe : my baby with another man Now it's run here sweet mama : I'm [about to, certainly going to] get you told You ain't the onliest woman in Cincinnati : got such a loving jellyroll And I woke up this morning : my pillow slip wringing wet I looked around for my baby : daddy I can't use you yet If you ever been down mama : you know just how [I, a prisoner] feel I ain't got nobody on the outside : *to play in the field* And I laid in prison : my face turned to the wall Says a no-good crow-jane woman : was the cause of it all And it's a many old day : I drop my weary head and cry I did not have no blues : but little mama just wasn't satisfied It's pull on your race horse : bet on your derby too I ain't got nobody in this world : will do love me true And I locked in the death cell : and drop my weary head and cried I told the sing sing prison board : this ain't like being outside And if if hadn't been for you little mama : I wouldn't not been here I drinking wine and whiskey : mama and your home-brewed beer
When a man gets in trouble : every woman throws him down I'm so worried : don't know what to do I waked up this morning : mama feeling sad and blue Because my woman had done quit me : didn't have nowhere to go Hey hey : hey hey hey When I'm in my good whiskey : this is the way I sing my blues Says there's no more good water : because this pond is dry I walked down to the river : then turned around and run If the fishes in the water had my blues : they'd die Got a head full of foolishness : my baby got a rambling mind Hey pretty mama : tell me what have you done I done told you mama : ain't going to tell you no more Now the blues so worrisome mama : between midnight and day Now the blues done caused my woman : hon' to run away Lord I can't *let its* continue : don't care what I do Mama told me : six long weeks ago Son you save your money : just to buy your clothes Buy your clothes : let these women go Hey hey mama : what is going on wrong Spend my woman's money : mama and she won't come Can't rest contented : don't care where I go You're a mean mama : whispering in your ear I'm going to grind my coffee : two or three dollars a pound Ain't a man in this town : can grind this coffee like mine It done got so good : that it make you bite your tongue I'm a coffee-grinding fool : now let me grind you some Trouble worried trouble : I been having all my days When a man gets in trouble : every woman throws him down I woke up Lord this morning : *things are worrying on a-* poor me Then I went upstairs : fell down across my bed Now my baby has a-quit me : talked all out of my head I've got the Rock Island blues : waiting for the Rock Island train I took the Rock Island train : and take a Rock Island ride somewhere I've got a free transportation : looking for the train to ride I need to ride the Rock Island : *just riding to satisfy* If you ever been down : you know just how I feel I'm going away : *I come* to get on board Leaving : hang crepe on your door I've got the rickets and the rackets : and my baby's got the Mobile blues I've got the Rock Island blues : and I don't know what to do One thing about these women : I cannot understand All wear short dresses : trying to fool a workingman Baby if anyone should ask you : who composed this song Just tell Lonnie Coleman : done been to your town and gone
Wild about my loving : *crazy deeds* I have my fun And if you want me to love you : don't pretend you never done I ain't rough : I don't bite ??? *womens* : don't you treat me right Baby come right in : coming right at me I can *catch those* ??? : ??? *at the Santa Fe* You know I been out east : been out west Hard to tell : which mamas love the best *Turkey's for some* : ??? *France* Where the men in Texas going : it seems just the same Now there's two things about : I just can't understand A *cawdy-cawdy* husband : ??? *scrubby* man Well I'm going out the country : and I can't carry you Nothing up the country : monkey-man can do You can mistreat me here : but you can't when I go home I got somebody there : will make you leave me alone Walk on : walk on little girl walk on Say you going to keep on walking : till you lose your happy home And you know you didn't love me : you fell across my bed Full of your moonshine whiskey : mama talking all out of you head Say I walked around to my window : and I peeped right through my blinds I seen another darky : trying to change my woman's mind When I find a town : that will satisfy my mind Tell you that's where I'll be : for a great long time When I get to Atlanta : walk on Decatur Street I'm going to shimmy-shee-wobble : with every fair brown I meet I got a woman named Miss Hattie : she lives on Fourteenth Street Oh the way that woman love me : I swear she can't be beat I done spent all of my money : my bank account run low My woman had the nerve to tell me : daddy aren't you spending slow Says my mama's dead : and my daddy's in the mines
And I'm a motherless child : and I just can't keep from crying When I was lying in jail : with my back turned to the wall I could lay down and dream : I could hear my good gal squall Lord she brought me coffee : and she brought me tea Fell dead on the floor : with the jailhouse key I'm going down to the courthouse : see the judge and the chief police My good gal fell dead : now I sure can't see no peace I'll tell you what I'll do : and I sure God ain't going to tell no lie I believe I'll lay down : take morphine and die Now my mama's dead : and my papa can't be found I ain't got nobody : throw my arms around Yonder comes the devil : going to set this town on fire Now when the chance comes up : I'm going to bid this town goodbye I got ways like the devil : slipping around your gate So I can find me a good gal : or won't have to take no *hate* Let me tell you mama : what you said last night Lay down on my bedside : try to treat me right Lord I'm going up the country : but crying won't make me stay More you cry : the farer I'll ride away Easy mama : don't fade away I'm going : where the Drummond cross the Yellow Dog Lord I'm freezing here : with *you a-fighting all around the hall* And I felt so rotten : and I didn't want to ride no train I want to ride the Yellow Dog : where way out in the I sat deep in my saddle : and I don't *remember the name* Sat deep in my saddle Lord : and I ??? *name* Just as sure as the train : leaves the rounded curve I never felt so worried : till I found the loving lady blues I can't sleep for dreaming : I can't eat for crying I lay down last night : with that gal all on my mind I got nineteen bird dogs : got one floppy-eared hound It just take those twenty : run my fair brown down I got a good gal in town : but she don't treat me right I feel like going to the cemetery : laying right down and die Feel like going to the cemetery : laying right down and die For I done got worried : with that gal of mine I went down to the river : just thirty-one days and nights I'm looking for my good gal : come back and treat me right I ain't got me nobody : carry my troubles to I tell you peoples : I don't know what to do Just as sure as your train : Lord backs up in your yard I'm going to see my baby : if I have to ride the rods I went away last summer : got back in the fall My mind had a-changed : I wouldn't have come back at all You can press my jumper : iron my overalls I'm going to the station : meet the Cannonball She has the hesitating stockings : the hesitating shoes *The rich and the poor* : got the hesitating blues How long now : will I have to wait Can I get you now : honey have to hesitate I can learn ??? : not to ball the jack I can beat anybody : getting the good gal back And I got a gal : who loves to roll ??? : right by her door Around the curve : and around the bend Yonder comes : that engineer *Rifle's* on the *stage* : my *coffee's* in the *cool* My little gal's : from Illinois I'm not so good-looking : got no curly hair Have a woman : take me anywhere When you get up in the morning : when the ding-dong rings You make it to the station : see the same old thing Ain't nothing on the table : but the pots and the pans Say anything about it : have supper with the man Yonder come the little Nora : how do you know I know by the apron : and the dress she wear ??? on her shoulder : piece of paper in her hand Looking for some sergeant : to release some man I aim to take my gun : ??? in your face Going to let some graveyard : be your resting place You going to miss me when I'm gone : honey and it won't be long When you think I'm going : I'm standing right here with your *wally* on When I'm gone : don't you grieve after me Don't you forget : how I went away She's long and tall : and wears a diamond ring But she can beat anybody : at doing that thing You go through the *barrel* : and you ride like a *tiger* You throws your backbone : clean out of sight You did cause me to weep : you did cause me to moan You did cause me : to leave my home I cried last night : and the night before And I swore : not to cry no more In eighteen hundred : and ninety-nine He got killed on that streetcar line They took him down : that smoky road Brought him back : on that cooling board Says run here mama : and fall in your daddy's breast These blues : going to let me rest
Said come in here : and you shut that door He got shot : with a forty-four I got a brand new pistol : and a box of balls Going to shoot that woman : just to see her fall You ??? *those stitches* : in the He dug those potatoes : with the pocketknife I'm going to town : hurry back I'm going to show your people : how to ball the jack She got good jelly : she sells it hot I know here's something : that a man can't buy Twenty-five cents : is the regular price There's fifty cents : you can buy her twice She pulls her dress : up above her knees She shakes her shimmy : to who she please Take your time kind mama : I'm going to do it just as slow as I can I might start shimmying : don't let nobody in Make your bed up higher : and turn your lamp way low I'm going to hug and kiss you : ain't coming here no more Make your lamp up higher : and turn your lamp around Look out your back door : see me leave this town The day you left me : you throwed me down You didn't hurt me so bad babe : talk over town Because I'm broke : I'm down and out You ever quit me : and put me out Went to the nation : and the territor' Going to catch me the first train : I've got to go You press my jumper : my overalls Went to the station : meet the Cannonball I'd rather ride : this ??? line To be uneasy : be treated right I give my money : and a diamond ring
Now come her partner : beat me shaking that thing The day you left me : won't wear no black I write you a letter : come sneaking back You don't believe I'm traveling : on the road somewhere Get your book : and count come and count the days I'm gone You can go to *Moosefall* : find me there Yes if I drink smoky : find me on the road somewhere You can talk about your brick house : but you ought to see mine It ain't so pretty : but it ??? fine I got up this morning : looked at the rising sun Can't nobody run me : like them bloodhounds done I got up in my stockings : tipping across the floor Scared the bloodhounds : are rapping upon my door Now chickens on my back : and there's the hounds on my track I dropped my head : and I couldn't stop to look back I could hear those pistol balls : zooming by my head I believe to my soul : they going to kill me dead I got up this morning : just about the break of day I could hear *a bunch of* bloodhounds : a-coming down my way I got up this morning : fell down across my bed I could hear something pushing : all around my head My woman woke up this morning : dollar in her hand Two bits for the monkey : six bits for her man I hocked everything : from my hat down to my shoes So now sweet mama : got those doggone hockshop blues Now right is right : wrong is wrong Ain't no harm : to sing a little song
Uncle Bud went home : just like they said Stuck a match : caught a man in his bed If I go home : about half past ten Put the key in the hole : and can't get in Now Lucy came home : with a big excuse She left there tight : but she come back loose I had a little kitty : I called her mine Way in the night : I could hear her cry We shoot a little dice : bound to have a little fun Law walked up : and away we run I asked the lady for a drink : this is what she said I don't have the white : but I have the red Some folks hates it : call it a sin You see women : give money to men I went down in the alley : trying to sell my coke today And a woman run out and hollered : scared my mule away I went with iceman Jackson : he sold me ice and coke But he blowed in all his money : buying sweet jellyroll We stopped on Eighteenth and Federal : just two blocks west of State And when he got up under that ??? : well he would not wait She said money don't excite me : and that we all know well But Jackson showed her fifty dollars : and she almost fell She had wind like the greyhound : and she sure could run And Jackson got down like a reindeer : and he runned her some Tell me pretty daddy : what's the matter now Are you trying to quit me : and you don't know how I'd rather be dead : buried in the sea Than to have the man I love : say he don't want me Lord Lord : Lordy Lordy Lord Oh the man I love : treats me like a dog I'd rather see : my coffin come rolling in my door Than to hear the man I love : say I don't want you no more
I hear these women raving : about their monkey-man About their trifling husbands : and their no-good friends These poor women sit around : all day and moan Wondering why : their wandering papa don't come home Now when you got a man : don't never be on the square Because if you do : he'll have a woman everywhere I never was known : to treat no one man right I keep them working hard : both day and night I've got a different system : and a way of my own When my man starts kicking : I let him find another home I get full of good liquor : walk the streets all night Go home and put my man out : if he don't act right You never get nothing : by being an angel child You better change your ways : and get me awhile I want to tell you something : I wouldn't tell you a lie Wild women are the only kind : that do Early this morning : when everything was still My daddy said he was leaving : though it's against my will He said I'm leaving mama : and your crying won't make me stay The more you cry : the further I'm going away A man is like a car : that you have to overhaul Keep him three or four weeks : and you can't get along at all I gave him everything : from a diamond on down The next thing I give him : will be six feet of ground You can always tell : when your best man don't want you around He will come home at night : turn the bed upside down My heart's full of sorrow : tears come rolling down Because my baby : was Kentucky bound The pale moon shines : down on the mountain still Way down in old Kentucky : mid those high blue hills Shine on old moon : harvest moon shine on Because old moon you'll be shining : when I'm dead and gone I'm going to tell my mama : when I go back home Tell her the folks up here : won't let my Kentucky man alone
Hello Central : give me long-distance please I'm begging with tears in my eyes : and down on my bended knees Hello Central : give me Mr Henry Brown What you say you were calling : a storm has blown the wires down Listen long-distance : can you send a telegram Do this please : before I fall down *left in a jam* You just tell him : he better hurry home Because I'm tired : of making all these nights alone Takes a southern woman : to sing this southern song Lord I'm worried now : but I won't be worried long When I was downtown : I wouldn't take no one's advice But I ain't going to let : that same bee sting me twice Because I'm going back : where the weather suits my clothes Down where there ain't no snow : and the chilly winds never blow I don't want no northerner : no northern black or brown Southern men will stick by you : when the northern men can't be found You ever been south : you know just what I mean Southern men are all the same : from Kentucky to New Orleans I'm going back south : where I can get my hambone boiled These northern men : are about to let my poor hambone spoil The blues came down my alley : and stopped right at my door They made me feel : like I've never felt before I'm a good-hearted woman : never done nobody wrong But the better I treat my daddy : the worse we get along If you don't want me daddy : please tell me what to do I've never loved nobody daddy : like I'm loving you I've got ten little puppies : twelve little shaggy hound It takes all twenty-two : to run my good man down
Daddy oh daddy : won't you answer me please All day I stood by your coffin : trying to give my poor heart ease I rubbed my hands over your head : and whispered in your ear And I wonder if you know : that your mama's near You told me that you loved me : and I believed what you said And I wished that I could fall : here across your coffin dead When I left the undertakers : I couldn't help but cry And it hurts me so bad : to tell the man I love goodbye Early this morning : the blues come walking in my room I said blues please tell me : what are you doing here so soon He looked at me and smiled : but yet they refused to say I asked him again : and they turned and walked away The first thing they told you : your man you're going to lose At first I didn't believe it : but I found that it was true Blues oh blues : you know you been here before The last time you were here : you made me cry and walk the floor The time has come : for us to part I ain't going to cry : it won't break my heart Because I'm through with you : and I hope you don't feel hurt You are like an old horseshoe : that's had its day You're like an old shoe : I must throw away You're like an old ship : that sprung a leak You ain't young no more : and your loving is weak You ain't got no money : you're down and broke You're just an old has-been : like a worn out joke Old pal old pal : you stole my man away But that's all right : I'll get him back some day You stole my man : between midnight and day And if I catch you old pal : I sure will make you pay
Why should you : have a daddy of your own Old pal old pal : you better let my man alone Old pal you said : two friends could understand But that's no sign : we should take each other's man Going down to the river : take a rope and a rock Tie it around my neck : and jump off the dock Ain't no one : can change my mind I've been mistreated : and I don't mind dying Going to get me some poison : kill myself Because the man I love : has put me on the shelf If he didn't want me : he didn't have to lie The day I see him : that's the day he'll die Baby : you don't know my mind When you see me laughing : I'm laughing just to keep from crying A crooked man's worse : than crooked dice With dice you lose your money : with your man you lose your life I'm going to get me a razor : and a gun Cut him if he stands still : shoot him if he runs I got a coal-black mare : but Lord how that horse can run Yes she win every race : man you don't see how it's done I give her three gold teeth : I put earings in her ears There ain't no use a-worrying : I do swear the stuff is here I cut her mane : I put streamline shoes on her feet Ain't a horse in the country : I do swear my horse can't beat Say she foxtrot and pace : and I rode that horse today Yeah when morning comes : she had never broke her gait She going to the race track at midnight : and I rode her all night long Yeah when morning come : she had never changed her weight She's a coal-black mare : she's got long black curly mane Well I'll follow that horse : man in any land I went down in Death Valley : among the tombstones and dry bones
That's where poor me will be : Lord when I'm dead and gone Now if I should die : I should die before my time I want you to bury my body : down by that Frisco line Now bury me mama : low down in the sand Now bury me mama : where I won't bother your next old man Oh bye bye baby : I said goodbye Death Valley is my home : mama I want to die Tell all the women : please come dressed in red They going down Sixty-One Highway : that's where the poor boy he fell dead Wear your patent leather slippers : mama put out your morning gown You going to follow poor Crudup : down to his burying ground That's all right mama : that's all right for you Treat me lowdown and dirty : any old way you do I've been worried all night mama : now worried again today Because the woman I love : done throwed me away Babe I wouldn't have been here : if it had not been for you *Down in* Chicago : you treat me like you do I'm leaving town mama : just to wear you off my mind Now you treat me lowdown and dirty : I believe I'll lose my mind If I get lucky mama : with my train fare home I'm going back to Mississippi : Lord now where I belong Well that mean old old Frisco : and that lowdown Santa Fe Done took my babe away : Lord and blowed back at me Yes my mama told me : papa told me too Son every woman scream in your face : Lord she ain't no friend to you Lord I wonder : do she ever think of me Well I wonder I wonder : will my babe come back to me Yes I'm standing and looking : watching that Southern whistle blow Well she didn't catch that Southern : Lord now where did the woman go Lord I ain't got no : special rider here I might leave : because I don't feel welcome here
Do anything mama : tell the truth don't mean no lie I have so many hard-working women : tell you men I don't mean no jive Now she's *making* her jelly : and she will not give it away She's going to save it for *Sally* : he will be home today Some of these funny women : just like driving an automobile You have to step on the gas : to make them climb the hill Never mind never mind baby : I got my eyes on you Some of these days mama : you going to do like I want you to Mama I woke up this morning : mama had the sundown blues And my fair brown told me : I refuse to go Mama I had so much chicken : mama cackles in my sleep You don't like my potatoes mama : oh don't you plow so deep I got nineteen fair browns : said I want you all to know Mama if you want to see me : mama I'll let the nineteen go Now you see my little fair brown : tell her to bring me meat When the wintertime gets here : I'll wear the B V Ds When you get down to Memphis : won't find me there Just lightning and smoking : on the road somewhere I was born in Texas : raised in Tennessee Good Lord oh when you get to Memphis : won't find me there Well they call me Daddy Stove Pipe : turn your damper down Good Lord now when you get to Memphis : won't find me there I don't want no sugar : stirred up in my rice That long *short* yellow : gives me my appetite Mama toot your whistle : you can't blow your horn Your little bow-legged daddy : left you all alone Mama I don't like chicken : neither no piece of cake Takes a big fat fan-belt : drive a Cadillac Eight When you get through to Bessemer : almost to Birmingham When you love your daddy : give me your right hand
My mama was a sailor : she love the ocean life She ride top and bottom : sometime on the side Said I'm going to China : honey what you want me to bring you back Said a bobtailed coat : and a *hot ??? China* hat Lord I told Mr Russell : don't you broke my plow Says he got bull-headed : and broke it off anyhow Standing on the corner : talking with my brown Up stepped this policeman : take both of us down Honey where was you : when thirty blows was sound Standing on the corner : teasing with my brown Lord a lowdown fireman : dirty engineer Say they took my brown : left me standing here All you jealous men : better keep your women tied If they flag my train : I'm sure going to let them ride If anybody asks you : who composed this song Tell them Julius Daniels : done been here and gone I'm take me my pistol : three rounds of ball Going kill everybody : *broke the poor boy law* On a Monday I was arrested : on a Tuesday I was tried Judge found me guilty : and I hung my head and cried Judge : what'll be my fine Says a pick and a shovel : way down *Joe Brown's* coal mine Be light on me judge : I ain't been here before Give you ninety-nine years : don't come back here no more What's on your worried mind You keep your poor man worried : and bothered all the time Lord Lordy : Lord Lord Lord Lord I'm a poor boy : been treated just like a dog Got a new way baby : spelling Memphis Tennessee Double M double E : double T double X Y Z
Baby baby : what makes you treat me so I've done all : that a poor boy could do I helped you baby : when your kinfolks turned you down Now you loving someone else baby : and you done left this town Look a-here baby : what more you want me to do I sacrificed my mother : just to get along long with you Ever lay down laughing : and wake up hollering and crying And you think about the woman : you treated so nice and kind Take me back baby : try poor me one more time I'll bet you hundred dollar : that I will change your mind When you got money : your friends will hear your plea When you ain't got no money : then you have to come home to me Take my woman : I won't get mad with you For she's three times seven : and she knows what she wants to do Woke up this morning : and I was half most dead I was bone-down weary : a low and ache aching head Baby baby : won't you forgive me please You're the only woman : can give my poor poor heart ease You deceived me babe : about the things I did not want you to do Now I've lost confidence in you : because you won't be true I regarded you : like I were your baby child But when it comes to find out : you was misusing me all the while But me and my baby : we going to make everything all right And if we don't tomorrow : we will tomorrow night Beef to me baby : me and pork chops do not agree I love you : but I don't like the way that you are jiving me I'll work up to you : or you'll slip back [down] to me some day And you going to be sorry : that you done me this a-way I never cried : till my babe got on the train And the tears went down : great God like drops of rain Now let me tell you : what that mean old train will do It will take your woman : and blow the smoke at you And it's oh my baby : don't treat me good no more And I ain't got no babe : ain't got nowhere to go And this woman I'm loving : don't pay me no mind
And she keeps me worried : and bothered all the time I believe I believe : I'll stop my barrelhouse ways For I feel myself : sinking every day And it's oh my baby : don't act right no more And I can't feel welcome : babe nowhere I go If whiskey don't kill me : I'm doomed to lose my mind For I'm worried and bothered : and drinking all the time Farewell farewell : I bid this world goodbye Little babe done quit me : and I'll give on up to die I ain't no iceman : I ain't no iceman's son But I can keep you cool : until the iceman comes I ain't no wood chopper : I ain't no wood chopper's son But babe I can chop your kindling : until the wood chopper comes Baby I ain't no stove man : I ain't no stove man's son But I can keep you heated up : babe until the stove man comes Baby I ain't no butcher : and I ain't no butcher's son But I can furnish you plenty of meat : baby until the butcher comes I ain't no milkman : I ain't no milkman's son But I can furnish you plenty of cream : baby until that milkman comes Work now mama : both night and day Make my money : bring it all away Liquor sure : is a craving sin Steal it from the white folks : now and then Up to my lips : then down to my toes That's the way : ??? ten gallons goes Went to the doctor : and the doctor said Don't stop drinking : going to kill you dead Mama told me : papa told me too Doing that stuff : will be the death of you Now if you're ever in Dallas boy : please visit old Elm Street You can see the snuff-sniffing women : like a police on his beat
Lordy I'm so glad I'm so glad : police is back on the beat So he can stop them women : from begging every man they meet Lord I ain't going to marry : ain't going to settle down I'm going to hang around Dallas Texas : and run old pigmeat down Now if you ever come to Dallas : yes and get put in jail Yes sweet papa Charlie Chicken : he will pay your bail I'm going to tell you something mama : every word is true Lord I'm crazy about my pork and beans : wild about my good beef stew Now you talk about rags : boys but you ought to hear mine My red-hot shaker : plays it all the time It's called : the red-hot shaker rag It's the best rag : that I ever had Now you can talk about pepper : boys but it ain't hot You ought to hear my boys : making up their plot Let's play : the red-hot shaker's rag Now blow it boys : you know it's just too bad I'd rather be in the *cripty* river : floating like a log Than to stay around here : be treated like a dog Now all the little children : playing around in a ring Playing hooky from school : just to rag that thing Now it's some folks says : a preacher won't steal But I caught a preacher : in the potato field Now one had the sack : the other had the hoe If that ain't stealing : boys I'd like to know Here come my father : with his gun You ought to see : them preachers run My baby's gone : and she won't come back no more Oh she left me this morning : and she caught that M and O Listen here people : I've done everything that I could But she's gone and left me : she didn't mean me no good There is one thing baby : I just can't understand myself
When the gal I love quit me : I don't want nobody else But that's all right babe : I can't stand the way you do You are running me crazy : and it's going to worry you When she left me she bought a ticket : just as long as she was tall She didn't know how much I loved her : or else she wouldn't have left at all That stuff you sell : ain't no good Smell just like : old rotten burnt wood That stuff you sell : ain't no wine One thing about it : you serve it so kind The stuff you sell : ain't no booze One thing about it : mama give you the blues The stuff you sell : in a jug You don't give me some : I'm going to raise a bug I know you're sick : can't get well When you sell any more : it take God to tell You can go down on the corner : Market and Tenth Get that stuff : for fifty cents That stuff you sell : ain't so good I wouldn't buy none of that : even if I could The north wind has begin howling : [and, but] the skies are pretty and blue And winter is coming : wonder what the poor people are going to do People talk about the time : that they never have seen before But hard times : is knocking on everybody's door Poor people are like prisoners : but they just ain't got on a ball and chain But the way they are faring : I do swear it's all the same There ain't no need to worry : times will bring about a change And if it don't : I swear it will always be the same I'm a railroad man : and I love that M and O And when I leave this time : I ain't coming back no more Now don't the moon look pretty : shining down through the trees I can see my baby : but I swear that she can't see me
I'm in a world of trouble : and I believe I've got to go I'm going to leave here people : going to catch that M and O The L and N is a fast train : also that I N C N If I ever leave Chicago : going to ride that Sunshine Special again L and N L and N : bring my baby back to me You keep me bound down in trouble : just as long as I can be Don't your house look lonesome : when the one that you love is gone And you ain't got nobody : just to keep a happy home I wonder will my baby : ever come back to me again When she left me good people : she rode that L and N My gal done quit me : found somebody else And now I'm tired : of sleeping by myself I love my moonshine whiskey : and I love my cherry wine Sloppy drunk : about to lose my mind I'm going to get sloppy drunk : tell everything I know Another half a pint : mama will see me *Joe* Ooo : ooo wee Wonder what will : what will become of me Water when I'm thirsty : whiskey when I'm dry A brownskin woman : tell her when I come to die I am traveling this lonesome road : if I never get back no more I have something to tell you : people just before I go Take care of my wife and my children : I hope to come back home some day The racket that I am now in : Lord it make *white slavery* I'm going to rob and I'm going to hijack : until I get satisfied And if the freight train leaves me : Lord I got a mule to ride I thinking about the times : when I was laying in my mother's arms She always told me : son don't you do nothing wrong But people before I will stand to see : my good woman go down I will pack my suitcase : while I hunt from town to town I was sad and lonesome : when I walked into my baby's door And here's the words she told me : I can't use you no more I folded up my arms : and I slowly walked away That's all right baby : you going to need my help some day Oh Lord : oh Lord oh Lord oh Lord Don't you remember the day : you treated me like a lowdown dirty dog Some day I'm going to see you : when you down and out just like myself Mama just as I have told you : some day you going to need my help So goodbye : I ain't got no more to say I did not think : you would treat me this a-way Every since every since : I [first] left my mother's door I don't have the good times people : that I have had in my life so long So in believe I will go : right down I Paris Tennessee Because this life that I'm living : Lord it's bad luck *here* Going to write and tell my mother : to look for me on my way I'm going back home people : Lord and I'm going back there to stay And if you see my black angel : please don't tell her the way I've gone Tell her there ain't no need to worry : neither cry or weep and moan I'll try to travel if I want to : but I believe I will go by *mail* I've got a V-Eight Ford now sweet mama : Lord you know I'm a minuteman My tires ain't going to fail me : and my motor it is good and strong I have a V-Eight Ford now sweet mama : Lord and you know it won't be long All I want is my thirty-two twenty : hanging by my side I will pour in the high-powered gasoline : and see how fast we can ride I'm going to make traintime and over : and I ain't going to be one minute late I'm going to hold it around ninety miles : and I ain't going to break my gait Won't you listen to my V-Eight motor : won't you listen to how my motor hums This minuteman is on that lonesome highway : and I swear it won't be long
Uncle Bert thought : he had *his daughter* trained She's out there : shaking that little old thing Shaking her *rumble* : just like she shake her *strike* She say run into me baby : and make me break my back She got a crankshaft motion : she got a cross-town swing She got *the regular* : doing that thing She's out there : looking like a sugar lump She say want to *pum-pitty* : got to make me drunk *I'm burn that* chicken : *and down handcuff* Come on here darling : let's go and talk *Aunt Dinah got a preacher* : *roll* above her knee And she strutting her stuff : to who she please Mama here come your root man : open the door and let him in It is just about time : you using some of your good roots again You face is getting bumpy : and your skin looks awful bad I believe my root do you more good mama : than any herbs that you ever had There is one thing baby : you want the root all by yourself But you know I'm a doctor mama : I got to give it to somebody else The root that I'm selling : from it you can get lots of juice And when I'm giving it to you mama : you don't want to turn your doctor loose I was doctoring on a woman : she said Lord I can't see how can it be She say go away from here doctor : you got too much root for me You hair all wrinkled : and you full of sweat Your underskirt : is wringing wet You show your linen : to any man And that's something mama : that I just can't stand Here you come in here walking : just like a goose You look like : somebody just turned you loose Run here mama : just look at sis She got her hand in her toodle-um : up to her wrist Mama and papa's in the back yard : trying to *call up Knot Hill* Papa ain't ready : so help me God He got the motion : and she got the swing Just look at papa out there : on that thing Santy Claus : won't you please hear my lonesome plea I don't want nothing for Christmas : but my baby back to me You know I loved you baby : that is why we could not get along But some day you going to be sorry : that you ever done me wrong Oh Lord it's near Christmas time : and I want to see Santy Claus If you don't bring my baby : swear I'll break all the laws Santy Claus Santy Claus Santy Claus : I'm down on my bended knees I don't want nothing for Christmas : but my baby back to me The blue sky is my blanket : and the moonlight is my spread The rock is my pillow : that is where I rest my head A ghost and a night owl : they come to see me sometime And a Gypsy women : she comes and reads my mind The woman that I was loving : she did not mean me no good She give me so much trouble : I had to move back in the woods I am friendless and I'm lonesome : people you would be the same old way If the woman that you were loving : would mistreat you both night and day They put ashes in my whiskey : they put strychnine in my glass Lord I went out car-riding with them : and they carried me too fast She put [castor oil, black drops] in my coffee : with that [black drops, castor oil] in my tea Lord she's the meanest old woman : that a man most ever seen I believe I believe : that they trying to carry me down Lord the way they are feeding me : that they don't want me around She carries a razor in her pocket : with them frowns all in her face Lord I believe some other good joker : trying to root me out of my place I'm going to write you a letter : my wife and I ain't going to do right no more I know the way you treat me baby : Lord you did not want me no more What I've got on my mind : ain't nobody in this world can tell And if I never see you no more baby : Lord I sure do wish you well
Now I'm having bad luck : and bad luck I can't understand Got me out here scuffling mama : trying to make it if I can Baby baby : I ain't going to worry with you no more Lord I'm going down the country : let you have Mr so-and-so You got bad blood mama : I believe you need a shot Now turn over here mama : let me see what else you got I doctors on women : I don't fool around with men All right take it easy here mama : whilst I stick my needle in Lord your ways is so loving : and your skin is nice and soft Lord if you keep on drunk mama : you going to make me break my needle off Lord my needle is in you baby : and you seem to feel all right And when your medicine go to coming down : I want you to hug me tight Yeah your medicine come now baby : put your [foot, leg] up side the wall I don't want to waste none of it mama : I want you to have it all You is built for speed : and fast just like twenty grand I would give more for you now : than a farmer would for land I'm a well-trained jockey : won't you please ma'am let me ride I may not give a ride like you old jockey : but I'll try to make you satisfied If you let me get in your saddle : and just try me one time Lord I may can do something : baby that might change your mind Twenty grand is the fastest race horse : that ever run around a track And if you let me get in your saddle mama : I may ride the way you like Just let me get in your saddle baby : I ain't going to never do no wrong I'm a good jockey rider : and I don't stay there too long Have you ever been low in spirits : mama and you didn't know what was on your mind Lord it hurts you so bad sometimes : Lord you can't keep from crying The house where you were living : it don't [even] look right no more And you can't find no consolation : nowhere in the world you go Then you wonder what did you ever do : to make your poor heart ache and pain Lord it hurts you so bad : to hear somebody call Mr so-and-so's name I looked for you Sunday morning : till Monday in the afternoon
But I hope you'll be here Tuesday morning : hope you will be here Tuesday morning soon If I don't never see you no more : please drop me a post card Lord you know the way that you left me : mama it almost broke my heart Your picture has faded : mama that hangs up on the wall It's been hanging there so long : I can't see your face at all Even my old house seems haunted : mama and there ain't nobody around Sometime it seem like at night : that the old house is falling down I can hear my back door slamming : [seem like] I can hear a little baby crying Lord I wonder baby : have you got me on your mind My old clock is [still] ticking : that hangs up on the wall But now you gone and left me : and I can't see your face at all Please don't mistreat me : if you don't want me around Lord don't be mad with me baby : because your good man have left this town You say you don't [even] love me : you don't even love yourself I know there ain't a room in your heart for me : mama you loving someone else I got myself a mama : she always keep me feeling blue Lord she act just like the weather : and I don't know what she is going to do If I really loved you baby : I would not tell you no lies Lord I wouldn't say hard things to you mama : to make you hang your head and cry Mama why should I be worried : and why should I be so blue Lord it's all on account : of all on account of you How can I sleep and keep from worrying : how can I laugh and keep from crying Lord every time I turn my back : you always doing something to change my mind I just flutters when I see you : like a little bird up in his nest Lord sometime I think I love you : sometime I think I love my little gal the best I can't keep from worrying : Lord I can't keep from telling you lies Lord I would do all right with you baby : but you know you try to be too wise
Now this was my sad story : I never will forget the day It was in the year of nineteen thirty-five : on the twenty-sixth day of May As I walked into my bedroom : crowd all gathered around They was standing seemed to be in mourning : with their heads all hanging down In the midst there stood a doctor : he was standing gazing on The only woman in the world that I ever loved : she's gone she's gone Now I'm left here all alone : all in this great big world alone That's the end of my happy days : and I can't have no more happy home On the bed there laid a letter : said be as good as you can be Lord I'm sorry you couldn't be here now : to have the last few words with me Now you must have a heart : like a rock in the sea I been begging you baby : babe please don't leave My nights are getting lonely : my days are getting long Now tell me baby : I did not do no wrong I don't want to hurt your feelings : either make you mad I love you : better than anything I ever had I like you baby : I like to see you smile But I like to please you : every once in a while I heard somebody calling me : papa don't you want to go Mama dee-da-da calling me : papa so-and-so Down in the land of California : sweet home Chicago I begged you all night baby : all the night before If I ever did you wrong : I won't do that no more All last night baby : I tried to talk to you But you told me : there was nothing I could do I been good to you baby : did everything that I could Now you want to leave me : don't mean me no good Oh babe oh baby : down on my bended knees Begging you now baby : don't leave me please Oh babe oh baby : don't leave me now All alone by myself baby : won't be satisfied
Now I walked over to the table : and I picked up my telephone But the line was busy : or if it ain't nobody home Give me long long-distance : I wonder what's wrong with my line Lord I just want to talk awhile : to that little old girl of mine All right operator : maybe it ain't nobody home But I'm sitting here wondering : why is my baby gone I'm calling long-distance : and I wonder where could she be Lord I wonder is she listening : and won't even answer me I woke up this morning moaning : with the worried blues on my mind I was thinking about someone : who were left behind It's oh Lord Lord : please get him off of my mind I can't eat for dreaming : and I can't rest for crying I'm going back to my baby : going to knock on my baby's door I'm going to ask my pretty mama : baby can't you use me no more Baby : can I lay down here till day I'm a poor boy : and I got nowhere to stay Love is like water : it turns off and on When you think you got a good girl : Lord she done turn off and gone Elm Street painted in brass : Main Street painted in gold I got a good girl live on East Commerce : I wouldn't mistreat her to save nobody's soul Hey Billiken : these Elm Street women don't mean you no good When your back is turned : they with every man in the neighborhood These Elm Street women : Billiken they don't mean you no good If you want to make a good woman : have to get on *Hospital* Avenue Don't the moon look pretty : shining through the trees Don't your house look lonesome : when your good girl is fixing to leave Down on my knees this morning : I prayed to the good Lord above Please let me live one more time : with the good girl that I love I'm going to get me a wire : stretched across the deep blue sea So when my good girl gets worried : she can sit down and talk to me
I'm going to build me a little mansion : on Central Avenue So I can stick my head out the window : and see what my wicked women will do Lord I got a pretty mama : lives on Central Avenue Lord if that woman left and quit me *now* : what in the world that I would do I pray to heaven Lord : I seen my pretty mama up there She had one foot loose : and *curled up with the air* Good girl used to live here : don't live here no more Left here early this morning : carried all of her clothes Boy I'd *better see my good girl* : leave me in this town I'd beat the train to the *crossroads* : and I'd burn the depot down Lord pretty mama I wonder : what you trying to do *She make it trying* to run with me : and my buddy too I'm going to West Texas : Lord I'm going to stay Some little brownskin woman : *stepping* in my way Well the sun rose this morning : and laid down on my floor When I ended my dreams : it was all around my door Good morning blues : what makes you come so soon Here early this morning : *crying ???* soon Now blues and trouble : boys what a nagging ache These old women now baby : running from man to man Just tell me pretty mama : what you trying to do You didn't do no more : than I looked for you to do You leave me laughing : some day you come back crying You been gone so long darling : wear you off of my mind Lord Lord : Lord Lordy Lord Lord The girl I loving : treat me like a dog My heart's in trouble : mind's in misery Got the blues so bad : I really can't hardly see Well I'm so glad : I'm twenty-one years old today Lord I'm so glad : my baby can't treat me that a-way
Oh babe : what you want poor me to do Driving a coal wagon babe : give all my money to you Oh babe : don't play me for no fool Lord I ain't no plumber : and I ain't nobody's stool I send it to the river : river to the deep blue sea Now your monkey ways babe : don't take no effect on me Oh babe : don't make no fool of me Lord I'm three time seven : baby why can't you see That's why I'm so glad : I'm twenty-one years old today Lord I'm three times seven : I'm going to have my way I can't go down : that big road by myself If I can't carry you : I carry someone else I asked him how about it : and he said all right I asked him how long : and he said all night I asked him how about it : said he didn't know how But I will do you mama : like a calf will do a cow I'm a traveling woman : I got a traveling mind If you don't take me back daddy : sure going to lose your mind My mother said : six months before I was born She was going to have a good child : wouldn't never stay at home I feel like crying : ain't got no tears to spare I had a happy home : and I wouldn't stay there Tallahatchie River rising : Lord it's mighty bad Some peoples on the Tallahatchie : done lost everything they had Some people in the Delta : wondering what to do They don't build some levees : I don't know what become of you High water rising : get me troubled in mind I got to go : and leave my daddy behind Lord this water rising : and I sure can't swim But if it keeps on rising : sure going to follow him Going pack my suitcase : go back to Tennessee But this Tallahatchie River : done got the best of me
Mmm : hey hey hey hey Now the man I love : treats me like a dog I've got a twelve pound daddy : and eight pound one too And if my twelve pound one won't come : my eight pound one will do I'm going to build me a castle : out of ice and snow So when my blues come around : I can freeze them from my door Oh pretty daddy : will you please tell me what to do I will do anything : baby to satisfy you And it's one thing baby : that I can't understand If you are *loving* me : I don't want no partnership man I started to heaven : but I changed my mind But I'm going to Little Rock : where I can have better time Yes when I go to Little Rock : I can go three days without I tell people there : it's a wonderful town This is the place : where I have long to be Because where I come from : the mens have mistreated poor me Oh I don't know why : they treat me so lowdown and cruel And if you don't want me baby : you don't have to use me as no fool Hey hey : death bells in my ear It 'tain't going to be long : before they going to ring me away from here I lay down last night all night : and the night before Going back home to mama : won't have to lay down no more I'm a stranger here : they're sending out in the sea I'm broke and hungry : not a bite to eat Going to stand right here : catch the first old gal I see I'm going to beg her to take me : see what she make of me I'm going to ask my rider : would she set my trunk outdoors I don't mean quitting you : but I got another place to go The woman I had : these men must have had her *foiled* She loved me all this summer : but she put me out this fall I began to study : and the wind begin to blow I couldn't figure no place : for a man like me to go My mama's dead : my papa's across the sea That leaves no one : to love and care for me
Just as happy : woman as I can be Because the woman I'm loving : is going back to Kankakee Woman I'm loving : done mistreated me For another new morning : going to need your friend again Treat me : like someone you never seen Blues ain't nothing : good man on your mind Well it keep you worried : bothered all the time When you see me : with my head hung down I ain't got the blues : but another gal on my mind I'm going away baby : to see what could do I done all I could : can't get along with you I went to the station : I looked up on the board Well my train ain't here : but it's somewhere on the go Said good morning captain : said good morning shine 'Tain't nothing the matter : captain but I just ain't going I don't mind working : captain from sun to sun But I want my money : captain when payday come Work me all this summer : and you started on this fall Now I've got to take Christmas : in my overalls If you good men : want to keep her out of town at night Just feed her little pork chops : suits her appetite Lord it 'tain't no telling : what a Mississippi gal will do She will get your money : then *poor gam* at you It's one pretty mama : going to need a friend again You can sing this song : when you want me to be your friend Hey tell me woman : where did you stay last night For your shoes unfastened : and your skirt don't fit you right I says go on girl : don't sing them blues to me Because I'm sweet : as any man can be She even told me : to my face
That any old rounder : sure can take my place Said I'm getting tired : of your lowdown ways I'm going back : to my babe today So come on girl : honey you can't bluff I'm going to tip out tonight : and I'm going to strut my stuff I went down on the corner : with my money in my hand To kill my woman : about loving another man You see it's grieving me : oh it's grieving me Going to pack my grip : beat it back to Tennessee I'm so sad and lonely : love has been refused Can't have no loving : but I still have the blues They call me pretty papa : swellest man in town Women all screaming about me : but I can't give up my brown Daddy's got the washboard : mama's got the tub Sister's got the liquor : and brother's got the jug My water pipe's all rusted : water's running cold Someone's in the basement : trying to find the hole Just another evening : wasted away Spending and a-lending : and it left me broke today Run here pretty mama : sit down on your daddy's knee I'll tell you : how these women made a perfect fool of me I wasted lots of money : went out every night My pals done all forsake me : and the times is getting tight I'm feeling like an outcast : looking like a tramp Can't price a post card : can't even buy a stamp Ah you used to call me papa : you used to call me dunce You used to call me daddy : and you used to love me once Some folks need the ice : some folks need the snow If I could get you back : mama I wouldn't need nothing more You may be little : you may have a tender snoot But I know what you is mama : when you start to root
You go before the butcher : try to put on your stunt He can stick a knife in you : and you won't even grunt I see you got your squeal : you got your snoot Still you got your grunt : but you done lost your root Oh mama : you may have your snoot Still you got your grunt : but you done lost your root All dolled up : looking keen Like a girlie : in her teens Strutting : down the avenue Making eyes : and flirting too Now the other night : when I phoned You had another : in your home Parts of me : big and fat Can't blame nobody : for that I want your love : I can't refuse But I don't want it : if it's ever been used Some is tall : some is cute Some is sweet : and some is true I don't mean : to speak so bold Can't use it : if it's forty years old Something pounding : in my breast When I lay down : to take my rest Horrid nightmares : scary dreams Then the blues : steps on the scene Oh maybe it's the blues : that keeps me worried all the time If I could lose these weary blues : that's on my mind Happiness that comes around : but never comes to stay If I only had someone : just to drive my tears away I had a brown in my town : sweet as any gal could be I loved my gal with all my might : she didn't love nobody but me The other night : a man named Willie come and stole my gal away
Now I'm feeling down and out : and I've got the blues today Say if you see my gal : don't you tell her what I've done I got the blues : I going to sing them all night long Now folks if you see my gal : tell her that I'm gone Feel like riding : if it takes me all night long Now back to the levee I'm bound : I'm through with high yellows and browns Now I'm going to the levee : because my gal done turned me down Now say folks if you see my gal : tell her that I'm gone I feel like leaving : if it takes me all night long Take me back sweet mama : try me one more time If I don't satisfy you : I'll break my backbone trying You lay in your bed : with your face to the wall Thinking if you die : would that end it all Get up on the table : pull off that gown Raise up that right leg : let the left one down Pull off them stockings : that silk underwear The doctor's got to cut you mama : Lord knows where Got two or three tumors : shaped like a cube Two or three leaks : in your inner tube Bring on that ether : bring on that gas The doctor's got to cut you mama : yas yas yas Four monkey wrenches : and a two-horse shay Pair of old britches : and a bale of hay Your ribs was kind of loose : they moved about If I hadn't've sewed you up : everything would fell out I put in new tubes : hide the exhaust I went into your hood : and cleaned your spark plugs off Your body's kind of weak : now don't be hard From now on be careful : with them connection rods Now your body's kind of weak : don't be hard Go kind of easy : with them connection rods
Get up on this table : pull off that gown Raise up that right leg : let that left one down Pull off them stocking : that silk underwear The doctor's got to cut you : mama don't know where You got two or three tumors : shape like a cube Two or three leaks : in your inner tube Bring on that ether : bring on that gas The doctor's got to cut you mama : yas yas yas Four monkey wrenches : two-horse shay Pair of old britches : and a bale of hay Your ribs was kind of loosened : they moved about If I hadn't sewed you up : everything would fell out I put in new tubes : tightened up the exhaust Went into your hood : and cleaned your spark plugs off Your body's kind of weak : don't be hard From now on you be careful : with them there connection rods Tell me pretty mama : where'd you stay last night Shoes ain't buttoned : and you don't smell right Now you all drawed up : you look half drunk Your hair ain't combed : and you smell like a skunk Train's in the depot : boxcar's on the track My gal come home : with a tie across her back Now when I fix it lady : sure will be mighty good I fixed so many of them : all over this neighborhood I had a sweet woman : she done turned sour on me I had a good woman : but the men wouldn't let her be I had a new way of loving : but I done lost my stroke I had a new gal : I lost her when I got broke Now I'm a real kind fellow folks : and that ain't so bad But I just ain't got them things : I once have had I got my mind all made up : and I'm going to leave this town
I'm a-going so far : till the women can't run me down Now I had a speak-easy: but the police come and closed it down Now it sure is a hard thing : to sell booze around this town I got a woman down in Florida : got two up in Tennessee Got one in Indiana : keeps on pulling after me Now the angels keep singing : the moon shines down at night But the good Lord knows : that the women don't treat me right Oh set right down : and let's have some fun My wife's gone out : on a all-night run Oh take this : take some of that Take anything : in the doggone flat I'll fry some meat : cook some bread You get sleepy : there's a great big bed Oh take this liquor : drink this wine Let's get drunk : and have one good time Take off your shirt : hang it on the chair Take off your socks : and give your feet some air I'm drunk and disorderly : I don't care If you want to : you can pull off your underwear Now if you want me to love you : here's what you got to do You want me to love you mama : and make [me, you] love [you, me] too I got to have my loving : when my habit get on Start at nine in the evening : and love me all night long You got to get up early in the morning : fix your lunch And get out early : with that scuffling bunch If I wake up at night : and I wants to eat It's up to you : to get me some of that western meat You got to take all your money : throw it against the wall You take what sticks : and I'll take what falls Take a butcher knife : cut off your head Send me a telegram : that your heart is dead
Scuffling have got so hard : seem like I can't even make a dime I must a-have the wrong woman : seem like can't save money all the time I never want another women : that don't do nothing but hang around She will ??? to your weakness : she will keep you with a turned-down hand Life have gotten miserable : seem like no more happiness to be made But life is really too short : to be worried about them old no-good ways Good Book trying to tell us : where there's a will there's a way But it seem like the *many ways draining* out of me : more and more every day Lord grief will kill you : it will get you down to skin and bones And that devil *brother be upstairs* now : Lord after you are dead and gone I once grieved so hard : until I wake up weeping in my sleep But after you continue this life boys : you'll be living down in some graveyard deep Women now about nowadays they don't want to love nobody : and don't worry about the man behind the *left* Boys you better watch them women : because they're just slipping up the kingdom's steps Now baby let's stop our foolishness : and try to renew love over again Because I can't stay here in this world *after* : in this condition my poor heart's in Now baby I'm going to make you this promise : I make our home happy for you in every way But I want you to take care of my money baby : and please don't give my belongings away Now baby you know I love you : now why can't we get along Maybe some day you will consider baby : Lord and acknowledge that you have done wrong Boys I ain't doing no good : this slow death is killing me Every time *you going out swinging* : I'm just as blue as I can be My mind in such a condition : until I hardly know the days in the week Baby you give me plenty trouble : but some day you bound to see When I'm sleeping deep down in my grave : don't let no high *flat flappers* worry you You can just step out in any yard : that old jimson weed will sure ??? you Now boys you can be cute with your woman : and see won't she do you dirty *ass* She'll forever keep you working : working with your coffin on your back
I'm cold in hand : can't get nothing here I'm hungry as a hound : I can't travel nowhere I can't help but worry : how my good friend done Spent my money by the dollar : now won't give me nickel one Mama told me : times and times again Anybody laughs in my face : just can't be my friend Lord look down on poor me : pity my worried cares Help me to rise once more : I'm going to change my free-hearted ways Just give me one friend : to keep me from feeling so sad Lord you know I want a friend : like the one that Adam had Come here pretty mama : come here right now I've been waiting on you so long : till I'm burning down I'm waiting on you : I'm waiting on you I'm waiting on you baby : tell me what you going to do I know a good woman well : something going on wrong You ain't never kept me waiting : this lonesome long I wait all last night : all the night before If I have to wait tonight : I'm going to pack my trunk and go If you don't want me baby : just leave me alone I can get another woman : to carry your business on If you meant : to treat me right You wouldn't keep me waiting : all day and night That's all right baby : if you don't want me no more There many more women : just rearing to go Now I talked and I talked : now I ain't got no more to say Hand me down my jumper : and I'll be on my lonesome way I tried everything baby : don't nothing do no good I can't blame you honey : I'd be the same way if I could You came here from the country : just as green as green could be Now you're a wise city city : and you dodge all over me Well I ain't got no more to say : and I ain't going to chase you around Some day I'll be running : with the biggest shots in town
I saying I sad and lonesome : Lord what I'm going to do Say I'm going buy me a terraplane : I swear and a V-Eight too Well I'm going to put them both there together : put them out on the road Paint both show mama : got a heavy load Now I saying I sad and lonesome : Lord what I'm going to do Say I'm going to step on that accelerator : till that gas come through Say my gal just quit me now man : pulled in another lane Didn't want to come back : till I bought that airplane Crying please Frank : please let me ride with you Say I got room for two or three more : I swear and you too Says stop now Frank : let's get a sack of flour How can I stop this airplane : making ninety mile an hour Crying please Frank : please let me ride with you Say I can *peel off* that accelerator : and that gas come through Hitler cutting the world : gotten disturbed Uncle Sam better decide : and gotten blood in his eye You got to get together : you got to get together Got to closen up together : join one hand in hand Mussolini jumped back : up in the sack Hitler kicked him out : so he couldn't get back Uncle Sam called the men down : name by name He ain't together : but they ready just the same Uncle Sam need a champ : A well trained man : when you leave camp Well left my woman : standing in the door Crying Lord they mustn't let him : please don't go Now there is something : you say that you expect Now come and tell me what it is : that I neglect Come and tell your papa : what you want me to do Now just before : I got from you Get up every morning : at half past three Ease out to your job : without disturbing me
Now when you come back : you must have plenty of jack Because any *??? still* : really hurts your papa's back I want you to work hard : for me and my brother I want you to come back from work : looking just like first one thing and then another Says I never like to hurry : I just take my time Now here's all I ask of you : kind man I want an answer : I can understand How you get up every morning : at half past three Bring the coal and kindling : make a fire for me Cook your own breakfast : fix your lunch Get your pick and shovel : work with that construction bunch *Seven eighty-three* : without neglect So you bring me all your money : when they pay your check He likes it slow : when he goes to *play* He likes it slow : when he goes to pray When he calls : he never brings no news Always got : them slow-down blues Just like a snail : that man of mine Standing on the corner : *all ??? man* Police come along : take me by his hand Led me down : to the county jail Looking for my Louise : to come and go my bail Now the judge have sentenced me : out on the county road On a horse : there's a man he rode He count me in the morning : count me through the day Count me every hour : see if I'd run away
It was early in the evening : sun was going down Seen a lady coming : all dressed in brown Looked in her face : and I looked down in her hands Was Louise coming : coming to get her man Now I'm going to Brownsville : take that right-hand road Lord I ain't going to stop walking : till I get in sweet mama's door Now the girl I'm loving : she got this great long curly hair And her mama and her papa : they sure don't allow me there If you catch my jumper : hanging outside your wall Now you know by that babe : I need my ashes hauled Now what you going to do babe : your dough-roller gone Go in your kitchen : Lord and cook until she come home Now I'm broken-hearted : ragged and dirty too And if I clean up pretty mama : may I stay all night with you Now if I can't come in mama : then I'll sit out on your porch Lord I will leave so soon : that your man he won't never know Now I went to my window : but I couldn't see through my blinds I heard the bedsprings popping : and I believe I heard my baby crying Lord how can I feel misery : Lord and feel like you I have a woman in Brownsville : and she *doing the coochie-coo* Now I'm going to Chicago : trying to You know I'm bound to ??? : Now if the river was whiskey : and I was a diving duck I would dive on the bottom : never would come up Don't never take a married woman : to be your friend She will get all your money : give it to her other man Now a married woman : always been my crave Now a married woman : going to carry me to my grave Now ain't it hard : to love someone else *dame* You can't get her when you want her : have to use her when you can Now the sun's going to shine : in my back door some day
Now the wind's going to rise : going to blow my blues away Now went to the railroad : and looked up at the sun If the train don't hurry : going to be some walking done Oh Black Mattie : where did you stay last night With your hair all tangled : clothes ain't fitting you right Now when I had money : hello sugar pie Now I'm spending all my money : goodbye country guy Lord my eyes are sorrow : tears come a-rolling down Now you know by that babe : fixed to leave your town Now life ain't worth living : if you ain't with the one you love Now you three times seven : you know what you want to do Now the day that you quit me : I won't be mad with you Now asked sweet mama : let me be her kid She said I might go buggy : and I couldn't keep it hid Well she looked at me : she begin to smile Says I thought I would use you : for my man awhile Now went upstairs : to pack my leaving trunk I never saw no whiskey : the blues done made me sloppy drunk Now some say they *dream* : some say they was But it's a slow consumption : killing you by degrees Now I know the people : is on the wander everywhere Because they heard of poor John : was going around electric car Now catch it Smith and Park Lord : ride it down to Summer Street Lord I'm going to ease it down in Roebust : catch my baby out on a midnight creep Lord the reason why baby : I I been so long writing to you Because I been studying so hard : Lord how to sing these blues Lord I lost my papa : and my dear mama too Lord I'm going to quit my bad way of living : and visit the Sunday school
I married my baby : married her for myself Then if I don't keep her : don't want nobody else Now depot agent : don't tell me no lie Did my baby stop here : did she keep in going Now I hate to hear : Illinois Central blow When my shoes get tickled : makes me want to go When a man's out working : know he's doing what's right Some old lowdown rascal : trying to steal his wife Now I got up this morning : couldn't make no time I didn't have no blues : messed all up in mind Now take me baby : I'll be mean no more You can get all my loving : let that black snake go Get up in the morning : grey towel around your head Ask her cook your breakfast : but she never did Now I'd rather be dead : sleep in an old hollow log And to be here baby : and you doing me like a dog Now : what you want poor John to do Lord I done everything : tried to get along with you Now the woman I'm loving : she got one teeth solid gold Lord that's been the onliest woman : got a mortgage on my soul Now sure as the grass : on Texas earth grow green Lord I ain't crazy : about nobody I ever seen Stack of dollars : just as long as I am tall If you be my woman : you can have them all And I heard a rumbling : way down in the ground Must have been somebody : slowly jumping down You see see two women : they walking hand by hand They just thinking of something Lord : how to fool some man And I went on the mountain : I looked down in the sea Niggers had my woman : Lord and the blues had me Baby done quit me : ain't said a mumbling word It weren't nothing that she knowed Lord : just something that she heard Black gal she took meth : gave my brown *to her* death If I hadn't've had my pistol : think I would run myself When you see me coming : heist your window high When you see me leaving : hang your head and cry Now if I just had a-listened : what my mama said I would have been at home Lord : in my faro's bed Got a man on your man : kid-man on your kid Lord she done got so buggy : don't try to keep it hid Now I got up this morning : blues all around my bed I turned back my *chivver* : blues all in my bed Now I'm going down south : and I'll stay until winter is gone Time that wintertime is gone : I might come back home Now I get up every morning : and I walk to Third and Field And I'm just standing and I'm wondering : Lord just how to make a meal Now the peoples in Memphis : they are walking the streets up and down And you know the time is hard : peoples is starving all over town Now I once have been a lover : baby back in my young days But now baby was so mean : she done drove all my love away Now I've got a girl in Brownsville : she lives down on *Buliphant* Lane But my gal so mean : I'm scared to call her name Now mama killed a chicken : and thought it was a duck Put him on the table : with his legs straight up ??? : with your cup and glass Catch the liquor : just to make me laugh Now I went upstairs to sleep a little bit : went back to sleep a little more The old bed fell down : had to sleep on the floor Old Aunt Dinah : walking down the street When she walk : she begin to creep Skin on her head : just as tight as a drum A little song : called deedle dee dum One could beat it : and one could sing One tell you : why don't you do that thing
Now a bow-legged rooster : and a knock-kneed hen Both run together : but they ain't no kin Now the monkey and the baboon : sitting on the fence The monkey told the baboon : you got no sense I don't care how long you gone : I won't care how long you stay But that good kind treatment : bring you back home some day Now if that wind : that chilly old breeze Come blowing : through your B V Ds If you don't quit betting : boys them dice won't pass It's going to send you a-home : on your yas yas yas It ain't but the one thing : that give a man the blues He ain't got no bottom : in his last pair of shoes I telled all the people : in your neighborhood You's a no-good woman : you don't mean no good Baby who : I mean who been telling you Babe whosoever told you : they did not tell you true Now have you ever tried loving : and you can't get it out of your mind And if you could find someone : to treat you loving and kind Now you used to be sweet : but I can't name you sweet no more Because every time I come to your house : some man hanging around your door Now I'm going to get up in the morning : and I'm going to do like Buddy Brown Know I'm going to eat my breakfast : I believe I'll lay back down Now I know my dog : [anywhere, wherever] I hear him bark Know I can tell my little woman : if I feel her in the dark Now don't never take : a married woman to be your friend She will get all your money : to her same man back again Now my sweet woman : she always *doing my cleans* Now my little woman : won't help me sell my greens Now I looked down the railroad : till my eyes got *green* and sore If you don't stop tomorrow : then ??? will be my goal Now it must've be traintime : I hear the whistle blow
Now it blow just like : it ain't going to blow no more Now just as sure as the grass : on the ground grow green I ain't crazy faro : woman that I ever seen Now drop down baby : let your ??? be I know : just what you trying to pull on me Well mama you don't allow me : to fool around all night long Now I may look like I'm crazy : poor John do know right from wrong Go away from my window : quit scratching on my screen You were badly mistreated : I know just what you mean Some of these womens : sure do make me *charged* Have a handful of give-me : a mouthful of much-obliged Woman I'm loving : wants *me sell this gold* That's the onliest woman : a mortgage on my soul See me coming : put your men outdoors You know I ain't no stranger : done been here before Now on the farm : they all have joined the government loan Now the government give you three years chance : and you could have something of your own Now the government furnish you a milkcow : a rooster and some portion of hen You know long through the spring : then you can have some money to spend Now the women used to [count, holler] on the bonus : but they are [hollering, counting] on the *rent* check now You know I didn't go to the army : but I am using this government money anyhow Now the governor he fought : for the plant of plenty corn and wheat You know long through the winter : you can have something to eat Tear it long : tear it wide Can tear it down : to my sides Tear it for the young : tear it for the old I can tear it : just dry long so Tear it on the street : tear it on the shore Know by that : I want to tear it some more Tear it in the yard : tear it at the gate
Know by that : I can tear it of late Tear it for Mae : tear it for Joe You know by that : I want to tear it some more Tear it in the morning : late at night You know by that : I didn't tear it just right Vernita : honey what do you want me to do Now I've done everything : but I can't get along with you Now if you see Vernita : tell her hurry home Had no loving : since she been gone Vernita : baby where did you stay last night Now you come home this morning : babe the moon was shining bright Now I met Alberta : way out across the sea Now she didn't write no letter : and she didn't care for me Vernita : could anything I do to change your mind Now I could come to love you : if you would treat me nice and kind You know I worried last night : all night before You know by that : I won't be worried no more I was worried for you : I was worried for me You know by that : I'm going to let it be Now look here baby : see what you done done Made me love you : now your man done come Now my baby doing something : that I never could stand I believe she's running : with a cooncan game Now I bought some slippers : I bought some socks Come home last night : had the back door locked Now I never will forget : that floating bridge Tell me five minutes time : under water I was hid When I was going down : I throwed up my hands Please : take me on dry land Now they carried me in the house : and they laid me across the bank About a gallon and a half of muddy water : I had drank
They dried me off : and they laid me in the bed Couldn't hear nothing : but muddy water running through my head Now my mother often taught me : quit playing a bum Go somewhere : settle down and make a crop Now the people standing on the bridge : screaming and crying Lord have mercy : where we going Need-more : it has hung a-many men And that's the reason : I believe I'll make a change Now something to tell you : keep it to yourself Don't tell your sister : don't tell nobody else Now bought some gloves : bought you some socks I believe poor John : he needs a box Now look a-here baby : see what you done done Done made me love you : now your man done come Now take me back : won't do you mean no more Get all my loving : you let Mr so-and-so go Now the sun going to shine : in my back door some day Now the wind going to rise : blow my blues away Now sure as the stars : shine in the world above You know life is too short : to worry about the one you love Now I ain't got no woman : ain't got no *child to school* Reason I'm hanging around here : sticking here dry long so Now you never have told me : how you want your rolling done Now I believe you must a-want me : to roll from sun to sun Now it was late last night : when everything was still Now me and my baby : was playing old Jack and Jill Well well when you see *lindy women* : I want you to throw your wives in the van Well well probably next spring : hey I'm going to rig up my T Model again Well well the T Model Ford : I say is the poor man's friend Well well it will get you there : hey well when your money is spent Well well one thing about the T Model : you don't have to shift no gears
Well well just let down the brake and feed the gas : hey and the stuff is here Well well a V-Eight Ford : and it done took to style Well well they raised it all the way from ninety : hey down to a hundred miles Well well somebody : they done stole my wine on the road Well well it's find somebody : hey got a T Model Ford Now when I left Chicago : I left on that G and M Then if I reach my home : I'll be changed all on that L and N Now I came in all in that Main West : and I putted down at Chicago Heights Now you know it didn't hobo John none : and that's where I stayed all night Now if you hobo in Brownsville : you better not be peeping out Now Mr Whitten will get you : and Mr Guy will wear you out Now out east of Brownsville : about four miles from town Now if you ain't got your fare : that's where they will let you down I'm going to get in my airplane I'm going to get in my airplane : I'm going to ride all over I'm going to ride all over your town Then if I spy the woman I'm loving : poor John going to let this air poor John going to let this airplane down Here's my hand here's my hand : you can lead me where you want you can lead me where you want me to go Then if you lead me wrong this time : you won't lead me no and you won't lead me no more I know my baby I know my baby : and she's bound to jump and she's bound to jump and shout Now when she gets over to Atlanta : I done rolled them few I done rolled them few days out You three times seven you three times seven : you ought to know what you want you ought to know what you want to do Now the day that you quit me : and I won't be mad with I won't be mad with you Just the day before Christmas just the day before Christmas : let me bring your present let me bring your present tonight Now I will be your Santa Claus : even if my whiskers even if my whiskers is white Now change in the ocean : change in the deep blue sea Take me back baby : you'll find some change in me Everybody : they ought to change sometime
Because it's soon or late : we have to go down in that old lonesome ground Now change my money : change my honey I change baby : just to keep from being funny Now change my pants : change my shirt I change baby : to get shed of the dirt Now change home : I change town I change baby : all the way around Now change walk : I change talk I change baby : just to keep from being balked Now if you're ever on *Fourth Street* : I'll tell you what to do Let Mr Peter Adams : get acquainted with you Well you won't have to go : well you won't have to go You can get what you want to : right here in my liquor store He got a little whiskey : he got a little gin All you got to do : is step in the back end I met Mr Peter : down on Monroe Street Come to Fourth Street : right around with me He got some on his floor : he got some on his shelf All you got to do : is just to help yourself Mr Peter Albert : the discount man You ask him for a favor : he won't make you ashamed Now woke up this morning : couldn't hardly see Snow on the ground : about eight foot deep Lord have mercy : baby what become of me You know I feel just like easing : back down into Tennessee Now call William in the office : want to see you alone I can't do nothing : with this white stuff on Now I'm on the South Side : my buddy on the east I don't know : whether he got any place to sleep Say car can't go : margin too slick Probably might slip back : off in a ditch Now twenty-two twenty-four : West *Hubbard* Avenue That's where you get : my nineteen and thirty-two
Now go call the fire department : for my house is burning down You know that must be little Martha Hardin : because it's on the north side of town I said the people is running : and I wonder who could it be You know that must be little Martha Hardin : I saw them turn down on Wilson Street When you see the chief : boys please clear the street Because you know he's going down : save little Martha Hardin's house for me She's a hard-working woman : you know her salary is very small Then when she pay up her house rent : that don't leave anything for insurance at all Now I wrote little Martha a letter : five days it returned back to me You know little Martha Hardin's house done burnt down : she done moved on Bathurst Street I washed my clothes : I hanged them by the fire Get up in the morning : they be finally dry I went to the ??? : trying to make me a dime Say go away boy : clean up and get on some time Five cent cap : and ten cent suit Then you all think : I'm trying to act cute I done something : that you can't do Go down on State Street : get a one potful stew I played for the colored : I play for the white All you got to do : act kind of nice When trouble first started : down in my front door Seems like I had more trouble : in my life before Now trouble in the morning : trouble late at night Seems like I'm treated : every way but right Now you got a little woman : she won't treat you right Feed you in the day : go out with some man at night I wonder what's the matter : can't get no mail Had a dream last night : black cat crossed my trail I know my baby : tell you how I know By the great long hair : same little dress she wore Now look a-here baby : see what you done done You done made me love you : now your man done come Now I can straighten your wires : you know poor Vasser can grind your valves Man when I turn your motor loose : and it sure will split the air Now Vasser can line your wheels : you know poor Vasser can tune your horn Then when he set it out on the highway : you can hear your motor hum Now my generator is bad : and you know my lights done stopped And I reckon I'd better take it over to Durhamville : and I'm going to stop at Vasser Williams' shop Now I were raised in Lauderdale County : you know I was schooled on Winfield Lane Then what I made of myself : I declare it was a crying shame Now Brownsville is my home : and you know I ain't going to throwed it down Because I'm acquainted with John Law : and they won't let me down Now when I left for Richmond : the weather was kind of cool Said boy you all be careful : probably you might catch the flu Now I *swung that manifest* : I went down in the three rail *box* Now I couldn't hear the special agent : when he come tipping over *soft* Now some special agents up the country : sure is hard on a man
Now they will put him off when he hungry : and won't even let him ride no train Now I was setting down in Centralia : and I sure was feeling bad Now they wouldn't let me ride no fast train : they put me off on a doggone *drag* Now special agent special agent : put me off close to some town Now I got to do some recording : and I ought to be recording right now Mailman : please stop by my box today You know I'm looking for a letter from my baby : you know I want to hear from her right away Reason I ain't been getting no mail : you know I done found out what it's all about You know the mailman been getting drunk : he been leaving my mail at somebody else's house Now I been waiting on the mailman : he usually come around about eleven o'clock Now I guess he must have had car trouble : or either the road must be blocked Mailman : please don't you lose your head You know I'm looking for a letter from my babe : some of my people might be dead Now it used to be the time : be getting two bucks a day But now we getting fifty cents : *running down* proper pay Time : time is drawing near Now can't you see : more and more every year Now I remember back in time : before we got grown Be damned : to let sundown catch a ??? on Now my mother used to say : the sign will be We couldn't tell summer from winter : no more by the birds and of the trees Now it used to be the time : get a corn crop in March But now we can't get one in June : and neither July Now you'd go to the church : just to work for soul But now we go : to buy one another's clothes Stopped little Mary : across the creek Soon as I got her : somebody took her from me Love little Mary : always will Once in town : she liked to got me killed Took little Mary : down to Tipton *bell* All the time she was out : she was raising hell
Down in *Lake* County : in that gumbo mud Where the mosquito bills : keep a-biting through her tub You get to *Stanford* : and look all around Ask anybody : little Mary in town Now I was sitting in jail : with my eyes all full of tears You know I'm glad I didn't get lifetime : boys and I escaped the electric chair Now I consulted lawyers : and I know darn well I was wrong You know I couldn't get a white man in Brownsville : yes to even say they would go my bond Now the sheriff he arrest me : and he march me around front of the circuit court You know I knowed the thing was getting kind of *squally* : I heard the city judge when he set up his court Now no more stewball : yes and neither no more white rice Now you ought need not feel uneasy : you won't have to take this workhouse advice *Some* was good : some said mean All these *cotton nip* : ain't got no tea Ever in Brownsville : go into nineteen Old *Tim Lepson* : *get stoned on gin* Tommy so tall : *no shine* low Everybody in Brownsville : say he got a-plenty of dough He *rattle his field* : get *a ??? rule* Ask for a little money : he say boys share the mule *Stone* live in country : Mr ??? live in town Soon that morning : Mr ??? hit that black line ??? on the ??? : ??? on the truck *Men say why* : *and hog people's stuff* My old lady coming : down the line She was low in front : she was bouncy behind I believe I'll drop down : I don't feel welcome here Now I'm going to get me a woman : for the brand new coming year Went to the barber shop : to get me a shine Say go away darky : to that door around the line
Now an old lady : had a jug of wine Say go away son : you can't play the *lion* Look here baby : see what you done done You made me love you : now your man done come Way down yonder : in the old West End Women out there : look like sex of men Don't a man do wrong : till a man make hisself at home He may come back : catch his head while you lay on Men goes and gambles : lose all his change He come back home : his little wife has to bear the blame Don't a man act funny : when a single woman ease in town He stay out all night : he throw his home girl down I knowed you never loved me : when you fell down on my knees You had been drinking that old moonshine : trying to jive poor me I won't play marbles : on my baby's marble ground I won't be worried with the ??? : I'm going to move out to the edge of town Now got offices in town : resident out on *Sentry* Road He got a nice little lake : right inside the grove But you know I like Mr Clark : yes he really is my friend He say if I just stay out of the [grave, graveyard] : he see that I won't go to the pen Now Mr Clark is a lawyer : his youngest brother is too When the battles get hot : he tell him just what to do Now he lawyers for the rich : he lawyers for the poor He don't try to rob nobody : just bring *along to the store* Now once I got in trouble : you know I was going to take a ride He didn't let it reach the courthouse : he kept it on the outside Now Mr Clark is a good lawyer : he good as I ever seen He the first man that proved : that water run upstream Little Laura was a gal : she was sixteen Her *dammy dam* won't listen : to her dream Little Laura was a dreamer : dream those disturbing dreams
She's the dreamingest gal : dreamingest gal I ever seen Now she dreamed : she was going with the man next door She dreamed : she was kissing his oh oh oh She dreamed : she was riding in some man's automobile She's the dreamingest gal : dreamingest gal I ever seen Now she dreamed : she was sitting in the grass by the mill She dreamed : she had taken me from the gal on the hill Little Laura was a dreamer : most all of the dreams *forecast* She's the dreamingest gal : dreamingest gal I ever seen Now she dreamed : I was hugging her close to my breast She told Jimmy that much of the dream : but she wouldn't tell the rest Now she dreamed about love : from kissing on down She's the dreamingest gal : for miles around Little Laura was a dreamer : most all of her dreams come true She had dream all about loving : and she know just what to do Now you done spent all my nineteen forty rent : woman you done worked on my substitute Then if you don't reach that nineteen forty-one : ooh babe what in the world you going to do Now you ought to cut off so many trucks and tractors : white folks you ought to work more mules and men Then you know that would make : ooh boy money get thick again Now when a man gets to gambling : you know he's turning his stocks into feed He say he going to sell his corn and buy gas : ooh boys pour it in the automobile Now I been studying I been wondering : what makes a man turn the ground over in the wintertime You know let the snow and rain rot the grass : ooh boys that make fertilizer for the ground Now the government give us a school in Brownsville : boy you know I think that's very nice You know the children can go in the daytime : ooh boys and the old folks have it at night Write me a letter : and send it by mail I want you to tell my dear old mother : I'm in the New Huntsville jail I want you to tell her beans is tough : and the meat is so fat I want you to tell my dear old mother : it's hard for me to eat that If I had a-listened : what my mother said I might have been rolling : somewheres in a folding bed But I fooled around : with my long *harred* Now I'm laying here in this New Huntsville jail : and I'm almost dead Ashes to ashes : and dust to dust
And if God don't have me : you know the devil must As I lay down in my cell at night : I tries so hard to take my rest Cockroaches and chinches : begin to crawl over my breast Worked all the summer : and all the fall Just trying to find : my little all and all Was in the spring : one summer day Just when she left me : she's gone to stay Needn't come here running : holding up your hands I can get me a woman : quick as you can a man It have been days : I didn't know your name Why should I worry : and cry in vain Going down to the station : down in the yard Going to catch me a freight train : when times got hard The lonesome days : have done gone by Why should you beg me : and say goodbye You go down Black Bottom : put your money in your shoe Because the Black Bottom women gal : ain't going to do nothing but take it away from you They don't care nothing : about what in the world they do They'd sooner take that money : out of the bottom of your shoe They'll take your money : and they'll take your clothes And one of them tell the police next morning : *partner* Now run here mama : and run here quick Just take a look out here in the back yard : just look at sis Come in here sis : you dirty little thing Out there trying to be something : and you don't know how I got me a woman : she lives way down in Tennessee Just big as black and greasy : great God as greasy can be Her head is nappy : and her feet done got long Take God to tell : who she been waiting on Now I shook it this morning : baby until late last night And when I come in twelve o'clock : ??? shake it up right
Said now if I could holler : just like a mountain jack I would crawl up on some mountain : holler for that woman back Two kind of people : baby I can't understand A bow-legged woman : likes a knock-kneed man Now when you see two women : running hand in hand You can bet your life : one's got the other's man ??? *upped* and come here : caught me in a barrel I ain't even got no friends : even got no gal I got a rock for my pillow : treetop for my bed I ain't got nowheres : to lay my weary head Now look here girl : put on your best dress We going to see : who can do the boogie-woogie the best Now look over : where them girls got them dress of green I swear to God : this boogie too mean Get a half pint of moonshine : two or three bottles of beer I believe : I'll pitch the boogie right here Get all your moonshine : get all your beer Close the door : ain't going to let nobody up here Let me be your wiggler : until your wobbler come If she beats me wiggling : she got to wobble some Women crying danger : but I ain't raising my hand I got a way of loving : they just can't understand Men they call me oven : they say that I'm red-hot They say I got something : the other gals ain't got I can strut my pudding : spread my grease with ease Because I know my onions : that's why I always please Wild about coffee : but I'm crazy about China tea But this sugar daddy : is sweet enough for me One John in the city : one lives up on the hill But the man I'm loving : lives down in Jacksonville I moaned I moaned : I cried the whole night long
I was wondering : where in the world my man done gone I'd rather be dead : in some lonesome place Than for my man : keeps treating me this a-way When you see two of you women : going hand in hand You can judge by that : they got one of the other one's man I went to the Gypsy : to get my fortune told *Said the evil* is hard luck : doggone your hard-luck soul I said Lord Lord : something going on wrong Because the man I love : done been here and gone I turned around : and two of them Gypsies I told Say Nellie needs a man : most anywhere you go I went to my bedside : hung my head and cried Got a letter from my man : that my man had died I hung my head : and I cried the whole night long Said I'm right upset : and I've got those weeping blues I'm telling you this morning : I'm tired of you searching my house I have a notion this morning : beating you up and throwing you out The hell with the search warrant : go look and see what you can find You ain't never found no liquor : and you searched my house two or three times Give me a break : don't make me pay no fine That judge is going to lick me : because I been here so many times I'm guilty kind old judge : please treat me nice and kind For I'll stay home and try my best : to get money to pay my fine I never seen : a judge as mean as you before Sending me a poor woman : and letting everybody else go You can do as you please : thirty days won't make me cry When I come back I'm going to gamble : and sell moonshine all my life On a Sunday morning : just about half past four My babe took my hand : said daddy I can't use you no more Lord I may get better : babe I can't get well I'm going back to my used-to-be : and baby it's country farewell
Lord I'm worried now : but I won't be worried long It takes a man like me : to carry this worried song Baby I've been worried so long : that worrying don't bother me But ain't nobody here babe : to take pity on poor me I've got a good girl : and I've got a lazy friend And if I tell about her : he always tell me where she been I always will have trouble : until I'm dead and gone If you will love me mama : you'd never treat me wrong And I got a letter from my baby : and it said that she was dying I have to catch this mail train : I'm going back home flying Now when I came in your town babe : I didn't come here to stay long Now *do you believe that I gone back to her people* : but my baby knowed that I was gone Lordy Lordy : Lordy Lordy Lord The only little girl that I love : she treats me like a dog I'm going to leave you baby : your crying won't make me stay But it's just like I told you : you're going to need my help some day Mama I'm the same man : you just only changed your ways ??? *has beaten* mama : you're going to be sorry some day I woke up this morning : about half past four Somebody knocking : on my back door Yes he rattle this morning : about half past three Half past four : he want to rattle some more I got a range in my kitchen : bake bread nice and brown Get my rattlesnake daddy : turn my damper upside down I can rattle to the left : rattle to the right My woman said I believe my rattlesnake daddy : can rattle all night I rattle every morning : till late at night Reason why : my rattlesnake mama don't allow me out of her sight Now the old folks rattling : the young ones too Ain't nobody rattle : just like the way I do Yes I rattled this morning : about half past ten Half past nine : I'm going to rattle again
Says I'm going up to town : hat in my hand Looking for a woman : ain't got no man Just as well be looking : for a needle in the sand Looking for a woman : ain't got no man Says I wouldn't have thought : my baby treat me so Let another man : stayed at my back door Mind mama : what you sow You got to reap : just what you sow Now if you get you one woman : you better get you two One for your buddy : other one for you I's got me a wife : and a sweetheart too Wife don't love me : my sweetheart do Cried my gal hollered murder : I ain't raised my hand Pistol in my pocket : blackjack in my hand Took my gal : under willow tree Ought to hear her hollering : don't murder me I'm not an elephant baby : my snout is large and round Come to see me mama : when your love some down If you see my pigmeat mama : tell her to hurry home Says some lowdown bo-hog woman : have take my sow-pig from home Yes the reason why I like pigmeat : you know it's nice and sweet My gal she got something : sure is hard to beat Yes she's large in the body : she's neat in the waist My gal she got something : I know you would like to taste Say you get away from my window : don't knock at my door I got me a pigmeat woman : don't need sowbelly no more Which a-way which a-way : do that Blood Red River run Run from my window : to that rising sun Now that jumper says loader : please send me six foot of clay Because that Blood Red River mama : is rising six foot a day Go down to the camp : and tell my brother Bill The woman he's loving : is sure going to get him killed Now the reason why these men here : they sure don't draw no more Right from the long table : back to that commissary door
Now I love to hear : that M and O whistle blow I'm in a world of trouble God knows : and I got to go Now I got two women : and I don't know one apart There's one in my bosom : t'other one in my heart I can tell my dog : anywhere I hear him bark I can tell my rider : if I feel her in the dark You's a cold-blooded murderer : when you want me out your way Says that's all right mama : you going need my help some day And you say you going to put me : woman down in my lonesome grave Say you must remember : I once have been your slave And I feel like snapping : my pistol in your face Let some brownskin woman : be here to take your place Now you know you didn't want me : when you lied down across my bed Drinking your moonshine whiskey mama : talking all out your head Now give me the money baby : I'll catch that train and go You don't have to kill me : because you don't want me no more Now if you see my rider : tell her I said bring it home I ain't had no loving : since my gal been gone It's two kind of people in the world : that I can't stand That's a lying woman : and a monkey-man You talk about loving : that sure is *hit* You got me to loving : and it just won't quit Says when I'm on a farm : I hollering whoa haw gee My gal's uptown : hollering who wants me Every night I come home : you got your lips painted red Then come on daddy : let's go to bed Got great big legs : and a little bitty feet Something about you : is sweet sweet sweet You think : you the best-looking gal in town You do that loving : let it go round and round
I never will forget the day : they transferred me to the county jail I had shot the woman I love : ain't got no one to come go my bail Then I sent for my friend : please spare the rod Then my friend sent me word : Lord the job was too doggone hard I got friend who's got money : please tell him come go my bail And my friend sent me word : had no business in the county jail Then I felt all right : till the judge turned around and frowned Well I'm sorry for you buddy : but you on your last go-round I says mmm : ain't got nobody now Well I got nobody : Lord come and go my bail I says mmm : I mean come and go my bail The day I went uptown : caught you looking well She fell down : her mouth flew open like a country well Now if you go out : stay all night ??? : *about a* fuss and fight She's built up a little : and I stay around She can look up : long as you can look down Get out now boys : and let me shut the door I got to *cup them* : before I go Going to tell you boys : just to call you my pals A mighty bad sign : to advertise your gals Had a little girl : she was little and low Used to love me : but she don't no more Got a little girl : she stays upstairs Try to make a living : by putting on airs Front door shut : back one too Blinds pulled down : what you going to do Now I got a little gal : whose name was ball Give her a little bit : and she took it all Me and my baby : walking down the street Dealing everybody : but the chief of police See my woman : tell her to hurry home Ain't had no loving : since she been gone I'll sing this verse : ain't going to sing no more
Hear my gal call me : and I got to go I hate to see : that rising sun go down It makes me believe : my woman got me on my last go-round She used to be mine : but look who got her now She didn't mean me no good : God knows I couldn't keep her nohow Said hear me mama : who in the world been telling you You don't even treat me : nothing like you used to do Said it may be a week : and it could be a month or two But when I get lucky gal : I'm coming right back to you Said a woman I love : she rolled all over the bed She got the kind of loving : make me talk out of my head She got coal-black eyes : she got long black curly hair My baby got something : to lead me most anywhere I hate to see : that rising sun go down Lord I got a notion : my woman done and left this town I was walking around the streets : hear somebody call me and I can't stop Yeah I was broke and I was hungry : on my way to the pawnshop Says I went to the pawnshop : great God with my shoes in my hand Says give me a loan Mr pawnshop man : and help me if you can Says I called up in Burlington : ask my bossman to help me if he please Says please hurry up and do something : great God I'm about to freeze He wrote me and told me : just be sure it's one and two and three Yeah that pawnshop something : great God that come falling down on poor me Says I'm about to lose my home : I've done and lost my car Yeah I'm going down to the pawnshop : see can I pawn my guitar Says I asked that pawnshop man : what the three balls doing hanging on that wall Says it's two to one buddy : you don't get your things back out of here at all You got a little woman : she won't treat you right Leave in the day : and go back nights When I called this morning : about half past one Wake up baby : loving has just begun
Said I know my little woman : going to change her mind When she walks : she reels and rocks behind Says I told my baby : about half past two Wake up mama : loving ain't half through Says my woman she quit me : keep me worried and blue Take me in your arms and love me : like you used to do Then I called her this morning : about half past ten Wake up mama : loving is just began You can always tell : when your woman don't want you around She will put you in jail : six feet in the ground Yeah locked up in jail : and I just can't help myself Yeah when I get out : I'm going to find me someone else Yeah I don't believe no woman : in the whole round world do right She act like an angel in the daytime : crooked as the devil at night Said I got the blues : been had them all day long And when I get my pistol : I won't have them long Yeah I know my woman : tell you how I know By the great long hair : and the same little dress she wore Going to catch that old Greyhound : going to ride from town going to ride from town to town Then I will find my little woman : don't think she can't be don't think she can't be found Now Mr redcap porter : won't you help me with my heavy won't you help me with my heavy load Say now my woman she done and quit me : she's far on down the she's far on down the road Then I know my little woman : she bound to love she bound to love me some When she throws her arms around poor me : like the circle around a like the circle around the sun It's the day before Christmas : let me bring your presents let me bring your presents tonight Then I will be your Santy Claus : says even if my whiskers says even if my whiskers ain't white When I had money : I had women and friends for miles around Yeah now I'm broke : women and friends they can't be found Says I'm talking about a dollar : I mean a dollar bill And I just got your dollar : you sure can get your order filled Said if I could only read : read my little woman's mind
Then I wouldn't be here worrying : and stayed blue all the time My baby keep me guessing : about things I want to know Yes she got me doing things : that I never did before I ain't never loved : but a thousand women in my life Now the love I have for you woman : God knows it sure is strong Then if you love me now woman : then you won't do nothing wrong Now my woman please don't worry : baby while I'm out of your town Now the love I have for you mama : God knows it can't be turned around Now my little woman : I said she's sweet as she can be Every time I kiss her : send a cold chill run over me I know you from Georgia : but you are all right with me And if you love me : I wonder what can it be You was once a good girl : and I had faith in you But when you started to drinking : Lord that's too bad to do Drinking won't help you none : crying won't do no good Before day in the morning : I'll be done left your neighborhood I'm going to drink one of these nights : and tell my sober thoughts You know what I mean : give me back everything I bought I've got Ford engine movements in my hips : ten thousand miles guarantee A Ford is a car everybody wants to ride : jump in you will see You can all have the Rolls Royal : your Packard and Studs Take a Ford engine boys : to do your stuff I'm so blue : just as blue as I can be Because every day : is a cloudy day for me I went to the depot : and looked up on the board Oh I asked the operator : how long that train been gone
Oh it left here this evening : just about five o'clock Oh that must have been the train : that my good man caught Oh what makes my grandpa : love my grandma so She's got the same old jelly : she had forty years ago I'm going to Washington : to get my hambone boiled Because these mens in Atlanta : about to let my hambone spoil I've have the blues about my money : had the blues because I'm feeling bad But when my sweet woman quit me : them was the worst blues I ever had You can ever so much money : and friends of different kinds But to find someone to love you : I swear they're hard to find If you should find someone to love you : someone to treat you right You must be kind and loving : and don't run around at night Because a woman's very funny : she wants you around her all the time And find you's been gone : some old rounder might change her mind Don't you never believe : your woman thinks too much of you Because there's always been some good man : to beat you doing what you're trying to do I been drinking and gambling : barrelhousing all my days But I found someone to love me : I'm going to change my ways I've always heard it : but now I know it's true If you mistreat a good woman : she'll turn her back on you If your woman loves you : she'll stand by you to the end Nobody can steal your place : you can leave her with a bunch of men If you get a jealous-hearted woman : be careful what you do Because there's always somebody : tell her lies on you Whiskey has been my pleasure : good-time places I've always found But it's been so different now : since I have fell down Ain't going to cut no kindling : ain't going to pack no coal I wouldn't spend a nickel : not to save your soul Because I'm tired of being mistreated : and the way you do Want you to tell everybody : that I'm down on you You taken my money : you left me cold in hand
I'm going to black your eye : you can tell your man You can go tell the parson : you can tell Chief O'Brien Before I take you back : I'd rather serve some time You fooled me once : you fooled me twice You fooled me just enough : for me to take your life You left me this morning : you stayed away all day You must've found something : to keep you away A nickel for some sugar : a dime for some rice I'm going to crucify my woman : I'm going to *take her life* You might be brownskin : I might be black But what I want baby : you really like Girl I'm tired of being mistreated : and the way you do Want you tell everybody : that I'm down on you I got the money : to buy a house and lot But what I want baby : you really haven't got *Nice little partner* : When I get you home : I'm going to curl your hair I'm not short : I'm long and tall I've just got what it takes : to make you crawl Go out with me baby : in a brand new car Taking a ride woman : you won't have to walk so far I had two wives : I want one more Come in here baby : let us lock the door Baby stop your way of rambling : stay at home with me sometime Because this way you going every night : will soon start me with a rambling mind I don't mind you going : please don't stay the whole night long Because you made me love you baby : and I miss you when you go Oh it seems so different : you don't care for me no more But some day baby : you're going to reap just what you sow Oh tell me baby : how can it be You will give everybody : but you won't give me
Ooh baby : the sun begins to shine Bought you a brand new dress : now you won't pay me no mind You can spend my money : but you got to stay at home with me Got to give me lots of loving : and keep my company Ain't going to cut no kindling : ain't going to buy no corn I wouldn't spend a quarter : not to save your soul Because I'm tired of being mistreated : tired of the way you do Want you to tell everybody : that I'm down on you You fooled me once : you fooled me twice You fooled me just enough : for me to take your life You taken my money : you left me cold in hand I'm going to black your eyes : you can go tell your man You can go tell the sergeant : you can tell Chief O'Brien But before I take it back : I'd rather serve some time Now you left me this morning : you stayed away all day You must have found something : to keep you away I'm going to build me a castle : out of ice and snow So I can freeze these barefooted women : away from around my door Just because you were a cheater : I won't give up the game It don't break my heart to win : when I lose I feel the same I'm going I'm going : my face you'll never see But you can kiss my picture : and think the world of me You accuse me of women : brought your men right before my face After all your mistreating : no one can take your place Don't care what you say : don't care what you do You sure can't quit your woman : and if she put that thing on you She put that thing on you : she puts it on you right You can't eat when you get hungry partner : you can't sleep at night I asked a married woman : to let me be her kid She said she's afraid she'd put that thing on me : and I couldn't keep it hid My woman quit me : got her another man
And the way she had that thing on me : I couldn't raise my hand Now from my experience : I give you your advice If you got a good woman partner : you'd better treat her right Mr drayman Mr drayman : back your truck up to my door Take my trunk down to the station : take it never here no more I'm in bad luck now : going to catch me somebody's train Take this whole world through : my luck will be bound to change Bad luck wakes me every morning : trouble follows me all night long If I see this ain't no place for me : I'm going back where I belong I just received a letter : baby won't you please come home Say the days seem so lonesome : and the nights so long Believe I'll take : my old-timey rider back Because she got a way of loving : that her daddy likes [Awful] nice to meet strangers : just to come and spend the day But that old-timey rider : can drive your blues away Did you ever wake up in the morning : and find your rider gone I know just how it feels : that's why I composed this song I went to the doctor : for my misery Said it's nothing but the blues : bearing down on me And I asked the doctor : [was there] anything that he could do Says I can't do nothing : till that woman come back to you I believe I'll try : them bad-luck dice again If I keep on a-trying : I'll be bound to win Every man tries to gamble : must have a losing day So he shouldn't get evil : and throw my dice away Sometimes I believe : my woman's bad luck to me Because every time I start to gamble : I can't throw a thing but a three I lost all I had : everything I had to lose Even lost the one I love : but I swear I can't lose with you Nine and five my weakness : ten and four keeps me all in pawn But if I ever get lucky : I swear I'll have my diamonds on
I am sorry : that I can't take you You don't know how to gamble : nothing else for you to do It's not because I love you : but it's just because I've been with you so long And I know you bound to miss me : baby when I'm gone Blues have mercy : have mercy on poor me Oh it might be my fault : please have my sympathy Baby if you never : never never no more If you never no more see me : you'll miss me when I go Mmm baby : believe I will go back home Going back to the one I love : and acknowledge that I done wrong A hard-headed woman : just like a bulldog without a chain She won't never listen to what you say : and that will leave your heart in pain I've fooled with women : till I lost everything I own It was a married woman : cause me to lose my home A woman's so deceitful : but she's so loving and kind You can pack up your trunk to move : but you will change your mind You told me you loved me : told my boy friend too And I would not have been here : if it don't been for you When a dumb man tries to gamble : he expects to lose When you got a hard-headed woman : you bound to have the blues Bad luck and trouble : and the blues without a dime When a man's got money : the blues don't cross his mind Always try : to keep a dollar in your hand When you ain't got no money : your woman get another man Don't never allow your woman : to talk no baby-talk to you You can tell by that : they got something in their heads to do I don't want no woman : if she ain't got a railroad man Because every day's like Sunday : I mean she's always got a dollar in her hand
Keep your back door locked : baby keeps your windows pinned If your husband should knock : tell him you're cooking and he can't come in You ought to buy you a bulldog : to watch us whilst we sleep So he can see your husband : if he makes a 'fore-day creep Wake up baby : please don't be so still Unless you fixing a good way : to get your daddy killed What's that baby : pecking on your windowpane Say the stars is shining : I know it can't be rain The big star's falling : I know it can't be long before day And I think it's time for me : to make my get-away You can jive me baby : but I don't believe a thing you say You just a confidencing woman : and wants to have your way You can spend my money baby : you can get my loving too I'll do most anything : just to get along with you I lay down on my pillow : I rolled from side to side I didn't have no blues : I just was not satisfied When you see me coming : my head all hanging down It's that my sweet woman done quit me : the news all over town My suitcase is packed : my trunk's already gone You can tell by that : I won't be here long Since we been apart : ??? seems strange to me We been together all these years : and now we can't agree Somebody must have told you : something to worry your mind But you should stop your way of living : and stay at home sometime All my past life : I found till today I've been trying to listen : to everything you say If you call that leaving : make the best out of life you can But you must always remember : your daddy has been your friend Some of these mornings : you going to long for me You going to want me baby : just for company
When I was society : the women would not let me be Now I'm wild and reckless : and nobody cares for me Some people like religion : some like to rob and steal But I like to play with my yellow women : and my whiskey right from the still Cigarettes is my pleasure : and whiskey I do crave And some long tall and slender : to follow me to my grave I want to tell you something : happened to me one day It was a little brownskin woman : stole my heart away I got a little woman : but I swear she treats me mean Well she can bake good jellyroll : and she's so nice and clean She don't make no charges : she don't set no price But if you roll it once : you want to roll it twice Now the best doctor in my town : says he never heard tell of such Little bitty woman : could roll that jellyroll so much She roll it for Uncle Bill : he like to lost his mind He want her to keep rolling it : all the time Oh she mix up her jelly : she rolls it over slow Gets it all together : then she mix it in her dough Said I work for you baby : I treat you like a baby child Well you laughing at me now mama : you'll be crying after a while Says I give you my money : you treat me like a tramp I got holes in my shoes : and my feet is getting damp Oh babe : you oughtn't be so doggone wise Well you laughing at me now mama : you'll be crying after a while Says you three time seven : and you knows what you want to do Sometimes you going to think : about the good things I used to do You laughed and laughed : until you put my clothes in a pile Well you laughing at me now mama : you'll be crying after a while Says I tried so hard : to get along with you But somehow I couldn't please you : no way I do You laughed and said : honey I was driving you wild Well you laughing at me now mama : you'll be crying after a while
Say the holdup man : says don't act tough Give me your money : I'll treat you rough Now the little dog : started in to run The big dog said : pup you just begun Now I'm going downtown : to see Lizzie Brown She got the best jellyroll : that is in town Yes there's one thing : I'm pleased to say A short-legged woman : can go a long long way I've got what it takes : I am no child Makes no mistake : yes I'm running wild I have never been worried : like I'm worried today Said my baby is going to leave me : and she's going away to stay When you get to thinking : about your gal Says you baby is going to leave you : and taken dime you have I work all day : I wrestle all night I did not think my baby : would go out and stay all night Well I worry I worry : I worries all the time For the gal I love : she just won't treat me kind I just worry : worry all the time Yes I worry : because she won't treat me kind I just lay down on my bed : I smoke cigarettes all night Just thinking about my gal : because she ain't doing me right Says I woke up this morning : feeling so bad Thinking about the good times : that I once have had I'm going to pack my suitcase : and down the road I'll go Because the good times I used to have : I can't have no more I'm going to leave here : walking too Just on account : of the way you do Now you told me : that wouldn't do It may be me : it may be you
I have been walking : for nights and days Thinking about the words baby : that you have said I give you my money : you wouldn't play fair You taken my money : and gave me the air I woke up this morning : Lord and my baby was gone I didn't have no sweet woman : just to hold me in her arms Yes I'm a poor poor boy : and a great long way from home I ain't got nobody : just to teach me right from wrong I'm bound down in trouble : and you know just how I feel Like a broke down engine : without a driving wheel That's why I'm leaving : I ain't got no place to go Because the Good Book says : you going to reap just what you sow Well I followed my woman : to a place she didn't want me to be And I seed something : that I did not want to see Well I seen my friend : give her a bottle of booze And then what hurt me : she started pulling off her shoes Says I was in a place : that I did not want to be And I seen something : that I did not want to see I said to myself : what you think of that I seen on the wall : they hung their coat and hat And then I begin to wonder : what to think of this And then I saw them : begin to hug and kiss She was with my friend : instead of being with me And I seen something : that I did not want to see I got the key to the highway : billed out and ready to go I'm going to leave here running : because walking is most too slow I'm going back to the border : where I'm better known Because you haven't done nothing : but drove a good man away from home Give me one more kiss mama : just before I go Because when I'm leaving here : I won't be back no more When the moon creep over the mountain : honey I'll be on my way
I'm going to walk this highway : until the break of day Well it's so long so long baby : I must say goodbye I'm going to roam this highway : until the day I die I ain't going down : to Riley Springs no more When I was there : you drove me from your door You don't know : how you treated me You used to love me : and went back to your used-to-be Riley Springs : is a place to go But you done me so bad : I won't be back no more You don't care : what become of me All you care : is to give your poor heart ease See now : what you done to me You broke my heart : and left me in misery Now you didn't want me : when I was treating you nice and kind Now it's too late baby : I have changed my mind You won't act right : when I tried to do right myself Now it's no no baby : I've got somebody else It ain't no need : you calling me on my telephone It's too bad baby : you have broke up your happy home Now I am through : going from door to door For what you done : I don't want you no more Now what you done : you done it to yourself When I wanted you : you wanted someone else I tried to get you : to stop raising sand Before they put you : back in the can Oh baby : it looks bad for you Now you hear me talking : I've done all I'm going to do I tried to love you : a long time ago I love you : until you drove me from your door Now love is mighty : rest on either hand I know you don't love : when you keep on raising sand
I tried to tell you : but you wouldn't understand Now I'm leaving you : cold in hand I tried to tell you baby : just before you go Don't you looking : for me no more Me and my buddy : I mean he is my friend We can drink more whiskey : ooo well well than a thousand men My buddy my buddy : was a dear old friend of mine When I didn't have the price of whiskey : ooo well well my buddy had it all the time When I was in trouble : with my hands and feet both tied I didn't have to look for my buddy : ooo well well he's right there by my side I know me and my buddy : never will have no falling out Because we got wise to women : ooo well well we knows what it's all about When I had you baby : you wouldn't act right You with your man honey : staying out every night It was a time : you broke my heart That's when I found out : that I and you had to part It's come a day : it won't be long You will be sorry : that you drove me away from home When I was in trouble : had my ups and downs I looked for you baby : you could not be found I believe I'll write : just one more letter home I'm going to ask my baby : what's been going on wrong I'm going to tell my baby : baby I will be home You better make some arrangements : because it a-won't be very long I'm going to ask my baby : baby is that your friend She said now don't you worry : you just walk on in Now I have acknowledged : baby that I have done you wrong Now tell me what is the reason : that a-we can't get along
The graveyard is lonely : you better put brakes on yourself Because that's just where you're going : if I catch you with anyone else It's a hard pill to swallow : when the neighbors all bring you the news They say you drinks in the alley : on corners or any place you choose If you don't treat me no better : I ain't going to be your man no more I love you it's true : but I will have to let you go If you don't want to tell your mother : that you soon will be coming home You better cut out you late hours : and let other mens alone You drinks way too much whiskey : you ain't got no stopping point And as soon as all the taverns close : you then head for some moonshine joint I'm going to leave you baby : out here on the outskirts of town I brought you out here mama : and you won't stop fooling around I've cut out my iceman : I bought me a frigidaire Now you let the serviceman : take you everywhere I'm going to leave you baby : out here on the outskirts of town I ain't going to stand nobody : ooo always hanging around I brought my own groceries : I brought them every day Now you letting the grocery boy : lay up in the hay I see you wiggling and giggling : when I'm mad as I can be Now we got seven children : ain't none of them look like me Since the hard time is got me : I've been running from door to door I ain't got no bed to sleep in : I've got to sleep down on the doggone floor Well it's hard times here : and it's hard times everywhere I go I've got to make me some money : so I won't have these hard-luck blues no more You know I used to get me a dollar : before I could catch my breath But now I ain't got me a dime : unless I toss my poor self to death Have you ever dreamed you were lucky : and then woke up cold in hand Well you dreamed you had a dollar : and your woman's got another man Now tell me baby : how do you want your loving done
Oh roll me on my belly baby : feed me with your chocolate drop Want you to roll me baby : like the baker rolls his dough Oh reel and rock me baby : honey if it's all night long Won't you come back baby : you get me all confused You can go : you can stay But you'll come home : some old lonesome day Some day baby : some old lonesome day I'm coming home to my baby : some old lonesome day The Mississippi River : so deep and wide I can't see my good man : on the other side I was born in Georgia : but I hangs around Tennessee I've got a man here in Georgia : partner he's crazy about me Where were you baby : when that L and N left the shed You was standing in your back door : with a hung down head You used to be sweet milk : but you done turned sour on me If you want me to love you : you hum like a honeybee Now the old folks shake it : young folks too Ain't nobody shake it : like my daddy do Lord the way he shakes it : will make me lose my appetite And nobody shake it : like papa ??? can Because the way you shake it : will make me lose my appetite Because the way you shake it : will make me do things right I'm a pigmeat mama : pigmeat's all I crave Pigmeat's going to carry me : carry me to my grave Some women like their pork chops: some women like their wine But I'm a pigmeat mama : give it to me all the time I got pigmeat in Texas : pigmeat in Tennessee My pigmeat in Virginia : Lord is wild about me
Tell all you women : what you better do You better lay off my pigmeat : or it won't be good for you Pigmeat for breakfast : pigmeat when I'm in bed If I don't get my pigmeat : Lord I'd rather be dead My man left me : he left me feeling bad He's the best *kind fellow* : that I ever had I'm going to send you a ticket : hoping you will come Come back home : nevermore to roam If you come back home baby : tell you what I'll do I'll *teach* my kid-man : how to live true to you Since you been gone papa : listen what I've done I've made a lot of money: but I ain't give nobody none I'll wash you clothes in the morning : bake jellyroll at night When you come home : that'll be so doggone nice I drink so much coffee : the grounds are in my *wheeze* I don't care how I do it : doggone heart disease Mr gasman : please don't turn off my gas today But the wind is blowing : and the snow begins to fall But Mr gasman : these cold winds will really give me a chill Mr gasman come into my parlor : I want to ask you to close the door Mr gasman : will you please come around after dark Are you coming in Mr gasman : I want to tell you something right quick I want to get you early : and *beat some head cold* Mr gasman : you got that old hot bankroll right over there in your pants
When you hear me walking : turn your lamp down low Then turn it so : your man'll never know Going to buy me a bed : and it shine like a morning sun When I get to bed : it rock like a Cadillac car Your head is nappy : your feet so mamlish long And you move like a turkey : coming through the mamlish corn I done told you I loved you : what more can I do And you must a-want me : to lay down and die for you I'm so lonesome : I'm so lonesome and I'm so blue I'm so sad and lonesome : mama I don't know what to do When you have a feeling : that I sure gal don't want no more You just might as well leave her : even if it hurts you so I'm going to walk down that dirt road : till somebody lets me ride If I can't find my baby : I'll run away and hide I'm going back to Atlanta : down on Decatur Street If I can't find my baby : I'll be so kind to meet I got a brown in New York : what I am afraid If I *just tell her* in her face baby : *that will* Rocking : rocking myself to sleep Watching my baby : make that midnight creep I'm rocking : rocking my worries away What worries me now : worries me every day Rocking : rocking on down the road I'm rocking in places : I never rocked before Rocking : rocking my blues away I'm going to rock right here : until the break of day Listen babe : tell me the truth
Please tell me babe : what you going to do I love you babe : always treated you kind But your ways and actions : make me lose my mind I took you in babe : right off the block You was beat and raggedy : as a mop You going to be sorry : you treated me this way You going to want me babe : I'll be far away Goodbye babe : I'm leaving you You haven't did babe : what you should do I love you baby : ain't going to tell you no lie Always want you : by my side Come on baby : let's talk awhile You know I love you : don't you realize I'll do anything : just to be with you Say anything darling : don't say we're through I love you baby : and you know that's true What make you do your little mama : like you do I don't care what they say : I don't care what they do I'll do anything : in the world for you Put your arms around me : hold me tight And love your mama baby : love your mama right Mmm : oh my mellow man Can't nobody thrill me : like my mellow man can He don't stand on no corners : he don't rob and steal Come home to me : each day to get his meal Now he ain't no organ grinder : he just nice and sweet I love that man : from his head down to his feet My man is so mellow : they call him spongy boy But that ain't his name : his name is plain Leroy Listen girls and boys : I've got one stick Give me a match : and let me take a whiff quick
I started blowing my gauge : and I was having my fun I spied the police : and I started to run But the very moment : I looked around My mind fell ill : throwed that gauge on the ground I used to didn't blow gauge : drink nothing of the kind But my man quit me : and that changed my mind I know to blow this jive : it's a sin and a shame But it's the only thing : ease my heart about my man You had plenty of money : in nineteen twenty-two But you let other women : make a fool of you Why don't you do right : like some other men do Get out of here : and get me some money too You sitting down wondering : what it's all about If you ain't got no money : they going to put you out If you had prepared : twenty years ago You wouldn't have been drifting : from door to door I fell for your jiving : I took you in Now all you got to offer me : is a drink of gin I tried hard : a long time To get you : to change your mind You want to know : what it's all about If you love me : you will soon find out I work : hard for you Now tell me daddy : what you going to do When I see you : walking down the street I get the thrill : from my head to my feet It's no use : for us to fuss and fight We should love some : every night You got me : feeling sad The worst feeling : I ever had I got a man : a real handsome one He ain't no loafer : he's just a little old country boy I love him : if he is a little old country boy Yes I love him : because he fills my heart with joy Some people say he is lazy : but I know that is a lie For three years he been doing my work : and I'm perfectly satisfied I know he will [learn to] love me : when he gets to be a man Because I'm always going to feed him : right from my hand Now people all want to know : why do I follow my man There's no need to explain : because they really wouldn't understand I'm so sorry you heard : I don't know what to do I'm sorry for the time : I made you blue Baby what's the matter : why don't you be yourself If I didn't love you : I'd get somebody else But you are so dull and rotten : you think everybody like yourself If I didn't love you : I'd get somebody else Because I love you baby : and I want you for myself If I didn't love you : I would get somebody else The way you been doing : you know it's wrong How do you expect : for us to get along Now maybe some day baby : you'd know for yourself If I didn't love you : I'd get somebody else You say I'm a fool : and everyone knows They wondering why : I don't let you go Everybody tells me : what he do But still : I don't believe it's true You say : he don't treat me right But he say he love me : both day and night
I'm telling you : right from the start I don't intend : for us to part This is all : I have done my best I love him : and darn the rest I'm so down-hearted : feeling sad Baby you left me : sick in bed Mama and papa told me : when I left my home I would have to face : the world alone I keep knocking : but they won't let me in Because you in there with your new love : drinking your gin I'm so down-hearted : no place to go Out in the rain : hail sleet and snow I'm so down-hearted : everywhere I go Hard luck and trouble : meets me at the door My man done quit me : he done throwed me down I'm sad : because he didn't call around Did you ever lay down : and dream the whole night long Dream about your man : and all your ??? *is gone* Last night I went out alone : I was lonesome as could be How I longed to find someone : to keep my company Strange man strange man : let me come close to you I'm feeling lonely : won't you tell me what to do I'm looking for someone to love : who can your good gal be I ain't got nobody : and you sure look good to me Call me a freakish man : what more was there to do Just because she said I was strange : that did not make it true I sent her to the mill : to have her coffee ground
Because my wheel was broke : and my grinder could not be found You mix ink with water : bound to turn it black You run around with funny people : you get a streak of it up your back There was a time when I was alone : my freakish ways to see But they're so common now : you get one every day in the week Had a strange feeling this morning : I swear I've had it all day I'll wake up one of these mornings : that feeling will be here to stay Now I was just sitting here wondering : where I would go get some ease Now I'm going back to California : so I can do just as I please Crossing that old desert mama : just like breaking the Hindenburg Line Now if you get ditched off on that freight train : you know that will be the end of the line Oh yes I know I know : oh yes I know Now the train's at the station : in my mind I'm made up to go When I reach old Los Angeles California : you ought to hear me jump and shout Now the people in Los Angeles : they didn't know what it's all about I feel bluer this morning : than I ever felt before I'm changing friends and men : and I won't be blue no more I know you 'buke and dog me : baby with your forty-five And I couldn't do nothing : but wring my hands and cry Know you trying to be mean babe : and use me as a child But it's going to hurt you to your heart : when I leave you for a while I'm tired of being scolded : when I know I'm doing to best I can To keep from being your dog daddy : I will get me a brand new man No use of getting on your knees : because I can't use you no more I been your dog long enough : so this morning I'll have to go You know all this time : thinking you was all mine And I come to find : you was worse all the time And I didn't say one sentence : till six months after you left I'll give you one more chance : to make a man out of yourself
Did you ever wake up with the blues : and didn't have no place to go And you couldn't do nothing : but just walk from door to door It was late last night mama : and I hear you cry out in bed I went *over rolled* my baby : and she talked all out of her head If you don't like my loving : what make you keep on worrying me Why don't you get you some other man : oh mama and just let me be Good morning Mr blues : Mr blues I come to talk with you Mr blues ain't doing nothing : and I would like to get a job from you I know you like my loving : I can tell from the way you wine Let you taste my jelly : you just worries me all the time I told you pretty mama : I have the best jelly in your town Bet you got a little taste : you just keep on hanging around I swim deep pretty mama : just like a catfish loaded down And every time you see me : you wants to fall down on the ground When me and my baby start to loving : we wants to fight like cats and dogs But before it's over with : we hollering Lord oh Lordy Lord Yeah mean mama : where you stay last night Oh your hair all wrinkled : and your clothes ain't fitting you right Got up this morning : and I could not keep from crying Thinking about my rider : she done put me down The sun going to shine : in my back door some day I know my woman : going to come my way some day When I get drunk : well I don't want to drink no more Listen here : what my dear old mother says These women and whiskey : going to get my child astray Easy mama : no good bearing down
Have you ever woke up : with them bullfrogs on your mind It's going to rain today mama : sun shine in your back door I'm going to tell you this time mama : I ain't going to tell you no I ain't going to tell you no I mean more I'm going to tell you this time mama : ain't going to tell you no more I'm going to leave you partner : and I won't be back here no more I left you standing here : in your back door crying I got the bullfrog blues : and I can't be satisfied Have you ever dreamed lucky : woke up cold in hand I'm going to tell you : what a Chinaman told a Jew You don't likee me : well I sure God don't like you Look a-here partner : see what you done to me The sun going to shine : in my back door some day Say it makes no difference : what mama don't allow We going to have a good time : right anyhow Well come on daddy : what do you say Just give me a kiss : that very same way Well I'm just going to tell you : this one time Mama this ain't nothing : but to worry your mind Well it's take me back : try me again Says I may do better : than what I once have been Oh come on daddy : this ain't no joke If you got a good cigarette : just give me a smoke Take me back : and try me again Says we'll do better : than what we used to Well if you don't like my peaches : don't shake my tree Gal stay out of my orchard : and let my peaches be Well I tell you buddy : this is a natural fact Whenever you quit me : I ain't going to take you back If you just listen closely : tell you just what I mean I want to tell you : all about my lonesome midnight dream Something was troubling me last night baby : I swear it was very mean
All night long in my sleep : I felt like I wanted to scream I would lie down on my bed : I just rolled from side to side Feel like the girl that I love : have just lay down and died And I called the undertaker : and the hearse came driving slow Made me feel so sorry : to see my baby go Lord I heard a mighty rumbling : just about the dawn of day It was only the wagon : coming to carry my baby away When I woke up this morning : folks I just started to scream Why when I came to find out : that it was just a lonesome midnight dream Lord I remember : what my big fat mama said She so big and fat : got to put ashes all in my bed Now I got rocks all in my pillow : gravel all in my bed I got morphine in my belly : cocaine in my head Now if you go : have to bring my good clothes on back I says go on home mama : you gots: *ruses* all in your back Says I been to Montana : been all over Tennessee Says now tell me what's the reason you get tired of here : baby I been really homesick about you So true so true Lord : mama so true Says I seen you leaving last night : baby by the light of the moon Got three great big bulldogs Lord : to watch you while you sleep To keep papa's little gold *watch-key* : from doing that 'fore-day creep So soon this morning mama : you were knocking on my door Babe you knock : just like you never knocked before I'm going to tell my baby : what the Chinaman told the Jew Baby no iggly-oggly me mama : sister no iggly-oggly you I got eighty in New York : I got ninety in Tupalo No need to smile mama : don't believe I want no more Says so cold in China baby : those birds can't hardly sing Says they don't do nothing : but fly in *frosty* wings My gal's got a new way : Lord spelling Tennessee Double S double E : double I double A double L Lord I'm going I'm going mama Lord : I'm I'm going so far away Says I'm going too far baby : that you can't hear me say
I woke up this morning : feeling sad and blue Couldn't find my yo-yo : didn't know what to do I hurried downtown : called my daddy on the phone He said don't cry mama : daddy will bring your yo-yo home If you don't believe I can yo-yo : watch me wind my string Come home daddy : and make the yo-yo sing Bring your yo-yo : wind the string around my thumb I'm an old milkcow : to make the yo-yo mum If your daddy can't yo-yo : you better learn him how Listen women : I don't mean to start no row Hey daddy hey daddy : don't let me cry in vain You see I'm wounded wounded and bleeding : can't you ease my pain Hearts is aching day is breaking : listen to me pray See it's snowing cold wind is blowing : so please be on your way Mr ambulance man : I can't stay still to save my soul And you ought to be careful : how you handle my jellyroll Says people call me Mama Treetop : because I'm slender and tall But when I get ready : to get my ashes hauled I got a range in my kitchen : I've got a strict rule When it gets too hot : I want my oven just cool You can drink my liquor : where my clothes But when it comes time : for spending my dough You can milk my cow : use the cream But when it comes to loving me : that will be in a dream You can crank my car : shift my gear But when any easy riding : goes on here When I go out singing : I goes out all alone I got a new way of singing : makes a good woman lose her home Singing is my trade : I don't have to lie
If you feel my stinger : you want to until you die It was soon this morning : I heard my doorbell ring I thought slim was working : and he wasn't doing a doggone thing I'm going up on a mountain : I'm going to do just like a hog Because the women around here : just treat a good man like a dog I say I'd rather be shaggy : mama just like a dog Than to hear my little jet-black woman : say Buddy Boy she don't need me no more When you see two [jet-black, old black] women : standing and talking so long Bet your life : there's something going on wrong My mama told me : my papa told me too Son these women around here : just *they pretty want* you I lost all my money : I got nowhere to go I believe to my soul : I'm about to lose my brown All you women get mad : because I won't twa twa twa All you women get mad at buddy boy : because I won't dee da da da I say I *flied when I was four* mama : be careful *in years gone* by I couldn't do anything partner : but fold my little arms and cry I said here come Number Three : with her headlights turned down I believe to my soul : *she* is Alabama bound Apples on my table : peaches on my chair I got to stay there : to eat them all by myself Hey Mr jailor : don't sleep so sound Jailhouse on fire : ??? burning down I say the woman I love : she in the jailhouse now But please Mr jailor : she got to get out of there somehow Mmm : my woman in trouble now I said but one of these good mornings : I'm bound to get her out of jail When I get my little cell-block key : I'm going to be country bound *And hey* Mr jailor : I hope the jailhouse burns down
I'm going to lay my head : down on some railroad track Boy when that train come along : I'm going to snatch it back Tell me brownskin mama : where did you stay last night With your hair all down : your face is never washed I say I love you pretty mama : I don't care what you do You go to your black man mama : I'll stick to my gal I say if you don't [need your black woman, want me mama] : you [don't have to, ain't got to] turn your head and stall Because I can get more jet-black women : than a-seven freight trains can haul I got ooo : twa twa twa twa twa twa twa Ooo : ooo Hey mama : tell me what have I done I just seem like you trying : to beat your loving *self on down* You going to wake up one of these mornings : mama baby and I'll be gone And you may not never : mama see me in your town no more Lord I'm a stranger [to you, in here] brownskin : mama I just blowed in your town And if I ask you for a favor : mama please now don't turn me down If you get one old woman : you better get you five or six So if that one happen to quit you : it won't leave you in a awful fix When I had you little black woman : I tried to do the best I could Now your little daddy's gone : now who you going to get to chop your wood How come you do me like you do baby : how come you do me like you do How come you try to make me feel so blue : mama you know I ain't done nothing unto you Now you know you left poor me at seven : come back at eight You got another big fat man : slam up to my gate You know you hug and kissed him : said daddy you sure is fat I stuck my head out the window : man and hollered who in the world is that I bought a pistol : I bought it today Now I got the undertaker with me : just to haul you away You know you kept on talking : about that you want to get my goat I had a brand new razor woman : just to slit your throat A nickel is a nickel : a dime is a dime A woman get tired of one man : all the time
You try to give these women : everything they need You have to make them : one of your G B V Ds Come in at dawn : stay out late If I call you : don't you hesitate Tell me how long : does I have to wait Can I get you now honey : or must I hesitate I ain't no miller : no miller's son Can be your miller : till your miller come I might think it's funny : Make me mad : think *Ain't yellow evil* : ??? *too* The reason fair brown : I don't need you Mama told me : daddy told me too *Womens* ??? : and it'll be end of you I ain't no doctor : doctor's son Ease your pain : till your doctor come I don't want no sugar : in my tea The woman I got : sweet enough for me Ooh : my baby don't treat me good no more When I was sick and down : she drove me from her door I just found out : why my baby treats me so unkind When she go to bed every night : she tells everything what's on her mind Baby baby : I am so lonesome for you Can't wear you off my mind : don't care what I do When I wake up in the morning : my heart it feels like lead When I go to bed at midnight : sometimes I wish I was dead You told me baby : before you left my door Some day I'd be sorry : that I told you to go Lord Lord : can't rest no place I go Blues is driving me crazy : must be reaping what I sow Let's get our gauge up papa : let our love come down Get leaping drunk : and leave this lowdown town Go down on the levee : where the water's high Let our love come down : till the *cleared outside* Hey hey my daddy : he's so nice and brown We going to get our gauge up : let our love come down If you quit me daddy : I'm going to leave this town Can't get my gauge up : and let my love come down I'm full of mean evil feeling : and I'm full of gin I'm on my way to the West End : and there's where troubles will begin They're going to see some shooting : like they've never seen before I mean my man and my best friend : won't cheat in West End anymore I got a mean evil feeling : you going to hear bad news I'm on my way to the West End : to lose those ugly old West End blues I hate to see : that evening sun go down Because my daddy : he's done left this town Feeling tomorrow : just like I feel today I'm going to pack up my grip : and make my get-away Oh St Louis women : with their diamond rings Just pull their men around : by their apron strings If it weren't for *mortar* : and for store-bought hair Why the man I love : would not have gone nowhere You're walking around : no one in sight Wondering : where your baby is tonight You're feeling forlorn : you've got the blues Night and day : you sing those weary tunes You so down-hearted : you don't know what to do You ain't got nobody : to tell your troubles to
You're walking for miles : no place to go You're talking to yourself : Lord but you don't know Pick me up : don't let me go Hold me hold me : whisper something sweet and low Call me lovey : lovey-do Something sweet : to drive away the blues Then hold me tight : with all your might And swear : that you will treat me right Oh love me : like a caveman does Because everybody's crazy : about mushy love Papa papa : let me tell to you Daddy daddy : here's what you must do When you come around : sweet precious turtledove Better come here ready : if you want to win my love Don't come around : telling me a lot of lies Because a lying man : I do despise Papa papa : better do your stuff Daddy daddy : but don't be too rough Mama want some loving kisses : right away Want them when I want them : come on honey don't delay Don't make me think : you've got a lot of dough If you ain't got nothing : please tell me so Now run here pretty mama : tell papa where you been so long Say you come in here mama : with your clothes on wrong Says a brownskin gal : make a mule kick his stable down But a right black gal : make a rabbit move his family to town Says I went to my gal last night : papa knocked on her door She said is that you Mr Houndhead : mama can't use you no more Now woke up this morning : my gal had the worried blues I looked over in the corner : my poor grandma *what* had them too The gal I love : she lives on a silver dollar Every time she leaves me : I declare I'm bound to holler I don't care who you are : I don't care where you been Woman on the dollar : that's my best friend Said she knock and kick me : treat me like a lowdown dirty dog So I got a pocket full of dollars : huh so you see I ain't on the hog I got a gal in Alabama : gal in Tennessee But the gal on the dollar : that's the sweetest baby for me I feel worried : I feel sad I lost the best friend : I ever had Don't care about living : don't want to die That's the reason : that I hang my head and cry My man quit me this morning : about the break of day And he told me : he was going away to stay He packed his grip up : didn't even say goodbye When I think of how he left me : I can't help but cry Woke up this morning gal : 'twixt midnight and day With my hand around my pillow : where my brownie used to lay I know I ain't good-looking : teeth don't shine like pearls So glad : good looks don't take you through this world Going to starch my jumper mama : iron my overalls My brown done quit me : God knows she had it all I'm going to tell you now gal : like Gypsy told the Jew If you don't want me : it's a cinch I don't want you Did you ever dream lucky : wake up cold in hand That's a mighty true sign : your brown got some other man My mama told me : papa told me too Some brownskin woman : going to be the death of you
It seems cloudy brown : I believe it's going to rain Going back to my regular : because she got everything Hey hey mama : mama that ain't no way to do You trying to quit me : mama you know I been good to you Hello Central : give me long long-distant phone I want to hear : from my sweet mama back home When your brown [gets, acts] funny : everything you do she gets off You can hunt you another home : because she don't want you no more I'm a poor boy : I'm a long way from home I'm a poor boy : ain't got nowhere to go Ain't got nowhere : to lay my worried head Sometime : I'd sooner to be dead Please tell me : what you going to do I left my brown : standing in the door What you reckon she said : you're not obliged to go I'm a poor boy : stood on the road and cried I didn't have no blues : just couldn't be satisfied Now give me : long-distance phone I want to hear : from my sweet mama back home I said to her : ring six four nine I want to hear : from that bobcat gal of mine Going up to town : what you want me to bring you back Oh just anything : you think your baby like Honey honey : you sweet as a plum Baby you throw your arms around me : let's have some fun Going up to town : with my hat in my hand I'm looking for the woman : ain't got no man Mama mama : just look at sis Standing on the corner : trying to do the twist Come here sis : you old stinking sow You trying to be a woman : and you don't know how Ain't but two things : I just like That's salting the dog : and balling the Jack Wears them in the summer : and she wears them in the fall
Some folks : they don't wear them at all Honey honey : I'm going to tell you the truth The day you quit me : that's the day you die If I mistreat you gal : I sure don't mean no harm I'm a motherless child : and I don't know right from wrong Please tell me pretty mama : honey where you stayed last night You didn't come home : till the sun was shining bright I have to go so far : to get my hambone boiled These Atlanta women : going to let my hambone spoil I done done more for you : than your daddy ever done I give you my jelly : he ain't give you none When you see two women : always running hand in hand You can bet your bottom dollar : one's got the other one's man I'm going to the river : get me a *dang* old rocking chair If the blues overtake me : going to rock on away from here Oh the way my wife treats me : it sure is a sin Stayed out all night long : before day come creeping in Then I wanted to know : honey where have you been She couldn't say nothing : but it'll never happen again I think sweet mama : I'll have to let you go So pack up all your clothes : you can't sleep here no more It's bad to have a crooked woman : she'll keep you living in sin Then all she will say : it'll never happen again Now if I had a-listened : to my mama's rule I wouldn't have been singing : these crooked woman blues I'm going to sing this verse : and I ain't going to sing no more I got them blues : and I'm sure Lord got to go You passed my door brown : you won't even look in You passed : just like a whirlwind You can pass me up : try to ignore me too You like you ignore me : somebody's going to ignore you
I lied down last night : I couldn't even sleep I thinking about that gal : might make that 'fore-day creep It's a lowdown fireman : dirty engineer Done took my gal : and left me standing here Then I asked the brakeman : let me ride your blinds Say I'm sorry buddy : but you know this train ain't mine Some people are happy : and some are burdened down Some are *so ???ing* : some are so lowdown Let me in please Charlie : no one here but me I'm speaking easy : give me a pint of stingaree Pour me out some white mule : pour me out some sandy rye I don't want no bug juice : that old stuff is too darn high Oh liquor liquor liquor : give me liquor until I die And I'm always happy : when I've got my liquor nigh I'm kind of worried : got something on my mind That's why I drink my whiskey : make my faro wait behind Blind pig blind pig : sure glad you can't see For if you could : it would be too tight for me I'm slipping slipping slipping : trying to dodge United States law I'm loaded down with bootleg : like to make them yammies bawl So glad I'm brownskin : chocolate to the bone And I've got what it takes : to make a monkey-man leave his home Black man is evil : yellow is so lowdown I walk into these houses : just to see these black men frown I'm just like Miss Lilliam : I mean Miss Lynn you see She said a brownskin man : is just all right with me Yellow man won't quit : black man just won't hey But a pigmeat mama crazy : about brownskin baby ways I got a yellow mama : always got a pleasant smile But that brownskin gal : with her coal-black dreamy eyes I got them blues : and I can't be satisfied
Got them so bad : I could just lay down and die Woke up this morning : my clock was striking four Someone started knocking : knocking on my door I went to see : what the noise was all about Someone told me : your brown done left this town On a Monday morning : first thing sad news Listen here professor : play for me those blues Now mama mama : hurry bring it on back to me You were so crazy : for ever leaving me Now haven't I done : everything you asked me to You know by that : I don't love no one but you Listen here sweet mama : I'm going to tell you a natural fact You got what I want : so hurry bring it back Some people want to have plenty of money : some want their wine and song All I crave is my sweet mama : that I dreams about all night long Once I had a dear sweet mama : I didn't treat her right She left this town with a teasing brown : and her name was Mandy White I'm leaving town : today When I find that gal : this what I'm going to say You can have my money : all I want is the facts I ain't got no time to lose : I got to hurry on back When I find that aggravated papa : who tried to two-time me I know I serve a great long sentence : in the penitentiary I'm going to buy me a gun : airplane and a submarine I'm going to kill everybody : ever treat me mean When you were down : sick down on your bed Know bobby brought you your medicine : also brought you bread You is up today : looking good again I knocked on your door : wouldn't even let me in But the sun going to shine : once more in my back door It's true I love you sweet mama : but you can't mistreat me no more I was standing at the terminal : arms fold up and cried Crying I wonder what train : taking that brown of mine And I run to the telephone : took the receiver down I said hello Central : give me Doctor Brown
My baby looks for me : at any old hour at night No matter when I go there : she's never turning off her light Mmm : Lord Lord Lord You womens in Atlanta : treat your men like your dog Before this time brown : maybe another year I'll be up the country : drinking that cool can beer How long how long : how long my train been gone Been gone long enough : to take you to your good gal home Tell my wild women in California : where I so long to be Wild women and whiskey : can make a fool out of me They can lead me like a little airedale : that's only seven weeks old They can lead me to the water : shake my head no no no The longest train I ever rode : was seventy-nine coaches long But if the man had a-seed me : around the mountain I'd have been gone I was on my way to California : where I so long to be Honey I'm from Missouri : you have to *side* me I caught a pretty little animal : it was striped black and white What it done to me : spoiled me the rest of my life I thought it was a squirrel : I took him into my camp When I put him down : all my clothes was damp All the people around me : they give me plenty of air It was so doggone strong : I sniffled it everywhere I never smelled a smell : that smelled so doggone bad It was the worst old smell : baby I ever had I jumped into the water : I scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed But I smelled stronger : baby the harder I rubbed It was a doggone polecat : and he [sure] ain't no friend of mine He as pretty as a white dog : but he ain't worth a doggone dime Said come along mama : give me a hug You got the world : I got the stopper and the jug Gals all call me : big bad Pete
But they crazy : about this little pigmeat Skinny gal in the summer : may be all right But a fat gal in the winter : just too tight My gal she's easy : some say she's slow There's things about her : you don't know Listen to me : please listen to my song Take it slow and easy : you bound to get along Me and my gal : was side by side She said daddy : I would like to ride When I'm in my whiskey : I don't care what I say Because me and my whiskey : we going to have our way Please tell me mama : what kind of loving you crave I got the *kind that know about* : seven different ways I'm down in Atlanta : where the womens they all know me I'm going up to Detroit : give me you gal you ain't *seen* Don't you never : want new loving sometimes They moves it a little different : but it's all the same old kind Don't let your gal fix you : like my gal fixed me She made me love her : now she's way down in Tennessee Wild women out west : where I so long to be Wild women and whiskey : can make a fool out of me Let me be your little dog : until your big hound comes I can do more howling : than your big dog ever done Look over your role books : see if you got my baby's name She's acting funny : and I she don't seem the same Take care of the baby : because she'll a broad some day And if I'm not too busy : I'll be stopping by your way I feel like falling : from the treetop to the ground My girl got a mean joker : and a-he don't allow me around I go there early in the morning : and I'll go there late at night She used to be my sugar : now he ain't treating her right You got to love your baby : so she'll stay home at night And if you don't love her : she sure ain't going to treat you right You can't love me baby : and love my brother too Because that's that's something : it will never do
Hey Mr conductor : let me ride your train I want to play your yo play your yo : play your yo-yo again You don't let me on : I'm going to ride the blinds You wants to yo-yo Bob : but you know this train you know this train ain't mine I know a man : his age was fifty-four Oh he didn't do nothing : but play with his yo play with his yo-yo I like to yo-yo : yes both night and day Some folks say it's hard work : but me it's famous me it's famous play You may be blue : and way down in the depths Go play your yo-yo : your yo-yo your little yo-yo will help When you hear them yelling : up and down the hall Don't get uneasy : they's playing yo-yo playing yo-yo that's all I got a gal : she sure is big and fat Let's yo-yo Bob : because it's tight because it's tight like that I'm just a traveler : I've got to leave this squat You want to yo-yo mama : call on Barbecue call on Barbecue Bob Got a song to sing you : and it's no excuse And as sure as the devil : I believe he's got a-loose [When] you want a drink of liquor : you think it's awful nice You put your hand in your pocket : and you ain't got the price You hear about a job : now you is on your way Twenty mens after the same job : all in the same old day Hard times hard times : we [sure] got hard times now Just drink and think about it : we got hard times now You start in mooching : but your mooching been in vain Be careful with yourself : you'll get a ball and chain Lord and bacon : gone to a dollar a pound Cotton have started to selling : but it keeps going down and down Just before election : you was talking about how you was going to vote And after election was over : your head's down like a billygoat Up said the spider : to the little fly one day
Won't you come around : let's pass the time away Come into my parlor : said the spider to the fly You won't have to do no hollering : I love you until you die My mama told me be careful : wherever I flew Spider's will try to tempt you : and be *baby* I think it would be a treat : just for you and I To order in some quince meat : and get all ???fied Come into my parlor : said the spider to the fly I'll give you loving : loving until you die Oh nobody knows : Atlanta like I do But the reason I know it : I traveled it through and through If you got a good woman : here's the lesson I'll give to you Don't you take her to Atlanta : the men will take her away from you Lord they taken my woman : hurt me to the bone That's the reason why : you hear me cry and moan I taken one woman : believe me I am through Just for what you do : it coming home to you Oh don't you hear : that steamboat whistle blow And it blows just like : it never blowed before That's all right baby : about how you run around But you had to face sorrow : when Bob gets back in town If you take my woman : I won't get mad with you Like you take her from me : somebody sure take her from you Down in Dixie : there's a dance that's new Ain't much to it : it is easy to do You wiggle and you wobble : and you move it around Ball the jack : and you go to town I know a gal : by name of Lizzie Brown She do that scraunch : she's the best in town She steps so fast : and she steps so light Find her doing that scraunch : on a Saturday night My little gal : know what scraunching means Showed her once : now she's a scraunching queen Grandma and grandpa : at the age of eighty-three They's the best scraunchers : you ever see
Standing on the levee : in New Orleans Find the best scraunchers : the world ever seen Got the right step : you move it just right You do that scraunch : and it's just too tight I've got a gal : by the name of Blind Lemon Mack She do that scraunch : it's good like that I ain't going to marry : ain't going to settle down I'll keep on drinking : keep on running around The mouse got the measles : the dog's got the whooping cough Doggone any man : lets a woman be his boss The womens don't like me : because I speak my mind But the men call mama : because I take my time I ain't good-looking : and I ain't long and tall Don't believe I'm a donkey : put me in a stall Papa papa : something's going on wrong If I catch you stealing : regret the day you's born When daddy gets his razor : babies in the cradle moan Because they lost their mama : he's got them all alone Nobody knows : what the sheik will do They'll spend all their money : leave you sad and blue I'm going to quit my kid-man : I like my used-to-be My kid-man don't want nobody : to talk to me I'm not crying : pleading at your feet Sent for you baby : you treat me kind and sweet Baby I'd rather work : than to play But if you treat me mean : I'll have to run away I left my mother : why can't I leave you I will leave anybody : that treats me like you do
Pratt City : is where I was born If you get to there : you can get your water on Get full of high-powered liquor : it's bound to make him scream Going back to Pratt City : if it takes *nice and mean* You walk Sandusky : keep your head hung down Don't worry hot papa : I'm *driftrack* bound Lonesome lovesick blues will make you feel so lonely : when you're left all alone Dying for some loving : and the one you love has gone Deep down in my heart : I'm feeling blue Lonesome and lovesick : baby just for you When I am alone : I moan the whole night through I want some loving : no one but you will do My heart is aching : breaking for some news My heart is aching : gee I'm all confused When I'm alone : I long to see my used-to-be Because he's the only one : to ??? for me I was down with a rock : rock by the deep blue sea So I could roll : these lonesome lowdown blues from me I'm lonesome mama : and I know it's true Way my heart aches : you'd be lonesome mama too If I ever lose these blues : never be worried again Baby you been gone all day : that you may make whoopee all night If I going to take my razor and cut your late hours : you wouldn't think I be serving you right Undertaker been here and gone : I give him your height and size You'll be making whoopee with the devil : in hell tomorrow night Oh you done made me love you : now got me for your slave From now on you'll be making whoopee : baby in your lonesome grave Devil got ninety thousand women : he just need one more He's on the mountain calling for you : women broke down surely must go
Next time you go out : carry your black suit along Coffin going to be your present : hell going to be your brand new home Cuckoo was howling : sun was almost down Then I got to go through Death Valley : there ain't a house for twenty-five miles around Honey you been gone all day : that you may make whoopee all night I'm going to take my razor and cut your late hours : you wouldn't think I be serving you right Undertaker been here and gone : I give him your heightth and size You'll be making whoopee with the devil : in hell tomorrow night You done made me love you : now you got me for your slave From now on you'll be making whoopee : baby in your lonesome grave Baby next time you go out : carry your black suit along Coffin going to be your present : hell going to be your brand new home I say the devil got ninety thousand women : he just need one more He's on the mountain calling for you : baby broke down surely must go Cuckoo was howling : sun was almost down Then I got to go through Death Valley : there ain't a house for twenty-five miles around My poor feet is so tired : Lord help me some way Then I got three hundred miles to go : traveling through the mud and clay Ella Ella : down on my bended knees I'm worried about my baby : bring her back to me You know I love my baby : that's why we can't get along Looks like everything I do : something going on wrong I can see the sun a-shining : leaves shaking on the tree I got a letter from my dona : my babe sung a song to me Mmm : hear my lonesome plea I'm worried about my baby : down on my bended knee Lord I'm going way down : Lord I'm going to try to leave here today Tell me that's a mean old fireman : and that train is just that way Got to get on that train : I said I'd even brought my trunk Boys if you have been running around in this world : this train will wreck your mind Lord I once was a hobo : I crossed so many *points*
But I decided to pull down for a fast life : and take it as it comes There's so many people : have gone down today And these fast trains north and south : have settled their lives in clay I said look here engineer : can I ride your train He said look you ought to know this train ain't mine : and you asking me in vain Said if you go to the Western Union : you might get a chance You might to wire to some of your people : and your fare will be sent right here I want to go home : and this train is done gone dead I done lost my wife and my three little children : and my mother's sick in bed Mmm please : help me win my fare Because I'm a traveling man : boys I can't stay here Now tell me baby : what time your ??? leave I'm going pack my suitcase : beat it back to Tennessee I wrung my hands and cried : Now tell me baby : what time your ??? leave Nickel is a nickel : dime is a dime Wish I had a loving mama : love me all the time Nickel is a nickel : dime is a dime Got a house full of children : and ain't nary one mine Babe I can't see : honey to save my life Why we can't get along : oh just like man and wife I say mama told me : papa told me too All these Winston women : going to be the ruin of you When the rooster gets to worrying : he brings it to the hen Ought to be on tiptoe : of you know *wouldn't let in* Well the ground hog even gets it : puts it in his hole So my woman's got to get it : doggone her soul Well the bee gets the honey : puts it in his comb If he kick out : of his own sweet home Tired of buying pork chops : to grease your fat lips You got to find another place : for to park your *rotsy* hips
Did you ever wake up in the morning baby : same thing all on your mind Something keep you bothered mama : honey worried all the time When I was just a little boy sweet mama : on my way to school Met an old *dark-kissing* brown boy : made me break my teacher's rule Mmm : mmm I ain't got no sweet mama : teach me right from wrong My mama got a hen great God Lord : lays nineteen eggs a day He layed so many eggs : my baby ??? away Lord : am I right or wrong I ain't got no sweet mama : Lord to rock me in her arms Now take your black daddy : wrap him all in your arms Sweet mama I haven't my right mind baby : Lord since you been gone My baby's gone : please don't wait till day I'm sorry I wasn't at home mama : just my babe hadn't've stayed Well I went back home great God : sit in my back kitchen door I just want to tell my mama : I mustn't see my baby anymore Well I went out mama : and I begin to prayer and moan I want to be good Lord Lord : send me my babe back home Once I heard a knocking : on my back kitchen door It's knock like my sweet mama : boys she been here before Babe : honey what am I to do Don't you want your sweet man mama : honey lie down and die for you But I feel so sad baby : honey and I'm lonesome too Ain't nothing in this world boys : Lord for your black man to do Blues on my mind : blues all around my head Had a dream last night : that the man I love was dead Went to the graveyard : fell down on my knees And I asked the gravedigger : to give me back my good man please The gravedigger : looked me in the eye Says I'm sorry lady : but your man has said his last goodbye I wrung my hands : and I wanted to scream But when I woke up : I found it was only a dream
Way down : below the Mason-Dixon line That's where I'm going : just to ease my mind Want to see my folks : I miss them so I bought my ticket : and I'm bound to go Won't I be glad : when my train pulls in See my mammy : and my Uncle Ben This northern country : it make you choose But it will never cure : the Mason-Dixon blues Well now I have a woman : I try to treat her right Well now she will get drunk : ooo well well and fuss and fight all night I love that woman : I done the best I could Well now she proved to me : ooo well well that she didn't mean me no good There's a day coming : I believe I'll make a change Well now the way she treat me : ooo well well a lowdown dirty shame I wonder what's the matter : that I can't sleep at night Well something in my family : ooo well well you know ain't going on right That's all right baby : *sorry* you drove me away Well now you don't think : ooo well well that you need my help some day My woman she told me : nineteen and thirty-four Well now you have a new man : ooo well well she can't use me no more Well I woke up this morning : half past four Met a big crowd : at the ??? store Well I'm a country man : never go to town The women in Chicago : trying to jive me around Well if you ever in Chicago : and the times get hard Take a little walk : out on South Park Well the womens up here : play me to be a fool Think I'm the boy : ain't never been schooled Well now I got cheer : I had good luck The woman I love : she keeps me up Well I woke up this morning : half past two Streets was crowded : and I couldn't get through
Well black mama : what's the matter with you today Ain't satisfactory : don't care what I do Hey mama : what's the matter with you Baby it ain't satisfactory : baby I don't care what I do You say a brownskin woman : will make a rabbit move to town Say a [jet, real] black woman : will make a mule kick his stable down Yeah it ain't no heaven now : and it ain't no burning hell Said I where I'm going when I die : can't nobody tell Well my black mama's face : shine like the sun Oh lipstick and powder : sure won't help her none Well if you see my milkcow : tell her to hurry home I ain't had no milk : since that cow been gone Well I'm going to the race track : to see my pony run He ain't the best in the world : but he's a running son of a gun Oh Lord have mercy : on my wicked soul I wouldn't mistreat you baby : for my weight in gold Well I solemnly swear : Lord I raise my right hand That I'm going to get me a woman : you get you another man I got a letter this morning : how do you reckon it read Oh hurry hurry : gal you love is dead I grabbed my suitcase : I took on up the road I got there : she was laying on the cooling board Well I walked up close : I looked down in her face Good old gal : got to lay there till Judgment Day Oh my woman's so black : she stays apart of this town Can't nothing go : when the poor gal is around Oh some people tell me : the worried blues ain't bad It's the worst old feeling : that I ever had Mmm I fold my arms : and I walked away That's all right mama : your troubles will come some day Oh I'm going to get me religion : I'm going to join the Baptist Church I'm going to be a Baptist preacher : and I sure won't have to work Oh I'm going to preach these blues now : and I want everybody to shout
I'm going to do like a prisoner : I'm going to roll my time on out Oh up in my room : I bowed down to pray Say the blues come along : and they drove my spirit away Oh and I had religion : Lord this very day But the womens and whiskey : well they would not let me pray Oh I wish I had me : a heaven of my own Then I'd give all my women : a long long happy home Yeah I love my baby : just like I love myself Well if she don't have me : she won't have nobody else Hey I'm going to fold my arms : I'm going to kneel down in prayer When I get up : I'm going to see if my preaching suit a man's ear Now I met the blues this morning : walking just like a man I said good morning blues : now give me your right hand Now it ain't nothing now baby : Lord that's going to worry my mind Oh I'm satisfied : I got the longest line Oh I got to stay on the job : I ain't got no time to lose I swear to God : I got to preach these gospel blues Oh I'm going to preach these blues : and choose my seat and sit down When the spirit comes sisters : I want you to jump straight up and down The dry spell blues have fallen : drive me from door to door The dry spell blues : have put everybody on the killing flood Now the people down south : sure won't have no home Because the dry spell : have parched all this cotton and corn Hard luck's on everybody : and many people are blue Now besides the shower : ain't got no help for you Lord I fold my arms : and I walked away Just like I tell you : somebody's got to pay Pork chops forty-five cents a pound : cotton is only ten I can't keep no woman : no no nowhere I been So dry : old boll weevil turned up his toes and died Now ain't nothing to do : bootleg moonshine and rye
It have been so dry : you can make a powderhouse out of the world Then all the moneymen : like a rattlesnake in his coil I done throwed up my hands : Lord and solemnly swore There ain't no need of me changing towns : it's a drought everywhere I go It's a dry old spell : everywhere I been I believe to my soul : this old world is about to end Well I stood in my back yard : wrung my hands and screamed And I couldn't see nothing : couldn't see nothing green Oh Lord : have mercy if you please Let your rain come down : and give our poor hearts ease These blues these blues : is worthwhile to be heard For it's very likely : bound to rain somewhere Woke up this morning : about five o'clock Get me some eggs : and a nice pork chop Cheap cigar : and a magazine Had to run through the street : to catch the five-fifteen Let me tell you something : that I seen Coalman got run over : by the five-fifteen Cut off his arms : and it cracked his ribs Did the poor man die : no the poor man lived Let me tell you something : that I know Coalman got run over : by the five forty-four Cut off his arms : and it crunched his head The poor man died : no the poor man lived I ain't got : but a little bit left If you don't come and get it : I'm going to burn it myself Get the wood in the stove : and the match in your hand You run to the door : and stop the *dirty* coalman Sell it to the rich : and I sell it to the poor Sell it to the nice brown : a-standing in the door Furnish you wood : furnish you coal Make you love me : doggone your soul I got your water : got you gas You treat me mama : says that's your last Let me tell you mama : what's the matter now You don't want me : take me anyhow Sweet mama sweet mama : what's on your mind Say you can't quit me : no need of trying I'm going up the country : don't you want to go
Leaving here : ain't coming back no more Me and my rider : and two or three more We're going up the country : don't you want to go Went down the road : feeling bad I feel so worried : that I ever had Don't believe I'm leaving : count the day I'm gone I'm going to Tishamingo : because I'm sad today Say the woman I love : she done drove me away I'm going to Tishamingo : to have my hambone boiled These Atlanta women : done let my hambone spoil I woke up this morning : between midnight and day I felt for my rider : she done walked away Can't you always tell : when your good gal going to treat you mean You meals is unregular : you house ain't never clean You can always tell : that something going on wrong When you come in : your rider she's out and gone Say when she come in : she got a rag tied around her head You speak about loving : she swear she's almost dead Sweet mama : what's on your loving mind You can't quit me : 'tain't no need of trying I got a loving faro : she's long and tall like me I love my brownskin : don't care where she be Grab your gal : fall in line While I play : this rag of mine Too tight : it won't *don* Too tight : it'll make you warm Too tight : ain't it a shame Too tight : shaking that thing Too tight : hear me cry Too tight : just don't die Too tight : Too tight : he tried to pull it back out Too tight : give it the gate Too tight : let's don't wait Too tight : you hear me say
Too tight : it make us afraid Take me sweet mama : allow me one more show I swear to the Lord : that I won't do wrong no more I don't love no woman : if she ain't got baby ways I'm crazy about my loving : it's always been my crave I hung my head : I cried just like a child Said the way I'm treated mama : I sure ain't satisfied If you ever go to Memphis : stop by Jessie's hall You'll see my picture : hanging on the wall I got the blues so bad : mama my poor heart is sore Can't rest contented : nowhere I go Take me mama : please don't throw me down I'm going to pack my suitcase : I'm going to blow this town When I ??? game last night : thought I'd have some fun Lost all the money that I had baby : pawned my special gun Says I gambled all over Missouri : gambled all through Spain Police come to arrest me babe : and they did not know my name Gambled all over Missouri : gambled through Tennessee Soon as I reach old Georgia : the niggers carried a handcuff to me Been begging you : all night long I'll acknowledge : I done wrong Begging you : down on my knees Begging you : babe if you please Just a worried old rounder : with a troublesome mind All bundled up from hardship : fate to me have been unkind I wouldn't listen to my mother : wouldn't listen to my dad And by my reckless living : I've put myself in bad
I ain't trusting nobody : I'm afraid of myself I've been too lowdown : life have put me on the shelf My friends have turned against me : smiling in my face Since I been so disobedient : I must travel in disgrace I cannot shun the devil : he stay right by my side There is no way to cheat him : I'm so dissatisfied Ain't nobody wants me : they wouldn't be in my shoes I feel so disgusted : I've got them lowdown rounder blues I'm laying in jail : my back turned to the wall Says a Georgia woman : was the cause of it all They arrested me : carried me before the judge Say the judge wouldn't like me : and he say a mumbling word I asked the judge : what might be my fine Get a pick and shovel : dig down in the mine I told the judge : I ain't been here before If you give me light sentence : I won't come here no more Mr judge Mr judge : please don't break so hard I always been a poor boy : never hurt no John So the next day : they carried the poor boy away Said the next day : I *led* a ball and chain Take the stripes off my back : chains from around my legs This ball and chain : about to kill me dead Standing in the station : waiting for my train I was outdoors : sleeping in the rain My mama's sick : papa's dead and gone Didn't have no loving pillow : to lay head on Thousand miles : baby away from home My mama's sick : my papa's dead and gone I asked the operator : how long the train been gone Your train been gone : ever since this morn Said the train I ride : it's eighteen coaches long I'm a poor boy : I'm a long ways from my home I'm a poor boy : ain't got nowhere to stay Says everybody : sure done throwed me away I'm down in Cincinnati : baby on the hog
I'm drinking muddy water : sleep in a hollow log Got a gang of brownskin sweet women : got a gang of high yellows too I got so many womens : I don't know what to do Got a Monday Monday girl : she works it on Broad and Main Got a Tuesday one *there : to issue* my spending change Got a Wednesday Wednesday girl : she works it on Broadway Square Got a Thursday one : take me each and everywhere Got a Friday Friday girl : she brings me a bottle of beer Got a Saturday one : well she better not catch me here Now gang around girls and boys : explain my sonnet to you Wear those patent leather slippers : mama don't *made dad* blue Well I love my sweet baby : I tell this world I do And I hope some day : she'll learn to love daddy too Got a gang of brownskin sweet women : got a gang of high yellows too And I hope some day : she'll learn to love daddy too Have you ever took a trip : baby on the Mobile Line That's the road to ride baby : ease your troubling mind Well I got a letter baby : this is the way it read Come home come home baby : because your love is dead Well I packed my suitcase : bundled up my clothes When I got there : she was laying on the cooling board Well I took my baby : to the burying ground You ought to heard me hollering : when they let her down Well there's two black horses : standing on the burying ground When I turned around : these big tears run on down When you go to heaven : going to babe going to stop by France Going to stop by there : just to give these girls a chance Baby when I die : don't bury daddy at all Well pickle daddy's bones : baby in alcohol Well the boat's up the river : baby and she won't come down Well I believe to my soul : baby boat is water bound Baby when I die : put daddy's picture in a frame So where daddy's going : you can see him just the same Hello heaven : daddy want to give you a telephone So you can talk to your daddy :any time when he's gone
Got two little Tommies : can't hardly tell them apart One is my lover : the other in my heart Got two little Tommies : they is black and brown One lives in the country : the other lives in town When you see me coming : put your man outdoors Well I ain't no stranger : I been here before When you see me coming : bake your biscuits brown Put your meat in the cupboard : turn your damper down When you see me leaving : hang your head and cry Got a mind to ramble : ain't going to settle down Going to move to the city : tear these girls on down Can you tell me : how far Jackson to back home Boat's up the river : running side by side Well you got my loving sweet babe : guess you're satisfied Don't you leave me here : don't you leave me here Well I don't mind you going sweet loving babe : leave a dollar for beer How long how long : had the train been gone Katy Adams got ways : just like a man Because she steals a woman sweet loving babe : everywhere she lands Can you tell me how long : Jackson to McComb Well it's fifteen miles sweet loving babe : Memphis to my home Ooh : I ain't got no mama now Going to be another *war* : don't need no mama nohow Lord it was late last night mama : everything was still Here to meet my sweet baby : *he's* around the hill Lord I'd rather be dead mama : mouldering in the clay Seeing my sweet baby : treated this a-way Ooh : mama you don't know how
Got another sweet baby : know she's taking it now Going to sing this verse mama : ain't going to sing no more Because the landlady's liquor : Lord it's coming too slow Some of these mornings : going to wake up crazy Going to grab me a gun : kill my baby Some of these mornings : going to wake up boozy Going to grab my gun : going to kill old Suzie Going back : to Pensicola Going to buy my babe : a money *moler* Babe babe : did you get that letter Oh you take me back : I'll treat you better Don't you let : my good girl catch you here She might shoot you : may cut you and stab you too 'Tain't no telling : what she might do I'm up the country : where the cold sleet and snow Ain't no telling : how much further I may go Eat my breakfast here : my dinner in Tennessee I told you I was coming : baby won't you look for me The way I'm sleeping : my back and shoulders tired Going to turn over : try it on this side I been in New York this morning : just about half past nine Thought of my mama in Avalon : couldn't hardly keep from crying Avalon my home town : always on my mind Pretty mama's in Avalon : want me there all the time When the train left Avalon : throwing kisses and waving at me Says come back daddy : stay right here with me Avalon's a small town : have no great big range Pretty mama's in Avalon : sure will spend your change New York's a good town : but it's not for mine Going back to Avalon : stay there with pretty mama all the time
Raise up baby : get your big leg off of mine It's so heavy : made a good man change his mind I asked you baby : come and hold my head Send me away : said you'd rather see me dead I'm going I'm going : crying won't make me stay The more you cry : further you drive me away Some crave high yellow : I like black and brown Black won't quit you : brown won't lay you down It was late at midnight : moon shine bright like day I seen you faro : going up the right of way Want all you ladies : all gather around That good sweet candy man's : in town He got a stick of candy : just nine inch long He sells as fast : a hog can chew his corn All heard : what sister Johnson said She always takes : a candy stick to bed Don't stand close : to the candy man He'll leave a big candy stick : in your hand He sold some candy : to sister bad The very next day : she took all he had If you try his candy : good friend of mine You sure will want it : for a long long time His stick candy : don't melt away It just gets better : so the ladies say Got the blues : can't be satisfied Keep the blues : I'll catch that train and ride Whiskey straight : will drive the blues away That be the case : I want a quart today Bought my gal : a great big diamond ring Come right back home : and caught her shaking that thing
I said baby : what makes you act this a-way Said I won't miss a thing : she gives away Took my gun : and I broke the barrel down Put my baby : six feet under the ground I cut that joker : so long deep and wide You got the blues : and still ain't satisfied Standing on the mountain : far as I can see Dark clouds above me : clouds all around poor me Feeling low and weary : Lord I've got a trouble in mind Everything that gets me : everybody's so unkind Harvest time's coming : and will catch me unprepared Haven't made a dollar : bad luck is all I've had Lord how can I bear it : Lord what will the harvest bring Putting up all my money : and I isn't got a doggone thing I'm a weary traveler : roaming around from place to place If I don't find something : this will end me in disgrace Ain't got no mother : father left me long ago I'm just like an orphan : where my folks is I don't know Blues around my shoulder : blues are all around my head With my heavy burden : Lord I wished I was dead I love my baby : and my baby do love me Get away from my window : honey babe get away from my door Honey babe honey babe : why don't you tell me what you're going to do I ain't crazy about no yellow : I ain't no fool about no brown Because you can't tell the difference : mama when the sun goes down I got a wife got a girl : and I'm fooling on the outside too Now *look here Mr* ??? : *says you take a good drop*
??? : he done broke your heart Put you out : told you to go You never come back : to her house no more Now just trying : to throw it down You know : you the foolishest man in town Keep on talking : *to the will* Says you'll never : get to ??? *Bill* Well you can bring a lot of wood: you can bring in my clothes You can iron my shirts : you can bless my soul Says it ain't but the one thing : that grieve my mind All these women : and none is mine Says a little fish big fish : swimming in the water Come on back here man : and give me my quarter It's like hunting for a needle : in a bed of sand Trying to find a woman : haven't got no man Three barrels of your whiskey : four barrels of gin Says I have a papa home : and you can't come in Says God made a woman : and he made her mighty funny Kiss her on the mouth : just sweet as any honey Now who in the *ham* : *and the confoundation* Been sowing them potatoes : on my plantation Now the scariest I ever been : in my life Uncle ??? caught me : kissing his wife Now if this was a coffeepot : and that was a spout I'll be the *worst* boy : to pour the coffee out Now the cat's got the measles : dog's got the whooping cough Doggone a man : let a woman be his boss Now I ain't no devil : crawl in a lion's den But my chief occupation : taking women from their monkey-men Says I ain't good-looking : my teeth don't shine like pearls But I've got something babe : to carry me through this big darn world Now I think I heard a rumbling : deep down in the ground Well it must have been the devil : chaining my good gal down Now the men don't like me : just because I speak my mind But the women cry papa : just because I take my time
I saved it up : since the Lord knows when I ain't saved a thing : because of any of you men I've had it so long : I hate to lose it Because ever gets broke : I'll be able to use it Now when you're laying in jail : with your head in your arms And then you realize : your sweet mama's gone Now here's one thing : can't understand Why a bow-legged woman : likes a knock-kneed man *Times* way downtown : spread the news State Street women : wearing broken shoes Now I'm going away : to wear you off my mind You keep me broken-hearted : mama all the time Now here's one thing : I can't understand A good-looking woman : likes a workingman Now I don't see how : you *honky* women can *pace* Shimmy all day : without a bite to eat Now if it wasn't for the powder : store-bought hair State Street women : couldn't go nowhere Now I went to the show : the other night The people on State Street : trying to fight I ain't crazy about my brown : or about my brown You can't tell the difference : when the sun go down When you see two women : running hand by hand You bet your bottom dollar : she's got the other one's man Now run here mama : stay back in my home If your man catch you : I don't mean no harm You can always tell : when your good gal don't want to be seen Because your meals ain't ready : the house is never clean Just like hunting for a needle : buried in a bed of sand That is to find a woman : haven't got no man
Three barrels of whiskey : mama four barrels of gin She said the *headknots* at home : daddy and you can't in It was early one morning : just at the close of four When Dolly Smith : knocked on Evelyn's door She jumped up sweet babe : tipped on across the floor Hollering long tall daddy : don't you knock no more It was in the loving kitchen : where they made the plot For to poison her father and her mother : in the coffeepot Then they carried the remains : throwed it out in the *shore* Killed fifteen chickens : Policeman said to Freddie : what do you know about this Says I guess : you'll have to go arrest poor Dolly Smith Then they carried poor dolly : put her behind the bar Give him thirty-nine days : mama and that ain't all Poor evelyn's in jail : with her back turned to the wall Hollering cool kind daddy : you know you the cause it all I'm going to sing this time : ain't going to sing no more Because my throat's got dry : swear my tonsil's sore Now down in Georgia : they got a dance that's new There ain't nothing to it : it is easy to do Now it ain't no Charleston : ain't no buck and wing All you got to do : is to shake that thing Now the old folks like it : the young folks too The old folks showing : the young folks how to do Now get back to me : and Let your mammy ??? you : just *all to do* I was walking downtown : and stumbled and fell My mouth jumped open : like a country well Now grandpa Johnson : grabbed sister Kate He shook her : just like you shake the *jelly from the wheat* Now old Uncle Jack : the jellyroll king He just got back : from shaking that thing Now old Uncle Moe : he's sick in bed The doctor says : he's almost dead Now the folks in Georgia : they done got wild The *hobo* ??? :
I got plenty of whiskey : put them up on the shelf But I'm getting sick and tired : of doing ??? by my faking self Now tell me pretty mama : tell me please don't lie Can your sweet papa stop by here : or must I pass on by I got the faking blues : going to sing them anywhere I please That's the reason why : give my poor heart some ease Lord I'm going away mama : believe me it ain't stall Because I can get more women : than a passenger can haul Lord I'm going to the nation : buy me an Indian squaw I'm going to raise me a family : got me an Indian ma I got the faking blues : sing them anywhere I go Tell you the reason I sing them : my sweet mama don't love me no more Lord I went to the river : looking for a place to set down I thought about my faking jellyroll : come on back to town Stood on the corner : feet got soaking wet I was hollering and crying to every brown : to hell I'm at I'm Alabama bound : I'm Alabama bound Then if you want me to love you babe : you got to leave this town When the rooster crowed : the hen looked around Said if you want me to love you babe : you got to run me down Look here pretty mama : who can your regular be Says the reason I'm *blacking out stalling* babe : you been so good to me There's a preacher in the pulpit : Bible in his hand And the sisters was back in the amen corner : hollering that's my man Now the boat's up the river : can't be floated down But she's *way on south* now darling babe : Alabama bound Just like a beefsteak beefsteak : ain't got no bone Then if a man like a good brownskin woman now babe : he ain't got no home Elder Green's in town : and he's going around And he's telling all the sisters and the brothers he meets : he's Alabama bound Now don't you leave me here : don't you leave me here Just before you and your partner get ready to go : leave a dime for beer Now I got a gal : works in the yard She brings me meat : she brings me lard
Only thing : that keep me barred People she works for : don't allow me in the yard Going to tell you one thing : it's a natural fact Want you to come on home : and drop that sack Now I got a gal : she lives on the hill Took our corn : to the sugar mill Still I know : I wouldn't take no salt I'll grind your corn : into sweet jellyroll I asked for one : she brought me two Down to the crap game : me and you Got two dollars : my point was nine Police come a-running : and the *chips* went flying Said I went to the Gypsy : to get me a hand See my gal walking : with another man I said you may go : you'll come back If you ever come back : you got to drop that sack I ain't good-looking : and I don't dress cute But I just want to *break* : some good man's *opportune* I ain't no race horse : I ain't built for speed But I got everything : that a race horse papa needs You may fall from the mountain : down in the deep blue sea You ain't done no falling : till you fall in love with me I ain't no coalman : ain't no coalman's son But I can keep you warm : until your coalman comes Won't you tell me pretty mama : I won't have to wait Will I be your regular : or did I come too late I may look green : but I ain't no clown I'm just a red-hot papa : just blowed in your town Take me back baby : you know I don't know my mind For when I'm mistreating you : I'm loving you all the time I walked the streets all day : hung my head and cried I laid awake all night : trying to make myself satisfied There's one thing honey : I want you to understand That's your time ain't long : if I catch you with another man You ain't good-looking : and you don't dress fine
But there ain't no reason : let some other man read my sign Going down to the river : honey don't you wear no black Because when you think I'm gone : I'll come creeping back If you don't want me : why don't you tell me why Because you flirting with the undertaker : I mean it ain't no lie Got a knock-kneed mama : down in Tennessee She's short and squatty : she's all right with me Now knock-kneed mama : what you going to cook tonight Whatever you cook : just cook it right You got a face like a washboard : and a mouth like a tub Teach my mama : that washboard rub Now some people say : chitlings are good to eat I'll never eat chitlings : long as hog got feet Takes a long-tailed monkey : a short-tailed dog To do that dance : they call the falling off the log Now the monkey told the elephant : if he's not drunk I know you're sober : you got the tail in front Now the monkey told the elephant : you may be drinking wine You can't switch your tail : like I switch mine I was walking down Morgan : stopped on Maxwell Street I asked the desk sergeant ??? police force : my gal ain't off of the street I couldn't talk to the desk sergeant : tell him *when and* where it took place Because I knew my mama : got arrested on Maxwell Street Lord I'm talking about the wagon : talking about the ??? car too Because Maxwell Street's so crowded on a Sunday : you can hardly pass through There's Maxwell Street Market : got Water Street Market too If you ain't got no money : the women got nothing for you to do I got the Maxwell Street blues : mama and it just won't pay Because the Maxwell Street women : going to carry me to my grave I live six twenty-four Maxwell : mama and I'm talking about you Because I swear I don't walk : said Buly Buly Buly how do you
I told you once : this makes twice That's the last time : don't you boil them rice You can brown your gravy : fry your steak Sweet mama : don't make no mistake Just sure as the winter : follows the fall There ain't no one woman : got it all You can meet a woman : that you can't understand Must be looking for you : or a monkey-man Now cool kind mama : says you needn't've stalled Throw it out the window : I'll catch it before it falls I got the blues so bad : I couldn't sleep last night My cool kind mama : want to fuss and fight Now I'm so glad : that dog can talk I can't teach him : to take a morning's walk Now if you don't believe : that I can run mighty fast Ask that man : that run me last I'm Texas bound : I got a freight train on my mind If you miss me on the local : look for me on the gine My suitcase is packed : my trunk's already home Said you can know by that : your sweet papa's going to be gone Just look around the corner : see that passenger train Be a long long time : before you see my face again Takes a good old fireman : a cool kind engineer Now to pull that train : take me away from here I'm Texas bound : got no time to lose Because my sweet mama quit me : left me with the Texas blues Everybody in town : got a butter and egg man but me Tell me please : Lord because I can't see Come here mama : sit down on your papa's knee I'm just a butter and egg man : you can easy get along with me Why don't you take me pretty mama : make something out of poor me I'm just a butter and egg man : just as soft as I can be Well it's butter and eggs butter and eggs : butter and eggs is all you crave When you die : put butter and eggs on your grave Why don't you take me pretty mama : let you treat me as you do
Because my weakness is pretty women : keep me with the butter and egg blues My baby done quit me : and talk's all over town I'm too good a man : to let that talk go around I'm leaving today : going to leave this southern town Because my baby caught a plane : that was up the way bound I feel like jumping : from a treetop to the ground To get a flying start : and run my baby down I'm reeling and rocking : Lord howling like a hound If brownskin's the best : I'll *play a teasing brown* Oh feel like a dirty : feel like a dat dat dat Doesn't somebody know : where my baby at I'm going to grab me a train : beat it on up the line I'm going to ride : until I find that good-goody woman of mine Everybody's talking : about the *gren??? day* I got one : with the sweetest ways Your baby : can roll her jelly fine Nobody's baby : can roll it like mine Your baby : ain't sweet like mine She bake her jellyroll : all the time And when I'm feeling : lonesome and blue My baby : know just what to do Never has a baby : put me outdoor She even buys me : all my clothes I don't want to brag : just want to put you in line Your baby : ain't sweet like mine Tell me tell me : please has anybody seen my brown She used to love me : till old fatmouth blew in town She's a long tall woman : with coal-black curly hair With one gold tooth : then you'll know her anywhere She used to be mine : but the fatmouth has got her now That's a dirty mistreater : didn't mean me no good nohow
I'm going to love you mama : till my whiskers pass the ground When you die : I'm going to keep on hanging around I bought all her clothes : I bought her a diamond ring Then along come a fatmouth : keep me shaking that thing It was early one morning : just about the break of day Says I thought I heard : my sweet baby say You can read a newspaper : you can't read a person's mind But when you think she's loving you : dropping you all the time Now baby you can tell me : just what are you to do Now I believe I'll go back : to my old-time used-to-be She's long and she's tall : she's shaped just like a willow tree And the reason I love her : says she belongs to me I get up early in the morning : sweet mama and I comb and curry my horse Because I don't want nobody : not to *see my pause* Then I goed up to the coal pile : get me a friend to buy some coal Then I get on my wagon : *then I'm a coal-traveling snow* *I ought to tell how much* for coal : thirty-five cents a bag And if you want to know my name : just look around on my sack I got on my wagon : trying my best to sell my coal My baby's back home : serving my jellyroll Now a lot of your women : ought to be put in jail Some standing on the corner : trying to get themselves in jail Now I got a lady : by the name of Sue She'd like to know : just what to do Now when you what it : I agree Don't forget : to ask for me Now she's a woman : hard to beat All you got to do is dance : and stay on your feet Now you ain't good-looking : you don't dress cute You got to keep a papa : for your personal use Now January February : and March too
The women come along : and showed her just what to do Now a woman needn't think : she got a man by herself A man needn't think : he got a woman by himself Now tain't but one thing : that grieve my mind All these brownskins : none of them mine I know a man : he's on our street He don't do nothing : but eat and sleep Now he's a man : that I would love to meet He's always dressed up : and out in the street Now he don't drink whiskey : nothing sweet When it comes to pretty women : he sure loves to meet *I'm hot as the devil* : *I walk about the street* All that ??? : to the sweet man's *feet* Now he's a man : has a *copper* good to eat He always looks good : from his head to his feet Now when he walks into a place : and takes his seat His ways and actions : is hard to beat I ain't talking to one : I ain't talking to two I'm talking to the captain : and the whole doggone crew Yes she smokes the cigarettes : throws ashes in the tray She's a good woman : she likes to have her way I'm going away : won't be long You look for me : I'll be gone Ain't nothing in the jungle : that's any better than me I'm the baddest man : ever came from Tennessee I slept with a panther : until just about the break of day I grabbed the wildcat in the collar : and asked the tiger what he had to say I wear a scorpion for my watch fob : a rattlesnake for my chain I scares a gorilla : and make him change his big ugly name I make a *sea tick* catch a freight train : I make a flea grab the mail I make a jumbo elephant : grab an airplane and sail
I was traveling in a rowboat : drifting out in the sea I made a sea lion cub come back : and shake glad hands with me Way down in the forest : there's where I long to be Because ain't nothing in the jungle : that's any better than me Now you know baby : you know it's true I don't love : no one but you I'm going to tell you : just before we start All I want you to do : is to lone me your heart I'm going to ask you : now baby before you start All you got to do : is to lone me your heart This corn liquor ??? : there's plenty more to be made Just get a job at one of these stills : and you surely will be paid I tell you it's a mighty risk to run : and a mighty chance to take To spend your money : for the corn that the bootlegger makes When the bootlegger goes to his still : get ready to make his stuff He got his concentrated lye : cocaine and his snuff I went home the other night : I swore I wouldn't drink no more Until saloons come back with bottle and *bondy* : in the days of long ago But I see that will never be : so I just got drunk again I haven't nothing so long as corn liquor lasts : and I got no money to spend I'm going to tell the sergeant : *he the* chief of police The women around here : won't let me see no peace Because I'm wild about my loving : and I like to have my fun You want to be a girl of mine baby : bring me whiskey when you come Hello Central : what's the matter with your line I want to talk : to that high brown of mine I don't want no sugar : stirred up in my tea Because the girl I want : is sweet enough for me I ain't no iceman : no iceman's son But I can keep you cool : till the iceman comes I ain't no fireman : and no fireman's son
But I can keep you warm : until the fireman comes I'm going to tell you people : to listen to this song I'm going to see my gal : and it won't be long Oh how she loved to dance : that old grizzly bear I guess she's gone to Frisco : to dance it there Always a sign : everybody know you through The more you do for people : the less they think of you Oh how she loved to dance : that old grizzly bear I guess she's gone to Frisco : to dance it there It's always a sign : everybody knows it's true The more you do for people : the less they they think of you Hello Central : what's the matter with your line I want to talk : to that high brown of mine I'm going to the river : with a rope and a rock And the way you treat me : I'm going to jump over the dock Tell me how long : will I have to wait Can I get you now : or must I hesitate I'm got something to tell you : and I know it ain't good news Because a hesitating woman : give me the hesitation blues I'm going to tell the sergeant : and the see the chief police Because the women around here : won't let me see no peace I've got a girl in Memphis : she's all right But the girl in Cincinnati : is just too tight I'm got a girl in Cairo : loves me I know But the gal in Louisville : has got the best *clothes* My mother says I'm wicked : daddy says I'm wild I know I ain't good-looking : but some woman's angel child I'll sing you these verses : and it didn't take long If you want to hear any more : you'll have to buy this song
Well I hates to see : that evening sun go down Because it makes me think : about my last go-round It I'm feeling tomorrow : a-like I feel today I'm going to pack my suitcase : and make my long get-away Because the St Louis woman : she wears a diamond ring She leads a man around : by her apron string If it wasn't for powder : and this store-bought hair Oh the girl I love : wouldn't go nowhere A redheaded woman : make a freight train jump the track And a black-headed girl : will make a preacher ball the jack I'm a poor coal loader : I'm in the mine Slave for my woman : till I'm almost blind I work so hard : from dawn to dusk Can't find a woman : that I can trust I work so : from six to six Kid-man wait : to get his business fixed I work every day : in the mine Come home at night : you got my best friend crying The food you cook : a hound dog sick Woman I swear : you's a no-good chick Ah wake up mama : wake up and don't sleep so sound Give me what you promised me : before you lay down I said get my tuni : only thing I love Make you weep like a willow : sling snot like a turtledove Now I've got a gal : and the kid live out on the hill She got good doing : serve to the one she may will She got good tuni : I'm a fool about my yam yam yam Get my yam yam yam : I'm going back to Alabam' Now come in here baby : and sit down in my lap Sit one side : I forgot to tell you I had the Clap your hands Charlie : Charlie where's you been so long I been down in Tennessee : and I couldn't stay there very long I got a job in the freight house : trying to learn how to truck
A box fell on me this morning : like to bust one of my Nuthouse for crazy folks : folks got sense don't go there And all the friends I had : done shook hands and left there I got a gal : and the kid playing deaf and dumb But the movements in her hip : will make a dead man Come on out my window : don't knock on my door And I told you two or three times : don't want you no more Now run in here baby : because I done got kind of sick It ain't nothing ailing my stomach : it's something wrong with my Dixieland was a camp in Georgia : you can't stay there very long All the friends I had : done shook hands and gone Now here's a verse : I don't want a soul to miss I been taking charity grub : I've got to go outside Shut your mouth boy : four boys can't talk at once And I done told you two or three times : I don't want no junk I heard the people say : Casey Jones can't run I'm going to tell you : what the poor boy done Left Cincinnati : about half past nine Got to Newport News : before dinner time Now Casey Jones said : before he died He fixed the road : so a bum could ride And if he ride : he have to ride the rod Rest his heart : in the hand of God Now little girl says : mama is that a fact Papa got killed : on the I C track Yes yes honey : but hold your breath Get that money : from your daddy's death When the news reached town : Casey Jones was dead Women went home : and *had it* out in red Slipping and sliding : all across the streets With their loose mother hubbard : and their stocking feet Now Casey Jones : went from place to place Another train hit his train : right in the face People got off : but Casey Jones stayed on Natural policeman : but he dead and gone Here come the biggest boy : coming right from school Hollering and crying : like a doggone fool Look here mama : is our papa dead Womens going home : and *had it* out in red
*Low cut* shoes : and their evening gowns Following papa : to the burying ground Now tell the truth mama : he say is that a fact Papa got killed : on the I C track Quit crying boy : don't do that You got another daddy : on the same damn track Lord today has been : a long lonesome day You hear me talking to you : did you hear what I say Lord today has been : a long old lonesome day And now my rider : eee Lord will be the same old way I've been to the nation : around the territor' You hear me talking to you : you got to reap what you sow I've been all through the nation : and around the territor' But I found no heaven on earth : Lord nowhere I go I'm going to the big house : and I don't even care Don't you hear me talking to you : I'm scolding to my dear I'm going in the morning : and I don't even care I might get four or five years : Lord I might get the chair Oh stop and listen : see tomorrow bring You hear me talking to you : start to playing You better stop now and listen : and see what tomorrow brings It might bring you sunshine : Lord and it may bring rain Some got six months : some got a solid year You hear me talking to you : buddy what made you stop by here Some of them got six months partner : and some got a solid year But I believe my partner : Lord got a lifetime here I'd rather be the devil : to be that woman's man Oh nothing but the devil : changed my baby's mind I laid down last night : tried to take my rest My mind got to rambling : like the wild geese from the west The woman I love Lord : stoled her from my best friend But he got lucky : stoled her back again I would rather be buried : in some cypress grove To have some woman : Lord I can't control And I'm going away now : I'm going away to stay That'll be all right pretty mama : you going to need my help some day Well the sun going down : and you know what you promised me And what's the matter : baby I can't see I would rather be dead : and six feet in my grave To be way up here honey : treated this a-way Well the old people told me : baby but I never did know The Good Book declares : we got to reap just what we sow When your knee bones aching : and your body cold Well you just getting ready : honey for the cypress grove I love my cherry ball : better than I love myself She gets so she don't love me : she won't love nobody else Cherry ball quit me : she quit me in a calm good way Lordy what to take to get her : I carries it every day Sure as that spider : hanging on the wall I warned little old cherry ball : she was *falling out cold* I'll catch the Southern : and she'll take the Santa Fe I'm going to ride and ramble : till cherry come back to me Hard times here : everywhere you go Times is harder : than ever been before Well the people are drifting : from door to door Can't find no heaven : I don't care where they go Let me tell you people : just before I go These hard times will kill you : just dry long so When you hear me singing : my so lonesome song These hard times : can last us so very long If I ever get off : this killing floor I'll never : get down this low no more If you say you had money : you better be sure Because these hard times will drive you : from door to door
Sing this song : and I ain't going to sing no more Hard times will drive you : from door to door I ain't got no : special rider here Ain't got nobody : nobody feel my care I woke up this morning : looked at the special rising sun I prayed to the Lord : my special rider would come I'm going tell you something : to ease your trouble in mind *Them whiskey women* : *give* trouble all the time Now *honey* : what more can I do Hear you done call : the easy rider special blues Hey hey hey hey : hey hey hey hey hey And every cow's calf man : honey he was born to die I going to take my heifer : If you see my rider : tell her carry on carry on I wring my hands : baby and I want to scream And I woke up : I found out it was all a dream Hey hey hey : I ain't going to be here long That's the reason why you hear me : sing my old lonesome song Hey hey hey hey : hey hey hey hey hey And every cow's calf : honey got to lay down and die I walked the levee : I just walked end to end I just want to find : my cow again I'm stealing I'm stealing : back to my used-to-be Hey pretty mama : please don't tell on me If I send for my baby : and she don't come All the doctors in West *Conton* : they won't help her none And if she gets unruly : and she don't want to do Take my thirty-two twenty : I cut her half in two You talk about your forty-four forty : buddy it'll do very well But my twenty-two twenty : Lord is a burning hell Now that thirty-eight special : buddy it's most too light
But my twenty-two twenty : make the *camp* go right Hey hey hey : and I can't take my rest And my forty-four : laying up and down my breast If you haven't any hay : get on down the road Get your habit in your hand mama : Lord Lord get on down the road I'm going I'm going : coming here no more If I go to Louisiana mama : Lord Lord they'll hang me sure If you haven't any hay : get on down the road I'm going I'm going : coming back no more Hitch up my buggy : saddle up my black mare You'll find me riding : mama Lord Lord in this world somewhere Folks I'm going to tell you : about a brand new song I'm going to beat some dirt : and it won't take long Well they cool it on State Street : warm it down the line You ought to hear the frogs on Durban : singing and crying Now the folks down east : are crying Lord Lord Lord Gang in the west : say the cops is so hard Well I went down to Michigan : came up Grant Saw the sweetbacks and the strutters : all raising sand I went to a good-time flat : last Saturday night The cops knocked on the door : everybody made their flight I met myself a good gal : she said she was fifty-one She started to loving and squeezing : I thought she say son you just begun Now a yellow gal is like a frigid zone : brownskin's about the same You want some good loving : get yourself an old Crow Jane Now I ain't no janitor : no fireman's son But I can keep your boiler hot : till the superintendent come Come on and let me know : who you are Do that dance : called the *don't be long* Do the Mississippi : and the Mobile Bay
Turn right around : go the other way Put your hands on your hips : and let your mind move on Holler like you did : the first day you was born Do the black snake wriggle : and the frog hop Take it to the attic : if it gets too hot Now old sister Sue : *got* heavy a load She likes to do it : because she got kind of cold *Hatsie Gray* : and old friend Lou Some day : this thing's going to happen to you I've got a gal : she's low and squatty I mean boys : she'll suit anybody Last night : she loved me for a while You could hear me holler : mmm for a while Sometimes she makes me sneeze : sometimes she makes me cough Lord you ought to see her : when she starting me off Last night : while I was sound asleep I felt a funny feeling : from my head to my feet She was born in Kentucky : raised in Tennessee Came all the way from Dixie : to put that thing on me Ain't you getting tired : of [trying to cheat, cheating] on your papa hon' Corrine : you the meanest gal I ever seen Corrine : she just about five feet tall She sleeps in the kitchen : one foot in the hall I've got a corrine in Texas : sure can bring me down Got a corrine in Harlem : make a rabbit hug a hound I walked from Dallas : I walked to Wichita Falls After I lost my sugar : I wasn't going to walk at all Women see you coming : they go get their rocking chair I want to fools this man : and make out he's welcome here So cold in China : this voice can't hardly sing You didn't make me mad : till you broke my diamond ring
I'm going to grab my sugar : papa don't care what you do I know my baby : she's going to jump and shout When she gets a letter from Lemon : I wrote her two days out Tell me what's the matter : [papa Lemon, I] can't get no mail Mama said last night : don't let a black cat cross your trail I got up this morning : the blues all around my bed Went in to eat my breakfast : and the blues all in my bread Well the blues come to Texas : loping like a mule You take a high brown woman : man she's hard to fool You can't never tell : what a woman's got on her mind You might think she's crazy about you : but she leaving you all the time Ain't so good-looking : your teeth don't shine like pearls But that nice disposition : carry a woman all through the world I'm going to the river : going to carry my rocking chair Going to ask that gal for a ??? : *how* the worried blues left here I think I heard : my good gal call my name She couldn't call so loud : but she calls so nice and plain I was raised in Texas : schooled in Tennessee High-stepper you can't make : no fatmouth out of me Can't a woman act funny : quit you for another man Can't go look down the street : but she's always raising sand My right foot itches : something going on wrong My right foot itching me : and I just can't stay here long I thought I'd write : but it's the best to telephone For that fast mail train : can carry your sugar so far from home Girl I can't live right : ain't going to try no more This woman's left town : and she ain't coming back no more I went to the depot : and I set my suitcase down I thought about my baby : and tears come rolling down I said ticket agent : how long your train been gone Say yon go the train : that this fair brown left here on I couldn't buy [me] no ticket : but I walked on to the door Well my baby left town : she ain't coming here no more I got up this morning : my sure-enough on my mind I had to raise a conversation with the landlady : to keep from crying
Excuse me woman : I won't say that no more I'm fixing to leave town : and hang crepe on your door Well my mind leads me : to take a trip down south Take a trip down south : *it's tough to spend my round* A train left the depot : with a red and blue light behind Well the blue light's the blues : the red light's the worried mind I hate to tell you : it ain't nobody there If a man stay here : he stay most anywhere I got up this morning : rambling for my shoes The little woman : sung me a song of her worried blues Uncle Sam wasn't no woman : but didn't he grab your man Tell me them good-looking womens : is on the border raising sand Well women on the border : drinking out of the water trough I wish uncle Sam would hurry up : and pay these soldiers off I can't drink coffee : and the woman won't make no tea I believe to my soul : sweet mama going to hoodoo me I asked the girl did she love me : she said Lemon I don't know how Caught me *commentating* : yes I love you *sky high* She has feet like a monkey : head like a teddy bear And a mouthful of lip : I guarantee it's everywhere I got a girl in Cuba : I got a girl in Spain I got a brown yonder in Dallas : I's afraid to call her name [Tell me, I want to know] what time : do the trains come through your town I want to laugh and talk : with a long-haired teasing brown One goes south at eight : and it's one goes north at nine I got to have a good talk : with that long-haired brown of mine Go and get my black horse : and saddle up my grey mare I'm going home to my good gal : she's in the world somewhere I can't count the times : that I'm so unsatisfied Sugar the blues ain't on me : but things ain't going on right See see rider : you see what you done done
Made me love you : and now your friend is come A great tall engine : and a little small engineer Carried the woman away Lord : and left me standing here If I had a-listened : to my second mind I don't believe I'd a-been here : wringing my hands and crying Ain't no more good 'taters : the frost have killed the vine The blues ain't nothing : but a good woman on your mind I done told you woman : I been telling your partner too You're three times seven : and you know what you want to do If you see Corinna : tell her to hurry home I ain't had no true love : since Corinna been gone So many wagons : they have cut that good road down And the girl I love : her mama don't want me around Baby I can't drink whiskey : but I'm a fool about my homemade wine Ain't no sense in leaving Dallas : they makes it there all the time These here women want these men : to act like some boxer dog Grab a pick and shovel : and roll from sun to sun I got a girl for Monday Tuesday : Wednesday Thursday Friday too I'm going to sweeten up on Saturday : what are the women through the week going to do Don't look for me on Sunday : I want to take pigmeat to Sunday school She's a fine looking fair brown : but she ain't never learned Lemon's rule Listen here mama : I'll be good Drink your wine : cut your wood When I had you : you wouldn't do Now I got another : and I don't want you Every evening : half past eight *Hobbling along* : *with my gait* Working in the spring : *sleeping in the sand* Got to get that fifty dollars : that I wish I had You may think : because you're black I'm going to beg you : to take me back I went a-walking : down the line To see if this woman : changed her mind She turned around : two or three times Take you back : in the wintertime
I ain't going to marry : ain't going to [be no settling, settle] down I'm going to stay like I am : going to ride from town to town There's a house over yonder : painted all over green Going to find these young women : that a man most ever seen I'm going to run to town : talk with that chief of police Tell him my good gal has quit me : and I can't live in no peace My home's in Oklahoma : I ain't got no business here I'm just stopping around : to have a drink of a little drink of beer I went home last night : fell down on my bed I got to dreaming so : I was talking all out of my head Somebody : just keep on calling me She got hair : like a mermaid on the sea Make me down a pallet : on your floor Make it ??? and easy : make it down by your door I can't stay away : I done cried the whole night long The good woman I love : she done packed her trunk and gone Don't mistreat me : because I'm young and wild Sister you ought to remember : that you once was a child I don't feel welcome : and I don't care where I go The woman I love : she drove me from her door Said fair brown : where did you stay last night Your hair's all down : and you know you ain't talking right I'm a stranger here : just come in on the train Won't some good man : tell me some woman's name Oh : ain't got no mama now She told me late last night : you don't need no mama nohow Mmm : black snake crawling in my room Some pretty mama : better come and get this black snake soon Oh that must've been a bedbug : baby a chinch can't bite that hard Asked my sugar for fifty cents : she said Lemon ain't a dime in the yard Mama that's all right : mama that's all right for you
Mama that's all right : most any old way you do Mmm : what's the matter now Sugar what's the matter : don't like no black snake nohow Mmm : wonder where my black snake gone Black snake mama : done run my darling home What you going to do : when they send your man to war I'm going to drink muddy water : go sleep in a hollow log Ain't got nobody : I'm all here by myself Well these women don't care : but the men don't need me here Well I'm going to the river : going to walk it up and down If I don't find *fourteen* : I'm going to jump overboard and drown If I could shine my light : like a headlight on some train I would shine my light : in Corinna's brain Well they tell me that southbound train : had a wreck last night You little section foreman : ain't treating your railroad right Well the girl I love : is the one I crave to see Well she's living in Memphis : and the fool won't write to me Now tell me woman : what have I said and done You treat me : like my trouble have just begun I am broke and hungry : ragged and dirty too Mama if I clean up : can I go home with you I am motherless fatherless : sister and brotherless too Reason I'm trying so hard : to make the trip with you You miss me woman : count the days I'm gone I'm going away : to build me a railroad of my own I feel like jumping : through the keyhole in your door If you jump this time baby : you won't jump no more I believe : my good gal have found my black cat bone I can leave here Sunday morning : Monday morning I'm sitting around home I want to show you women : what careless love have done Caused a man like me : steal way away from home Girl if you don't want me : why don't you let me know So I can leave at once : and hunt me somewhere else to go I've got your picture : and I'm going to put it in a frame And then if you leave town : we can find you just the same Now if you don't love me : please don't dog me around If you dog me around : I know you put me down I know my baby : thinks the world and all of me Every time she smiles : she shines her light on me Oh I said fair brown : something's going on wrong This here woman I love : she's done been here and gone Oh listen fair brown : don't you want to go Going to take you across the water : where that brownskin man can't go Lord I'm worried here : worried everywhere Now I just started home : and I'll not be worried there Lord I'm tired of being married : tired of this settling down I only want to stay like I am : and slip from town to town I drived to the station : woman I bid you all adieu Tell me : you always got a fatmouth following you Now my baby quit me : and she done throwed me down I wouldn't hate it so bad : but that talk is all over town She's a long tall woman : she got relatives in Arkansas She ain't so good-looking : but boys them dimples is *going to draw* I cried all night : and all that night before Know it's the best to get single : then you won't have to cry no more I got ten little puppies : I got twelve little shaggy hounds Well it just takes them twenty-two dogs : to run my good gal down I got a girl in *North Clifton* : *hollering for a good long-legged man* too I may live in Magnolia Texas : what them Mill City women going to do
Some joker learned my baby : how to shift gears on a Cadillac Eight If you ever shift that habit : now I can't keep my business straight Blues jumped a rabbit : run him one solid mile This rabbit sat down : cried like a natural child Well it seem like you hungry : honey come and lunch with me I want to stop these married-looking women : from worrying me I have Uneeda biscuits here : and a half a pint of gin The gin is mighty fine : them biscuits are a little too thin [Baby tell me something, I want to know] : about those meatless and wheatless days This not being my home : I don't think I could stay I cried for flour and meat : I declare it was gone Keep a-feeding me corn bread : I just can't stick around long Got an airplane baby : now I'm going to get a submarine Going to get that Kaiser : and we'll be seldom seen Mmm hitch me to your buggy mama : drive me like a mule Reason I'm going home with you sugar : I ain't much hard to be fooled I want to go home : and I ain't got sufficient clothes I bet my money : and I lost it Lord it's dough I'll never bet : on this old trey game no more Oh my ??? *gambler's* gone : why don't you quit crying That joker stole off : with that long-haired brown of mine Sister you catch the Katy : I'll catch that Santa Fe When you get to Denver : pretty mama look around for me The woman I love : why she's five feet from the ground She's a tailor-made woman : she ain't no hand-me-down I ain't seen my sugar : in two long weeks today Girl it's been so long : seems like my heart going to break I'm going to run across town : catch that southbound Santa Fe Be on my way : to what you call loving Tennessee Hey : ain't got no mama now
She told me late last night : you don't need no mama nohow Mmm : black snake crawling in my room And some pretty mama : had better come and get this black snake soon Oh that must have been a bedbug : you know a chinch can't bite that hard Asked my baby for fifty cents : she said Lemon ain't a dime in the yard Mama that's all right : mama that's all right for you Said baby that's all right : most any old way you do Mmm : what's the matter now Tell me what's the matter baby : I don't like no black snake nohow Well : wonder where's that black snake gone Lord that black snake mama : done run my darling home I'm going to the river : going to walk down by the sea I got those tadpoles and minnows : arguing over me Sitting here wondering : would a matchbox hold my clothes I ain't got so many matches : but I got so far to go Lord mama : who may your manager be He asked so many questions : can you make arrangements for me I got a brown across town : she crochet all the time Baby if you don't quit crocheting : you going lose your mind I wouldn't mind marrying : but I can't stand settling down I'm going to act like a preacher : so I can ride from town to town I'm leaving town : crying won't make me stay Baby the more you cry : the further you drive me away Now tell me : where my easy rider's gone Now easy riding woman : always in the wrong Well easy rider : died on the road I'm a poor blind man : ain't got nowhere to go It's going to be the time : that a woman don't need no man Then baby shut your mouth : and don't be raising sand The train I ride : don't burn no coal at all The coal I'm burning : everybody says it's cannonballs I mean I went to the depot : and set my suitcase down The blues overtake me : and tears come rolling down The woman I love : she must be out of town She left me this morning : with a face that's full of frowns
I got a gal across town : she crochets all the time Baby if you don't quit crocheting : you going to lose your mind Said fair brown : what's the matter now You turn your back to quit me : woman and you don't know how I'm sitting here wondering : will a matchbox hold my clothes I ain't got so many matches : but I got so far to go Brown across town : going to be my teddy bear Put that thing on me : and I'll follow you everywhere I say a peg leg woman : just can't hardly get her dough I left one in Lakeport last night : and I'm selling jellyroll I don't see why : these women treat me so mean Sometimes I think : a good man these women ain't never seen Well I got up this morning : with my [sure-enough, same thing] on my mind The woman I love : she keeps a good man worried all the time Now tell me mama : who may your manager be I asked so many questions : can't you make arrangements for me I'm sitting here wondering : will a matchbox hold my clothes I ain't got so many matches : but I got so far to go I said fair brown : who may your manager be He asked so many questions : can't you make arrangements for me I got a girl across town : she crochets all the time Sugar the blues ain't on me : but things ain't going on right Mama if you don't quit crocheting : you going to lose your mind I can't count the times : I stoled away and cried If you want your [lover, baby] : you better pin him to your side If she flag my train : papa Lemon's going to let her ride Ain't seen my good gal : in three long weeks today Lord it's been so long : seems like my heart going to break Excuse me mama : for knocking on your door If my mind don't change : I'll never knock here no more Backwater rising : southern people can't make no time
And I can't get no hearing : from that Memphis gal of mine Water all in Arkansas : people screaming in Tennessee If I don't leave Memphis : black water been all over poor me People since it's raining : it has been for nights and days Thousand people stands on the hill : looking down where they used to stay Children stand there screaming : mama we ain't got no home Papa says to children : black water left us all alone Backwater rising : come in my windows and doors I leave with a prayer in my heart : backwater won't rise no more I hate to hear : my good gal call my name She don't call so loud : but she call so nice and plain Lord the train I ride : eighteen coaches long And the girl I love : she's just now leaving home Well a high brown girl : loves to ride away somewhere If a man is worthy : she would make you a millionaire Don't never drive : a stranger away from your door It could be your best friend : mama you don't know Don't tell no stories : please don't tell no lies Did my gal stop here : Lord did the mama keep on by Oh if you don't love me : pretty mama don't run no stall There's a whole lots of women : *just ran through your brown's hall* I'm going to make friends : with the fish in the deep blue sea And stop the Chicago women : from arguing over me Come here pretty mama : going to take you far across the pond I'm going to make my stop in Italy : where the monkey-man don't belong These women in Chicago : they like their fashions and forms But these women from Nashville : swear they just won't be here long I said fair brown : let me be your teddy bear Tie a string on my neck : and I'll follow everywhere Black snake is deceitful : crawling in all in my bed I had a dream last night : black snake is killed my baby dead
Hey hey mama : black [snake's lying, snake is] all in my hall And if you quit me mama : you can't see that black snake at all Listen here mama : black snake is wearing my clothes And I told you about it : and you put my trunk outdoors Take me back mama : I [won't, can't] be bad no more And you can get my loving : if you let that black snake go Black snake crawl out : he said he don't mean no harm But I'm getting tired of that black snake : lying in my baby's arms I'm going away : now don't you want to go I'm going to stop at a place : I haven't never been before I ain't got no watch : I ain't got no *China spoon* Reason I'm hanging around here : man I'm sticking here dry long so If you got a sweet woman : you better love her while you can For your heart strike sorrow : when I come back to town again I lie down last night : rolled from side to side Say that the blues ain't on me : but things ain't going on right I drink so much whiskey : I travel in my sleep For that brown across town : I declare she is worrying me I believe I'll sing this song : ain't going to sing no more Going to leave town : and hang crepe on your door Well the train's ??? : track's all out of line And I commence to how I want to : catch that Number Nine I'm worried and bothered : don't know what to do Reason I'm worried and bothered : it's all on account of you When I left home : I left my baby crying She keeps me worried : and bothered in the mind Now don't your house look lonesome : when your baby pack up and leave You may drink your moonshine : but baby your heart ain't free If you take my rider : I can't get mad with you Just like you taken mine : I'll take someone else's too I got a girl in Texas : I got a brown in Tennessee Lord but that brown in Chicago : have put that jinx bug on me
I never feel uneasy : I know how you love your tricks You leave town the spate of ten days : you got your business well fixed I wonder if the chinches bite in Beaumont : bite like they do in Beale Street town The first night I stayed in Memphis : chinch bugs turned my bed around I had to get sinful with the bedbugs : to keep the chinches from taking my life Because the chinches got my number : wrote a letter to my wife My wife caught me easing : way across that Richland Road The next time I go to slip out : I ain't going to leave on the light anymore My wife has quit me : and my best pigmeat gal has too All of ??? *Lord* : here with the chinch bug blues There's a brown across town : and she's taller as a sycamore tree That's the gal'd walk through the rain and snow : for to ease that thing on me Brownskin girl is deceitful : till she gets you all worn down She get all your pocket change : she going drive you from her town Went home last night : found a note in my brownskin's door Daddy *stay long* has got your room : man you can't live here no more I [begun to walk, commenced walking] : walked till my feet got soaking wet Trying to find good home mama : man I ain't found none yet Well the sun's going to shine : in my back door some day Ah it's one more drink : going to drive these blues away Lord it's heavy-hipped mama : and the meat shakes on the bone Every time it shakes : it's a sign my baby's home Burn the railroad down : so that Sunshine Special can't run I got a gang of women : man they ride from sun to sun Same old fireman : going to keep this same old engineer So that Sunshine Special : is going to run me on away from here Going to leave on the Sunshine Special : going in on the Santa Fe Going to *set up and stop* that Katy : because it's taking my brown from me Going to ride that kansas Texas : right on to San Antone Somebody's been trying to fire your engines : man ever since you been gone Cotton Belt is a slow train : also that I and C N If I leave Texas anymore : going to leave on that L and N
I had a dream last night : all about my gal You can tell by that : sweet papa ain't been so well I'm going away mama : just to wear you off my mind So if I live in Chicago : murder's going to be my crime This house is lonesome : my baby left me all alone If your heart ain't rock : sugar it must be marble stone I got the blues so bad : it hurts my feet to walk It has settled on my brain : and it hurts my tongue to talk Take Fort Worth for your dressing : and Dallas all for your sal So you want to go to the state penitentiary : go to Grossbeck for your trial I hung around Grossbeck : I work in hard showers of rain I never felt the least bit uneasy : till I caught that penitentiary bound train I used to be a drunkard : rowdy everywhere I go If ever I get out of this trouble I'm in : man I won't be rowdy no more Boys don't be bad : please don't crowd your mind If you get in trouble in Grossbeck : they going to send you to penitentiary flying I want you to stop and study : don't take nobody's life They got walls at the state penitentiary : you can't jump man as hard as you try I walked to the jail with my partner : asked him how come he's here I had a *ruckus* with my family : they going to send me to the electric chair I wonder why they electrocute a man : *if he ??? line* Because the current's much stronger : *when they send it straight out on the line* *I said to the electrocutor* : *awful lousy crime* And my baby asked the judge : was he going to electrocute that man of mine Going to get me a taxi : to take me away from here I don't know but one thing in this world : could keep me *married* to the electric chair I feel like jumping in the ocean : I feel like jumping in the deep blue sea There wasn't no blood left in my heart : and they brought my electrocuted daddy to me I'm going to tell you why : I got Lemon's lowdown worried blues
I left my meal ticket down at ??? : my pot of chitlings boiling a little past noon Lord I'm worried here : worried everywhere I go I worried my rider so late last night : she had a mule wagon backed up to my door I woke up this morning : took a walk till the break of day I asked for a woman to marry me : and I just made my get-away I woke up this morning : woke up about half past ten Ease my head in the window : she's singing Lemon's worried blues again Worried so bad : can't tell my stockings from my shoes I lay down last night : with Lemon's lowdown worried blues Lord what makes that [banty] rooster : he keeps crowing for the dawn of day His man better watch his footsteps for the hen : now doggone his ways I feel like jumping : through the keyhole in your door If you jump this time baby : you won't jump no more I feel like falling : from treetops to the ground My rider's got a mean jumper : and he don't allow me around I go there early in the morning : and I goes there late at night Don't care how late I goes there : he hasn't ever turned down his light I believe he's looking for me : he's up all hours at night She used to be my rider : and he ain't treating her right I met this jumper one morning : he was out on the out edge of town I had to talk and plead : for to keep him from blowing me down I got up this morning : sure was feeling fine I heard a rap at the door : must be that bad cat woman of mine She was fussing she was fighting : and acting like a doggone fool And hemming and a-hawing : and acting just like a balky mule Bad cat ain't no wildcat : and he's going to stay home at night But when it comes to squabbling : he sure can scratch and bite I got up this morning : I was easing across this floor Now my bad cat's leaving me : ain't going to catch my mice no more I was standing on the corner : when they brought me the bad cat news Now here come my bad cat mama : to run me away with them bad cat blues
Hey hey mama : that rider's done and gone I just can't see : what in the world is you waiting on I've got another mama : she ain't long and up tall But to tell you the truth man : she is as soft as a butterball She got Elgin movements : from her head down to her toe And she can break in on a dollar : man most anywhere she goes She was my best mama : but she wouldn't treat me right She wouldn't do nothing : but barrelhouse all night long I'm going to get me a mama : I mean with lots of bucks I'm going to be gone mama : so I can change my luck Getting tired of sleeping : in this lowdown lonesome cell Lord I wouldn't've been here : if it hadn't've been for Nell Lay awake at night : and just can't eat a bite Used to be my rider : but she just won't treat me right Got a red-eyed captain : and a squabbling boss Got a mad dog sergeant : honey and he won't knock off I asked the government : to knock some days off my time Well the way I'm treated : I'm about to lose my mind I wrote to the governor : please turn me a-loose Since I didn't get no answer : I know it ain't no use I hate to turn over : and find my rider gone Walked across my floor : Lordy how I moan Lord I wouldn't've been here : if it hadn't've been for Nell I'm getting tired of sleeping : in this lowdown lonesome cell I wonder why : my partner sitting around looking sad I mean the woman if she quit me : it's going to be too black bad She's a fair made woman : and she's cunning as a squirrel When she starts to loving : man it's out the world Oh she's a dark brownskin : we always call her chocolate drop If the fool starts a-loving : man it just won't stop When I first met the woman : I says I hadn't made no hit She got this old-fashioned loving : man it just won't quit I met her at a *sociable* : she acts just like a crook Lord when she starts to loving : man it ain't in the book Lord heavy-hipped mama : she done moved to the piney wood She's a high-stepping mama : and she don't mean no man no good She got ways like the devil : and hair like a Indian squaw She been trying two years : to get me to be her son-in-law Big mama : own everything in her neighborhood But when she made the money : is when she lived in the piney wood Blues in my kitchen : blues in my dining room And some nice young fair brown : had better come here soon Well the cook's in the kitchen : picking and fussing over turnip greens White folks in the parlor playing cards : and they're serving their cake and tea My baby loves my baby : like a cow loves to chew her cud But that fool just off and left me : she done moved to the piney wood I love my baby : better than a farmer likes his Jersey cow Been trying to quit my baby for two years : and man I don't know how When I was young : on my big-foot way to school I met a nice-looking brownskin : made me lose my mammy's rule My rider's got a mojo : and she won't let me see Every time I start to loving : she ease that thing on me She's got to fool her daddy : she's got to keep that mojo hid But papa's got something : for to find that mojo with She got four speeds forward : and she don't never stall The way she bumps over the hill : it would make a panther squall Competition worrying me : you been having a competition with me *Big foot* stops at every man's door : and he's always in his midnight creep I have a loving brown : I did never miss it *till her gone* I found a ??? competition : he better not get in town I passed my partner's house : I stopped in to comb my head Who should I find : but my gal making up my partner's bed I'm going to wreck my mind : competition going between me and my friend It hurt me so : I thought we'd be pals till the end It makes a man feel bad : when competition Now there's so much competition : I believe I'll leave your town
I got a letter : I got a letter here in my hand My brown wrote to tell me sad news : she got a brand new man I'm a long long way from home : I ain't got no *lover* in town I'm going to get that *B and M* to Baltimore boy : I heard my baby *is there* I was drinking all night [long] : got up this morning sloppy drunk I would pack my things : but somebody done stole my trunk I went uptown last night : I tried drinking hard to ease my pain But you ain't got no money : so don't come back here again It's sad news : when your baby's ???ing on you Even though you been kind : there's nothing that you can do Standing at the station : watch my baby leave town I feel disgusted : no peace can be found Now you can hear the whistles blowing : but I just can't see no train Way down in my heart : got a lot of aches and pains Sometime I feel disgusted : and I feel so blue I hardly know what in this world baby : a good man can do If I could holler : just like a mountain jack I'd go up on the mountain : and call my baby back Some day you're going to be sorry : you ever done me wrong It'll be too late darling : your man will be gone My mind goes to wondering : I feel so bad Thinking about the trouble : a good man always have I used to take my feet : in a midnight tramp Now they got me : doing a different kind of dance I couldn't keep away from [wild, bad] women : bad [liquor, whiskey] cards and dice Now I'm doing the lock-step baby : things ain't going so nice It don't matter to me : whether it sunshine snow or rains Because I can't go gay cutting : and carry a ball and chain Mean old jailor : taking away my dancing shoes I can't strut my stuff : when I got those lock-step blues Big rats in my cell : keeps me woke all night
My woman done turned me down : and I don't think that's right Every morning : I walk down that big long hall I'm screaming for my mama : can't make no time at all Hangman's rope : it's so tough and strong They got to hang me : because I done something wrong I want to tell you : the gallows Lord is a fearful sight Hang me in the morning : and cut me down at night Well the mean old hangman : he went and tightened up that noose Lord I'm so scared : I am trembling in my shoes [Jury, jurymen] heard my case : and it said my hand was red And the judge is telling me : be hanging till I'm dead The crowd around the courthouse : and the time is growing fast Soon a good-for-nothing killer : is going to breathe his last Lord I'm almost dying : gasping for my breath And that trifling woman staying : until I breaks my neck Now it's the day before Christmas : mama won't you hear me moan If you take me back baby : I'll give you anything you need I had a good chance : baby give me just one more I will change the way I'm loving : like you never have been before I know I did do wrong : I'm just as sorry as I can be It's the day before Christmas : mama come back to me Mama don't turn me down : on this Christmas Eve I cried about you so hard : done wetted my whole coat sleeve It's the day before Christmas : let me bring [me] your present tonight I'm going to be your Santa Claus : even if my whiskers ain't white I'm thinking about the year : of nineteen and twenty-nine New year caught me with *marked money* : man I was doing just fine I was lying down with my baby : we had one small quart of gin That old doorbell kept ringing : I wouldn't leave nobody come in The whistle was blowing for New Year : around twelve o'clock at night I lied down on there with my baby : until the good Lord brought daylight
Early one New Year morning : I was walking down by the hill Every man likes his liquor : when he gets it fresh from the still I hate to drink all new year : for this whiskey they making is too strong Because when I take two or three drinks : I'll be drunk the whole year long Rats is mean in my kitchen : and I lost my Maltese cat I'm going to make things right with my good gal : man and it's tight like that I'm going to start walking : walk the shoes clean off of my feet Just thinking about my mama : and man that woman sure is sweet I ain't got no suitcase : I don't have a one bottle of gin I've got to stay drunk to keep warm : because my clothes is so thin Long lonesome train : come passing me a-flying I was thinking about my mama : and I didn't pay that train no mind When you get a-home : buy a Maltese cat And a good strong brownskin : man it's tight like that Who is that coming : hey with a motor so strong That's Lemon in his D B : people think he's got his girl out on Going to get out of my four-cylinder Dodge : I want to get me a Super Six I'm always around the ladies : and I like to have my business fixed I'm crazy about a Packard : but my baby only rates a Ford A Packard is too expensive : Ford will take you where you want to go Come here brownskin : listen to my motor roar Because my Super Six sufficient : to take you where you want to go I never did like no horses : I never could stand no *steel* Ever since I was old enough to catch a brown : give me the automobile My woman got eyes like an eagle : and she watching me all the time The way she follow me around : Lordy it's going to be a crime Watching me all through the day : watching me all through the night Keeps her eagle eyes on me : till the good Lord brings daylight Mmm : papa Lemon's feeling so blue Eagle-eyed mama's worrying me : what am I going to do Dog in my back yard : oh Lordy how he can howl
I'm trying to quit that eagle-eyed woman : man and I don't know how My eagle-eyed woman : is got ways I can't explain If I ever leave her : I must be going insane I feel like tramping : from the *great big corral* Because the woman I love : says she don't want me nohow She swore that she loved me : but I know that she doing me wrong I'm going to start something man : and I tell you it won't be long The way I feel now : I could get a keg of dynamite Put it all in her window : and blow her up late at night I just swallowed some fire : take a drink of gasoline Throw it up all over that woman : and let her go off and scream I'm going to get in a cannon : and let them blow me out to sea Going down with the whales : and the mermaids make love to me There ain't nothing mama : no use There's a long distance well : and it's blowing oil that's all Ain't nothing to hurt you : it ain't nothing that's bad It's the first oil well : that *your* ??? ever had I'm a long distance driller : and I work every country through Going to stop working : if I bring in this well for you I'm a mean old well driller : and I been a driller since I been a man Ain't going to stop drilling : till I strikes that *Woodburn sand* I got a [mean] reputation : and they call me Drilling Sam When I starts to drilling : you hear women hollering too black bad I was down and I cried : *my pillowcase was on the line* Ain't it tough to see a man : go to *wreck and almost fall and die* I stood on the corner : and almost bust my head I couldn't earn enough money : to buy me a loaf of bread Baby times is so hard : I almost call it tough I can't earn money to buy no bread : and you know I can't buy my snuff My gal's a housemaid : and she earns a dollar a week And I'm so hungry on payday : I can't hardly speak
Now gather around me people : let me tell you a true fact That tough luck has sunk me : and the rats is creeping in my hat The furniture man : he done been here and gone Taking all my furniture : didn't left nothing for me to sit down on Well it's tough to be alone : when I got to have my biscuits browned Most of these women I know : cooking ??? *down for down* I loved my baby in the morning : Lord loved her late at night I miss that midnight loving : and you know I ain't treated right I feel so disgusted : and I hate to be alone I'm getting some other man's loving : when I ought to be getting my own My love is like a storm : what blowed the walls all down Soon as you get some of my loving : they can't keep you out of town Every Saturday : go to work in a doggone place *With food in my craw* : I goes there for *spending place* I find six or seven women : and a whole lots of fun Then we go out and break them down : honey till early morn I don't mind no men friends : but I am afraid of my grandma's child I like me a-plenty of women : but man I like them wild All during the week : I work hard and I really save But on a Saturday night : I can get all the loving I crave Now I can't have the times : like I once have had My regular found out I was a Saturday night spender : and it sure did make her mad Mmm : going to run that black snake down I ain't seen my mama : since black snake taken her away from town Mmm : black snake is so hard to find I am worried about my mama : I can't keep her off my mind Oh : better find my mama soon I woke up this morning : black snake was making *easy ruckus* in my room Black snake is evil : black snake is all I see I woke up this morning : black snake was moving in on me Mmm : black snake was hanging around
He occupied my livingroom : and broke my *fairybook* down Peach orchard mama : you swore nobody'd pick your fruit but me I found three kid-men : shaking down your peaches tree One man bought your groceries : another joker paid your rent While I work in your orchard : and giving you every cent Went to the police station : begged the police to put me in jail I didn't want to kill you mama : but I hate to see your peaches tree fail Peach orchard mama : don't treat your papa so mean Chase out all those kid-men : and let me keep your orchard clean Peach orchard mama : don't turn your papa down Because when I gets mad : I acts just like a clown My feets is so cold : can't hardly wear my shoes Out last night with wild women : and it give me the big night blues I grabbed my baby : I danced till the clock struck twelve I had to wrestle so hard with my good gal : I just ain't feeling so well I'm going back to that party : get with them wild women again Well I ain't going to leave my home : till I order me a quart of gin Wild women like their liquor : their gin and their rocking rye My gal wouldn't let me go home last night : wouldn't tell me the reason why Turned my face to the wall : and my baby made an awful moan Well I needs my daddy : because my clock is run down at home Got something to tell you : make the hair rise on your head Got a new way of getting down : make the springs tremble on your bed My gal got a new way of trembling down : make a crazy man leave his home When she grabs you and turns you loose : makes the flesh tremble on your bones Well my gal got something at home : that I sure do like That's the long folding bed : with the cover all right back Don't blame me mama : for talking out my head I'm worried about the movements you got : and those springs trembling on your bed
I want to yo-yo : but I broke my yo-yo string I believe my baby's going crazy losing her mind : Lord the woman is going insane Don't a man feel bad : when he can't yo-yo no more Broke my yo-yo string last night : and I can't come home no more My sugar got ways : partner I can't understand Leave me all in my bed : go yo-yo with some other man I love me yo-yo : better than anything I know I'm feeling funny and foolish : I can't shake that thing no more Lamp sits in my kitchen : mosquitoes all around my screen I'm about all ready to get a mosquito bomb : I'll be seldom seen [I'm going to, I believe I'll] keep on the Pinto : drive on back to Brandyville Oh mosquitoes so bad in this man's town : keep me away from my whiskey still I love my whiskey : better than some people like to eat Mosquitoes bother me so : I can't hardly stay on my feet I bought a spray last night : and I sprayed all over my house Mosquitoes all around my door : won't leave nobody come out Mosquitoes all around me : mosquitoes are everywhere I go No matter where I go : well they sticks their bills in me I wouldn't say a gabber-nipper : these gabber-nippers bite too hard I stepped back in my kitchen : and they springing up in my back yard Way down south : you ought to see the women shimmy and shake Their new way of wiggle : make a weak man break his neck You fed me greens : and I mean that they really can cook Make me a jellyroll : and I mean it's out the book I was down south : where all my whiskey cook Just looking at them women : makes me want to get my gauge stuck Southern women : man [they're, they sure is] hard to beat Ain't so easy to get along with : but Lord so sweet I'm going down south : and I believe I'll take my hook I'm going to fish in southern women : I declare it's out the book Me and my sugar : *something I did hold* I won't go to fishing : mama I done broke my pole I'm standing in front of the bakershop : and I'm feeling lowdown in mind Hungry as could be : looking at all cakes of kind Girl in the bakershop : she hollered papa don't look so sad Come and try some of my cake : and you won't feel so bad *And with* sweet rolls in the window : honey and light bread cold I want to buy me some cake : but I had shot dice and lost my roll I'm crazy about my light bread : and my pigmeat on the side If I had a piece of your jellyroll : honey I'd be satisfied I want to know if your jellyroll fresh : I want to know if your jellyroll's stale I'm going to haul off and buy me some : if I have to break her loose in jail It's hard to be broke : and so hungry you about to drop If I don't get a break soon : I'll fall dead front of this bakershop I'm aching all over : believe I got the pneumonia this time And it's all on account of : that lowdown gal of mine Slinking around the corner : running up alleys too Watching my woman : trying to see what she going to do Stood down in the street : one cold dark stormy night Trying to see : if my good gal going to make it home all right [I believe she's, she must have] found something : that probably made her fall I stood out in the cold all night : and she didn't come home at all Wear B V Ds in the winter : traveling around in the rain Last time : my baby give me this pneumonia pain Now when I die : bury me in a Stetson hat Tell my good gal I'm going : but I'm still a-standing pat I'm flying to South Carolina : I got to go there this time Women in Dallas Texas : is about to make me lose my mind Long distance long distance : will you please give me a credit call Want to talk to my gal in South Carolina : who looks like a Indian squaw Just want to ask my baby : what in the world is she been doing Give your loving to another joker : and it's sure going to be my ruin Hey long distance : I can't help but moan My baby's voice sound so sweet : oh I'm going to break this telephone
You don't know you love your rider : till she is so far from you You can get long distance moan : and you don't care what you do I think I will use ??? poison : to get my brownie off my mind This long distance moan : about to worry me to death this time Well the baby crawling : on up to his mama's knee He's crying about his sweet milk : and she won't feed him just that cream Crawled from the fireplace : and he stopped in the middle of the floor Said mama ain't that your second daddy : standing back there in the door Well she grabbed my baby and spanked him : I tried to make her leave him alone I tried my best to stop her : and she said that baby ain't none of mine Some woman rocks the cradle : and I declare she rules her home Many man rocks some other man's baby : and the fool thinks he's rocking his own It was late last night : when I liked to crawl in baby's room My woman threw my clothes outdoors : and now I got those crawling baby blues Here comes two women : I liked to drove them wild Well you drinking bad liquor : you'll be overtaken after a while He must be desperated : I don't know nothing else it could be Standing on the corner didn't mean no harm : the boy made a dash at me Made a break at me : groped for my pocketknife One had me cooling off : while the other one talked about taking my wife And when I went for my gun : you ought to see them yelling breaking that fence I first thought they was crazy : but I found out they didn't have no sense You can take my money : I mean you can wear my best clothes Lemon won't kill no quicker : if you bother with my jellyroll Some people like their sugar : I'm a fool about my China tea You can have all this world : but leave my honeycomb home with me Cat man cat man : stay away from my house at night Prowling around my back door when I'm gone : you know that ain't right When I come home last night I heard a noise : asked my wife what was that She said don't be so suspicious : that wasn't a thing but a cat I've been all over the world : I've taken all kinds of chance
I've never seen a cat : come home in a pair of pants I'm tired of this jellyroll man : come to my home when I'm out Know it's the cause of my woman : boys is *necking* about Reason I call him cat man : he don't [come, go] around in the day Come around at midnight : steals my cream when I'm away Tell me a cat got nine lives : honey and I believe that's true If the cat man is got nine lives : he going to need them when I get through I got a brownskin mama : she built right to the ground When I goes to her house : old man starts to booting me around Now you mustn't blame his gal : it's nailed up to his door Don't want to go near no man : pretty soon she'll be too old Hey here Mr : you must be losing your mind Everybody's got to have : a little bit of loving sometime Her father told me : better not to come back no more If I catch you here : I'm going to boot you through the door I love my little brownskin : she's so young and green The old man's the bootingest thing : that I most ever seen I got to find me a scheme : to get my gal all to herself Because I'm a fool about that woman : don't want nobody else Lord I'm broke and hungry : and my money's all gone Weather is summer : I've got to travel on All my crops a failure : couldn't raise a doggone thing I'm just like a beggar : hear these lonesome blues I sing If I steal a pork chop : Lord I believe I'll pass away I ain't had a square meal : in many doggone days I'm so broke and hungry : I could eat a kangaroo I feel just like stealing : there's nothing else to do Won't somebody help me : with a little bite to eat Don't care what you give me : I'd eat even chicken meat Standing on the roadside : with a great big sign it read Say Uneeda biscuits : ??? near dropped dead My body feels so weary : because I got the miss-meal cramp Right now I could eat more : than a whole carload of tramps
I went out last night I got drunk : I was in whiskey up to my head A young lady she walked up to me : and this is what she said I told her to give me time : and let me think And I'd tell her : exactly when to buy that expensive drink I went to see a fortuneteller : just to have my fortune told She says young man you are partly rich : you're worth a great big pot of gold I got myself a pick and shovel : I reached twelve that night When I got there : I do declare I spied a form all dressed in white Now me and this haunt : run breast and breast He says look here brother : when are you going to rest Sunbeam's on time : I ain't got my fare And if I start walking : Sunbeam will beat me there Don't need an airplane : steamboat or submarine But if I miss the Sunbeam : I will be seldom seen Standing here a-wondering : will that car pass my way I'm going back to my baby : going back there to stay I know my baby : is bound to love me some She throws her arms around me : like the circle around the sun I told the ticket agent : don't let your window down I'm sick and blue : but I'm Frisco bound Well a mean old fireman : a cruel old engineer That would leave big fat Billiken : *walking along out there* Wild jack on the mountain : and he brays the whole day long Going to find me some lumber : build that old jack a home I'm going to build a stable : as long as he is tall
So I can hear my wild jack : every time he calls You ought to see : this big black jack of mine He can eat more corn : than I feel like frying This big black jack : got mane just like a horse Going to keep my wild jack : lock him in my stall He's a big bad jack : and you can hear him all over town Going to keep my wild jack : if I have to chain him down Mr undertaker Mr undertaker : drop your hammer and saw You take my baby to the cemetery : and don't bring her back no more I'm going take my females : hang them on a single line I'm going to count one two three four five : six seven eight and nine Well I went to the graveyard : kneeled down by my baby to talk I have to leave you to heaven : *oh my baby's do no wrong* Bring me a nickel's worth of liver : a dime's worth of stew Feed everybody : on ??? Avenue Got a man upside one downside : one across the street Got your eyes wide open : but you're sound asleep Bring me a nickel's worth of liver : a dime's worth of grease ??? my man : he called all the police Listen papa : don't give me none of your head Keep on fooling : you'll be filled full of lead When you see me worried : I'm thinking about my burnt liver I'll kill you about him : and my hand won't even quiver Ooh : tomorrow I may be far away Don't try to dog me honey : sweet talk can't make me stay Now if you get loaded baby : and think you want to go Remember baby : you ain't no better than the man I had before When I get drunk I'm evil : I don't know what to do If I get my good chib : can get something good from you Now the man I love : he's just about the heightth of me I'm five foot two : Lord and that sweet man's five foot three
All this world's against me : I believe my baby is too Ah my baby's against me : Lord I can tell by the way he do Now the man I love : Lord he don't mean me no good Takes all his good jelly : around all the whole neighborhood Now if I was a Gypsy : Lord and I could read your mind Then I wouldn't have to wonder : where you spend all your time I wake up every morning : with the rising sun Oh thinking about my honeydripper : and all the wrongs he done Oh he treats me mean : [only, just] comes to see me sometime But the way he spreads his honey : Lord it makes me think I'll lose my mind Oh because I'm brown : Lord he wants to drive me away He knows he's a good honeydripper : Lord and I want him every day Lord the man I love : oh Lord he really made me fall Oh the way he drips his honey : Lord he won my heart that's all Oh sometimes I feel so lonesome : Lord I don't know where to go When my love comes down babe : I'll need you more than you'll ever know Because he's a real sweet man : and I [want to lease him, got to sign him up] for ninety-nine years That's what it takes to ease my mind : and stop all my tears If you be my kid : I'll be your teddy bear I'll get in your pocket : and follow you everywhere When you see me coming : heist your window high See me leaving : hand your head and cry It's raining here : storming on the sea I'm leaving here : but I sure don't want to go *Thieving* man : don't want me no more I'm going to town : I'm going to buy me a bed Sleep with my man : if it kills me dead
Oh I ain't got : no easy rider now The man I love : sure done turned me down He treats me : like I'm some old body's dog I ain't no dog : please don't dog me around Oh your time now : be mine after a while Give me my fare : I sure will leave this town I'm going home : I ain't been home in so long Going back to Georgia : if I don't stay long Wonder what's the matter : I can't get no mail Believe to my soul : they got my man in jail Going to buy me a pistol : with a great long shiny barrel When I'm dead : give it to my faro Get your one man : you sure better get you two Ain't no telling : what these men will do I'm going away : just to wear you off my mind Keep me worried : bothered all the time I ain't going to marry : and I ain't going to settle down I'm going to do like a pimp : I'm going to walk all around this town Goodbye whiskey : sure don't worry me I can get just as drunk : as any drunken man can be My baby's gone : she didn't tell me because If she don't come back : I am going to starve Ever since : my baby's been gone away I've been raggedy and dirty : haven't got no place to stay My old gal : came into town last night She didn't have no money : but she was too tight Me and my gal : are going to make everything all right If we don't today : we will tomorrow night Oh mercy dear : you cause my heart *Sad and long* : *with how to win my part* I learn to love you : most all the rest You're leaving me : wrecking happiness I'll count the hours : *living when alone* Think of you : when you back home
My lonesome heart : will shake with fear The very hour : that you call my name Minnie every hour : is a living fear For I'm not at ease : with anyone else I'll hunger long : for you evermore I'm asking you dear : please don't go Going to tell you this : ain't going to tell no lie Day you leave me : that's the day you die Don't want no woman : have to give my money to I tried hard baby : did the very best I could I'm going to the mountain : hold up my right hand The girl I love : sings like a turtledove That's the way baby : you have *things* to do Every man that comes to see you : in this neighborhood Keeps on buzzing to each other : that your clock ain't no good Now your clock don't set : where it used to set before It used to be on the *centre* : close to your back door I was lying down dreaming : when the blues eased up on me I was feeling so blue : down-hearted as could be A brownskin gal : makes a bulldog bark with pain And a bow-legged mama : make a snail catch a passenger train Now you can always tell : when your woman treats you mean I say your meals are never ready : and your house ain't never clean She will come downstairs : a towel was tied around her head You'll ask her for loving : she'll swear she's almost dead
I left my baby : standing in the doorway crying She said daddy you've got a home : just as long as I got mine My mama told me : papa told me too Some day son : candy's going to be the death of you Now it's chocolate candy : till my dying day The same old candy : is going to carry me away I've got one good woman : trying to make it four When one pretty woman quits me : I'll have three more I had the blues last night : I've got them again today My man told me : he was going away Trouble trouble : is all I can see Look like my man : has turned his back on me Just let me tell you : what your friends will do Grin in your face : and then they'll talk about you Me and my girl friend : went out for a little run When she seen my man : she told him what I had done Bring me a pint of whiskey : and a bottle of beer If I get drunk : I sure don't care Take me back baby : try me one more time I do everything : to satisfy your mind Listen people : to what I'm telling you Don't let your left hand : know what your right hand do I woke up this morning : with the blues all around my bed I felt just like : somebody in my family was dead I began to moan : and I began to cry My sweet man went away : you know the reason why If you don't like my sweet potato : what made you dig so deep You in my potato field : three or four times a week Whooping I've been whooping : whooping all night long Whooping I've been whooping : ever since my man been gone My dog got the rabbit : the rabbit fell down on his knees
He looked up at the dog : he say won't you have mercy on me please Just as sure : as you hear me sing this song You never miss your jelly : till your jellyroller's gone Play that thing : play that thing just right We got to scuffle : that house rent tonight My house rent's due : my gas going up to ten I wouldn't have no lights : but the lightman couldn't get in I want all you people : to listen to my song Remember me : after the days I'm gone The storm is rising : the rains begin to fall I'm all alone by myself : no one to love me at all My blues at midnight : and don't leave me until day I've got no sweet woman : to drive my blues away Blues : falling like showers of rain Every once in a while : think I hear my baby call my name I'm lonesome as I can be : baby please come home to me Because you know I love you : and how come we can't agree You been gone the whole night long : I believe to my soul something going on wrong But there will come a day : and I know you will be glad to say I tried to please your mind : and you keep me worried all the time You will either run me crazy : or I'll lose my mind You know you don't treat me right : when you stay out both day and night And I must stop you now : because you got to consider somehow You know I love you now : and I love you all along Although you my sweet woman : and I mean you can't go wrong
I was sitting in my kitchen : looking way out across the sky I thought the world was ending : I started to cry The wind was howling : the buildings begin to fall I seen that mean old twister coming : just like a cannonball The world was black as midnight : I never heard such a noise before Sound like a million lions : when they turn loose their roar Poor people was screaming : and running every which a-way I fell down on my knees : I started in to pray The shack where we was living : she reel and rock but never fell How the cyclone spared us : nobody but the Lord can tell It's raining and storming on the sea : we're miles and miles from shore The way the waves is rocking this ship : we won't see home no more The wind is so strong : turning this old ship round and round Something tells me : won't be long before we're sinking down The captain say get your lifesavers : fasten them around your waist Because we're sinking down : and the lifeboat is your safest place Uncle Sam's ship was coming : painted in red white and blue We say we live in New York City : red white and blue brought us all the way through Mmm : I feel myself sinking down My body is freezing : I feel something cold creeping around My windows is rattling : my doorknob turning round and round This haunted house blues is killing me : I feel myself sinking down I been fastened in this haunted house : six long months today The blue ghost has got the house surrounded : Lord and I can't get away They got shotguns and pistols : standing all around my door They haunt me all night long : so I can't sleep no more The blue ghost haunts me all night : the nightmare ride me all night long They worry me so in this haunted house : I wish I was dead and gone I went down to the levee : and [over, out] to the freight house yard
They paid a dollar an hour : but the work was too long and hard Have pigtails in my pantry : neckbones on my shelf I ain't got none to give you : I got just enough for myself I'm going to buy me a shotgun : long as I am tall I'm going to shoot my woman : just to see her fall Over yonder's the river : yonder is your big lake At your house rent party : you made your last mistake I chew my bacca : and I spit my juice I tried to love you so hard : but I found out there's no use Although we are drifting : so far apart My arms may be empty : have not give up in my heart Although we are drifting : so far apart My arms may be empty : but never down in my heart Look down look down : that long old lonesome road And look up to the good Lord : just before you go That's a long that's a long : a long old tiresome road You'll find troubles and worries : that you never found before Then look back look back : and see what you're leaving all alone To grieve and worry : after the days you gone Then your days begin dreary : down that long old lonesome road And you want the Lord have mercy : how much more further I've got to go That's a long old road : a long road that has no end Then the blues will make you think : about all your right-hand friends Something keep a-moaning : I don't know what it is When my right eye winks : on my knees I begin to crawl It will be hell to tell the captain : if I catch another man kicking in my stall There's no use a-worrying : baby about the days being long The black snake is got the dough : you can't roll him from home
They tell me blues and trouble : walk hand in hand But you ain't had no trouble : till your woman falls for some no-good man A married woman will swear : she'll love you all her life And meet her other man around the corner : and tell the same lie twice You tell me you've had troubles : and worry all your life Man but you ain't had no trouble : till you fall for another man's wife Then if you get a woman of your own : and make her happy night and day There will be some no-good man she'll fall for : pretty soon she'll go away When it begin raining : and you're looking through your windowpane And crazy about another man's wife : it's enough to drive you insane But a married woman : is the sweetest woman ever was born Only thing that hurts you : she have to go home sometime I been lonesome all day : I've been grieving all night long Baby please hear my plea : why don't you come back home How many times : have I cried all night long You know I must love you baby : when I beg you to come back home I'll get a job in the coal yard : work in the rain and snow All I ask you baby : please don't leave me no more Sam you say you my friend : but your ways I just don't like Soon as I leave my home : you trying to bite me in my back Now Sam you not my friend : and my home you better stop hanging around Because I've paid for your coffin : and I mean that you graveyard bound Sam if you want a woman go get one : and let my wife alone Because if I ever catch you with my wife : you hell bound sure as I'm born Sam a real man can live happy : but no-good men like you You trying to wreck my family : and some other man's family too Sam I thought you was my friend : I thought you just was swell So I'm going to give you a vacation : that's a round-trip ticket to hell
Now she ain't good-looking : she don't dress fine The way that gal can love : change any man's mind Now she bake good jellyroll : she bakes it nice and hot It never fails : to touch the spot If I was sentenced to be hung : and this ain't no lie If I could just see my baby : I would be willing to die Now my gal is built : long and tall Lord when she starts to loving : I can't help from to fall She likes her music soft : when the lights are low When she starts to kiss me : does me good down in my toes When I met my gal : she was dumb as dumb could be But I believe to my soul : she put that thing on me If you got over fifteen grand : better split it ninety-nine different ways Because the racketeers : got no certain place to dig your grave When they demand your money : you got to give it up with a smile And if you refuse : they'll read about you in a short little while When the gang is out to get you : it don't do no good to run It's true you can dodge the law : but you can't dodge them slugs out the machine gun You [slave, work] hard for your money : just to give it to some other one And if you refuse : the answer will be from a racketeer's gun When the gang is out to get you : they'll follow you everywhere You can even move to West Hell : doggone if they don't find you there You've got a hatchet under your pillow baby : you got ice pick in your hand The best thing you better do : is find you another man You've got a shotgun in the corner : blackjack under your bed But you'll never catch me asleep : I know you wants to whip my head You put lice all in my gravy : black potash in my tea But I fed it to your man baby : instead of me That's the very reason why : you been so mean to me Trying to steal my life : to have your old used-to-be People is [raving, hollering] about hard times : tell me what it's all about
Hard times don't worry me : I was broke when it first started out Friends it could be worser : you don't seem to understand Some is crying with a sack of gold under each arm : and a loaf of bread in each hand If you're a single man : you better drink and have your fun Because when that lovebug bites you : then your worries ain't never done People raving about hard times : I don't know why they should If some people was like me : they didn't have no money when times was good It's been snowing forty days and nights : lakes and rivers begin to freeze Some places through my old home town : water's up above my knees Storm begin rising : and the sun begin sinking down I says mother and dad pack your trunk : we ain't safe here in this town When it lightning my mind gets frightened : my nerves begin weaken down And the shack where we was living : begin moving around Women and children were screaming : saying mama where must we go The flood water have broke the levee : and we ain't safe here no more You see it ain't what you used to be baby : it's what you are today You see your good looks didn't hold your man : a little black gal's loving stole your man away I've got a woman now that I love : better than I love myself She treats me so cold sometimes : I think she got somebody else You arms don't feel the same : your lips is icebox cold It's a mean black snake : is making his morning stroll You know : you once was the sweetest woman I ever found But since you been running out with your girl friend : you just a plain old everyday clown If love is a crime then I'm guilty : but there's nothing I can do After all the good women in this world : why did I have to fall in love with you
Don't the world seem lonely : when you got to battle it all by yourself Even the one you love : turn their back on you for someone else My mother and dad left me : when I was too small to help myself And my sisters and brothers : drove me away to somebody else I'm motherless and I'm fatherless : I'm almost friendless too Seems the world is down on you : know knows what to do Rocks was my pillow : and the cold ground was my bed The blue skies was my blanket : and the moonlight was my spread Good morning blues : where have you been so long I just stopped by to leave you enough of worries : to last you while I'm gone My brains is cloudy : my soul is upside down When I get that lowdown feeling : I know the blues must be somewhere close around The blues is like the devil : it comes on you like a spell Blues will leave your heart full of trouble : and your poor mind full of hell Some people say that's no blues : but that story's old and stale The blues will drive you to drink and murder : and spend the rest of your life in jail The blues and the devil : is your closest friend The blues will leave you with murder in your mind : that's when the devil out of hell steps in I work all day long for you : until the sun go down And you take all my money and drink it up : and come home and wants to fuss and clown It hurts to love a person : that don't belong to you Because when they find out that you really love them : and they don't care what they do They'll take your heart and they'll use it : like a football on a football ground And when they get through playing with your heart : and they'll start dragging you all around Want all of you people to listen : while my guitar sings If you ain't got that rhythm : it don't mean a thing Some people thinks I'm dead : because I've been gone so long I just stop to see : would you miss me from singing these lonesome songs I want all you people to listen : while I swing this song
If you were born with that rhythm : honest you can't never go wrong Storm is rising : and the rain begin to fall Trouble is breaking down my window : blues breaking down my door My blues started at sunrise : and rides me all through the day It takes the sweet woman I love : to drive these blues away Come into my arms sweet woman : and please explain yourself to me Tell me who do you really want : or do you still want your used-to-be Because sometimes you with me : baby then again you gone If you want your used-to-be : then you better let me alone Blues : falling like showers of rain Every once in a while : I can hear my baby call my name I've been drinking all night long : I've started again today I been trying my best : to drink these worried blues away Some people drinks to hide their [worries and] troubles : but that don't mean a thing When you think your troubles are gone : and you find yourself drunk again Friends I drink to keep from worrying : I smile to keep from crying That's why I cover my troubles : so the public don't know what's on my mind I said I was through with love : both whiskey wine and gin You know when I found myself : I was lap-legged drunk again Love will make a-many man drink and gamble : and stay out all night long Love will drive you to many places : sometimes where you don't belong Mmm : something cold is creeping around Blue ghost has got me : I feel myself sinking down Black cat and an owl : come to keep me company They understands my troubles : mmm and sympathize with me I been in this haunted house : for three long years today Blue ghost has got my shack surrounded : oh Lord and I can't get away I feel cold arms around me : and ice lips upon my cheek My lover is dead : how plainly plainly I can hear her speak My windows begin rattling : and my doorknob is turning around and around My lover's ghost has got me : and I know my time won't be long
It's been snowing forty days : and the ground is covered with snow I'm snow-bound in my cabin : and ice up around my door I woke up this morning : couldn't even get out my door I was snowbound in my cabin : had water seeping up through my floor Snow begin melting : and the rain begin to fall The backwaters done broke the levee : and I can't stay here no more Rowed my boat : just about four miles across the pond Backwater done wrecked my cabin : and there's no place that I can call my home What makes the rooster : crow every morning before day To let the pimps know : that the workingman is on his way We're up before sunrise : slaving sixteen hours a day We pay our house rent and grocery bills : and the pimps get the rest of our pay Men can't you see : you can't keep a whole woman by yourself If your best friend can't get your woman : he'll frame her for somebody else Something about some women : that I never could understand They're not satisfied with a good husband : they want some other woman's man I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed I never had no good man : I mean to ease my aching head Well : pretty near all night long Well I swear before God : the man I'm loving is doing wrong Well I'm going away : swear the time ain't long If you don't believe I'm leaving daddy : count them days I'm gone You done caused me to weep baby : and I swear you done caused me to moan Well you know by that rider : that I ain't going to be here long Well : what evil have I done Well it must be something : my man have heard before he gone Lord I'm going to get drunk : and I'm going to walk the streets all night Because the man that I'm loving : I swear he sure don't treat me right
Lord I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed I never had no good man : I mean to ease my worried head Now now now now now : I cried like a newborn child Lord even when I was a baby : I wasn't satisfied Well I'm going I'm going : daddy to wear you off my mind Because you keeps me worried baby : and troubled all the time I said Lord have mercy : I mean Lord have mercy on me I said Lord have mercy : mercy's all I need Lord ??? : and I fell down on my knees Well I done cried I cried : Lord have mercy on me Well I'm going to Memphis : come to stop at Cincinnat' I'm going to tell you women : how to treat a man I said now you ain't good-looking : and you don't dress fine That kind of treatment : make me ??? you most any old time Well I'm going to Memphis : stop at *Satches* hall Going to tell you women : how to cock it on the wall Now you can snatch it you can break it : you can hang it on the wall Throw it out the window : see if you catch it before it fall Well I'm going to leave here : ??? : I saw the moon go down And I swear my man must be somewhere : turning around and around I say the big star are falling : it don't be long before day The moon *want* my baby : ??? mighty far away I'm going to wake up : between midnight and day You going to ??? *my need* baby : and I swear I'll be gone away Now won't you come here baby : sit down on my knee Now I just want to tell you : black man how you have treated me You said you's going to leave me : but I don't care
You thought the way I treated you : wasn't fair You went and told somebody : you thought I wouldn't do But if you think you'll get away with it : I'll sing this verse to you Because if I let you get away with it once : you'll do it all the time Now if you think I'm going crazy about you : you'd better change your mind You promised me once : you wouldn't cheat anymore But had a dozen keys : to fit my back door You crept away : to see a movie show today But when you came home : you didn't know the name of the play Blow whistle : my stomach say it's eating time My appetite is worth a million : and just got a measly dime It's Saturday night : and I'm higher than a Georgia pine One more drink of corn : and I'll leave my Georgia mind When a gator holler : folks say it's a sign of rain The weather's getting cloudy Lord : how these *birdies sing* I got a barrelhouse flat in *Eastport* : and one I St Louis too But my barrelhouse flat in *Eastport* : really get *my ???* I'm going to build me a barrelhouse flat : way out on Dago Hill Where I can get my beer and whiskey : and it's fresh from the still I got a barrelhouse flat in Chicago : it's fifteen stories high I get all of these high yellows : and play these *crazy dice* Those ??? like my good whiskey : and they drink my cherry wine If you women want a good time : stop by this barrelhouse flat of mine My man's in the mountain : and I've got the mountain key If you want to see my man : you got to come to me Mmm he was my man : before you women ever knew his name And you know by that : you got to see me just the same If you women wants a good man : find one of your own For this man is my man : I want you women to leave my man alone Now I have no place : for you women you see
Oh my man's in the mountain : and I've got the mountain key Rattlesnake treating papa : what makes you treat your mama so mean You know that your mama loves you : that's why you treat me like you do You treats me like a rattlesnake : crawling on the ground The better I try to treat you : the more you throw your mama down Ah that's all right : daddy that's all right for you Some day you'll want poor Mary : and she'll be somewhere from you Oh rattlesnake crawling daddy : you know you doing me wrong I'm looking for you baby : and you crawling around some other person's home You dog me all in the morning : and dog me late at night And I can tell by that : you ain't treating your mama right I once was a married woman : sorry the day I ever was I was a young girl at home : and I did not know the world I'd rather be an old maid : than to be worried and blue each and every day Because these worrisome old men : will cause your head to turn white and grey Babe you caused me to leave my happy home : and you caused me to weep and moan That is why babe : this bad luck's taking place today I was just sitting here thinking : baby just a minute ago I once was a married woman : sorry the day I ever was I got a kind-hearted woman : do anything in this world for me But these evil-hearted women : man they will not let me be I love my baby : my baby don't love me But I really love that woman : can't stand to leave her be Now ain't but the one thing : makes Mr Johnson drink That's worry about how you treat me baby : I begin to think Oh babe : my life don't feel the same You breaks my heart : when you call Mr so-and-so's name She's a kind-hearted woman : she studies evil all the time You have to kill me : just to have it on your mind I got a kind-hearted mama : do anything in this world for me But these evil-hearted women : man they will not let me be I love my baby : and my baby don't love me I really love that woman : can't stand to leave her be Now it ain't but one thing : make Mr Johnson drink I get worried about how you treat me baby : I begin to think Oh babe : my life don't feel the same You breaks my heart : when you call Mr so-and-so's name She's a kind-hearted [mama, woman] : [but she] studies evil all the time You have to kill me baby : just to have it on your mind Some day some day : I will shake your hand goodbye I can't give any more of my loving : because I just ain't satisfied I'm going to get up in the morning : I believe I'll dust my broom Because then the black man you been loving : girl friend can get my room I'm going to write a letter : telephone every town I know If I can't find her in West Selma : she must be in East Monroe I know I don't want no woman : wants every downtown man she meet She's a no-good dony : they shouldn't allow her on the street I believe : I believe I'll go back home If you mistreat me here babe : but you can't when I go home I'm going to call up China : see is my good girl over there If I can't find her on Philippines Island : she must be in Ethiopia somewhere Ooh : baby don't you want to go Back to the land of California : to my sweet home Chicago Now one and one is two : three and two is four I'm heavy loaded baby : I'm booked I've got to go Now two and two is four : four and two is six You going to keep on monkeying around here *pin boy* : you going to get your ??? in a fix Now six and two is eight : eight and two is ten His wife get tricky one time : she sure going to do it again
I'm going to California : *some passing in my byway* Somebody will tell me : that you need my help some day I got rambling : I got rambling [all] on my mind Hate to leave my baby : but she treats me so unkind Running down to the station : catch [that old, the] first mail train I see I got the blues about Miss so-and-so : and the child got the blues about me And I'm leaving this morning : with my arms folded up and crying I hate to leave my baby : but she treats me so unkind I got mean things : I got mean things [all] on my mind I got to leave my baby : but she treats me so unkind I got rambling : I got rambling [all] on my mind Hate to leave my baby : but she treats me so unkind Running down to the station : catch [that old, the] first mail train I see I got the blues about Miss so-and-so : and the child got the blues about me And I'm leaving this morning : with my arms folded up and crying I hate to leave my baby : but she treats me so unkind I got mean things : I got mean things [all] on my mind I got to leave my baby : but she treats me so unkind When you got a good friend : have her stay right by your side Give her all of your spare time : love and treat her right I mistreated my baby : [but, and] I can't see no reason why Any time I think about it : I just wring my hands and cry Wonder could I ever apologize : or will she fisty-fight with me She's a brownskin woman : just as sweet as a girl friend can be Baby *do you think it mmm* : oh I may be right or wrong Got you a close friend baby : then your enemies can't do you no harm
Mmm : mmm You better come on in my kitchen : well it's going to be raining outdoors The woman I love : took from my best friend Some joker got lucky : stoled her back again Oh oh she's gone : I know she won't come back I taken her last nickel : out of her nation sack When a woman gets in trouble : everybody throws her down Looking for her good friends : none can be found And the time coming : it's going to be so You can't make the winter babe : just dry long so Well I feel so lonesome : you hear me when I moan Who's been driving my terraplane for you : since I've been gone I said I flashed your lights mama : your horn won't even blow Got a short in this connection : hoo well babe and it's way down below I'm going heist your hood mama : I'm bound to check your oil I got a woman that I'm loving : way down in Arkansas Now you know the coils ain't even buzzing : little generator won't get the spark Motor's in a bad condition : you got to have these batteries charged I'm crying please : please don't do me wrong Who's been driving my terraplane : now for you since I've been gone Mr highwayman : please don't block the road Because she's registering a cold one hundred : and I'm booked till I got to go Eee : you can hear me weep and moan Who's been driving my terraplane now for you : since I've been gone I'm going to get deep down in this connection : keep on tangling with your wires And when I mash down on your little starter : then your spark plug will give me fire Yeah but she got a phonograph : but it won't say a lonesome word What evil have I done : what evil has the poor girl heard Yeah but I love my phonograph : but she have broke my winding chain And you've taken my loving : and given it to your other man
Now we played it on the sofa now : we played it side the wall My needles have got rusty baby : it will now play at all Yeah but if I go crazy : baby I will lose my mind I can bring your clothes back home : and try me one more time If I send for my baby : and she don't come All the doctors in [Hot Springs, Westmount] : sure can't help her none And if she gets unruly : things she don't want to do Take my thirty-two twenty : and I can cut her half in two She got a thirty-eight special : but I believe it's most too light I got a thirty-two twenty : got to make the camps all right I'm going to shoot my pistol : going to shoot my gatling gun You made me love you : now your man done come Ooh : baby where you stay last night You got your hair all tangled : and you ain't talking right Her thirty-eight special boys : it do very well I got a thirty-two twenty : now it's a burning hell Hey hey : baby where you stay last night You didn't come home : till the sun was shining bright Ooh : boys I just can't take my rest With this thirty-two twenty : laying up and down my breast I got a girl : said she's long and tall She sleeps in the kitchen : with her feets in the hall She got two for a nickel : got four for a dime It's worth paying more : but they ain't none of mine I got a letter : from my girl in the room Now she got something good : she got to bring it home soon The billygoat backed : in the bumblebee's nest Ever since that : he can't take his rest I'm going to hump in your back : going to put your kidneys to sleep I due to break away your liver : and tear your heart to piece You know grandma left me : now grandpa too Well I wonder what in the world : we children going to do Me and my baby : bought a V-Eight Ford
Well they ride that thing : all on the running board You know the monkey now the baboon : playing in the grass Well the monkey said to *fatto* : *good luck gas* I woke up this morning : and all my shrimps was dead and gone I was thinking about you baby : will you hear me weep and moan I got dead shrimps here : someone is fishing in my pond I've sold you my best bait baby : and I can't do that no more Everything I do baby : you got your mouth stuck out Hole where I used to fish : you got me forced out I got dead shrimps here : someone's fishing in my pond Catching my goggle-eyed perches : and they barbecuing the bones Now you taken my shrimp baby : you know you turned me down I couldn't do nothing : until I got myself unwound I went to the crossroads : fell down on my knees Asked the Lord above have mercy : save poor Bob if you please Mmm standing at the crossroads : I tried to flag a ride Didn't nobody seem to know me : everybody passed me by Mmm the sun going down boys : not going to catch me here I haven't got no loving sweet woman : but not to feel my care You can run you can run : tell my friend boy Willie Brown Lord that I'm standing at the crossroad baby : I believe I'm sinking down I woke up this morning : feeling around for my shoes Know by that : I got these old walking blues Lord I feel like blowing : my poor lonesome horn Got up this morning : my little Berniece was gone Lord I feel like blow : my lonesome horn Well I got up this morning : all I had was gone Well leaving this morning : if I have to oh ride the blinds I feel mistreated : and I don't mind dying
Leaving this morning : I have to ride the blinds Babe I been mistreated : baby and I don't mind dying Well some people tell me : that the worried blues ain't bad Worst old feeling : I most ever had She's got Elgin movements : from her head down to her toes Break in on a dollar : most anywhere she goes If you cry about a nickel : you die about a dime She wouldn't cry : but the money ain't mine I got up this morning : the blues walking like a man Worried blues : give me your right hand Blues grabbed mama's child : and it tore me all upside down Travel on poor Bob : just can't turn you around The blues : is a lowdown shaking chill You ain't never had them : I hope you never will Well the blues : is a aching old heart disease Like consumption : killing me by degrees Now if it's starting a-raining : I'm going to drive my blues away Going to the ??? : stay out there all day I got up this morning : the blues walking like a man Worried blues : give me your right hand Blues grabbed mama's child : and it tore me all upside down Travel on poor Bob : just can't turn you around The blues : is a lowdown shaking chill You ain't never had them : I hope you never will Well the blues : is a aching old heart disease Like consumption : killing me by degrees Now if it's starting a-raining : I'm going to drive my blues away Going to the ??? : stay out there all day
If I had possession : over Judgment Day Lord the little woman I'm loving : wouldn't have no right to pray I went to the mountain : look as far as my eyes could see Saw where the man got my woman : and lonesome blues got me And I rolled and I tumbled : and I cried the whole night long When I woke up this morning : my biscuit-roller's gone Had to fold my arms : and I slowly walked away I said in my mind : your trouble going to come some day Now run here baby : set down on my knee I want to tell you : all about the way they treated me I got stones in my passway : and my road seem dark as night I have pains in my heart : they have taken my appetite I have a bird to whistle : and I have a bird to sing I got a woman that I'm loving : boy but she don't mean a thing My innocence betrayed me : have overtaken poor Bob at last And that's one thing certain : they have stones all in my pass Now you trying to take my life : and all my loving too You laid a passway for me : now what are you trying to do I'm crying please : please let us be friends And when you hear me howling in my passway rider : please open your door and let me in I got three legs to truck on : boys please don't block my road I been feeling ashamed about my rider : babe I'm booked and I got to go I'm a steady rolling man : I roll both night and day But I haven't got no sweet woman : mmm boys to be rolling this a-way I'm the man that rolls : when icicles hanging on the tree And now you hear me howling : baby mmm down on my bended knee I am a hard-working man : have been for many years I know And some cream puff's using my money : ooo well well babe but that'll never be no more You can't give your sweet woman : everything she wants in one time
Well boys she get rambling in her brain : mmm some other man on her mind From four until late : I was wringing my hands and crying I believe to my soul : that your daddy's going fall down From Memphis to Norfolk : is a thirty-six hour's ride A man is like a prisoner : and he's never satisfied A woman is like a dresser : with a man always rambling through its drawers It caused so many men : wear an apron overall From four until late : she give us a no-good bunching clown Now she won't do nothing : but tear a good man's reputation down When I leave this town : I'm going to bid you fare farewell And when I return again : you'll have a great long story to tell I've got to keep moving : blues falling down like hail And the days keep on worrying me : there's a hellhound on my trail If today was Christmas Eve : and tomorrow was Christmas Day All I would need my little sweet rider : just to pass the time away You sprinkled hot-foot powder : mmm around my door It keeps me with a rambling mind rider : every old place I go I can tell the wind is rising : the leaves trembling on the trees All I need my little sweet woman : and to keep my company Mmm she is a little queen of spades : and the men will not let her be Every time she makes a spread : a cold chill runs all over me Well I'm going to get me a gambling woman : the last thing that I do A man don't need a woman : ooo fair brown he got to give all of his money to And everybody say she got a mojo : [because she, baby you] been using that stuff She got a way trimmering down : ooo well babe and I mean it's most too tough Well well little girl says I'm the king : fair brown and you is the queen Let's we put our heads together : ooo fair brown then we can make our money green
Now she is a little queen of spades : and the men will not let her be Every time she makes a spread : ooo fair brown cold chills just runs all over me I'm going to get me a gambling woman : if the last thing that I do Well a man don't need a woman : ooo fair brown that he got to give all his money to Everybody says she got a mojo : [because, now] she's been using that stuff Says she got a way of trimming it down : ooo fair brown and I mean it's most too tough Now little girl say I'm the king : baby and you is the queen Let's us put our heads together : ooo fair brown then we can make our money green I keep drinking malted milk : trying to drink my blues away Baby you just as welcome to my loving : as the flowers is in may Malted milk malted milk : keep rushing to my head And I have a funny funny feeling : that I'm talking all out my head Baby fix me one more drink : and hug your daddy one more time Keep on spilling my malted milk mama : until I change my mind My doorknob keeps on turning : it must be spooks around my bed I have a warm old feeling : and the hair rising on my head I'm a [poor] drunken-hearted man : my life seems so misery And if I could only change my way of living : it would mean so much to me I've been drunk and I've been driven : ever since I left my mother's home And I can't see the reason why : that I can't leave these no-good womens alone My poor father died and left me : and my mother done the best that she could Every man loves that game you call love : but it don't mean no man no good I'm a poor drunken-hearted man : and sin was the cause of it all But the day you get weak for no-good women : that's the day that you surely fall I'm a [poor] drunken-hearted man : my life seems so misery And if I could only change my way of living : it would mean so much to me
I've been dogged and I've been driven : ever since I left my mother's home And I can't see the reason why : that I can't leave these no-good womens alone My poor father died and left me : and my mother done the best that she could Every man loves that game you call love : but it don't mean no man no good I'm the poor drunken-hearted man : and sin was the cause of it all But the way you get weak for no-good women : that's the day that you surely fall Early this morning : when you knocked upon my door And I said hello Satan : I believe it's time to go Me and the devil : was walking side by side I'm going to beat my woman : until I get satisfied She said you knows the way : that I always dog her around It must've be that old evil spirit : so deep down in the ground You may bury my body : down by the highway side So my old evil spirit : can get a Greyhound bus and ride Every time I'm walking : down the street Some pretty mama : starts breaking down with me Stop breaking down : yeah stop breaking down The stuff I got about you breaking down : ooo it will make you lose your mind I can't walk the streets : nor com- *compelate* my mind Some no-good woman : she starts breaking down Now you Saturday night women : you love to ape and clown You won't do nothing : but tear a good man's reputation down Now I gave my baby now : the ninety-nine degree She jumped up : and throwed a pistol down on me I can't start walking : down the street When some pretty mama : starts breaking down on me If your man gets personal : want to have your fun Just come on back to Friar's Point mama : and barrelhouse all night long I've got womens in Vicksburg : clean on into Tennessee
But my Friar's point rider now : hops all over me I ain't going to state no color : but her front teeth crowned with gold She got a mortgage on my body : and a lien on my soul Lord I'm going to Rosedale : going to take my rider by my side We can still barrelhouse baby : because it's on the riverside Betty Mae Betty Mae : you shall be my wife some day I wants a little sweet girl : that will do anything that I say Betty Mae you is my heart-strings : you is my destiny And you rode across my mind : baby each and every day Little girl little girl : my life seems so misery Baby I guess it must be love now : ooo Lord that's taken effect on me Some day I will return : with a marriage license in my hand I'm going to take you for a honeymoon : in some long long distant land And I followed her to the station : with a suitcase in my hand Well it's hard to tell it's hard to tell : when all your love's in vain When the train rolled up to the station : I looked her in the eye Well I was lonesome I felt so lonesome : and I could not help but cry The train it left the station : with two lights on behind Well the blue light was my blues : and the red light was my mind I followed her to the station : with my suitcase in my hand Well it's hard to tell it's hard to tell : when all your love's in vain When the train rolled up to the station : and I looked her in the eye Well I felt so lonesome I was lonesome : and I could not help but cry When the train it left the station : with two lights on behind Well the blue light was my blues : and the red light was my mind Tell me milkcow : what on earth is wrong with you
Well well you have a new calf : ooo and your milk is turning blue Your calf is hungry : and I believe he needs a suck Well now but your milk is turning blue : ooo and I believe he's out of luck Now I feel like milking : and my cow won't come I feel like churning : and my milk won't turn I'm crying please : please don't do me wrong You can give right milk and butter now baby : who will stay at home My milkcow been rambling : ooo wee for miles around She been suckling some other bullcow : ooo Lord in a strange man's town Tell me milkcow : what on earth is wrong with you Now you have a little new calf : ooo and your milk is turning blue Now your calf is hungry : I believe he needs a suck But your milk is turning blue : ooo I believe he's out of luck Now I feel like milking : and my cow won't come I feel like churning : and my milk won't turn I'm crying please : please don't do me wrong If you see my milkcow baby now : please drive her home My milkcow been rambling : ooo wee for miles around Now she been suckling some other man's bullcow : ooo in a strange man's town I was born in the state : of old Arkansas Where they don't allow : no Mississippi women there at all I'm going I'm going : back to my old home to stay And you'll find me : hanging around the levee both night and day Then after I walk the levee : from end to end I'll go to Sweet Mama Alley : go and get my hooch and gin I've tried old jelly : and old *loosha* too But me and my gin house liquor : well we sure can do I don't see why : white folks don't have no blues They got all kinds of money : and brownskin women too When you go to Vicksburg : please ask for old dripper king For he's the bootlegging fellow : your *turkey* sure can swing
I asked for water : and she gave me gasoline Crying Lord I wonder : will I ever get back home I went to the depot : looked up on the board I asked the conductor : how long has this eastbound train been gone It done taken your faro : blowed its smoke on you Lord I asked the conductor : could I ride the blinds Son buy your ticket buy your ticket : because the train ain't none of mine Crying I ain't going down : this big road by myself If I don't carry you : going to carry somebody else Crying sun going to shine : in my back door some day And the wind going to change : going to blow my blues away What makes you do me : like you do do do Now you think you going to do me : like you done poor Cherry Red Taken the poor boy's money now : sure Lord won't take mine Crying by-and-by : baby by-and-by Says Good Book tell you : reap just what you sow Going to reap it now : or baby reap it by-and-by Well I'm going away : won't be back till fall If I meet my good gal : then baby won't be back at all Well it's two trains running : running side by side You got my woman : babe I know you're satisfied Mmm who's that yonder : coming down the road Well it looks like Maggie : baby but she walks too slow Mmm sun going to shine : in my back door some day And the wind going to change : going to blow my blues away
Mmm see see rider : see what you done done You done made me love you : now you're trying to put me down Well I'm going away Lord : won't be back till fall And if I meet my good gal : well I won't be back at all Crying canned heat mama : sure Lord killing me Takes alcorub : to take these canned heat blues Crying mama mama mama : you know canned heat killing me Canned heat don't kill me : crying babe I'll never die I woke up up this morning : with canned heat on my mind I woked up up this morning : crying canned heat around my bed Run here somebody : take these canned heat blues Crying mama mama mama : crying canned heat killing me Believe to my soul : Lord it going to kill me dead Won't you wash my jumper : starch my overalls I'm going to find my woman : says she's in the world somewhere Well it's good to you mama : sure Lord killing me I wonder : do my rider think of [poor] me Lord if she did : she would sure Lord feel my care I woke up this morning : said my morning prayers I ain't got no woman : speak in my behalf Won't you wash my jumper : starch my overalls I'm going to find my woman : says she's in this world somewhere I wonder : do my good girl think of me Crying if she did : she would sure Lord feel my care Honey it's good to you : mama sure Lord killing me I woke up this morning : said my morning prayers
I ain't got no woman : to speak in my behalf Crying big fat mama : meat shaking on her bones Time the meat shake : it's a sign a woman lose her home Mmm going away mama : won't be back till fall Big fat mama : with the meat shaking on her bones Mmm no need to holler : I got to murmur low Big fat mama : Lord meat shake on her bones Mmm time meat shake : it's sign a fatmouth lose his home Mmm what's the matter rider : where did you stay last night Hair all down baby : and you won't treat me right Mmm big fat mama : meat shaking on her bones Lonesome place : don't seem like it's home to me Lord I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed Had the blues so bad mama : till I couldn't raise up my head If you want to live easy : pack your clothes with mine Mmm soon one morning : blues come falling down Well they fell so heavy : that it caused my heart to moan Well I'm going back home : going to fall down on my knees Says I'll acknowledge now pretty baby : that I treated you mean Hitch up my buggy : saddle up my black mare Find my woman : because she's out in the world somewhere Aah if I call you : and you will fail to come If I call you mama : going to sure Lord call your name I been drinking all night gal : did the night before Been drunk baby : and I ain't got sober yet Mmm : I ain't going to tell you no more Told you last night mama : what I did the night before
Says you going to have : a rounder for your own Woke up this morning : blues all around my bed I didn't have my daddy : to hold my aching head I know the blues ain't nothing : but a woman wants to see her man Because every time my man leaves me : Lord knows I feel so bad You can never tell : what's on a brownskin man's mind He'll be hugging and kissing you : and quit you all the time Early one morning : I set down in my door Lord I sitting here wondering : where in the world can a good man go I hear my rider hollering : way up on the hill Said I know it's my rider : she got a voice like a whippoorwill I'm going to get you a ticket : going to take you on away from here Lord if you never come back : Lord I will never care I'm going to write my name : up on my baby's back door So she can see my name : if she never see me no more I ain't got no money : nobody won't loan me none Said I heard my rider was dead : and I sure want to get back home If I had good luck Lord : like I once have had Says I won't have to worry : about the trouble I had I went to the graveyard : looked in my baby's face Says I love you rider : but I can't take your place The little boy's hollering extra : people did you read the news Says I done killed my rider : and I got them Leavenworth blues I tried to love you : way back on my young days You were so evil-hearted : throwed all my good love away Mmm : what's the matter now But now you want to quit me : and you don't know how
I'm going down to the river : take me a rocking chair If the blues overtake me : rock away from there That mean T P [railroad, railway] : sure has done me wrong It let that Sunshine Special : carry my good gal from home The blues : come down like showers of rain I couldn't see nothing : but smoke from that train Every time I hear : that Sunshine Special blow It makes me : want to pack up all my clothes and go First night that I went home : drunk as I could be There's another mule in the stable : where my mule ought to be Come here honey : explain yourself to me How come another mule in the stable : where my mule ought to be Oh crazy oh silly : can't you plainly see That's nothing but a milkcow : where your mule ought to be I've traveled this world over : million times or more Saddle on a milkcow's back : I've never seen before Second night when I got home : as drunk as I could be There's another coat on the coat rack : where my coat ought to be Come here honey : explain this thing to me How come another coat on the coat rack : where my coat ought to be Oh crazy oh silly : can't you plainly see Nothing but a bed quilt : where your coat ought to be I've traveled this world over : million times or more Pockets in a bed quilt : I've never seen before The third night when I went home : drunk as I could be There's another head on the pillow : where my head ought to be Come here honey come here : explain this thing to me How come another head on the pillow : where my head ought to be Oh crazy oh silly : can't you plainly see That's nothing but a cabbage head : that your grandma sent to me I've traveled this world over : million times or more Hair on a cabbage head : I've never seen before
I washes hard : both day and night Catch you arguing with that fellow : you going to have a miserable fight Ashes to ashes : dust to dust The police don't get you : now the undertaker must I was standing at the station : wondering what train boys must I ride Lord I'm on my way down in Louisiana : I believe I'll wait here for the Katy Fly My woman left me this morning : left me wondering all to myself Lord she said she didn't love me no more boys : wonder do she love anybody else Ain't but the two old roads : boys I did not want to ride Lordy that Southern Pacific now boys : and you know the Katy Fly I got the railroad blues bad : I got the boxcars on my running mind Now every time I get to studying about my sweet woman : boys I can hardly keep from crying Now I can remember my baby : it was late one Friday night Now you know you mistreat me woman : you know you didn't do me right I walked and I walked baby : I walked to see you both night and day Oh now you know I give you my money baby : womans and I lets you have your doggone way Farewell baby : you going to need my help again Now you said that you didn't knowed that I was coming baby : you wouldn't have even let me in Now the troubles that I'm having : woman you was the cause of it all Now you even had me down walking baby : I could hardly but crawl along I'm going to buy me a pistol : hang it up side the wall I'm going to stop that jellybean : from kicking in my stall I got a long tall woman : she don't do nothing but run around Every time I leave : she don't do nothing but mess around My woman's got a new way of loving : a monkey-man can't catch on When he knows anything : she done got his dollar and gone
I was shipwrecked on the ocean : throwed off on the southern sea When you get to Chicago : pretty mama please remember me I was standing beside the ocean : looking across on the other side My woman got little bitty legs : but man what a noble thigh I went down to the ocean : just to get a permanent wave My woman got a new way of loving : man and it won't behave When it storms on the ocean : you cannot see the sky If I don't love you pretty mama : I will pray to die I got a woman in Dallas : got one in San Antone too I pick this one in San Antone : I don't know what this poor girl in Dallas going to do She got nine gold teeth people : all that wavy hair And if you ever come in San Antone : you going to find my sweet woman there I never mistreated my baby : boy but I do wrong myself For if I be mean to my woman : she will really quit and take someone else Mmm baby : oh don't you think I know Said I want to make an end of her people : and shake hands and go I went to bed last night : I rolled from side to side Honey I didn't have no blues really : but things wasn't going on right I want someone to tell me : oh what Lord have mercy means So if it means anything : well Lord have mercy on me I'm going back to Dallas : oh don't you want to go Honey I'm going to stop in towns : I believe that I haven't never been before I said listen baby : honey I can't move no more Oh these blues crawling up my windows : and traveling up under my door Some womens weeps like a willow : some only sack of dough But your life in misery : the minute that you ain't with the woman you love Mmm : mmm Lord it's something telling me : keeps on troubling me Will you please tell the judge : don't have a trial till June Because I got a working baby : let me see what my woman can do People here she come in the evening : honey hundred in her hand She had done robbed some fatmouth : who really looking for her man Tell me sweet baby : honey what's on your mind You keep a poor man troubled : really looking down-hearted all the time
Mmm baby : honey don't you think I know Said I wouldn't make a man love her : if he wouldn't shake hands and go Lord I'm going to Louisiana : going to get me a hoodoo hand I'm going to stop my woman : and fix it so she can't have another man Mr Ferris Mr Ferris : let your womenfolks go I done trying to get my sweet woman : like Mr Ferris got his girl Mmm : baby don't you think I know Pretty woman like a man : love him people and shake hands and go No you never take a woman : speaking about to be your friend Oh she get all of your money : then look what a hole you're in I went to bed last night : keep a-rolling from side to side I didn't have no blues : understand that things wasn't going right When you catch me sleeping : baby don't you think I'm drunk I's a-got one on the dresser : keep the other one on your trunk Tell me sweet baby : all what's on your mind You keep a poor man troubled : really looking down-hearted all the time I know this eagle's on a dollar : other side In God We Trust Well a woman loves a man : but I know this dollar's first Have you ever loved a woman : man that didn't love you Then you have the worried blues : to bother you the whole night through Well I'm going sweet baby : honey don't you want to go Well I may stop in town : where I haven't never been before Sometime you hear me singing : Nearer My God To Thee Then again you hear me singing : sweet Atlanta blues to you Oh the train pass by : oh with my sweet baby inside And when I looked up and seen her : couldn't help but hang my head and cry She gets her water at *Fairman* : coal at *Shabama Mines* And I wouldn't let everybody ride : but people you know the train ain't mine I said good morning conductor : oh please let a broke man ride Because I want to see my sweet woman : just one more time before she get on Said I'm tired of hearing me singing : Our Father Kingdom Come
Another year you hear me moaning : Lord let Thy will be done I remember one time people : oh it is in nineteen and twenty-four Something happened that year : that I never want to see no more I remember one time : oh it is in nineteen twenty-one They say I got to watch my sweet woman : she's running from sun to sun I thought : that my woman oh was treating me right But oh when I went down to call for her : she didn't do nothing but fuss and fight I never earned nothing : oh so much to hurt me so Oh when I was talking to my babe that morning : and she told me that I didn't Mmm : baby what's on your mind Oh you want to be mean to me woman : give me a good word all the time Well I'm leaving sweet baby : can't carry you Well I'm leaving sweet baby : don't you want to go Well I tried to love a sweet mama : but she couldn't understand But I know she realized the trouble : since she met another man I say you got a sweet woman : man which you just don't understand The man needs to take you women : and move across the no man's land Mmm : ain't going to [sing, blow] no more Blues done called up my woman : and traveled her and brought her up to my door I want you to take me on with you baby : let you ease me down across your bed I want you talk baby-talk to me : and then suck my tongue cherry red Just as sure as the train come in San Antone : then ease up in the yard It's going to take two dollars and a quarter : I declare to send me a postal card Mmm baby : oh honey what's on your mind Because you really keeps me troubled : and I think about you all the time I'm going to move to the bottom : camp out on the ground Every morning I'll call my woman : to see have my coat found
I got a woman in San Antone : I declare that is sweet to me Because the people don't know she's here : but she lives on Cherry Street Mmm : Lord Lord Lordy Lord I want Eddie Duncan : listen to be my brother-in-law Well I'll tell you men something : know you ain't going to think it's so Four-flushing papa : what kind of man is you Four-flushing papa : you thrill me through and through I've never been crazy : about men Who ain't done no strutting : since the Lord knows when Four-flushing papa : what have you done to me Because when you leave me : I'm blue as blue can be Now when I get a payday : I don't have no plans Keep a quarter for myself : have to give to my man Now when I get a payday : right to you I go You take it all papa : because it's all yours I got the blues : blue as blue can be Because these no-good gals : trying to backbite me Now these backbiters : don't live long I'm told So you'd better watch out : doggone your bad-luck soul Just let your conscience : be your safety guide *Anything wrong* with me : *is a mitten to a side* It's one more thing : I can't understand Why these trifling gals : run after a good gal's man Take my advice : and please don't lose your head If you take my man : sure going to wake up dead Every time : I see a railroad track Feel like riding : feel like going back Catch a train : that's headed for the South Going back south : to get smacked in the mouth Got a man : way down old Texas way
Going to meet him : ain't got time to stay Got the boxcar blues : feel like a tramp Going to be down : in a Texas camp Told the engineer : to drive them down Broke and hungry : tired of tramping around Boxcar boxcar : don't you carry two Ride me ride me : sooth my boxcar blues Western Union : send this telegram To my man : way down in Birmingham ??? : please don't play today So disgusted : got no place to stay Send me car fare : want to come back home When I get back : never will I roam Am I hungry : I ain't nothing but Stomach's empty : think my throat is stuck The road to hardship : leads right to the poorhouse door I'm going there : and ain't coming back no more Poorhouse poorhouse : open wide your poorhouse gate I'm down and out : now I know it's too late Spent my money : spent it on my so-called friends And now I'm broke : that's where their friendship ends Here's the wagon : it's come to take me away In the poorhouse : I'll be till Judgment Day Anybody here want to try my cabbage : just step this way Anybody here like to buy good cabbage : just holler hey There's no sweeter cabbage : anywhere in town You can have it boiled : until it's nice and brown Gave some to the parson : and he shook with glee He took up collection : gave it all to me Gave it to a corn doctor : to fix my feet Every time he sees me : he wants to eat
Gave some to the jailor : who turned the key on me When I got through feeding him : he said gal you're free Hear the thunder rumbling : see the lightning flash Devil is a-groaning : listen to that crash The trees are breaking : shaking all around The wind is howling : hear that wicked sound Gee I'm frightened : nearly scared to death That's why I'm hiding : I'm all out of breath My man's cruel : left me all alone In the darkness : I just weep and moan The storm is raging : I know what I'll do I'll start in praying : till the storm is through I got on : my walking shoes I'm going to walk : away my blues He stays out late : every night Comes back home : and wants to fight Whiskey : and trifling men In the jail : would be my end Talk about blues : you ought to hear mine The man I love : keeps me worried all the time One thing I hate : I can't have my way The man that mistreat me : should be buried today The better I treat him : the worse he treats me I'm going to keep a good man : wherever he can be You can always call : your good man's hand Just let him know : that you got another man Can't sell no whiskey : I can't sell no gin
Ain't got no money : to buy my winter coat Can't save a dollar : to save my doggone soul I can't keep open : I'm going to close the shack The chief of police : done tore my playhouse down No use in grieving : I'm going to leave this town Now you may go : but you'll come back some day And you'll be sorry : that you went away When you think of my good loving : that's the time you'll find That none of your flip-floppers : going to satisfy your mind You miss my love and kisses : and you wish you back home But someone else : will be picking on your chicken bones I've got another daddy : and he's sweet as can be And what I like about him : he just idolize me You might back up in your stable : when the snow begins to fall But you'll find another mule : just kicking in your stall Everybody in this world : got something that they crave And when they get just what they want : then you see them rave Poor folks crave fine clothes and money : rich folks crave the gold But what I crave is loving : that will satisfy my soul And when he kisses me : Lordy knows A funny feeling : goes from my head to my toes I'm like a red-hot stove : I'm burning down And the *moon is* ??? : in this man's town I'm low and ornery : don't care what I do Feel like cutting my man : half in two A hornets' nest : don't mean a thing to me I been stung so much : I'm up a tree Now dynamite : ain't got a chance you see I'm red-hot : and dangerous as can be If somebody finds me : when I'm dead and gone Say I did self-murder : I died with my boots on Took a Smith and Wesson : and blew out my brain Didn't take no poison : I couldn't stand the strain No I ain't no coward : and I'll tell you why I was tired of living : but wasn't scared to die Take me to the graveyard : put me in the ground Please write on my tombstone : my daddy threw me down In my farewell letter : someone's sure to find So goodbye old cold world : I'm glad you're left behind Six pallbearers : take his to his last go-round Going to place him : 'neath six feet of ground Cemetery : sure is one old lonesome place When you're dead : they throw dirt in your face Yes I loved him : but he trifled with my heart Had to shoot him : because he was too smart Went gay-cutting : with another sealskin brown Rambled : till the butcher cut him down Going north child : where I can be free Where there's no hardships : like in Tennessee Going where : they don't have Jim Crow laws Don't have to work there : like in Arkansas When I cross : the Mason-Dixon Line Goodbye old *gallion* : mama's going a-flying Going to daddy : got no time to lose *So I won't be alone* : can hear my northbound blues Don't know what to do with myself : at night Don't know anyone : that will treat me right
Listen I don't mean maybe : but you know Take it from me : and don't you call my bluff Need the kind of loving : that will make my heart beat The sort that will thrill me : from my head to my feet I'm a backbiting mama : looking for a cheating man When you start double-crossing : you play right into my hand If you stay out all night : and come home at four You'll get back in time : to see me unlock my door You can tell the world : I ain't no fool I learned backbiting : when I went to school I've got the Dallas blues : and the Main Street heart disease Buzzing around my head : like a swarm of little honeybees I'm going to put myself : on a Santa Fe and go To that Texas town : where you never see the ice and snow I wonder : if my sweet baby will wait for me Maybe someone else : If you see a blind man : on the street Just remember : that he's got to eat You can't live : in this big world alone You might have : the finest kind of home No one ever knows: what the future has in store Never drive : a beggar from your door I don't feel welcome : I'm going to blow Your ways and actions : really ails me so Crying and weeping : won't do me no good I'm a lonesome mama : need someone to chop my wood I'm going to keep on going : till I find a mate
Then I will quit wandering : before it's too late If you start telling her : he's got the stuff She will walk right in : and make your home life tough If your good man can please you : don't tell a soul Just keep him well supplied : with down-home jellyroll If he's got a little something : not like the rest Just keep him busy : he will never leave your nest He beats you *then* and loves you : pay that no mind Because what you got must suit him : that's the surest sign The man I love : is oh so good to me I'm just crazy : want the world to see Buys me clothes : like I never had *Now all* : it used to be *the mad* I have to pinch myself : to see if I'm awake Meals with him : all taste like wedding cake I'm a real kind mama : looking for a loving man I ain't got nobody : who will come and claim my hand Now all I want : is all your love At morning noon and night : that's all I'm thinking of Now it's too late to holler baby : too late to weep and moan Too late to holler great God : when that stack of dollars done gone Well it's mama mama mama : what that you got in that grip That's nothing but a stack of dollars : you babe going to take a little trip I'm sitting on a stack of dollars : just as high as I am tall If you be my little old baby : you sure can have them all Well it's baby baby : I tell you what I will do I will give you stack of dollars : just to make one more night with you
You can mistreat me baby : do anything you want to do Some day you going to want me : but your baby won't want you Now I'm going to sing this verse baby : and I ain't going to sing no more For that stack of dollars is worrying me : Lord and I got to go I went to the river : couldn't get across I jumped on your papa : because I thought he was a horse Up she jumped : down she fell Her mouth flew open : like a mussel shell You sister was a teddy : your daddy was a bear Put the muzzle on your mama : because she had bad hair If you want to hear : that elephant laugh Take him down to the river : and wash his yas yas yas If you want to go to heaven : when you D I E You got to put on your collar : and your T I E If you want to get the rabbits : out the L O G You got to put on the stump : like a D O G Run here doctor : run here fast See what's the matter : with his yas yas yas And that Big Four the Big Four : is a mean old train to ride She took my babe away : and left me dissatisfied Baby is all I want mama : just one more crack at you If I can't make you love me : then I don't care what you do Please hold my head baby : and let my whiskey run down Lord I catch that Big Four : and beat it on back to town When I asked that woman : Lord to let me be her kid She say you might get buggish : Lord you won't keep it hid I've got the blues for my baby : my babe got the blues for me For she went and caught that Big Four : she beat it back to Tennessee Just a few more days : and a few more nights ain't long You going to reach for your boiler : and your plate will be gone It's too late too late : too late too late too late
Here we are on our way to the holdover : and we cannot hesitate Mmm : these boards is killing me Say I know I am a criminal : but I always want to be free Oh no : these raids is killing me *See that woman* about it baby : Lord it's down in Tennessee Mmm : these raids is killing me I got the raiding squad blues : the holdover is killing poor me When the raid began : the people began to squall The sergeant said ain't no need a-squalling : the captain said to bring you all When I had money : my friends all ganged around Now I'm in this raid : my friends have all thrown me down Baby I'm going uptown : tell the chief police My woman quit me : I can't see no peace She keep me worried : bothered all the time Well I love you woman : love your husband too I have to love your husband : to get to be with you Because he don't allow : no man around his house My mama told me : my papa too Don't let no woman : be the death of you She don't allow me : to stay out all night long What you going to do : when they tear your barrelhouse down Going to pack my suitcase : hunt some other town Well they say everybody talking : about your honky-tonky blues Well they say everybody talking : about your honky-tonky baby You ought to see : that curly-headed monkey-head Head is curly : baby and bushy too You can always tell baby : when your woman going to treat you mean If you ask for a glass of water : she give you a glass of gasoline Some of these women : they sure to be ashamed Babe they go out and take money : from a man walking with a walking cane
What makes you blow up baby : every time I speak to you You make me think : that you full of gasoline too I've got the trickiest woman : that you ever seen Whenever she get mad : she blows up just like gasoline Won't you let me tell you partner : what the gasoline women will do They will stay out all night long : then come home and blow up on you Hey baby : you just full of gas as you can be Because when you get drunk : you come home and blow up on me Some of these gasoline women : I just can't understand They'll cook *make one* for their husband : they'll chicken for their man I runned to the river : runned so fast And you couldn't see nothing : but that yas yas yas If you want to hear : that elephant grunt You take him down to the river : and then wash his trunk Up he jumped : down he fell His trap flew open : like a mussel shell If you keep it dirty : and I keep it clean You don't know : what keeping it dirty means I will tell you one thing : and I mean it It sure will take soap and water : for to keep it clean The terriblest sight : that I ever seen Was a cook cooking victuals : and his hands wasn't clean You got a head like a mouse : mouth like a goat Every time you see me : you looking for some soap Well it's everything I tell you : you run and tell your daddy-law I ain't going to tell you nothing else : because you done run and tell your daddy-law And it's everything I give you : you give it to your daddy-law Hey my doggy jumped a rabbit : and he run him for a solid mile When he seen he couldn't catch him : so he cried just like a natural child Yeah your sister was a teddy : your daddy was a great big bear Put a rope around my neck : you can lead me anywhere When I asked that woman : to let me be her kid
She say you might get mawkish : baby you won't keep it hid Here come my tight-haired woman : I can tell by the way she walks But I know she be shaking that thing : because I can tell by the way she talks I don't want no tight-haired woman : to cook no meat for me Because she's so tight-haired and evil : I'm scared she might poison poor me Now your hair ain't curly : know your teeth ain't neither pearls If the men were asking for hair : you would have a hard time in this world Babe you know I did more for you : than the good Lord ever done You know I bought you some hair : because he sure didn't give you none Now if you got good hair : you want to keep it looking neat Just go down to the ten-cents store : get you a nickel worth of I will tell you girls one thing : you know it really is true Baby now you got good hair : but you bought bought this from the Jew I went home last night baby : found my good gal there I'm going to leave you baby : traveling everywhere I said ain't it hard to leave you : hoo Lord going to travel everywhere I had a good home mama : Lord but I couldn't stay there I was down in jail baby : I went down on my knees Been so good to you honey : *good meat* for me I said hoo I'm going to leave you : hoo Lord traveling everywhere I had a good home baby : Lord but I wouldn't stay there Have you ever been down baby : way down in Polack Town She slashing and she twisting : till she turned my damper down Won't you tell me baby : who can your good man be I woke up this morning baby : with a hex all over me I can do more for you : than the good Lord ever done I can buy you foresight baby : when the Lord ain't give you none I met my gal this morning : long long way from home Ain't no use drinking good baby : said I ain't got your water on I'd rather be dead baby : buried in the deep blue sea Than to be so far from home baby : people making a fool of me
Lord my girl got something : sure Lord worries me I woke up soon this morning : had that thing all over me Now I got something to tell you : make your hair rise on your head I got a-this old Elgin movement : make the springs tremble all on your bed If you put your dirty black hands on me : I'm going to put you back in jail Put so many crimes against you loving baby : take a millionaire to go your bail I was walking down Main Street : looking for a zoo ??? *you trying to make* : *would make a ??? of* you Tell me pretty mama : where have you been Don't like whiskey : and you're drunk again And I'm going downtown : going to spread the news A big-feet woman : wearing *broken* shoes Now if I get lucky : get a bottle of gin *Pull a number of* women : *to their* mighty few men Children's in the pulpit : mama trying to learn the Psalms Now the lowdown dirty deacon : done stole my gal and gone Woke up this morning : the family had the weary blues Now *must've* peep over in the corner : poor grandmammy had them too I did more for you woman : good Lordy ever done Went downtown and bought you good hair : and the Lord hadn't give you none You better stop your gal : from from tickling under my chin You going to run over some of these mornings : papa swear you can't get in Children's in the pulpit : mama trying to learn the Psalms Now that lowdown dirty deacon : done stole my gal and gone Woke up this morning : the family had the weary blues Poked my head over in the corner : poor grandmammy had them too I did more for you woman : than the good Lord had ever done Went out town bought you good hair : and the Lord hadn't give you none You don't like your daddy : you got no right to carrying a stole Hand me back that wig I bought you : mama let your doggone head go bald
But then I promised the good Lord : partner not to dig no coal I'm going to hang around the country : and try to sell some jellyroll Some men is crave for yellow women : some men like the teasing brown I'm a stranger in town mama : figuring on going the whole way down She squawk about my supper : she kicked me outdoors She had a nerve to ask me : would a matchbox hold my clothes I'm going gal : don't you take me for no fool I'm not going to quit you pretty mama : whilst the weather's cool Around your back door : says honey I'm going to creep As long as : you make your two and a half a week Now I got a girl : she works in the white folk's yard She brings me meat : I can swear she brings me lard Now Barnum Bailey Circus : came to town They had a *stepper* : looking good and brown They didn't know : it was against the law But the monkey stopped : at a ??? drugstore Stepped around the corner : just a minute too late Another one sitting there : *to kick back eight* Say come on sister : with her nose all *spoiled* The doctor's gone : going to sell no more Now there's twenty-two men came to my house : it was last Sunday morn They asked me was my wife at home : and I told she has long been gone He backed his wagon up to my door : took everything I had He carried it back to the furniture store : and I swear that I did feel sad Saying coke's for horses : not women or men The doctors say it'll kill you : but they didn't say when Well a-my gal had quit me : the talks all over town She left me a note laying on the kitchen table : saying daddy I'm Alabama bound I went running to the station : wringing my hands and crying Crying come back pretty mama : God sakes don't go this time I done bought my ticket : daddy I'm compelled to ride Say you done know when you had me : man you couldn't be satisfied Then she showed me a ticket : just as long as my right arm Have to be riding it so long : I expect you dead and gone I had the railroad blues : I didn't have the railroad fare
Say my shoes hold up : I mean to walk the distance there I woke up this morning : with traveling on my mind Kept a-feeling my pocket : and I didn't have a lousy dime There's nobody know : Polk County like I do Because I traveled Polk County : mama through and through Well woke up this morning : and I feeling bad I thinking about good times : that I used to have Say if I'd listened : what my mama said I'd be at home : in my folding bed Don't your house look lonesome : when your best buddy's gone You turn over on your pillow : then you cry right on Ooh : mama what's the matter now You make me think : I'll break my heart in that house Say look a-here baby : I'm going to tell the truth I don't love nobody : honey else but you I'm going away mama : and it won't be long You sure going to miss me : just as sure as you born I'm going to sing this old song : ain't going to sing no more I'm going to sing this old song : everywhere I go Said I don't care : what mama don't allow Going to strut my stuff : old anyhow Said I don't care : what mama don't allow Going to eat my watermelon : anyhow Said I don't care : what mama don't allow Going to play our washboard : any old how Said I don't care : what mama don't allow Going to play that trombone : anyhow Said we don't care : what mama don't allow He going to do his stuff : old anyhow Said I don't care : what mama don't allow Going to *eeya-eeya* : anyhow
I'm going to leave here walking : I'm going down Number Sixty-One And if I find my baby : you know we going to have some fun I walked Sixty-One Highway : and I give down in my knees I looking for my babe on Indian Ocean : but she come on that China sea That Sixty-One Highway : longest highway that I ever knowed It reach from Atlanta Georgia : clean down to the Gulf of Mexico Now I'm going home : get my Bible and sit down and read I'm going to ask the good Lord : to give me back my baby if you please I can hear the hell dog ringing : and the people all a-crying I mean all up and down : I say that old Sixty-One Line The man that built the Sixty-One flat-top : he's just as true as a *fox* You can ride or walk across it : and you can't even hear a knock That flat-top flat-top : is the prettiest thing I ever seen ??? : and it takes me *Water* Street I am in dear love with Sixty-One : I say it from my heart That is the reason I am so *love with it* : Sixty-One has give me a new start I've got a thirty-two twenty : shoots just like a forty-five I can walk that old Green River levee : babe I won't have to hide I ain't going to sell it : too good to give away I'm going to save it for me and my baby : and snatch her some rainy day Now red ripe tomatoes : don't forget your T-bone steak Well when you get ready to go fishing : *put* ??? on that heart you take Well Mr Charlie : you had better watch your men They are going through the bushes : and they are going in I believe I believe : I believe I'll go back home I'm going down to tell my baby : that I have done her wrong St Louis is on afire : Chicago is burning down I'm so sick and tired : that my baby keeps on cooling down Babe please forgive me : I know that I've done you wrong I'm going to get down on my knees : I want my little old baby back home It's the same old fireman : same old engineer
And it took my baby : and it left me standing here Now my first love is in Texas : my [next one, second] lives in Kokomo I'm going to catch me a freight train : and I'm going on down the road I said don't ever drive a stranger : from your door May be your sister or brother : say you don't never know I have got a brother : and his name is Dan The women all say : he sure can sing Dan Sane Dan Sane : where have you been so long And you know : that you have I say done me wrong Baby take me upstairs : baby won't you lay me down in your cool iron bed If I don't get no better : I want you to come and rub my head You're a no good wheat : the cow is going to mow you down And if I want to ??? : I'll run you wheat out of town Ever since ever since : my poor mother been dead The rocks have been my pillow : and the cold ground have been my bed Baby : I'll make everything all right If I don't see you tomorrow : I'll see you tomorrow night Betty Sue Betty Sue : is the sweetest girl I know Well you caused me to walk from Chicago : clear to the Gulf of Mexico Now Betty Sue got ways : like a horse that it get wild Every time she struggles : I swears it's out the world Betty Sue the big boat's up the river : on a *bank* of sand If it don't [change the, strike that deep] water : swear it won't land Now look a-here Sue : what you trying to do Giving away my luggage : and trying to love me too I'd rather see the flowers : growing on top of my baby's grave Than to see some other man : smiling smiling in my baby's face
Here I am here I am : setting in that chair with folded arms Well it seems like all good times : I mean this whole world have gone I've got a ??? to glory : papa he's done throwed me away But you had a lowdown dirty heart : to baby to mistreat me this a-way If you take me back baby : I'll tell you just what I'll do I will work hard and I'll slave : babe I'll bring that money back home to you I had a girl : give her everything I had Well my friend took her from me : and it surely was too bad Now I'm going to kill her : if I should happen to live I'm going to take something from her : Lord that I really can give I've got another woman : man she's so bony and lean Well she's got something : Lord I ain't never seen She's got a little bitty foot now : Lord and got them great big thighs Well she's got something on the under : weep just like a *pool hall eye* That's all right baby : Lord that's all right for you Now it's all right baby : Lord about the way you do The blues came down my alley : rolling up into my back door I got the blues this morning : Lord Lord like I never had before Mama you remember the time : babe I made you like it and how But the thing you trying to do : babe somebody doing it now Go on back old gal : you know you can't make me change Because your hair is so short : swear to God I can smell your *brand* Way way down babe : way down in old Polack Town Dirty roaches and the chinches : done tore my little gin house down Says she killed a chicken : and she cook him down low Said cook that chicken : a sweet jellyroll Said they cooked that possum : and they cook him down low And the grease come running : from his jo jo jo Said she *sound so loo : sound so soo* *Sound* just like : she couldn't *blow* Great life for sure : when time was tough
I was laying coal yard : strutting my stuff Woke up this morning : look at the rising sun I thought about my good gal : who done gone along I ain't never loved : and I hope I never will Why love is proposition : sure get a good man killed I got twelve little puppies : ten big shaggy hounds It takes all twenty-two : to run my brownskin down There ain't no more potatoes : the frost done killed the vine Ain't no more good times : with that girl of mine I ain't never loved Lord : I hopes I never will A loving proposition : sure get a good man killed I got twelve little puppies : ten big shaggy hounds Take the whole twenty-two : to run my brownskin down My brownie caught a passenger : left me a mule to ride When the train pulled out : the mule lay down and die There's one thing certain : I sure can't understand She could feed the ??? *pigmeat* : corn bread for her man I'm worried now Lord : I won't be worried long It takes a worried man Lord : to sing a worried song Take me mama : try me one more time I don't do better : kill myself a-trying Just as sure as the birds : fly in the sky above Say you know pretty mama : you ain't with the man you love Well I cooked her breakfast : brought it to her bed Say she taking one bite : threw the teacup at my head I'm worried now : but I won't be worried long It takes a worried man : to sing this worried song
I'm going away : baby and it won't be long You mistreat me : I'm going to leave my happy home I'm going to the river : sit down on the ground If the blues overtake me : I'll jump overboard and drown I woke up this morning : those blues were on my mind I was so down-hearted : I couldn't do nothing but cry When you see me leaving : baby don't you cry If you mistreat me again : baby you will surely die Lord I'm going away : honey I cannot stay I can't be down-hearted : mistreated this a-way Lord I went up on a mountain : peeped in a little hole I saw two little monkeys : doing the monkey jellyroll Eee laying in jail now : with my back turned to the wall And she brought me coffee : and she brought me tea She brought me everything : now but that lowdown jailhouse key Mmm : mmm I promised not to holler now : now mama now hey hey hey I looked at my mama : and I hung my head and cried If my woman kills me now : Lord I'll pray to die You can read my letter : now you sure don't know my mind When you think I'm loving you : I'm leaving all the time I ain't got nobody now : I'm all here by myself Let me be your sometime now : till your always comes And I'll do more for you now : your always ever done Mama got a hambone : I wonder can I get it boiled Because these Chicago women now : about to let my hambone spoil The dirty deacon : has taken my gal and gone And all the children now : papa trying to sing my song Let me be your rocker : till your straight chair comes And I rock you easier : you straight chair ever done
Now tell me mama : just how you want your rolling done And just as long as you like it : if it takes the whole night long Now gal got teeth : like the lighthouse on the sea And every time she smiles : she throws her loving light on me Now my rider got something : and I don't know just what it is And every time she wiggles and wobbles : papa can't keep his black stuff still Now I can get religion : baby most any day But the dice and these women : I swear they won't let me pray Now if you steal my rider : I won't get mad with you Because she's three time seven : and she knows just exactly what to do Oh mama : I dream about you night and day I had my hand on some this morning : and I swear I let it get away I love you mama : and I'll tell the world I do Because can't nobody treat me : honey like my rider do You don't have to cook me no chicken : because your plain old neckbone will do I'm going to buy you some blackeyed peas : mama and try to get along with you I'm crazy about the way you do it : I'm talking about your jellyroll Because I know you got something : will send salvation to your soul She got hair like Gloria Swanson : and she walk just like Priscilla Deane Because she's the prettiest woman : old Louie ever seen I'm going to ask the good Lord : to send me an angel down But she ain't not a good one : I'm going to cling on to my teasing brown Oh Roberta : honey where you been so long You done been across the country : a-with my long clothes on Oh Roberta : sit down on my knee Got a lot to tell you : a-that's been worrying me Way up the river : far as I can see Lord I thought I spied : my old-time used-to-be Lord I thought I spied : my old-time used-to-be And it was nothing : honey but a cypress tree Honey I'm down on the river : sitting out on the ground Well I'll stay right here Lord : until Roberta come down Oh Roberta : what in the world you mean Honey the way you treat me : beats all I ever seen Lord I'm going to the station : going to tell the chief of police Roberta done quit me : and I can't see no peace She's a brownskin woman : got black wavy hair And I can describe her : oh partner most anywhere Tell me Roberta : what's the matter with you This man ain't got nobody : to take his troubles to I'm sitting down here wondering : would a matchbox hold my clothes I don't want to be bothered : with no suitcase on my road Now what would you do : when your baby packing up her trunk You get half a gallon of whiskey : you get on your big drunk See see rider : see what you done done You made me love you : now your man done come I was looking right at her : when the sun went down She was standing in the kitchen : in her morning gown Let me be your sidetrack : till your mainline comes I'm broke baby : and I ain't got a dime Every good man : gets in hard luck sometimes I'm going to tell my woman : like the Dago told the Jew You don't want me : now honey I don't want you Oh the women in the levee : *Charlie because it's most* payday The men on the levee : hollering don't you move your knee Oh the women on the levee : honey hollering whoa gee The men on the levee : hollering don't you murder me
I'm down in the bottom : ???ing for Johnny Rye Wouldn't mind a jug : honey on the mule's behind Yes a brownskin woman : make a preacher lay his Bible down A jet-black woman : make a rabbit hug a hound Ooh : I ain't got no mammy now She told me late last night : you didn't need no mammy nohow Ooh : black snake crawling in my room Better tell somebody : better come and get this old black snake soon Oh must have been a bedbug : because a chinch couldn't bite me that hard Asked my sugar for fifty cents : said Leadbelly ain't a child in the yard Honey that's all right : that's all right for you Darling that's all right : most any old way you do Mmm : oh honey what's the matter now Darling tell me what's the matter : don't like no black snake nohow Well : wonder where that black snake gone That old black snake mama : done run my darling home Oh Alberta oh Alberta : don't you hear me calling you If Alberta hear your calling : what you want Alberta to do I woke up this morning I woke up this morning : with the blues right there around my bed Went to eat my breakfast : and the blues all in my bread I lay down last night I lay down last night : I was turning from side to side And I was not sick : but I was just dissatisfied I called for you yesterday I called for you yesterday : honey and here you come ??? *day* Had you mouth wide open : and you don't know what to say Please Alberta please Alberta : tell me what in the world you mean Honey the way you treats me : beats all I ever seen What makes an old woman what makes an old woman : she go crazy about a right young man Because she know she can take him : and raise him to hang Mmm : baby why you have to go
Oh you ain't love me baby : you used to love me so Mmm : when you left you broke my heart You said you love me baby : and we would never part Mmm : baby your papa ain't a fool There's nothing wrong baby : sweet mama turning cool Mmm : baby what are you going to do You say you love me baby : but now you say you are through Mmm : baby ain't you coming back Got money baby : going to use it as I like Yes she wrote me a letter : what you reckon it read Come home big papa : your loving baby's dead Yes I went to the depot : caught a train a-flying When I walked in Lord : she was slowly dying My mama said howdy : papa said goodbye Poor boy couldn't do nothing : but hang his head and cry He went to the bedside : looked down in her face I love you pretty mama : just can't take your place So many high *gate* buggies : were a-standing around Waiting to take my baby : to the burying ground Yes you taken my baby : to the burying ground You didn't break my heart Lord : till you laid her down Yes he went to the headboard : fell down on his knees If you speak one word babe : you can give my heart some ease You don't miss your water : till your well go dry You don't miss pretty mama : till you shake your hand goodbye Don't your house look lonesome : when your woman is gone Don't you feel mistreated : but you won't let on I'm going to Kansas City : I'm going to lower my line
I get in Kansas City : I be hard to find Women in Kansas City Lord : doing the turkey trot The women in Louisiana Lord : doing the eagle rock The funniest thing : that I ever seen The tomcat stitching : on a sewing machine The funniest thing : that I ever did see A polecat climbing : up a 'simmon tree You keep on talking : till you make me think You daddy was a bulldog : your mammy was a mink You keep on talking : till you make me mad I tell you about the troubles : that your sister had Tell me which a-way : do the Red River run I suppose : they run oh run sun to sun Lord it's some boats sail : run from sun to sun Way down in Louisiana : oh where the work all done Tell me pretty mama : which a-way you going If you can't tell me : that going to be your ruin I got up this morning : hung all around my brown Because she told me : which a-way the Red River was a-running down Would you take a poor ??? : *or a slave* like me I love my baby : you going to let me be Dreamed last night : and all that night before Heard my baby : knocking on my door Crying babe : have I ever done you wrong You's a long time coming : daddy but you welcome here My mama told me : my sister too
Women in Shreveport son : going to be the death of you I told my mama : mama you don't know Women in Shreveport kill me : why don't you let me go Told my mama : fell on my knees Crying oh Lordy mama : will you forgive me please I got a woman : living on Stony Hill She been sitting down : gambling with Buffalo Bill Been sitting down : gambling with Buffalo Bill *You chance it once* baby : you ain't done got killed Anybody should ask you : who composed this song Tell them : Huddie Ledbetter's done been here and gone Well Shorty George : ain't no friend of mine He keeps a-taking all the women : keep all the men behind Lord I went to my captain : and the man he don't care I'm going to take my woman : bring her right back here I want to tell you captain : it's a dirty shame Shorty George got my woman : left me all in vain Yes I went to the station : looked up on the sign Lord the train she ride : you marked up on time Well I can't do nothing : hon' but wave my hands Got me a lifetime sentence : down in Sugarland Lordy some has got six months : some got two and three years But it's so many good men : got lifetime here And Shorty George : traveling through the land He don't take your woman : take some woman's man Got something to tell you : don't let it make you mad I ain't got long down here : honey you heard I had Sitting down here wondering : would a matchbox hold my clothes I don't want to be bothered : with no big trunk on my road Now what would you do : when your baby packing up her trunk Get you half a gallon of whiskey : and get on you a big drunk Lord : have mercy on me Yellow jacket yellow jacket : you sting me once more You can sting me once more : and then I've got to go You stung me this morning : stung me till I was sore You can sting me one more time : please don't sting me no more You can buzz yellow jacket : buzz all around my face I don't want no other yellow jacket : to just take your place You can go downtown : can buzz all around But if I catch you stinging : believe I'll pull your nest all on down It's too late too late : too late too late too late I'm on my way to Denver : and mama must I hesitate T B's all right to have : if your friend didn't treat you so lowdown Don't you ask them for no favor : they even stop a-coming around Mmm : this T B is killing me I'm a-like a prisoner : I'm always a-working the street When I was on my feet : couldn't even walk down the street I want my body buried : in the deep blue sea Mmm : mmm I got tuberculosis : consumption is killing me Just look a-here mama : don't treat pigmeat the way you do Your baby's pigmeat : as anybody in the neighborhood If you don't believe it's pigmeat : come in and you won't regret I got something about this pigmeat : sweet mama I ain't told you yet I was born and raised in the country : mama but I'm staying in town If you don't believe this pigmeat : mama from my head on down You can take me to the mountain : there will be pigmeat there You take a boat to China : *they'll catch us* anywhere Ooh : and *catch us* anywhere Take a boat to China : then it's *catch us* anywhere If you got you a bullcow : *feed her morning grass* Because when them heifers come around : eat your yas yas yas If you got you a bullcow : *feed her in the grove* Because when them heifers leave him : you know he's going to rove Oh oh oh : hey hey hey hey But you know good and well baby : *might be a heifer calf* If you got you a bullcow : lead her with a long line Because when them heifers leave him : you know they on his mind Oh bullcow : where you been so long I been all out in the country : with my big bell on Baby I can see : just what's on your mind You got a long black woman : with a gold teeth in her face I'll take a long look : right smack down in your mind And I don't see but one woman : rambling up and down the line Don't kid your mama : you ain't fooling nobody but yourself And when I see on your mind : you would not have no friend I remember the day : when I was living at Lula town My man did so many wrong things : that I had to leave the town I'm by the riverside : my man caught the transfer boat And the last time I seed him : he had done gone way up the road Well I'm worried now : and I won't be worried long Now if you want to learn this dance : don't do it in a *pout* Put both feet together : and do the Macon cutout You need not to worry : neither think Just tell the waiter man : to bring on a drink Now you grab your girl : you hold her tight You do it in one position : all night Ease up daddy : you been a good old scout You made a hit with your mama : now you can't lose out Now back in eighteen hundred : and sixty-two
Folks mess around : but they didn't know what to do Old Uncle Mose : he was the jellyroll king He get to flat-foot shuffling : call it everything Old *Rufus* Pete : he was very slow All the women loved him : and give him their dough Now take it easy mama : and be a good scout If you want to do this dance : Macon cutout Now I went downtown : along Broadway Looked up at a sign : that said no free meals today Walked right in : I took a seat Waiter looked at me and said : hey brother pay up before you eat I was raggedy : thirsty too *Last* all my money : was won from two-by-two In my pocket : I didn't have a cent Sashay down the street : to where I went In your pockets : you ain't ain't got a dime Look all over town : not a friend you can find As soon as your money : grows treetop tall Bill Jack and Harry : will give you a call Now listen now brother : this ain't no doubt Nobody wants you : when you're down and out Now I was singing : them lonesome kind of blues I thought I'd play some numbers : like most colored people do I put my money down : on old twenty-two I didn't play no believing : I thought that would do As soon as I saw : that I had won The man *brought over* eleven : instead of twenty-one A friend walked up to me : the very next day He said he lost on that number : the very same way I got spreading mustard : from north to south Seeds taste good : right in your mouth
I went to the Gypsy : get my fortune told Lord the Gypsy told me : boy you got a jellyroll Ain't nobody in town : cook a jellyroll like mine I was first on Main Street : Lord and I started down Beale Looking for my girl : Lord that we all call Lucille I know you don't want me : why don't you tell me so Then you won't be bothered : with me around your house no more Lord my good girl quit me : my kid done put me down I wouldn't hurt so bad : but the doggone news across town We got a new way of spelling : Memphis Tennessee Double M double E : Lord A Y Lord Z Ooh : my gal done quit me now I'm going to the river : I'm going to jump overboard and drown I wish I had : my poor heart in my hand I'd show you women : how to treat a man I'm going I'm going : your crying won't make me stay For the more you cry : further you drive me away You know you didn't want me : you oughtn't've made no stall There's plenty more women : If the river was whiskey : I'd stay drunk all the time So a woman like you : could not worry my mind Some of these mornings : baby listen to what I say I'm going away to leave you : it will be too late to pray Ooh : what am I going to do now Because the girl I love : she don't treat me right Baby : what do you want [me, your papa] to do Beg borrow and steal : bring it all home to you Say the sun's going to shine : in my back door some day Lord the wind's going to blow : blow my blues away Hey : wonder where the I C train Babe I'll go to my woman : you go to your man Ooh : I'd rather be dead and in my grave Than be here in the world : baby and be your slave Don't you wish : your good girl was long and tall like mine Lord she ain't good-looking : but I think she takes her time Said my good girl said : she didn't want me no more But she don't mind *dancing* : Lord everywhere I go Lord the train I ride : is sixteen coaches long And she don't *allow* nothing : but chocolate to the bone I'm worried now : been worried all day long Babe I'm going to be worried : until the day I'm gone Lord there's some say yellow : but give me my black and brown When your high brown quit you : your black will run you down I want to see want to see : the girl I'm *for painted about* I be so glad : I sure can't help but shout I'm going away baby : take me seven long months to ride January February : March April May June July I was three years old : when my poor mother died If you mistreat me : mistreat a motherless child I dreamt last night : the whole round world was mine Wasn't nothing at all : but my good girl jumping down She put carbolic in my coffee : turpentine in my tea Strychnine in my biscuits : Lord but she didn't hurt me Baby when I marry : going to marry an Indian squaw Big chief Lord : be my daddy-in-law I got the blues so bad : it hurts my feet to walk I wouldn't hurt so bad : but it hurt my tongue to talk Mama I feel like jumping : through the keyhole in your door I can jump so easy : your man will never know Some people say : worried blues ain't tough If they don't kill you : hell you mighty rough Hitch up my buggy : please saddle up my black mare
I'm going to find my woman : on the road somewhere She caught the rumbling : I caught the falling down If I ever see her : I never turn around Man those bedbugs sure is evil : he sure don't mean me no good He thinks I'm a woodpecker : and he taken me for a chunk of wood When I lay down at night : and I wonder how can a poor man sleep When one holding your hand : while the other one eating your feet Bedbugs big as a jackass : he will bite you and stand and grin *Think you pull the bedbug apart* : come back and bite you again Someone moaning in the corner : Lord I tried so hard to see It was a mother bedbug : Lord praying for some more to eat I have to sit up all night long : my feet can't touch the floor Because the mean old bedbug : told me I can't live there no more Sarah Lee : why don't you come home I ain't had no loving : gal since you been gone My mama told me : when I was a child Good time now : trouble after a while If I had a-listened : to what my mother said I wouldn't be in here : treated this a-way I'd rather see my coffin : roll in front of my door Than to hear my good gal : say I don't want you no more I dreamt last night : the world was caving in Wasn't nothing at all : my girl coming home again I feel like jumping : from the treetop to the ground The girl I love : she sure done put me down I wished I had a-died : babe when I was young I would not have : this *here red suit on* I believe I'll buy me : a graveyard of my own I'm going to kill everybody : that have done me wrong If you want to go to Nashville : man and ain't got no fare Cut your good girl's throat : and the judge will send you there I'm going to get my pistol : forty rounds of ball
I'm going to shoot my woman : just to see her fall I'd rather hear the screws : on my coffin sound Than to hear my good girl : says I'm jumping down Get my pencil and paper : I'm going to sit right down I'm going to write me a letter : back to Youngstown This ain't my home : I ain't got no right to stay This ain't my home : must be my stopping place When I left my home : you would not let me be Wouldn't rest contented : till I come to Tennessee When I was in Missouri : would not let me be Wouldn't rest content : till I came to Tennessee If you follow me baby : I'll turn your money green I show you more money : Rockerfeller ever seen If the river was whiskey : baby and I was a duck I'd dive to the bottom : Lord and I'd never come up Lord the woman I hate : I see her every day But the woman I love : she's so far away Talk about *sweetheart* : I declare I'm a honest man Give my woman so many dollars : it broke her apron string All she give me was trouble : I'm troubled all the time I been troubled so long : trouble don't worry my mind I been down so long : it seem like up to me Woman I love : she done quit poor me What's the need of me hollering : what's the need of me crying Woman I love : she don't pay me no mind If your heart ain't iron : it must be marble stone For you're a mistreating mama : baby as sure as you born I can tell from a little : just what a whole lot means You treat me just like : somebody you ain't never seen I got a woman in Cuba : got a woman in Spain I got a woman in Chicago : I'm scared to call her name I got nineteen women : and all I wants one more If the one more suit me : I'm going to let the nineteen go I could have religion : Lord this very day But the womens and whiskey : Lord won't let me pray
I can sit right here : and look on Jackson Avenue I can see everything : that my good woman do Sometime I believe I will : sometime I believe I won't Sometime I believe I do : sometime I believe I don't I can look through muddy water baby : and spy dry land If you don't want me honey : let's take and in hand I'm going so far : I can't hear your rooster crow This is my last time : ever knocking at your door You won't cook me no dinner : baby you won't iron me no clothes You won't do nothing : but walk the *Horn Lake* Road Man if you love your woman : better mess it in her cup So if she have not quit you boy : won't leave you in tough luck Now you can take my woman : but you ain't done nothing smart For I got more than one woman : playing in my back yard Windstorm come : and it blowed my house away I'm a good old boy : but I ain't got nowhere to stay And it's trouble here : and it's trouble everywhere So much trouble : floating in the air What you going to do : when your trouble get like mine Good morning judge : what may be my fine Fifty dollars : and eleven twenty-nine They arrest me for murder : I ain't never harmed a man Women hollered murder : and I ain't raised my hand I ain't got nobody : get me out on bond I would not mind : but I ain't done nothing wrong Please Judge Harsh : make it light as you possibly can I ain't done no work : judge in I don't know when My woman come a-running : with a hundred dollars in her hand Crying judge : please spare my man One hundred dollars won't do : better run and get you three I can keep you man : from penitentiary Because I'm arrested baby : please don't grieve and moan Penitentiary : seems just like my home People all hollering : about what in the world they will do
Lots of people had justice : and been in penitentiary too My woman must be a black Gypsy : she knows every place I go She met me this morning : with a brand new forty-four When you used to be my Gypsy : done just so and so Now I got another baby : I can't use you no more Eagle rock me mama : *Sally long me too* Ain't nobody in town : can eagle rock like you My woman got a mouth : like a lighthouse in the sea Every time she smiles : she shine her light on me Had the blues all of twenty-eight : started again in twenty-nine They tell me the New York Central : is a nickel-plated line Lord I asked for cabbage : she brought me turnip greens I asked her for water : and she brought me gasoline I woke up this morning : and I looked up against the wall Roaches and the bedbugs : playing a game of ball Score was twenty to nothing : the roaches was ahead Roaches got to fighting : and kicked me out of bed Bedbugs so bad : pull the pillow from under my head They got a Winchester rifle : and try to kill me dead When I woke up this morning : I looked down on the floor Bedbug had been in my pocket : and pulled out all my dough Mama get your hatchet : kill the fly on your baby's head Mama get your hatchet : and run here to my bed Please bedbugs : please I done begged you twice You done taken all my money : and now you want to take my life The judge he repeat it : the clerk he wrote it down If you *mistreat your* ??? : you must be *Nashville* bound Some got six months : some got one solid year But me and my buddy : both got lifetimes here Fix my supper : let me go to bed I been drinking white lightning : it gone to my head
I'm going to Germa : I'll be back some old day Please tell me mama : what more can I do Done all I knowed : I can't get along with you Go away from my window : stop knocking on my door I got another woman : can't use you no more When you's in trouble : I worked and paid your fine Now I'm in trouble : you don't pay me no mind Hey pretty mama : can I get a job with you I ain't got no money : I can't get no work to do The woman I love : she weighs a thousand and four I don't care : if she weighed a thousand more I wrote her a letter : I mailed it in the air You may know by that : I got a friend somewhere I ain't never loved : but four womens in my life That was my mama my sister : sweetheart and my wife Ticket agent : please raise your window high So I will know my train : when it's passing by Depot agent : please turn your depot around My woman done quit me now : going to leave your town I was born in the desert : I was raised in the lion's den Said my regular occupation : taking women from their men When you come to Memphis : please stop by Minglewood Says there's womens in the camp : don't mean no man no good
And it's trouble here : it's trouble in the air Says I want to go home : but I know it's trouble there I'm going home : going to tell my brother will Said that old woman he's got : is sure going to get him killed Bad luck is my buddy : and trouble is my friend I been in trouble : ever since here I been You can have my money : all I own For God's sake : leave my gal alone I got a range in my kitchen : bakes nice and brown All I need : someone to turn my damper down Take a rocking chair to rock : take a rubber ball to roll Take a gal I love : satisfy my soul I know the mens don't like me : because I speak my mind All the women crazy about me : because I takes my time I left my wife and baby : sitting on the doorstep crying I got a house full of children : and there ain't nar' one mine I says I got love : if I could have it in your home I can keep it turned off : or I can turn it on Says hello Central : give me two three nine *What takes : to get a day's help for mine* Oh some folks say : that them blues ain't bad That must not have been : ??? blues I had I says I can't help mama : what you do You can tell the world : I got those jealous-hearted blues I said stop still mama : and let me give you my advice If I catch you with a man : going to be too tight Two kind of people in this world mama : babe that I sure can't stand That's a two-faced woman : baby and a monkey-man Just as sure as a sparrow mama : babe flying in the air I got a loving sweet mama : in this world somewhere Said the blues in my body : I said making towards my head I believe to my soul : mama them blues going to kill me dead I ain't going to grieve mama : I sure ain't going to cry no more Going to take my best friend's gal : said the one that lives next door
She's a married woman : but she says she likes me Hate to bite my friend : somebody been biting me Said I used to have money : but said now I'm cold in hand Said I used to have a good gal : but now she's got another man Talk about hard luck babe : sure done fell on me Says my brother stole a *ham sand* : the police has locked up me Oh the mojo blues mama : crawling across the floor Some hard-luck rascal : done told me I ain't here no more I'm leaving here mama : babe crying won't make me stay Honey the more you cry : further I'm going away Aw she went to a hoodoo : she went there all alone Because every time I leave her : I have to hurry back home Said I love you sweet mama : but I sure ain't no fool about you I can get another kid gal : just like I got you When I leave here : you can pin crepe over my door Said I won't be dead : just ain't coming here no more Some people tell me : honey them blues ain't bad That must not been : them lowdown things I had When I came home this morning : my wife she met me at the door Go away sweet daddy : said I can't use you no more Hey hey mama : baby what the matter now Say you trying to quit me : honey and you don't know how Well it ain't no love : sure ain't no getting along Said my brown treat me so mean : that I don't know right from wrong Come back baby : papa ain't mad with you Says I do just like : mama babe that I used to do Take me back baby : try me just one more time If I don't do to suit you honey : I'll break my backbone trying I know the mens don't like me : because that I speak my mind But the women crazy about me : because that I take my time I'm leaving here mama : crying won't make me stay
Oh the more you cry babe : the farther I'm going away Soon as I get sober : I'll make me drunk again Said I'm going to leave the chicken : said I'm going back to the hen Did you ever wake up : 'twixt night and day Had your arm around your pillow : where your good gal used to lay I believe to my soul : my brown's got a stingaree When I woke up this morning : say she was stinging poor me Don't want no dollar mama : I sure can't use no half Say I got a brown : says I can hear her laugh I asked my captain : for the time of day Say : he throwed his watch away If I listened at my mother : in farther day I never : would have been here today If I ever get back home : oh baby to stay I never : be treated this a-way How long how long : how long how long How long : before I can go home I rise with the blues : and I work with the blues Nothing I can get : but bad news I'm a little bit worried : getting kind of old Like to take my straw : go play in the doodle hole Do the doodle doodle do : oh doing the doodle doodle do I like to take my straw : go play in that doodle hole First time you try to doodle : take my advice Put a little spit on your straw : you can do so nice I knowed a little girl : who was very very nice She got to doodle once : and she want it twice Sometime a little doodle : pretty hard to get Keep on twisting : you will find it All you girls get together : with your straw in your hand Try to get to doodle : now just see if you can Keep twisting and twisting : around the hole Everybody like to doodle : both young and old I knowed a man once : who got a-on the doodle track He doodled so much : he got a hump in his back
It sound mighty funny : but it sure is nice Get this doodle : it's sure worth the price Listen here pretty mama : what's on your worried mind How come you treat me : so unkind If you don't want me mama : why don't you tell me so I can beat an ??? : getting down the road Mama mama : why don't you treat me right Now your papa's loving you : both day and night I'm not so good-looking : I don't dress [so] fine I'm just a plain daddy : and I takes my time I was raised in the mountains : way down in Tennessee If you don't like my peaches : don't you shake my tree The train's in the station : the crew has climbed aboard I'm going to grab that train : travel far down the road Daddy I'll drop you in my garage : and that's no doubt I'm going to wipe your windshield : cut your taillight out Your carburettor's rusty : this I really mean Your gas tank's empty : won't hold gasoline Your windshield is broken : it ain't worth a cent Your steering wheel is wobbly : your piston rod is bent Your fender's all broken : your wheels ain't tight And I know doggone well : your spark plugs ain't hitting right Yes you is one black rat : some day I'll find your trail Then I'll hide my shoes : somewhere here in your shirt-tail Yes I've taken you downtown : paid your doctor bill Now I'm in a little trouble : and you trying to get me killed Says he sneaked in my kitchen : eat up all the bread Soon as I left home : start to cutting up in my bed He *must dance* in the basement : was seen in my bedroom Trapped in ??? : I'm going to catch him some day soon
Little boy blues : please come blow your horn My baby she gone and left me : she left me all alone Now the sheep is in the meadow : and the cows is in the corn I've got a girl in Chicago : she loves to hear me blow my lonesome horn I'm going to take my whip and whip her : I'm going to whip her down to the ground I'm going to take dirk and stab her : then I'm you know I'm going to turn it around and around Now I've rambled and I've rambled : until I broke my poor self down I believe to my soul : that the little girl is out of town Come one baby : please take a walk with me Back to the same old place : where we long to be Come on baby : take a little walk with me Back to the same old place : Memphis Tennessee Early one morning : just about half past three You done something : that's really worrying me Let's take a walk : out on the old avenue I have got something : for you to do Come on baby : now we going to walk so slow Until every time you see me: you want to walk some more Some of these old days mama : some of these old sad lonely nights You will look for your good daddy : and he'll be getting his *half-day right* Because I leave town mama : don't count the days I'm gone Just count them days baby : that you tried to do your daddy wrong I been doing the same thing baby : ever since nineteen and twelve I been breaking down with you dizzy mares : seem like you want me to dig a country well I would be your monkey-man mama : just can't climb no coconut tree I breaks down with you dizzy mares : but I don't get on my happy black knees Some day you going to need me mama : swear when I won't need you Because when I try to love you right baby : seems like my loving won't do
Got a gang of brownskin womens : bunch of high yellows too I got so many brownskins : I don't know what to do I love all of my loving women : I tell this world I do I hope some day : that they learn to love their daddy too Got a Monday Monday girl : she works on Broadway Main I've got a Tuesday girl : that *mama is* spending change Wednesday girl : drinks a bottle of beer I've got a Thursday one : that she better not catch me here Friday Friday girl : she love those teddy bears I've got a Saturday girl : takes me each and everywhere It's run here boys and girls : let *me papa* send a word to you She wears a bearcat skin : she got a suit of navy blues Got to sit around : for a while Shook his *juicy rib* : down his aisle There's a lady : but her name is Lou Shook that thing : till she caught the flu Getting sick and tired : of the way you do Time mama : I'm going to poison you Sprinkle gopher-dust : around your bed Wake up some morning : find your own self dead Shake it and break it Lord : you can hang it on the wall Out the window : catch it before it fall Stop awhile : shimmy if it's all night long ??? things : is got your habits on If I change my mind Jane : I'll change my mind once again I have mistaken my life : people and I can't get back again Sometimes I wonder : what make you treat me so mean Good as I have been to you darling : now I can't get the things I need Streamline train : back train to front That that train : took my baby on Yes I'm leaving you in the morning : leaving on that streamline train
One thing I could tell you : get your mind off that thing Trains rolled for New York : half past four Four o'clock that morning : I was thinking on my baby *door* She says come in loving daddy : where have you done been so long I ain't had my great loving : since my streamline been gone Train rolled to Birmingham : half past six Half five that morning : I trying to get it fixed I'm going out to West ??? : I'm going to marry me an Indian squaw Stay with them Indian chiefs : be my father-in-law Baby I'm leaving you in the morning : leaving on that streamline train One thing I can tell you : get your mind off that man I say jake leg jake leg jake leg : tell me what in the world you going to do I say you done drunk so much jake oh Lord : till it done give him the *lemon leg* I say I know the jake leg oh Lord : just as far as I can hear the poor boy walk I say the people drink their jake on the rush : now oh Lord they even throw their bottle away But the jake leg ??? oh Lord : that keep them coming every day Mmm mama mama mama mama mama Lord children keep on crying : wonder what in the world poor daddy going to do I say he done drunk so much jake oh Lord : till it done give him the *lemon leg* Mama mama mama mama crying out and say oh Lord : there's nothing in the world poor daddy can do Because he done drunk so much jake oh Lord : till they got the *lemon leg* too When my baby left me : she didn't even say goodbye When I turned my back : she packed her clothes on the sly You can read my letter : but you sure can't read my mind You see me laughing honey : just to keep from crying Some of the meanest people : the poor boy most ever seen You ask for water : they give you gasoline I used to try to love you baby : a-loving you *in crime* Some day you going to want to love the poor boy : and I'll be done changed my mind Crying I ain't going down : that dark road by myself
Crying if I don't carry you : carry somebody else Crying who that yonder : coming up the road Crying that look like my faro : but she walk too slow Crying won't let you do me : like you did poor shine Crying you taken the poor boy's money : going to have to kill me before you take mine Crying smokes like lightning : shine like faro gold Crying I wouldn't get in trouble : to save nobody's soul Crying I spied a spider : climbing up the wall Crying I asked the spider : did he want his ashes hauled Crying I ain't going to marry : ain't going to settle down Crying I'm a-stay right here : till my mustache dragged the ground Crying where was you : when the Frisco left the yard Crying I was standing right there : police had me barred You can play with my pussy : but please don't dog it around If you going to mistreat it : no pussy will be found Soon as I get sober : going to get drunk again If I can't get no liquor : drink that good garden gin If you got a good pussy : folks don't give it away The rats may overtake you : need your pussy cat some day You can talk about me going : push me to the wall Check up on my loving : but you sure can't get it all Mr oh Mr : can't you fix this thing for me I'd give anything to fix it : I don't care what it be Mr won't you fix it : what makes you wait so long If you don't want to fix it : tell me and I'll be moving on You got tools Mr : everybody say your work is fine So don't have no part missing : I want you to work all night
When you get in trouble : you can always tell who's your friend If you ask him for any money : say I ain't got none to lend Trouble wake me in the morning : put me to bed late at night Now if I get out of trouble : going to start living right Trouble trouble : I've been having it all my days Old trouble killed my sister : got me one foot in my grave Sometime I wonder : what am I going to do Sometime I'm happy : most every time I am blue Didn't get this man : for nobody else I got this man : all for myself Call my man : on the telephone He was so sad : I wasn't at home He got plenty of money : ain't no *junk* He got one-way pocket : because he's going to come out You ain't good-looking : you ain't fair Look like you could find you : a man somewhere Had my man : long enough He ought to be tired : of that old stuff I let you stay here : in my house You took my man : you dirty louse If I catch you : in my bed Mama I'm going to : kill you dead Now I got a brownskin [girl, woman] : with her front tooth crowned with gold She got a lien on my body : and a mortgage on my soul Now friend don't never let your good girl : fix you like this woman got me Got me stone crazy about her : as a doggone fool can be Now I ain't going to tell nobody : baby about the way you do Say you always keep : some some fatmouth following you Now I told you once now baby now : ain't going to tell you no more Next time I have to tell you : I'm sure going to let you go Now when you get you one of them faulty women : she won't do the truck Get you a two-by-four : and I swear you can strut your stuff Mmm : baby that's all I want Just a little bit of loving : and then you can be gone Mmm : baby don't you want to go To that land of California : sweet old Chicago Now did you get that letter : dropped in your back yard Wants to come to see you : your best man got me barred Now I don't drink because I'm dry : or drink because I'm blue The reason I drink pretty mama : now I can't get along with you Now look a-here baby : don't have to take no more You can get my loving : if you just let him go Now my my mama told me : papa started to cry Son you're too young a man : to have the women at your side She cried look a-here baby : I know you want to go To that land of California : sweet old Chicago Highway Fifty : runs right by my baby's door Now if I don't get the girl I'm loving : ain't going down Highway Fifty-One no more Now if I should die : [just] before my time do come I want you to please bury my body : out on Highway Fifty-One Now yon come that Greyhound : with his tongue sticking out on the side If you buy your ticket : swear 'fore God that man'll let you ride My baby didn't have one five dollars : baby and I owned me a V-Eight Ford If I ever meet that Greyhound bus : on that Highway Fifty-One road Now any time you get lonesome : and you wants to have some fun Come out to little Tommy's cabin : he lives on Highway Fifty-One Oh my baby : just about good hugging size Lord and if anybody wants to take her : I believe to my soul I'd die Lord I tried to give the little woman : everything that she tell me she needs But she will hold a conversation : with every lowdown dirty man she meets That little woman she won't wash : now now she won't even iron my clothes She won't do nothing I tell her : but she done bake me jellyroll Now I ain't going to tell you babe : about the way you do But I swear the way you do : it keeps on worrying me Now I used to have a woman : now now she's [just] as good as any in this [white man's] town But I caught her two-timing me : and I swear I turn her damper down
I say my little girl : just as sweet as she can be And every time she kisses me : cold chill run all over me Now baby don't you worry : just because I'm out of town All my love I have for you darling : swear it can't be turned around Now you hurt my feelings : babe but [I swear] I wouldn't let on I believe it's some dirty deacon : is done been here and gone Now I love you baby : don't care what you do But the way you doing : I swear it's coming back home to you Now she dog me every morning : she dog me late at night She keep on a-dogging me : till I going to make everything all right Now look a-here mama : tell me where you stay last night She said ain't none of your business : you know you don't treat me right Now I done told you once pretty mama : ain't going to tell you no more You can get all my loving : if you just let him go I say look a-here babe : I'm getting tired of the way you're dogging me Because I like pretty mama : better than any woman that I ever seen Mmm : my baby's dogging me I love that little old woman : better than any woman that I ever seen She's a good-looking woman : teeth don't even shine like pearls But that old good disposition that woman got : I do swear it will carry her all through the world Now please don't never let your good girl : treat you like this here woman got me She got me stone crazy about her : as a good-looking woman can be Now you know that I love you baby : and that's why we can't get along But some day you're going to be sorry : that you ever did your daddy wrong Now some day you're going to want me back : baby now now and you going to acknowledge that you did wrong But it's going to be too late pretty mama : your daddy will be gone Ooh : Lord Lord Lordy Lord Sure I love you sweet mama : but I sure ain't going to be your dog
Now he's a whiskey-headed man : and he stays drunk all the time Just as sure if he don't stop drinking : I believe he's going to lose his mind Now every time I see this man : he's at some whiskey joint Trying to catch a big bet : so he can get him one more half a pint Now every time I see this man : he's standing on the street Laughing grinning talking : with most every man he meets Now every time I see this man : he at some whiskey joint Sniffing around the back door : begging one more half a pint Sugar mama sugar mama : won't you please come back to me Bring me that granulated sugar : sugar mama to relieve my misery Now my coffee's sweet in the morning : you know I'm crazy about [that, my] tea at night Don't get my sugar three times a day : great Lord I don't feel right Now you been bragging about your whiskey : now now you've been bragging all over town The bootlegger won't sell enough sugar to make whiskey : don't even sell but about four or five pounds Now sugar mama sugar mama : [won't you] please come [on] back to me Bring me that granulated sugar : that all it take to ease my misery Now sugar mama sugar mama : you know you been gone all day long You been doing something with my sugar : ooo Lord now I know it was wrong Now sugar mama sugar mama : now won't you please come on back to me You know I don't like nothing but my sugar : and that's what it takes to ease my misery I say my little woman : got me down to skin and bone She done got me to the place : I hate to see my baby leave home Now she leave me every morning : she don't come home till night She know I know she doing something : oh Lord but she know it ain't right Don't think because I love you : I'm going to be your dog I'll drink muddy water : and I'll lives in a hollow log Mmm : gal I don't know why I should Because you go with every man : mmm in anybody's neighborhood Katy Mae's a good-looking woman now : but she stays out all night long
Katy Mae be doing something : oh Lord well you know is wrong You know I love you Katy Mae : and that's why we can't get along Some day you going to be sorry : that you ever done poor Tommy wrong I give you all my loving : Katy Mae what more can a poor man do You's a sweet little girl : but I swear you won't be true Now how can I do right : now baby you won't do right yourself Before you love me baby : you wants to love somebody else Now Katy Mae she won't wash : now she won't starch [and iron] my clothes Katy Mae won't do nothing : oh but walk the road If you're going to have a woman : love her with a thrill And if you don't love her : some other man will Now no woman no woman : *ever but halfway stuffed* Because when you turn her loose : be sure she got enough Now you know 'Berta : you ain't doing me right And when you come home : we'll go to fuss and fight Mmm mama told me : papa started to cry The way you got doing babe : won't take your life Drop down mama : let daddy see You got something : really worry me Now my mama she don't allow me : stay out the whole night long Because you may be a *model* : and you may be treated wrong Now my baby got ways soon in the morning : just like a squirrel Get up every morning : grabbing them *covers* on the world Now when you get your women : and she act funny in every way Just D B all right : she'll be home some day I'm going to write you a letter soon in the morning : mail it in the air You can tell by that : babe I got a somewhere Now if you get you a woman : now now treat her nice in every way Because when you get to Chicago : these women walking around here any day Black Minnie Black Minnie : you know you ain't doing me right But the day you quit me Black Minnie : I swear that's the day you die
Black Minnie you know I love you : and I love you for myself And I'd rather be with you Black Minnie : than to be with anyone else I give my money Black Minnie : and everything that you told me you need And one time done come and caught me : baby with my B V Ds Now Black Minnie Black Minnie : I'm going to take you one more time And if you don't suit me : I'm going to try to *fade the line* Black Minnie Black Minnie : what in the world are you trying to do I believe trying to love me Black Minnie : and my partner too Now Black Minnie Black Minnie : you know you don't mean me no good Because you going with the man : that lives right above my neighborhood Black Minnie Black Minnie : girl you stays in the dark And your no-good way : I ain't going to never give you my last dime Black Minnie Black Minnie : I'm going to try you one more time And if you don't do : I'm going to break your neck a-trying Elsie : is sweetest girl I know If you didn't love me Elsie : why didn't you tell me so Now I followed Elsie : right to the jumping-off ground But I never felt sorry : till they let my baby down Now I followed my baby Lord : long days and long nights I followed my baby : till I see she wasn't going to treat me right You can misuse me here now now : but you can't when I go home Elsie I got somebody there : will really make you leave me alone Now I give you all my loving : Elsie what more can a poor man do You a sweet little girl : Elsie but I swear you won't be true Now you can't have me Elsie : now now and my partner too Because your no-good way baby : oh baby that won't do Now I followed you to them dance now : and you jook jook all the time You jook jook so : that I wouldn't pay you no mind You if you don't quit jooking baby : that's going to be all right If your good man don't see you : I'll try to see you tomorrow night Now I'm a crosscut saw : drive me across your log Baby I cut your wood so easy : you can't help but say hot dog They call me wood-cutting Sam : call me wood-cutting Bill But the woman I did the wood-cutting for : she wants me back again I got a double-bladed ax : and it sure cuts good
But try my crosscut saw : it's evil to the wood Now look a-here mama : you stay last night Said ain't none of your business : you don't do me right Now when you go to fishing : now don't forget the pole You you's a good girl : but you ain't been out long I say my good-looking woman : honey she lives up on that hill She been trying to quit poor Tommy : oh Lord but I love her still She walks the street [late at, every] night : she won't treat nobody right Oh she drinks her moonshine whiskey : but me and her will make everything all right I say if you quit Mr Butler : we will make everything all right If I can't see you today : we may get together tomorrow night Now you can read my letter : oh but you can't read my mind Sometime you think I'm crazy about you : I'm liable to be quitting you all the time Now that's all right babe : what you did [last, one] Sunday night If I hadn't been in my whiskey too : it's liable to cause our fussing and fight I'm going babe I'm going : and crying won't make me stay Because the more you cry now now baby : the further you drive me away Now I wished that I was a bullfrog : swimming in the deep blue sea Lord I would have all these good-looking women now now now : fishing after me Now I went to my baby's house : and I sat down on her steps She said walk on in now now Tommy : my husband just now left Now it ain't none of none of my business : babe but you know I know it ain't right Hit your kid-man all day long : and play sick on your husband at night Now Lord oh Lord : baby hear me blow the blues Don't got nobody now now now : give me my last pair of shoes I'm a guitar king : singing the blues everywhere I go I'm going to sing these blues : till I get back in territor' Now my mama told me : son you most too old Oh don't forget : you got a soul But that ain't none of your business : keep it to yourself Don't you tell your kid-man : please don't tell nobody else
Now I went to my baby's house : knocked upon her door She had the nerve to tell me : that she didn't want me no more I say that's all right babe : [most any, any old] way you do If you mistreat poor Tommy : I swear it's coming back home to you It's a crying pity : lowdown dirty shame Crazy about a married woman : afraid to call her name It's a crying pity : a lowdown dirty shame Crazy about a no-good woman : scared to call her name Now where were you babe : when I knocked upon your door You hadn't never tell poor Tommy : that you couldn't use me no more But that's all right babe : got to reap [just] what you sow But don't forget that night : I knocked upon you door Now I done some last winter : don't expect to do it no more Quit the best woman I had : and I have drove her from my door But forgive me baby : won't do wrong no more You can get all my loving : but you got to let that black man go Now I love you baby : I don't see why I should Because you going with the man : that lives right in my neighborhood Mozelle : why we can't get along Because you know you always doing something : baby when you know it's wrong Mozelle you know you been rambling : rambling all night long Yeah I know you been doing something : yeah Mozelle well you know is wrong Mozelle you know you [like, love] your whiskey : don't forget I [likes, love] mine too But I'll get my whiskey so strong : I'll forget about you Mozelle : I love you for myself Every time I hear somebody speaking about you : I will beat you in the *B W O L* Babe I feel so worried : yeah and I feel so low Because I believe you been out : with Mr so-and-so Now baby I ??? : please get out of my face Because I got myself a brand new woman : yeah girl to take your place Ooo babe : you know that sure ain't right
*You're off having a binge* : you don't come home at all at night Bluebird bluebird : please fly down south for me If you don't find me on the M and O : you'll find me somewhere on that Santa Fe Bluebird when you get in Jackson : don't tell nobody I'm home Tell them I'm going back to Kansas City : that's where poor Tommy belong Oh babe : you is on my mind I hope to see you some of these days : you know I sure ain't lying Now bluebird you get to Jackson : out on China Street Tell them Tommy's too bad : go away girl you know I got the blues about me Oh babe : please your Tommy be all right If I can't see you today : it'll be all right tomorrow night Well a-this piano : and everything Mr Cooper had it written down : under my name Did you ever get in trouble : and they take you down to jail You didn't have a friend : to come and go your bail When you got a lot of money: you've got friends for miles around But any time that you're broke : your good friends they can't be found When I lost all my money : no one would loan me a dime I could hear them all saying : he ain't no friend of mine It's tough when you're broke friends : you can't even get a dime If you even go a-begging : everyone will turn you down I'm going back to prison : don't know what else to do That's the only thing I know : to cure a prisoner's blues Babe just as sure as a blackbird : flies in the skies above Bet your life ain't worth living babe : if you ain't with the one you love My baby tried to do me : like the tadpole do the trout That's getting me out in the deep water baby : then she walks on out
Mmm good Lordy : send me an angel down Son I can't spare you no angel : but I'll send you a teasing brown I don't think : no woman in this whole round world do right If they be good all day : they will do wrong at night Baby you know it may be my last time : rider you sure don't know It may be my last time baby : knocking on your door Woke up this morning : found something wrong My loving babe : had caught that train and gone Now won't you starch my jumper : iron my overalls I'm going to ride that train : that they call the Cannonball Mr depot agent : close your depot down The woman I'm loving : she's fixing to blow this town Now that mean old fireman : that cruel old engineer Going to take my baby : and leave me lonesome here It ain't no telling : what that train won't do It'll take your baby : and run right over you Now that engineer man : ought to be ashamed of himself Take women from their husbands : babies from their mother's breast I walked down the track : when the stars refused to shine Looked like every minute : I was going to lose my mind Now my knees was weak : my footsteps was all I heard Looked like every minute : I was stepping in another world Well look here mama : see what you done done Took all my money : put me on a bum ??? : go to your knees Try and bum jelly : to who you please Going to buy me a dog : tired and old Keep these men : from my jellyroll I'm crazy about your loving : don't see why she can Saw them going : with another man Now you talk about jelly : you ought to see mine Sharing her jelly : all over town I had a good *cake* : *now sweet as mama's shelf* *Now she gone to town : with somebody else* I'm going to build me a house : out on the sea
So these women : come see poor me Me and my brother : went around the bend Heard my gal : putting *cider* in Oh mercy dear : you caused my heart It really is wrong : that we must part You learned I love you : *mores* all the rest Your leaving me : breaks my happiness I'll count the hours : lover when I'm gone Think of you : wish you back home My lonesome heart : will shake with fear The very hour : I call your name Every hour : Not at ease : with anyone else I'll *haunt the line* : for you I know I'm asking you dear : please don't go Oh honey babe : mama *ray* *Glory be* : I see that thing If it keeps on raining : levee's going to break And the water going to come : and we'll have no place to stay Well all last night : I sat on the levee and moaned Thinking about my baby : and my happy home If it keeps on raining : levee's going to break And all these people : have no place to stay Now look here mama : what am I to do I ain't got nobody : tell my troubles to I worked on the levee : mama both night and day I ain't got nobody : to keep the water away On crying won't help you : praying won't do no good When the levee break : mom you got to move I worked on the levee : mama both night and day When the levee break : mom you got to move I worked on the levee : mama both night and day Say worked so hard : keep the water away I had a woman : she wouldn't do for me
I'm going back : to my used-to-be Old mean old levee : cause me to weep and moan Cause me to leave my baby : and my happy home All of my chicken : is dressed mighty fine Can't get my chicken : take dressing from mine Went to the henhouse : looked on the roof Looking for my stuff : but it was no use Take a boa constrictor : and a lemon stick Wouldn't mind going : but my mama's sick You can toot your whistle : you can ring your bell Know you been waddling : by the way you smell Good stuff good stuff : is hard to find Kill my daddy : run my mama blind Now I'm going girls : don't flirt after me Got good stuff : and it's all I need Listen boys : don't mean no harm Go ahead on : let my stuff alone Now somebody ask you : who sung this song Kansas Joe : been here and gone Early one morning : *my mind* Was thinking about my Mary : didn't have no place to stay Now tell me Mary : where did you stay last night Come home this morning : the sun was shining bright I met my Mary : way across the sea She wouldn't write me no letter : she didn't care for me You see my Mary : tell her to hurry home Haven't been long loving : honey since you been gone I love my Mary : tell the whole round world I do I want some real good loving : why don't your heart be true Goodbye Mary : goodbye and it's fare you well That's when I get back home : can't anyone tell
Ain't going to give you : no more cherry ball Well you might get mad now : show your Santa Claus Rocks and gravel : ??? road Takes a get-along woman : satisfy my soul See you dead now : in some cedar grove Than to see some man now : bothering with your clothes Ain't no driver : but the driver's son I can do your driving : till that driver comes I went to my window : my window was *cracked* Went to my door : my door was locked Old lady diamond : setting on a rock Raising her hand : trying to *change* that knot My old lady : ought to be ashamed She kept the watch : and give me the change Mama got the washboard : papa got the tub Brother got mad : because they wouldn't let him rub Drive up to the station : to catch that train Got there too late : from bothering that thing Went to the doctor : the doctor said Bothering that thing : is going to kill you dead Drove so many piles : my hammer's all worn out That's when I do my driving : they began to jump and shout Want all you people : just to understand That's when I do my driving : drive just like a man When I was young : driving was my crave You drove me so hard : drove me to my grave Get you a hammer : you can drive all the time You have broke my hammer : my hammer's out of line I called you this morning : about half past one Told me : that you just got on I called you this morning : about half past two
Told me : that you just got through I called you this morning : about half past three Told me : that you couldn't use me I called you this morning : about half past four Told me : that you didn't want me no more I called you this morning : about half past five You turned over : cried like a child I called you this morning : about half past six You told me : that it was out of fix Some got both queens : some got both kings I got both aces : I know I got the best hand Oh I can beat it : I can beat it tonight I can beat it baby : got something to beat it right Now it's dark and cloudy : don't need no light You want me to beat it : you got to move it just right Oh I can beat it : I can beat it tonight I can beat it baby : got something to beat it with Now listen girl : don't be afraid I hits every nail : right on the head Now the men don't like me : because I speak my mind The women like me : because I can beat it all the time Now all you women : love to fuss and fight Come on around : now let us beat it up tight Now listen folks : don't mean no harm I got to go : and beat my way back home Well I went to the doctor : to get me a piece of advice Keep on beating it : it's going to take your life Some folks say : a preacher won't steal I caught three : in my cornfield One had a yellow : one had a brown Looked over by the mill : one was getting down Now some folks say : that a preacher won't steal But he will do more stealing : than I can get regular meals I went to my house : about half past ten Looked on my bed : where the preacher had been
He will eat your chicken : he will eat your pie He will lead your wife out : on the sly I been trying so hard : trying to save my life To keep that preacher : from my wife I went out last night : came in late I found out : where he had made his date I done told you once : done told you twice ??? over that preacher : you be done lost your wife Shake shake Mattie : shake rattle and roll I can't get enough now : satisfy my soul Old shaking Mattie : meat shake on the bone Every time she shakes them : poor man's dollar gone Old shaking Mattie : and shaking Sue I can't get by now : at the way they do Old *gate-foot* Mattie : and *gate-foot bright* They meets at the levee : every Saturday night Well the bell rung for *dinner* : as I been *bad* If you ask her about it : have to reckon with her man Yonder come old Mattie : with a paper in her hand Going to the sergeant : trying to free her man Yonder come old Mattie : how in the world you know I know old Mattie : by the dress she wore My baby's *deaf-toweled* : can't hardly hear Such fussing and fighting : this whole round year Now my baby's gone : left my clothes in the tub I ain't got no washwoman : *mean* nobody can rub I got up this morning : said my morning prayers Didn't have nobody : to speak in my behalf I got an old tub now : so deep and wide Keep me rubbing : from side to side Well I got an old lady now : wash mighty clean When she go to rub : she rub so mean I feel like falling down : on bended knees Cried Lord have mercy : if you please Now those police coming : with his ball and chain And they accusing me of murder : never harmed a man Now some got six months : some got one solid year Now me and my buddy : got a lifetime here Now the judge he pleaded : clerk he wrote it down Now I hear my last jail sentence now : must be Joliet bound Now cook my supper : let me go to bed I've been drinking white lightning : and it's gone to my head Now go and hurt me baby : do anything you want to do Some day you going to want it : and then I won't want you Now those police shifted : those pistol in my side Now if you run big boy now : ??? bound to die When they had my trial : you could not be found Now I done got on that dock : and I'm Joliet bound I dropped my baby off : among my friends First thing I know : she done had turned me in But some day : I'll be in the clay And I won't be long here : to be treated this a-way When I was a man : I tried to prove a friend First thing I know : you had four or five men There come a time : I can't say no more I'll be a-hearsing : out my door But when I'm gone : don't cry over me Just think about : your used-to-be Now I can't stay : but fare you well If I ain't gone to heaven : you know I gone to hell I'd rather be the devil : be that woman's man Because she was evil : wouldn't work hand in hand On she's all right now : she's all right with me But the devil is evil : evil as he can be I tried : to be nice and kind Oh she was evil : would not change her mind
I'll cut your wood baby : and I'll build your fire I'll bring you water : through that muddy bayou I'll give my money : to buy your shoes and clothes But you was evil : throwed me out-of-doors But that's all right baby : it's coming home to you I tried to be : tried to be a man to you Lord wonder : will I ever get back home Crying how long : you going to keep me away from home I walked and I wandered : crying the whole night long Crying wonder : will I ever get back home I went to the station : looked up on the board Crying is it possible : will I ever get back home So long I traveled : the *way side and more* Crying wonder : will I ever get back home You may never never : see me anymore But you will never forget the day : I knocked upon your door Say little girl : can I spend the night Wife and I : just had a fight I've got to move : out of the neighborhood For the woman I love : don't mean me no good Babe it ain't no use : you talking about no money tonight Pay for everything : tomorrow night If you can take it baby : it'll be all right Pay you off : right here tonight When I had her : she lived on Easy Street Now she's begging : every man she meets I'm going to ask my buddy now : how come he shares Going to fool around : Crying something bad now : sure is going to happen to you That's when I done everything : that a poor boy could do I'm have bought me a pistol : shotgun and some shells
Start some stuff : to show them raise some hell Yes you talked about me : all through the neighborhood Told everybody : that I was no good Yes you called on the old law : and he brought his ball and chain Accused me of murder : I never harmed a man Yes my mother she told me : my daddy sat down and he cried Some day son : you got to lay down and die There'll be one of these mornings : you going to jump and shout Open the jailhouse door : and you come walking out I used to have so many women : I didn't know what Lord Used to gang around me : like the ants on a bug Oh Red : wish you were dead I'm sick and tired : rubbing my baby's head Oh Red : what you going to do I'm sick and tired : chastizing you Oh Red : baby's in jail She ain't got nobody : come and go her bail Oh Red : she's outdoors She ain't got nowhere : carry her dirty clothes Oh Red : she's all right And we ain't going to fuss : and we ain't going to fight Oh Red : all over now You didn't have no right : raise no hell nohow What you going to do : when they put you in jail again Do like I would do : get out if you can What you going to do : when they put you outdoors again Do like I would do : get back if you can What you going to do : when you lose your money again Do like I would do : win it back if you can What you going to do : when you lose your baby again Do like I would do : win her back if you can What you going to do : when she put the dog on you Do like I would do : get loose if you can What you going to do : when she close the door in your face Do like I would do : open it if you can
Blues jumped the monkey : and run him for a solid mile And the poor fellow lie down : cried like a natural child Blues is something : I just can't understand And when they gets on me : talk like a natural man Stick out your can : here comes the garbage man Ain't nobody : stick it out like you can I want to do : like my daddy done He loved women : from sun to sun My daddy : was a loving man And he make them like it : everywhere he land When he start to loving : they cry for more Even laid the woman : lived next door Had twenty women : that I know Each one told me : he sure could go The only thing : he didn't do good Was make his women : lay it on wood We drinking whiskey : champagne and wine Want you to know : your woman from mine We're going to pitch boogie-woogie : going to have a ball tonight And we ain't going to fuss : and we ain't going to fight That's your woman : pin her to your side She flag my train : I'm going to give her a ride Everybody's talking : know what it's all about Your man started some stuff : we're going to put him out I'm taking one : to ninety-nine Don't be careful : you're liable to lose your mind Ain't no use : your gal being afraid
He'll pay you off : if you use your head Pull your dresses : above your knees Sell your stuff : to who you please Everybody thought : he was through And he made a little song : about what you going to do All the sisters and brothers thought : he was dead Then he wrote a little song : by the name of Oh Red He made a little trip : down to New Orleans And he wrote that song : weed-smoker's dreams Everybody knew : his preaching was grand Then he wrote another blues : about move your hand Now got in tough luck : all my people dead and gone And I haven't got any money : no place to call my home When a man gets in tough luck : nobody wants him around If he haven't got any money : there is no friend to be found When a man got lots of money : he'll have friend at every house But if he haven't got any money : he'll be treated like a cat with a mouse Now when I got in tough luck : my pigmeat didn't treat me right But why should I worry about the pigmeat : sleeping with an old hog every night So when I get out of this tough luck : I'm going to leave your home Because you treats me mean : you know you done me wrong Babe I know that you love me : you won't treat me right If you do good in the day : you'll go and do wrong at night Still I ain't going to worry : and I ain't going to raise no sand I'm going back to Friar's Point : down in sweet old Dixieland You can love me in the morning : you can love me late at night You don't have to worry : I'm going to treat you right Still I ain't going to worry : and I ain't going to raise no sand Yes I'm going away : way down in Dixieland Every time you kiss me : you make my love come down Sometimes I believe : you the sweetest girl in town
Still I ain't going to worry : and I ain't going to raise no sand Yes I'm going to leave you : going down to Dixieland Babe I know you love me : you won't treat me right All you want to do : is fuss and fight Mmm : what's the matter now Well you're trying to quit your daddy mama : and you don't know how If you don't want me : hey [please] don't dog me around Oh just hand me my suitcase : I'll leave your Dallas town People people : you don't know my mind I'm sitting here thinking : about the girls that I left behind Blues and trouble : have been my best friends When my blues leave me : my trouble just begins Blues come down the alley : backing up to my door I've got the blues today : like I never had before Take me back mama : you know that I have been true ??? *me* ??? : is the same thing that I've done for you Left my baby : standing in the back door crying You got a home : just as long as I've got mine My name is Piggly Wiggly : I've got groceries on my shelf Getting mighty tired : making these nights all by myself My mama told me : my papa told me too Don't let these Cadillac women : make no flat tire out of you If I had a-listened : to what my mama said Wouldn't have had such a hard time : in this world today I don't want no woman : wants to rove these streets night and day A woman like that : always wants to have her way I'm leaving you now mama : baby baby bye bye Going to miss your daddy : cuddling by your cozy side
I got to go : got to leave my baby be And I love my woman : but my woman do not care for me Baby : baby what more can I do I done everything : cannot get along with you Oh yes : babe oh yes oh yes I know You don't want me woman : do like a *Mrs so-and-so* My God : babe my God my God my God I've got enough of you woman : I won't want to be your dog Nero : make me a soldier with a cross My babe quit me : then I know my soul is lost Baby : baby why don't you answer me I been a ??? fellow : babe I don't intend to be Sometime : my woman too sweet to die And again I believe : ought to be buried alive Oh : babe it hurts me to my heart But the Good Book says : that the best of friends must part Because I'm black : I was born black 'fore my birth And the women do tell me : I'm the sweetest black man on earth And : baby what's the matter now I'll always remember : you don't mean me no good nohow Oh : baby what's the matter you You worry me woman : babe I don't know what to do I've got that *mainliner* feeling ooo : I'm full of gin I'm on my way to the West End : and that's where the trouble will begin Want to see some shooting : like there never has been before I mean my man and my best friend : will never see the West End anymore I feel awfully : sad and blue Won't somebody : please tell me what to do My daddy left me : other day Couldn't be surprised : I was a poison snake Wicked daddy : I'll no longer be your slave Wicked daddy : now I'm going to put you in your grave I loved your pigmeat : so nice and so sweet And your loving ways : brother was hard to beat
Now wicked daddy : you treat your mama cruel and rough I ain't *your rough* : and I sure know when I've had enough Oh wicked daddy : get out of my life Because you won't *smother* me : another night All of these mornings : how my poor heart aches Wicked daddy all you do : is take and take Well you can't wait and listen : hear me when I cry When you hear me crying : know there's something wrong Well you can't wait and listen : *yeah there Willie Mae* *When it's through* baby : *something* churches tone Well he dug her grave : with a long-handled silver spade Well he let her down : with a great long leather line Well I followed my baby : to the burying ground What make it so sad eee baby : had done let her down Mmm smoke like lightning : church bells shine like gold *But with searching* I cry mama : see my baby laying on the bed And I'll tell all you people : that ain't no place to go Where they treat you cruel : dog you from morning till night Well they beat me and they search me : forty-five in my side ??? : mama working all day long Take these rings and chains : from all around my legs Well I believe to the Lord : these going to kill me dead Now listen here folks : we don't mean no harm Don't get mad : we going to sing a little song There was a little black rooster : met a little brown hen Made a date at the barn : about half past ten I had a little woman : lived out Peach Tree Road Made more money : than John Henry Ford And the rooster crowed : and the hen looked around The bum-bum-biddly : going to carry you to town Now mama had a little dog : name was Ball
Give him a lick : and he want it all Old Bill came in : about half past ten Key in the hole : but he couldn't get in Aunt Jane and Uncle Bud : ??? : If you see my girl : hurry home Had no breakfast : she been gone Now down in Black Bottom : that is so they say They drink good moonshine : and stay drunk all day Yes I went down in Black Bottom : I didn't go to stay down there long Police brought me out : by my right arm Now go down in Black Bottom : and you don't know the rules Black Bottom women : will try to make a fool out of you I'm crazy about Black Bottom : mmm so they say That's where they drink good moonshine : and stay drunk all day If you go down in Black Bottom : put your money in your shoes Don't them Black Bottom women : will give your pop the blues Now if you go down in Black Bottom : put your money down in your britches For them womens going to rob you : now you dirty mmm bitches Now if anybody asks you : who composed this song Tell them the Black Bottom Buddy : done been here and gone I'm going to tell all you people : my dream I had one week ago I dreamed my baby was leaving me : and I was begging her please don't go But whensoever you have a dream : always take you dream the other way For now I've been mistreated : and I'm leaving town this very day I'd rather be up on a mountain : or down in the deep blue sea Than to be right here baby : treated like you treat poor me Lord I cried last night : and I cried the night before But there's one thing I hope : I won't have to cry no more Now if you don't want me baby : why don't you tell me so Then I can sleep at night : and won't have to dream no more
Well I drink so much whiskey : till they call me whiskey man Lord I get drunk every morning : with a whiskey bottle in my hand Lord my baby treats me mean : she keeps me worried all the time And if I didn't drink my whiskey : I believe I would lose my mind When I drink my whiskey : I don't mistreat my friend I am sober now : but I'm going to get drunk again Lord whiskey whiskey : it don't mean me no good And I would stop drinking whiskey : baby if I only could Lord Lord : whiskey is killing me And why I can't stop drinking whiskey : Lord Lord I just can't see My baby put me out : I'm just going from hand to hand And I drink so much whiskey : till they call me whiskey man I wrote you a letter mama : put it in your front yard I would love to come to see you : but your good mens got me barred Oh you wrote me a letter : to come back to Newport News To leave the town : and don't spread the news I wrote you a letter mama : sent you a telegram Not to meet me in Memphis : but meet me in Birmingham Mmm : hear my weep and moan Now don't you hear me pleading : hear my grieve and groan Now if I could get me : one more drink of booze I guess it would ease : these old writing paper blues I caught a freight train special : and my mama caught a passenger behind Because you can't quit me papa : there's no need in trying I'm going to grab me a train : ride the lonesome rail Liquor stole my baby: she's in the lonesome jail He took my mama : ??? her to the town of *Rome* Now she's screaming and crying : papa let your mama come back home I stole my good gal : from my bosom friend That fool got lucky : he stoled her back again That little woman I love : got a mouth chock full of good gold Every time you hug and kiss me : it make my blood run cold When you see two women : running hand in hand Bet you my last dollar : one done stole the other one's man I'm leaving town : please don't spread the news
That why : I've got these old stole rider blues Wake up mama : don't you sleep so hard For these old blues : walking all over your yard I've got these blues : means I'm not satisfied That's the reason why : I stole away and cried Blues grabbed me at midnight : didn't turn me loose till day I didn't have no mama : drive these blues away The big star falling : mama it ain't long 'fore day Maybe : the sunshine'll drive these blues away I'm leaving town : baby going to leave my home I'm going : where honey I'm better known I walk these blocks : I got to buy me some shoes That's the reason why : Mr McTell got the blues Got drunk last night : mama and the night before And if luck don't change : Mr McTell won't get drunk no more Cigarettes is my ruin : whiskey is my crave Some of these nice-looking women : going to take me to my grave Got three womens : yellow brown and black It'll take the Governor of Georgia : to judge one of these women I like One for in the morning : one for late at night I got one for noontime : to treat your old daddy right These blues at midnight : they don't leave me till day I didn't have none of my three women : to drive those blues away One is a Memphis yellow : the other is a Savannah brown One is a Statesboro darkskin : she'll really turn your damper down Now if I had a-listened : to what my three women said I'd a-been home sleeping : in a doggone feather bed
Wake up mama : turn your lamp down low Have you got the nerve : to drive papa McTell from your door My mother died and left me reckless : my daddy died and left me wild wild wild Know I'm not good-looking : but I'm some sweet woman's angel child She's a mighty mean woman : do me this a-way When I leave this time : pretty mama I'm going away to stay I once loved a woman : better than even I'd ever seen Treated me like I was a doggone king : and she was a doggone queen Going up the country : mama don't you want to go May take me a fair brown : may take one or two more Big Eighty left Savannah : Lord it did not stop You ought to see that colored fireman : when he got them boiler hot You can reach over in the corner mama : and hand me my traveling shoes You know by that : I've got them Statesboro blues We woke up this morning : we had them Statesboro blues I looked over in the corner : grandma and grandpa had them too Went up on Kinnesaw Mountain : gave my horn a blow Prettiest girl in Atlanta : come stepping up to my door Hug me and she kissed me : called me sugar lump Throwed them sweet arms around me : like a grape vine around a stump Mr engineer : let a [poor] man ride the blind Said I wouldn't mind it fellow : but you know this train ain't mine You's a cruel fireman : lowdown engineer I'm trying to hobo my way : and you leave me standing here Get up fellow : ride all around the world Poor boy : you ain't got no girl I love you Emery : I love you true I love you Emerald : tell the world I do Come on around to my house mama : ain't nobody there but me Call me a hot-shot liar and a cheater : because I'm from Tennessee
Take it easy : don't get rough Just want to tell you : that I knows my stuff Come on around to my house mama : ain't nobody there but me That's why you hear me [screaming and crying, moaning] : going back to Tennessee Can't read and write : can't spell my name I can really drive : your man's heart insane I love my corn : and I love my booze I'll really give : your man the blues Pull down your windows : and lock up your blinds I'll tell you something : that will change your mind Went to the door : door was locked Think my baby : done changed the lock Wake up in the morning : about half past three Think my baby : done quit poor me She's a real kind mama : looking for another man She ain't got nobody [in town] : [here] to hold her hand Way down yonder : on Cripple Creek Men all grow : over sixteen feet Would go to bed : but it ain't no use They pile up on the bed : like chickens on a roost Rooster chewed tobacco : and the hen did the snuff Bet he can't shimmy : but he struts his stuff See that fellow : with that derby on Looks good to me : just as sure as you're born Tell you the truth : and it's a natural fact *Could've built a road* : without being that black See that fellow : that's standing right there He don't live here : but he lives somewhere *Got a batch of* hair : right around his mouth He like he swallowed a mule : and left his tail hanging out Wake up in the morning : at half past three Think pretty mama : done fell on me Soon in the morning : at half past four Hot-shot rider : rapping at her door Went to the door : and the door was locked Think my baby : trying to eagle rock
I believe that if I had my sweet woman's heart : in my hand in my hand I believe I could teach her : how to treat a real good man I drink so much whiskey : I can't hardly talk Well it's done addled on my brain : people I can't hardly walk How my poor heart weeped and worried : baby when you drove me away It was crying for poor boy McTell : some old rainy day Climbing on the Lookout Mountain : look dived in Niagara Falls Seem like to me : I can hear my Atlanta mama call Don't [fret, grieve] and worry : and don't [grieve, fret] after me Don't you scream and cry : because I'm going back to Tennessee Can't read and write : can't even spell my name You drove me away : and drove my heart insane My love don't change : there's going to be some stealing done And if I backbite you : I don't mean no harm What do you want with a woman : when she won't do nothing she say What do you want with a rooster : when he won't crow 'fore day If my love don't change : there's going to be some riding done And if I take you woman : I just be made my run Going in one of these alleys : get me [some lonesome, a quart of this] booze My woman done left me : I got these love-changing blues Good Lord good Lord : send me an angel down Can't spare you no angel : but I'll swear I'll send you a teasing brown That new way of loving : mama it must be best These here Georgia women : just won't let Mr Samuel rest There was a crowd out on the corner : wondered who could it be It weren't a thing : but the women trying to get to me I even went down to the depot : with my suitcase in my hand Crowd of womens all crying : Mr Samuel won't you be my man My mama she told me : when I was a boy playing mumblepeg Don't drink no black cow's milk : don't you eat no black hen's eggs Black man give you a dollar : mama he won't think it nothing strange A yellow man'll give you a dollar : but he'll want back ninety-five cents change You may call me a cheater : pretty boy I'll real treat you But if you'll allow me a chance : I'll gnaw your backbone half in two
I took a trip out on the ocean : walked the sand of the deep blue sea I found a crab with a shrimp : trying to do the shimmy-shee I want to tell you something mama : seem mighty doggone strange You done mess around gal : and made me break my yo-yo string Honey I ain't going to be : your old work ox no more You done mess around baby : and let your doggone ox get poor My mama she got a mojo : believe she trying to keep it hid Papa Samuel got something : to find that mojo with I even heard a rumbling : deep down in the ground It weren't a thing : but the women trying to run me down Down in Atlanta at the razor ball : even at the razor ball Sluefoot Mose and cross-eyed Joe : didn't go in at all Big crap game in the hall : started in to fight Joe got drunk that wasn't all : went and turn out the lights And that *matcher* Charlie : shot his automatic twins Charlie grabbed his girl : and he *crow forked* in Playing baseball and football : and don't get enough Playing baseball and football : and strutting the stuff Mighty big chief : shot his automatic twin The high sheriff took the couple : and double-cross ten Put you lights on calico : and fight it for game Put me at the head of the list : and don't forget to call my name Now look here mama : let me tell you this Now if you wants to get crooked : I'm going to give you my fist You might read from Revelation : back to Genesee You get crooked : your southern can belong to me If you go uptown : have me arrested and have me put in jail Some hot-shot got money : come in and go my bail Soon as I get out : kiss the ground Your southern can : worth two dollar half a pound You might take it from the South : you might carry it up north But understand you can't rule : and either be my boss Take it from the east : hide it in the west When I get it mama : your can will see no rest Well ashes to ashes mama : and sand to sand
Every time I hit you : you think I got a dozen hands Hit you first : through that barbed wire fence Every time I hit you : you say I got no sense Get me a brick : out of my back yard Give you the devil : if you act kind of hard Now if I catch you mama : down in the heart of town Take me a brand new brick : and tear your can on down You may be deathbed sick : and mama and graveyard bound Make your can : moan like a hound Sit here and study : with your eyes all red What I said : kicked your grandma dead Oh you got to stop your balking : and raising the deuce I'll grab you mama : and turn you every way but loose You might twiggle like a tadpole : let it jump like a frog But every time I hit it : you going to holler God dog Feel like a broke down engine : ain't got no driving-wheel You ever been down and lonesome : you know how a poor man feels I've been shooting craps and gambling : mama and I done got broke I done pawned my pistol : mama and my best clothes in soak I went down to my praying ground : and fell on bended knees I ain't crying for no religion : Lordy give me back my good gal please If you give me my baby : Lord I won't worry you no more You ain't got to put it in my house : Lordy only leave it to my door Don't you hear me baby : rapping on your door Can I get off *snake living* and tapping : playing tip light across your floor Feel like a broke down engine : ain't got no drivers at all What makes me love my woman : she can really do the Georgia crawl Feel like a broke down engine : ain't got no weather-the-bell If you's a real hot mama : drive away daddy's weeping spell When I first met you mama : you were so nice and kind You done got reckless : and change your mind When I was down south baby : I was with my broad I'm here in Atlanta : treated like a dog Now if you don't want me baby : don't you dog me around My home ain't here : and I can leave your town
Now if you don't want me : baby give me your right hand I'll go back to my woman : you go back to your man I even give you my money : *I admire* I done all for you : that you require Even hold your head : when you're feeling sad Sing and dance for you : when you're sad You done come in this morning : you won't tell me where you been You got strange living : going back again I'm walking around baby : with my head hung low Look here mama : I ain't going to do right no more I'm going to take me a trip : up on the mountain top Come back and show you : how to eagle rock I wants to wait around here baby : until your fried *rice* get done Because I think I got a nickel : I wants to buy me one I wonder could I find a woman : to do like my last rider done She kept it all for her daddy : she didn't give nobody none Said my baby got a bed : it shines like a morning star And when I crawls in the middle : it rides me like a Cadillac car My good gal got a mojo : she's trying to keep it hid But Georgia Bill got something : to find that mojo with I said she got that mojo : and she won't let me see And every time I start to love her : she's tried to put them jinx on me Well she shakes it like the Central : she wobbles like the L and N Well she's a hot-shot mama : and I'm scared to tell her where I been Said my baby got something : she won't tell her daddy what it is But when I crawls in my bed : I just can't keep my black stuff still Well I done got reckless : and I broke my mama's rule I been wandering around Georgia : with these doggone scary day blues Down on Atlanta : on Harris Street That's where the boys and gals : do meet Out in the alley : in the street Every little kid : that you meet Buzz all around : like a bee Shake it : like a ship on the sea Came all the way : from Paris France
Come into Atlanta : to get a chance Grab your mama : and hold her tight Let's mess around : the rest of the night Grip your head : way up high Grab your daddy : and make him cry People come : from miles around Get in Dark Town : to break them down Down in dark town : night and day Trying to dance : them blues away Go all the way back : to Newport News Singing : these doggone Atlanta blues I want you to start in the morning baby : and roll me with the setting of the sun I want you to keep it all for your daddy : and don't give nobody none And if you get some of my loving : you won't want your rider no more You don't have to worry about your loving : I'm a deep-sea diver and I don't go wrong That's why I'm singing : these barrelhouse woman blues You may search the ocean : you might go across the deep blue sea But mama you'll never find : another hot-shot like me I followed my baby : from the station to the train And the blues came down : like doggone showers of rain I left her at the station : wringing her hands and crying I told her she had a home : just as long as I got mine I've got two women : and you can't tell them apart I got one in my bosom : the other one in my heart The one in my bosom : she's in Tennessee And the one in my heart : don't even give a darn for me I used to say a married woman : was the sweetest woman ever was born But I've changed that thing : you better let married women alone Take my advice : let these married women be Because their husbands'll grab you : and beat you ragged as a cedar tree
When a woman say she love you : about as good as she do herself I don't pay her no attention : tell that same lie to somebody else I really don't believe : no woman in the whole round world do right Act like an angel in the daytime : ??? at night I'm going pretty mama : please don't break this rule That's why : I'm searching these deserts for the blues I'm going pretty mama : searching these deserts now That's why : I'm walking my baby home anyhow Take a little trip : up on a mountain top Show the Florida women : how to eagle rock Tell you like the *bana* : told the *king of sal* Get another man : I got another gal Now if you don't believe : I can warm you right Take me to your house : and let me stay all night When you see me mama : standing in the door Papa wound up : saying mama won't go Don't be no *resting* : don't be no late Don't let these women : leave your heart insane Now look here boy : don't get rough These here women : they really knows their stuff I want you to set on a Cadillac : sit on a Ford You do that strutting : on the running board Don't be no rat : and don't be no fool Don't let these here women : break your rule Now look here boy : if you going to be my friend Let's go drink : moonshine again Now take it easy : late at night One of these here women : ain't going to treat you right Look a-here mama : just a word or two Said I get you : to let's go loo loo Look here mama : just don't stop I ain't going to be : your other man's stumbling block Wait just a minute : let's get this right We're going go a-looing : till broad daylight Going to Savannah : make some jack
Hold that cat : till I get back What is that mama : you got in that sack It's got hair on it : and I believe it's a cat Well it looks pretty much : like Santy Claus Best little something : I ever saw Look here mama : just like a log She gets kissing : like a shaggy dog Mmm : Lordy Lordy Lord Say the woman I love : treats me just like a dog I love you baby : but your ways I just can't stand Say you walked away and left me : good gal with another man Going back to Savannah mama : and sign my initial down Atlanta mens all hate me : and the women don't want me around Going back to Savannah baby : and write my initial on the wall Because these North Georgia women : don't mean me no good at all Mmm : babe ain't it hard ain't it hard ain't it hard Says I'd like to love you baby : but your good men got me barred Feel like a broke down engine : mama ain't got no driving-wheel You ever been down and lonesome : you know just how Willie McTell feels I been shooting craps and gambling : good gal and I done got broke I done pawned my thirty-two special : good gal and my clothes in soak I even went to my praying ground : dropped down on bended knees I ain't crying for no religion : Lordy give me back my good gal please If you give me my baby : Lord I won't worry you no more You ain't got to put her in my house : but Lordy only lead her to my door Don't you hear [me, your daddy] baby : knocking on your door Can I get off *sneak living and tapping* : playing tip light across your floor My baby's gone : and I'm almost in my grave But for your love : good gal I will be you slave My baby left me : says she didn't mean me no good And that's the reason why : I'm moving on back to the woods
My baby left me : she didn't even say goodbye Says I'm drinking real good whiskey : that's the reason I did not *inquire why* My baby's gone : says I ain't even worried at all Before she even left me : says she riding that Cannonball Mmm : Lordy Lordy Lordy Lord Says my good gal she's gone : she didn't mean me no good at all Mmm : chained down in this dark cell by myself And my gal she skipped : guess she got somebody else Well they've got me accused for murder : and I haven't even harmed a man Oh they got me charged with burgling : and I haven't even raised my hand Mmm : the judge won't give me no fine Ain't but one thing could release me : and that's old father time Goodbye : oh here comes the jailor with the key I'll have to cry farewell to freedom : I want none of your women to pity me I'll have to give you my number : five nine ninety-four Because I'll be there forever : I'll have no other place to go They got me accused for forging : and I can't even write my name And my eyes *filled on this* : my baby left my poor heart in pain Mmm : Lordy Lordy Lord Inside my breast felt lonely : my baby left my heart in pain I'm going to grab me a train : I'm going back to Baltimore I'm going to find my baby : because she rode that B and O I'm going to act like a rambler : and I can't stay home no more Because the gal I love : she rode that B and O She says daddy I'm leaving : and I can't come back no more And if she don't come back : I'm going down in Ohio I never would have thought : that my baby would treat me so Oh she broke my heart : when she grabbed that B and O Now she wants to come back : and I can't use that child no more Because I got another hot mama : and she lives in Baltimore Look a-here pretty mama : I'll tell you what I'll do
I'll make these lonesome dollars : and bring them all home to you Now I'm weary : weary-hearted and blue And that's why I'm crying : these weary-hearted blues I'll give you my money : and baby I *admire* I does all for you mama : you require I even hold your head : when you are feeling bad I sing and dance for you : mama when you sad I want to tell all you men : nice and kind You lose your best woman : don't you fool with mine Now a white man go to the river : take him a seat and sit down The blues overtake him : he jump overboard and drown Now a colored man go to the river : take him a seat and sit down If he takes the blues : he come on back to town I wants all you men : to let my good gal alone I'll give her a dollar in the street : and I'll give her two at home Now look a-here mama : let me explain you this You wants to get crooked : I'll even give you my fist Read from Revelation : back to Genesee You get crooked : your southern can belongs to me You might go uptown : and have me arrested and have me put in jail Some hot-shot got money : come in and go my bail Soon as I get out : kiss the ground Your southern can : worth two dollars and a half a pound You might take it from the South : you might carry it up north Understand you can't rule : and either be my boss Take it from the east : hide it in the west When I get it mama : your can won't see no rest Ashes to ashes : and sand to sand Every time I strikes you : you know I got a dozen hands Give you a punch : through that barbed wire fence Every time I hit you : you know I ain't got no sense Look here women : don't get hard I'll get me a brick : and use it out of my back yard If I catch you mama : down in the heart of town Take a brand new brick : and tear your can on down You may be deathbed sickness : graveyard bound I'll make your can moan : like a graveyard hound You got to stop balking : and raising the deuce I'll grab you woman : and turn you every way but loose
Says I'm almost crazy : and I'm all here by myself All these women about to run me crazy : Lord she's got someone else Lord she's about to run me crazy : these reckless women are worrying me She don't have to treat me so bad : because she lives in Tennessee Lord you'll either run me crazy woman : or either make me lose my mind Because you keep me worried : and troubled all the time Lord these womens will run you crazy : they'll drive your heart insane They'll spend all your money : turn around and run you insane Well she spent all my money : and then she drove me outdoors And I was almost crazy : because I had nowhere to go Lord if you got a reckless woman : man don't never let her break your rule And when you know anything : you'd be almost crazy with the blues I live down in Bell Street Alley : just as drunk as I can be Seem like them Bell Street Crow Janes : have done got rough with me I drink so much Bell Street whiskey : they won't sell [McTell, poor boy] no more I've got the *cavenglass* boys : playing all around my door This Bell Street whiskey : make you sleep all in your clothes And when you wake up next morning : feel like you done laid outdoors You can get booze down on Bell Street : for two bits and half a *throw* They'll make you *send* out your mother and father : to just break down the jailhouse door Walked in my room : the other night Man come in : he want to fight Took my gun : my right hand ??? : I don't want to kill no man When I said that : he rapped me across my head The first shot I fired : then the man fell dead Bell street whiskey : drove me to the county jail Got me laying back here on my bunk : nobody in the world to go my bail Good Lord good Lord : send me an angel down Can't spare you no angel : will spare you a teasing brown That new way of loving : swear to God it must be best
Because these Georgia women : won't let Willie McTell rest There was a crowd down on the corner : and I wondered who could it be Weren't a thing : but the women boy trying to get to me I went down to the shed : put my suitcase in my hand Crowd of women run crying : that McTell be my man Ticket agent ticket agent : which a-way has my woman gone Say describe your woman : and I'll tell you what road she's on She's a long tall mama : five and a half from the ground She's a tailor-made mama : and she ain't no hand-me-down Mama if you ride the Southern : I'll ride the Santa Fe When you get in Memphis : pretty mama look around for me You can't never tell : what a double-crossing woman will do They'll tip out with your buddy : and come home play sick on you I got two women : you can't tell them apart I got one in my bosom : the other one's in my heart Now the one in my bosom : she's in Tennessee And the one in my heart : don't even give a darn for me I used to say a married woman : was the sweetest woman ever was born I changed that thing : you better let married women alone Take my advice : let all married womens be Because their husbands will grab you : and beat you ragged with a cedar tree Now love ain't nothing : single women loving married men It will do for a while : but it will jam you after a end When a woman says she loves you : about as good as she do herself Don't pay her no attention : tell the same lie to somebody else She'll tell you that she love you : and love you all her life She'll have a man on the corner : and tell that same lie twice My baby she got a mojo : I believe she trying to keep it hid Mctell got something : to find that mojo with I want to tell you pretty mama : exactly who I am When I walk out the front door : I hear that back door slam I did everything baby : that I could do Fell on my knees : mama get along with you I give you my money baby : my last dime Soon as you got up mama : you changed your mind I gave you my money mama : buy you shoes and clothes Soon as you got bid change : you put me outdoors I took you mama : your shoes were thin No man wanted you : no one took you in
When I took you mama : *feet'll* on the ground Ain't no man baby : wanted you around Took your breakfast : brought it to your bed Took my comb baby : combed your head Make no difference mama : take your lock and key Too many women : want a man like me Going away mama : it won't be long I know you'll miss me : the days I'm gone I took you mama : treated you nice and kind Soon as you got on your feet : you wouldn't pay me no mind I done told you mama : right from the start I ain't going to let no one woman : break my heart Your time to worry : my time to be alone Your reckless disposition : done drove your good man away from home I told you in my days : things I do Go out and work hard : and bring my money home to you You drink your whiskey : run around Get out in the street : and act like a sand-foot clown Went out with you baby : trying to treat you right I drinking whiskey woman : and drunk all night Need not come here pleading : holding up your hands I got myself a woman : you better get yourself a man Leave me alone baby : best you can do I would have been a murderer : if I'd a-fooled around with you Now go ahead baby : leave me alone Mess around with you : the chain-gang will be my home *Feel like voting* : fall in line While I sing : this song of mine This song's all right : if you thinks it's wrong It's all right : it's a ??? song This song's all right : it just won't jump It's all right : it just won't This song brings joy : to our *cry* We're baptized : with fire This song's *composed* : the blues too tight
Got the blues tune : but the words all right This song's all right : it just won't quit It's all right : we're singing it You can talks about me : treat me mean You got the *train* : I'm leaving you baby : just because you won't be true Oh you don't love me : after all I done for you You know I worked hard all winter : when the snow was on the ground You mistreated me then baby : Eli wouldn't throw you down You made a mistake baby : after you made your vow But your mistake-making : is all over now You going to miss [your daddy, me] : some old lonesome day And you going to be sorry : you did me this way Now I'm leaving you [baby] : with my clothes in my hand Farewell to you baby : get yourself a monkey-man I worked hard baby : I worked hard every day I even turned over in your hand : every cent of my pay I been done so dirty : treated so lowdown mean You've even accused me of women : that I ain't never seen People what's the use of loving : when I can't see why I should Especially when you got a woman : and she don't mean you no good I woke up this morning : got on a stroll Met my baby : got her told Look a-here baby : you thinking wrong Let your papa help you : to sing this song I grabbed my coat and hat : down the road I'll start Before I'd worry : I'd rather part I wouldn't work : for no human being Neither no woman : that I ever seen Eighteen hundred : ninety years All of my women : sit in rocking chairs But ever since : nineteen and twenty-three All of my women : been working for me I got a mind : never work no more I've been badly mistreated : I've been drove from door to door
They arrested my baby : accused her of selling moon Judge they found whiskey : but it wasn't even in her room Now good morning judge : judge how do you do I just came here : to have a few words with you Please kind judge : listen to my plea And let my baby : go back home with me Now listen all you prize fighters : who don't want to meet defeat Take a tip from me : stay off Joe Louis' beat Now he won all his fights : twenty-three or four And left twenty of his opponents : lying on the floor They all tried to win : but the test was too hard When he laid the hambone : *couple jumped out for it* Listen all you prize fighters : don't play him too cheap If he lands with either hand : he'll sure put you to the seat Now he packs dynamite in his left : he carries a punching right He's the one will make you balky : or as high as a kite He charges on his opponents : from the beginning of the gong He batters them into submission : then they all sing a song I bet on the Brown Bomber : for he knows his stuff And lays it on his opponents : until he get enough Now he's a natural born fighter : who likes to fight them all The bigger they come : he says the harder they fall That terrific left : boys is all he needs But that six-inch right : come with lightning speed Listen all you prize fighters : don't play him too cheap Take a tip from me : stay off Joe Louis' beat Now everybody's crying : let's have a new deal Relief station's closing down : I know just how you feel Everybody's crying : let's have a new deal Because I've got to make a living : if I have to rob and steal Now I'm getting mighty tired : of sitting around
I ain't making a dime : just wearing my shoe soles down I ain't making a dime : just wearing my shoe soles down Now I woke up this morning : doggone my soul My flour barrel was empty : swear I didn't have no coal We're going to dance : till *another* sun Now you go to your wicket : put in your complaint Eight time out of ten : you know they'll say I can't They don't want to give you no dough : won't hardly pay your rent Now it ain't costing them : one doggone cent Now I ain't made a dime : since they closed down the mill I'm sitting right here : waiting on that brand new deal Does anybody : does anybody feel like me Now if they do : I know the feeling is sad as can be Now I'm going home : to take a snooze Try to wear away : a thing they call the feeling blues I'm tired of fooling around : with one who don't love me If I ever find a way to leave him : if we cannot agree Because what you was you used to be : but you ain't no more I'm giving you your dispossess : welcome's off the door Be on your way : you got yourself in wrong You'll get flat feet : from standing too long Let this be a lesson : now that I have left you flat There's someone sitting pretty : in the place where you once sat You ought to see him do his stuff : my latest loving man Because where you left off : is just the place where he began You said you craved a gal with speed : that's why I wouldn't do But now the gal you left behind : is way ahead of you But what you was you used to be : but you ain't no more Just make your exit *smiling please* : there's no use getting sore You ran away : and left me on the shelf Keep right on running : go chase yourself
I ain't going to marry : I ain't going to settle down I'm going to stay down here : and swing these men around Just when you think : that your loving man is true Then he's your man my man : somebody else's too Oh big fat woman : with the meat shaking on her bones Every time she shimmies : a skinny woman leaves her home I want all you women : to listen to my tale of woe I've got consumption of the heart : I feel myself sinking low Oh my heart is aching : and the blues are all around my *loo* Blues is like the devil : they'll have me hell bound too Blues you made me roll and tumble : you made me weep and sigh Made me use cocaine and whiskey: but you wouldn't let me die Blues blues blues : why did you bring trouble to me Oh death please sting me : and take me out of my misery I've got the blues : since I made up my mind I want to stop loving you : because you mistreat me all the time Oh this game called love : I played it on the square But you think : a good woman can be found anywhere You never meant me no good : you've always had your way But things can't go on forever : they are bound to change some day So now I'm leaving you : some day you'll understand *That's why* I can't go on : loving a mistreating man Molly man's coming : I hear his voice He's got hot tamales : and it's just my choice Come on boys : and don't wait too long All my 'males : soon will be gone I can judge : by the way you act Somebody around here : had on a cotton-picking track Feeling tired : shoulder's getting sore If you see 'male : you're going to take some more Two for a nickel : four for a dime
Thirty cents a dozen : and you'll sure eat fine Good times have come in : don't you see the signs Cotton bolls are open : you can make a-many dimes I can judge : by the way you walk You going to carry : half a dozen off If my holler boys : trouble your mind You had to come running : with a dime Good times have come in : don't you see the signs White folks standing around here : spending a-many dimes 'Males so hot : it burns my hand Says I can't hardly get them : out of my can Shrimp is the thing : you love best *Ring them nice : and they'll* Here is my shrimp : fifty cents a quart Ask me for a gallon : two dollars is all Have my shrimp : both done and raw Have my shrimp hot : they are ready to go Have my shrimp : I'm selling them fast When I see you coming : you make me laugh If you going to bed : you can call I'll poke them through the window : that is all If your heart feel troubled : you can call I'll make *change selling* : that is all Selling your shrimp : don't sell them so high Want to buy it cold : so I can make up a pie Selling my shrimp : don't mean no harm My shrimp sick : it don't make no alarm Selling my shrimp : won't be here long I'm going to holler : but I'm going home When I lived in Texas : doing very well You can ??? telling : I'm catching hell I'm going I'm going : crying won't make me stay The more you cry : the further it drive me away I've got something to tell you : know it's going to break your heart We been together a good while : but now we got to part
When I had you : that wouldn't do Now I've got another man : and I can't use you You ought to have told me that : two or three weeks ago Lord when you heard : you might've thought you wasn't going to get broke I don't mind going : to say goodbye ??? : I'm *stopping* to die That old Frisco train : left a mile a minute Well it's that old coach : I'm going to sit right in it You can toot your whistle : you can ring your bell Well I know you been worried : by the way you smell Oh there's a boa constrictor : and a lemon stick I don't mind being with you : but my mama's sick I would tell you what's the matter : but I done got scared Got to wait now : until we go to bed If you was sick : I wouldn't worry you I wouldn't want you to do something : that you couldn't do Well if you want it you can get it : and I ain't mad If you tell me this is something : that you ain't never had Look a-here you get mad : every time I call your name I ain't never told you : that you couldn't get that thing I woke up this morning : about half past five My baby turned over : cried just like a child I got something to tell you : I don't want to make you mad I got something for you : make you feel glad Look a-here look a-here : what you want me to do Give you my jelly : then I die for you I got something to tell you : going to break your heart We been together so far : we got to get You can quit me : do anything you want to do Some day you'll want me : and I won't want you You's a man : running from hand to hand You can get you a woman : I got another man You will mistreat me : and you won't do right You can take it on back : where you had it last night Well you can't be mine : and somebody else's too
I ain't going to stand : that way you do Know you is a married man : and you got a wife You keep a-running around here : you'll lose your life That that you had for me : the other night You can turn it around : and bring it home tonight When I was at home : I was with my man Now you got me here : from hand to hand Ain't no need you walking around : with your mouth poked out That is something : just wasn't *cut it* out You know when I met you : from house to house I know some of your women : had put you out It wouldn't been so bad : but you didn't have a dime And I wouldn't mind helping you : you no man of mine Well look a-here : what you expect for me to do Want me to be your mammy : and your doctor too Bumblebee bumblebee : where is you been so long You stung me this morning : I been reckless all day long I met my bumblebee this morning : as it flying in the door And the way he stung me : he made me cry for more Mmm : don't stay so long from me You's my bumblebee : you got something that I really need I'm going to build me a bungalow : just for me and my bumblebee Then I won't worry : I will have all the honey I need He makes my honey : evil John makes my corn It's all I want now : my bumblebee just to stay at home When I was home : I was resting at ease Now you got me here : you trying to mistreat me I got something to tell you : know it's going to break your heart We been together a good while : but now we got to part I done told you once : I done told you twice If you don't mind : you will lose your life You ought to told me that : two or three weeks ago Know when you had your money : thought that you wouldn't get broke
Bumblebee bumblebee : won't you please come back to me Because your best old stinger : than any bumblebee that I ever see He come in this morning : I been working for him all day long Lord he come in to the place : hate to see my bumblebee leave home You're my bumblebee : and you know your stuff Oh sting me bumblebee : until I get enough Mmm : stinger go in my right arm He stung me this morning : I been look for him all day long Sometimes he makes me happy : then sometimes he makes me cry He had me to the place : where I wish to God that I could die I come home one Saturday night : pull off my clothes and lie down And that morning just about the break of day : the meningitis began to creep around My head and neck was paining me : seem like my back going to break in two I hurried to the neighbors that morning : I didn't know what in the world to do My companion take me to the doctor : doctor please tell me my wife's complaint Doctor looked down on me and shook his head : said I wouldn't mind telling you son but I can't He taken me down to the city hospital : the clock was striking ten I imagine my companion say : I don't believe I'll see your smiling face again Then the nurses all began to stand around me : the doctors had done me out Every time I would have a potion : I would have a foaming at the mouth Mmm : the meningitis killing me I'm spinning I'm spinning baby : my head is nearly down in to my knees You's a worthless ??? man : I'll take it all away from you Yes but you don't treat me : honey papa like you should Yes I'm going somewhere : try to find me another man But I got nothing to worry about now : because I got the man I love Well I'm a good-hearted woman : just trying to get along with you The reason I like the game : the game they call Georgia skin Because when you fall : you can really pick out again When you lose your money : please don't lose your mind Because each and every gambler : gets in hard luck sometimes I had a man : he gambled all the time He played the dice so in vain : until he liked to lose his mind Mmm : give me Georgia skin Because the womens can play : well so as the men Mmm : the meningitis killing me I'm feeling upended baby : my head is nearly down to my knees I coming home one Saturday night : pull my clothes off and I lie down And next morning just about day : the meningitis begin to creep around My head and neck was paining me : seem like my back going to break in two Lord I had such a mood that morning : I didn't know what in the world to do My companion take me to the doctor : doctor please tell me my worst complaint The doctor looked down at me and shook his head : said I wouldn't mind telling you son but I can't You take around to the city hospital : just as quick quick as you possibly can Think about the condition you in now : you never will get her back home alive again You roam around to the city hospital : the clock was striking ten I heard my ??? companion say : I will see your smiling face again I got so many chickens : can't tell my roosters from my hens I got to go back now : and look them all over again I found my rooster this morning : by looking at his comb You can look out now pullets : this won't be long My hens are cackling : I can't find no eggs You ain't got no excuse now pullets : ain't nothing in your way I might take these old hens : I going down to the doctor's shop I don't see what's the matter with them : they won't never *cluck* I done told you one time papa : I don't want my chicken mixed Shoo chicken shoo : I don't want no banties on my yard I don't want them banties : mixed up with my Plymouth Rocks
I don't want them banties : mixed up with my *dominics* Come all you folks : and start to walk I'm fixing to start : my dozen talk What you thinking about : ain't on my mind That stuff you got : isn't ??? kind Some of you womens : ought to be in the can Out on the corner : stopping every man Now the soap is a nickel : and the towel is three I'm pigmeat *peppy* : now who wants me Now the funniest thing : I ever seen Tomcat jumping : on a sewing machine Sewing machine : run so fast Sewed ninety-nine stitches : in his yas yas yas I'm going to tell you : all about old man Bill He can't see : but he sure can smell Fish man pass here : the other day I done hear him : pretty mama I'm going your way Your auntie and your uncle : and your ma and pa They all got drunk : and showed their Santa Claus I got a bumblebee : don't sting nobody but me And I tell the world : he got all the stinger I need And he makes better honey : any bumblebee I ever seen And when he makes it : Lord how he makes me scream He get to flying and buzzing : stinging everybody he meets Lord I wonder why : my bumblebee want to mistreat me Mmm : where my bumblebee gone I been looking for him : my bumblebee's so long so long My bumblebee got ways : just like a natural man He stinging somebody : everywhere he lands You up and quit me : do anything you want to do Some day you'll want me : and I won't want you
You ever saw a man : running from hand to hand You can get your woman : I got another man You will mistreat me : and you won't do right You can take it all back : where you had it last night Well you can't be mine : and somebody else's too I ain't going to stand : that way you do Know you's a married man : and you got a wife You keep a-running around here : you'll lose your life That that you had for me : the other night You can turn it around : and bring it home tonight When I was at home : I was with my man Now you got me here : from hand to hand Ain't no need you walking around : with your mouth poked out Daddy has something : just to cut it out You know when I met you : from house to house I know some of your women : had cut you out It wouldn't a-been so bad : but you didn't have a dime But I wouldn't mind helping : you no man of mine Well look a-here : what you expect for me to do Want me to be your mammy : and your doctor too I got something to tell you : hope I don't make you mad I got something for you : that you never had I got something to tell you : I hope I don't break your heart We been together a good while : but now we got to part I went to your house : I fell down on the floor You done something to me : wouldn't do it no more I want you to hug me baby : hug and squeeze me good and tight I been trying to hard : now can't you save my life I got something to tell you : just before you go Yes you going to leave your mama : standing in this door Grandma got something : make grandpa break his pipe And grandpa got something : keep grandma awake all night Grandma grandma : please don't sleep so long Grandpa ain't smoked his pipe : grandma since you been gone Here comes grandpa : staring up and down the road
With that pipe in his hand : he'll find you everywhere you go Grandma grandma : why don't you stay at home That's why you and grandpa : grandma can't get along Grandma grandma : what makes you love grandpa so He's got the same pipe now : he had forty years ago Grandpa swears : he won't get drunk no more Because he broke his pipe : he had forty years ago My house on fire : where's that fire wagon now Ain't but the one thing : I don't want my garage to burn down I got a Hudson Super Six : I got me *a little old* Cadillac Eight I woke up this morning : my Cadillac standing at my back gate Hop on boys : I got the best chauffeur in town He said Hudson Super Six : my Cadillac didn't burn down Oh Lord Lord : wonder where is my chauffeur now Got my Cadillac Eight : done Cadillaced out of town I tell the whole round world : I ain't going to walk no more I got a Cadillac Eight : take me anywhere I want to go Well I had a little corn : I put it in a sack Started to the mill : and come right back Well the people keep a-talking : all over town Telling me : that the mill had broken down Now listen here folks : I don't want no stuff You can't bring me my meal : bring me the husk Well my papa said try : my brothers too They both been to the mill : they can't get nothing *for two* Now listen here folks : I want you all to bear this in mind If you're going to the mill : you get to there crying I tell all you people : you can rest at ease You won't have to worry about cooking : go to North Memphis Cafe and eat I tell all of you people : you can rest at ease Because the North Memphis Cafe : got everything that you really need
I don't buy no wood : even buy no coal I go to North Memphis Cafe : and eat and don't be outdoors I will tell you all something : I won't change like the wind If you go to North Memphis Cafe to eat : you'll go back again Now listen to me good people : I don't aim to make you mad You go to North Memphis Cafe : get something you never had I give you my money : and I ain't ashamed Now you got me here : and I'm scared to call your name I stood on the corner : looking for you all night long You know baby : you been doing me wrong And I ain't going to put up : at the way you do You can't be mine : and somebody else's too I ??? : till I done got tired *Oh joyful* : much obliged Now look here baby : what you take me to be Walking around with this low-life : in front of me And you got ways : I sure don't like You give me money : just to take it back Now look here baby : I don't want to make you mad I give you everything : in the world I had You come here baby : set down on my knee I do anything : to give your poor heart ease I been going crazy : I just can't help myself Because the man I'm loving : he loving someone else I was locked outdoors : huddled myself all night long and cried I'm going crazy : crazy as I can be I got up this morning : I made a fire in my stove And made up my bread : and stuck my pan outdoors I'm crazy I'm crazy : just can't help myself I'm just as crazy crazy : as a poor girl can be If you see my cow : tell her hurry home
I ain't had no sweet milk : since she been gone If you see my cow : drive her to the barn I ain't had nothing to drink : since she been gone My cow little aches : she can't get no water She got a little calf : say you might've heard her holler I'm taking my cow : can of beer Never stopped a-jumping : till she finds good I got up this morning : I went outdoors I'd know my cow : by the way she lows I give her corn : I give her wheat I'd give anything : that the poor cow needs I walked around this world : You ought to heard them holler : say I've the whole round world I want you to let them know : You ain't my partner : because the times have done got hard I want you : like a monkey up a tree Using them coconuts : ??? some of them on me ??? : Don't you worry : because you got the *goodest thing* I got a man I love : better than myself *No one can take him* : I wouldn't want nobody else Lord I wonder : where is my good man at He left here this morning : didn't carry nothing but his hat He left his suit : hanging all on the rack He left here this morning : didn't carry nothing but his hat If only : could get my good man back He left here this morning : didn't carry nothing but his hat Just as sure as this paper : sticks aside the wall I'm going somewhere : and have my ashes hauled Because I remember last winter : when the weather was cold You's out on the corner : trying to sell jellyroll
I was sitting in my kitchen : just as quiet as a lamb I wasn't too quiet : to hear my back door slam I want you tell me : how come you do like you do do do You know I love you : ain't done a thing to you When I want it I wants it : and I wants it bad You don't give it to me : want to make me mad This house is full of stinging snakes : crawling all in my bed I can't rest at night : from them crawling all under my head I got up this morning : one stung me on my leg I can't sleep at night : because he keeps me awake Mmm : wonder where is my stinging snake gone I can't see no peace : since my stinging snake left the home I've got a stinging snake : I love sometime better than I do myself If the Lord was to take him : I wouldn't be stung by nobody else Mmm : where is my stinging snake now I believe to my soul : that my stinging snake trying to put me down If you listen to me good people : I'll tell you what it's all about We have that good Dr Cheer: and it just come now Eight o'clock in the morning : don't say one mumbling word I can tell you all about it : and I ain't going to tell you nothing I heard Hey I believe I'll get drunk : tear this old barrelhouse down Because I ain't got no money : but I can hobo out of town Give me one more drink : drink of that *bottling burn* And I will tell everything : just as soon as I get back home Give me a draught of beer : if not a drink of gin I feel myself getting sober : I want to get back drunk again Look here baby : you ain't got to go I've got my *first time* : to drive you from my door You ain't got to move : out this neighborhood Because I tell the world : I mean you only good I have a brand new bed : a brand new stool
Come back baby : you ain't got to move Well you don't have to worry : about something to eat I made a-plenty money : all last week I might tell everybody : what that Chickasaw have done done for me She done stole my man away : and blowed back dark smoke on me Ain't no woman : like to ride that Chickasaw Because everywhere she stops : she's stealing some woman's good man off I told the depot agent this morning : I don't think you treat me right He done sold my man a ticket : and know that Chickasaw is leaving town tonight I walking down the railroad track : that Chickasaw even wouldn't let me ride the blinds And she start picking up man : all up and down the line Mmm : Chickasaw don't pay no woman no mind And she start picking up men : all up and down this line I've got a man : works on the railroad track The reason he keeps his job : he can squat it in the sack He's not so good-looking : he don't dress so fine But when he does his squatting : he really takes his time Now I want you to go ahead on girls : and leave him alone That's the very reason : scared to trust him at home That's the man : he's scared to call his name Because when he go to squatting : it's a crying shame He not so short : he not so tall But when he's doing the squatting : you might a-hear me squall I ain't no doctor : but I'm the doctor wife You better come to me : if you want to save your life He's a dirty mother for you : he don't mean no good He got drunk this morning : tore up the neighborhood I want you to come here baby : come here quick You done give me something : about to make me sick I went down to the station : talk to the judge He said don't bring me : none of that doggone crap you heard
I went down to the office : fell out on the floor He done something to me now : he won't do no more Now won't you look here baby : what you done done You done *spread* my *liver* : now you done *broke the rungs* What is that : you going around here trying to sell It ain't good to eat : you know it ain't good to smell The first time I met you : you had the meat in your hand Going to give it : to some woman's man You got something you can't sell : and you can't give away You just as well to take it : on back where you stay And don't let me catch you : trying to give it to my man If you do : *I'm ??? to pin a* doggone can Look a-here black girl : why don't you get off the line What you trying to sell : ain't nobody buying When you go to Helena : stop on Cherry Street And just ask anybody : to show you Reaching Pete He's the tallest man : walks on Cherry Street And the baddest copper : ever walked that beat He met me one sunny morning : just about the break of day I was drinking my moonshine : he made me throw my knife away Well he taken my partner : down to the jail After he locked her up : he turned and went her bail Reaching Pete's all right : but his buddy *overzeal* Every time he meet you : he's ready for plenty hell Hey all you peoples going out tonight : just going to see Joe Louis fight And if you ain't got no money : have to go tomorrow night Crying he even carried a mean left : and he carried a mean right And if he hits you with either one : same as a charge from a dynamite I'm going to tell all of you prize fighters : don't play Joe for no fool If he hits you with that left duke : same as a kick from a Texas mule Joe Louis is a two-fist fighter : and he stands six feet tall
And the bigger they come : he say the harder they fall Boys if I only had ten hundred dollars : I'd a-laid it up on my shelf I'd bet anybody pass my house : that one round Joe would knock him out I wouldn't even pay my house rent : I wouldn't buy me nothing to eat Joe Louis would take a chance with them : I would put you on your feet I got a big black cat : sitting in my back door He catches every rat : run across my floor If it wasn't for that cat : I wouldn't know what I would do Rats cutting up : all of my clothes and shoes I been had this old cat now : for three or four years Still nobody want him : till I brought him here Before I got that cat : rats had holes all in my walls Since I brought her home : you can't find no holes at all You have seen a lots of cats : and you going to see a lots of more I got one-eyed cats : everywhere I go Man you won't give me no money : you won't buy me no clothes to wear Want to take me off in France : and know I ain't got no business over there Tell me men : what do you expect for us poor women to do Work and give you all our money : and be used like a doggone tool I'm so glad : that I ain't nobody's fool If I keep every dime of my money : sure got to come under my rule Know when you was a schoolboy : when you was going to school You know if you take my money : you be done broke your teacher's rule I don't mind trying to help you : please don't play me for no fool Don't forget these last words : you sure got to come under my rule I got to leave this town : I'm got to go before the sun go down Because I done got tired : of these coppers running me around I stayed in jail last night : and all last night before I would have been there now : if my daddy hadn't've sprung the door I been in so much of trouble : that's why I'm got to go But when I get out this time : I won't sell moonshine no more
I done packed my trunk : and done shipped it on down the road Now I won't be bothered : with these big fat bulls no more Just keep me a-moving : going from door to door I done made up in my mind : not to sell moonshine no more Well it's hard to be mistreated : when you ain't done nothing wrong And you caught your lover-man : when you can't keep him at home Now I'm going to get myself a single man : and leave these married mens alone They ain't nothing but a wad of trouble : when they laying up in your arms I need someone to love me : but someone to call my own I'm tired of loving these married men : can say I know their wives got them and gone Well I'm getting so tired : staying home all by myself And every man I fall in love with : he loving someone else But I tried to be nice : tried to be nice and kind But every man I love : don't seem like he want to pay me no mind I don't believe : my baby wants me no more Well if he did : he would take me everywhere he goes Asked my daddy last night : please take me to the show Said I wouldn't mind carrying you : but your daddy ain't got no dough Well you say you going away to leave me : going back down the road Well I just want to find out : now which a-way must I go If you catch that midnight train : I might ride that midnight train too Well I could still be riding : I don't have to be with you Mmm : look what you done made me do Done left my good man : all on account of you Out across the hill : I built a lonesome shack So when my good man quit me : I won't have to beg him back In the southeast corner : that's where I'll put my cool iron bed So when he puts me out : have some place to lay my head Found my groceries and my stove : where they are selling cheap So when he stops feeding me : have some place to cook and eat Time I get me a sweetheart : and a ??? machine
So when we part : be hard to find a ??? *bean* I's born in Louisiana : I raised in Algiers And everywhere I been : the peoples all say Ain't nothing in rambling : either running around Well I believe I'll marry : ooo Lord and settle down I first left home : I stopped in Tennessee The peoples all begging : come and stay with me Because ain't nothing in rambling : either running around Well I believe I'll get me a good man : ooo Lord and settle down I walked through the alley : with my hand in my coat The police start to shoot me : thought it something I stole The peoples on the highway : is walking and crying Some is starving : some is dying You may go to Hollywood : and try to get on the screen But I'm going to stay right here : and eat these old charity beans I'm alone : traveling by myself If I don't find the one I love : I don't want nobody else I was down : down one old lonesome road I didn't have me no baby : couldn't find no place to go Mmm : people wonder where could my baby be It don't make me no difference : just seem so lonesome here to me I can't feel happy : nowhere in the world I be If I don't find my baby : you going to have some trouble out of me Boy friend boy friend : where in the world can you be Ever since you been gone : you sure is worrying me You keep me thinking : and wondering all the time Oh people it's so hard : to please that man of mine I combs his hair : I washes his feet And when I think that works : he's out strolling the street Last night he started an argument : he dared poor me to grunt Then taken my last dollar : to make his girl friend drunk
I ain't going to give you my money : and don't know what it's all about Soon as I get cold in hand : you be ready to kick me out Late hours at night : trying to play my hand Through my window : out stepped a man My mama cried : papa did too Oh daughter : look what a shame on you I flagged a train : didn't have a dime Tried to run away : from that home of mine I hit the highway : caught me a truck Nineteen and seventeen : when the world was tough All of my playmates : is not surprised I had to travel : before I got wise Won't you be my chauffeur : I want someone to drive me I want someone to drive me downtown Baby drives so easy : I can't turn him around But I don't want him : to be riding these girls to be riding these girls around You know I'm going to steal me a pistol : shoot my chauffeur down Well I must buy him : a brand new V-Eight a brand new V-Eight Ford And he won't need no passengers : I will be his load Going to let my chauffeur : drive me around the drive me around the world Then he can be my little boy : yes I'll feed him good I done crossed my fingers : and counted up to twenty-three I seen a star falling : that means bad luck done fell on me A black cat bone's a-boiling : I put it on at half past twelve I'll tie it in a sack : and walk off talking to myself A shooting star means evil : ain't never seen that thing to fail I'll either spend a month in jail : or I'm sure to lose my job Now I ain't superstitious : don't believe in not a sign I know But when my right hand itches : I know I'll get some money sure I let a black cat cross me : I walked right through a funeral line But when the stars are shooting : I know bad luck is in that sign
You knowed I was drunk : when I lay down across your bed All the whiskey I drank : it's gone right to my head Oh give me Houston : that's the place I crave So when I'm dry : I can get whiskey ??? *made* Whiskey whiskey : is some folk's downfall But if I don't get whiskey : I ain't no good at all When I was in Houston : drunk most every day I drank so much whiskey : I thought I'd pass away Have you ever been drunk : and slept in all your clothes And when you wake up : feel like you want a dose I'm going to get drunk : daddy just one more time Because when I'm drunk : nothing don't worry my mind Sunshine Special : shine down on me I ain't going home till morning : I've had the blues all my life : I think that's long enough I'm going out all night : ??? going to strut my stuff *Take your good girl* : *take your hands away* It's the way you *crow* mama : just awhile before day I say Sunshine Special : throw your light down on me I'm going home to my regular : drunk as I can be What my mama told me : ??? : my ruination Hey : something going on wrong Lord when I come in : find my *good gal* gone Lord I wish she come here : right down on her head And might be a few questions : she swore sure *kill her dead* And you treat me good : Lord will bless your soul If you treat me bad : mama to hell you surely go But I'm on my way back : to that lonesome hill Because that's where I can look down : where the *stack* man used to live I said mama : what become of me Every time I leave home : some of my follies follow me
Some of my former deeds mama : cause me to leave my old home Lord I tried and tried : and I just can't let her go So cold in China : birds can't hardly sing You didn't make me mad : till you broke my diamond ring Take me mama : won't be bad no more You can get my loving : if you let that old black snake go Black snake crawling : crawling in my room Some high brown woman : better come and get this here black snake soon Hey mama : what have I said and done Folks tell me your loving : baby sure going to be my ruin Crying eee : your daddy do love you You's a high-stepping mama : and I don't care what you do I was a little boy : on my way to school Met a high brown woman : and she broke my mammy's rule Mama said I'm reckless : daddy said I'm young and wild Quit being so reckless : be my baby child The woman I love : she only sixteen years of age And she's a full-grown woman : but she just got childish ways She got a head full of diamonds : and a mouth chock full of gold And every time she smiles : Lord it makes my blood run cold And she's low and she's squatty : and made right to the ground And she's tailor-made : Lord and ain't no hand-me-down And the woman I love : Lord she do not pay me no mind And the one I hate : I see her all the time And the woman I love : she's gone far away And the one I hate : at the house every day Folks you don't know : how worried must I be Nobody knows : but the good Lord and me Lord Lord : now won't you hear my plea Now I want you to stop my gal : from mistreating me Lord Lord : now I ain't got a friend
Now one gal is in jail : and the other one is in the pen I've been worrying all day mama : and could hardly sleep last night I had the blues for Vicksburg Mississippi : and couldn't be satisfied *Now if ever they find me the ship at* : where I long to be I've got a good gal pretty mama : waiting there for me Now there's nothing I can do mama : oh no more I can say All I know I do in Vicksburg : Lord is *paraday* I love you mama : but you don't mean me no good I done everything for you : sweet mama that I could I brought you clothes : and diamond rings Give you all my money : and everything If you don't want me mama : now let your daddy be *For me* I may find someone : that cares for me I ain't no doctor : I can't ease your pain Ain't no brakeman : I can't take your train You know sweet : I'm a good-looking brown What it takes to please : I'm going to carry that around The first time I met the blues mama : they came walking through the wood They stopped at my house first mama : and done me all the harm they could Now my blues got at me : Lord and run me from tree to tree You should have heard me begging : Mr blues don't murder me Good morning blues : what are you doing here so soon You bes with me every morning : Lordy every night and noon The blues came down the alley : mama and stopped right at my door They give me more hard luck and trouble : than I ever had before Had a cool loving mama : and they call her Jesse P And she's the sweetest woman : has ever walked down Mulberry Street
Now she's a kind loving baby : and give the men a thrill Now the reason I love her : she live in Vicksburg on the hill And I love her I love her : and I always will The reason I really love her : I think of Vicksburg on the hill I were laying upstairs mama : trying to take my rest And a notion struck me : Lord I believe I'll go out west Now I'm going out west mama : Lord and I can't take you Because it's nothing out there mama : that a woman like you can do Just as soon : as a train mama makes up in the yard And I'm out westbound : that's if the bulls don't have me barred Now I'm leaving town baby : because you know you treats me wrong You go out at night and get full of bad whiskey : and stay out the whole night long And I tried everything mama in this world : to get along with you Now and you know I love you : that's why you treat me like the way you do And I'm going I'm going : mama and your crying won't make me stay And the more you cry mama : the farther that you drive me away Now when I leave this time mama : you can pin crepe on my door And I won't be dead : baby but I ain't coming here no more I got a letter from Texas : how do you reckon it read It said hurry home brother : for the one you love is dead And I went to the station : but the train had gone I got to thinking about my baby : and I started walking on And I walked up on a stranger : I told him I was in so much misery He said you'll never start to Texas : you better take the T and T And he dropped me off in Texas : in a little place they call San Antone And you can't really imagine : how you hear those wild ox moan Now boys I once had a good woman : but I really did not treat her right
And I would do everything evil : and everything I could for spite I would go out at night : and get full of bucket gin And she would be absolutely hospital bound : if she ever even asked me where I had been Now I'm sorry that I mistreated her : just as sorry as a man can be Now it seem like the more that I do for her : it is the less she care for me Now boys if you got a good woman : treat her kind in every way Because a real good woman : can't be found every day Boys have you ever had a woman : and she didn't mean you no good And you trust her with your hide : and she treat it just like a piece of wood And you will turn your back on everybody : baby you will really worry you best friend On account of a no-good woman : and then she loving other men Then you will sit right down and worry : about a friend that you could gain After you have forsaken everybody : it will be on account of another dame Now boys don't never let : no woman treat you nice and kind Because she's only been *you* : I can tell *you about the* mine I met a woman in West Texas : she had been left by herself all alone I spied her looking ??? *cross* me : where I wasn't even known She fell for me a raggedy stranger : standing in the drizzling rain She said daddy I'll follow you : though you don't know my name We snuggled closely together : muddy water around our feet No place to call home : wet hungry and no place to eat She said I care for you daddy : but I love no man better than I do myself But I have a mind to care : a heart to love like anyone else The wolves howled at midnight : wild ox moaned till day The man in the moon looked down on us : but had nothing to say I get up early every morning : to toil the whole day through Baby it wouldn't be so hard : if I was getting up from beside of you I'm so lonesome without you baby : I can't be satisfied Aren't you a little lonesome for me too : so we can both be pacified Your hugs are so shocking : your eyes tell me yes And you don't *store* it to me : that's what makes my happiness
I'm not lying baby : you were always really mine And if I don't see you soon : I'll sure be found crying Right back to Dallas : I got to be on my way I'm going to let that Texas Special : drop me in southern U S A Right or wrong : I must be with my little southern Chocktaw I don't know that she loves me : but still she calls me her southpaw I'm black and I'm evil : and I did not make myself If my man don't have me : he won't have nobody else I've got to buy me a bulldog : he'll watch me while I sleep Because I'm so black and evil : that I might make a midnight creep I believe to my soul : the Lord has got a curse on me Because every man I get : a no-good woman steals him from me *Even as* I lay down at night : behind you lies an empty space And you wish on every *no-good* star : *bring here your baby to me* Oh the judge he sentenced me : and the clerk he wrote it down My man *sat and stared before you babe* : that you are county farm bound Oh six months in *jail* : and a month on the county farm If my man hadn't a-been in the *jug* : he would help with my bond I worked hard on the county farm : tried to forget my man And some day he's going to be sorry : he treated me this a-way I've got to build me a scaffold : just to hang myself Because the man I'm loving : I don't care where he *follow me* My man my man : treats me so lowdown Anything I do : he like to leave his mind I love my man : but he loves somebody else I think I'm a big fool : he'll keep on wearing my *Ever get ready for* lay down : and think about your man at night And you will get to twisting and turning : and you couldn't lay just right My babe turned to me : with tears running down his face Says I'm sorry for you woman : another woman has taken your place I was standing on the corner : just between Broadway and Main A cop walked up : and he *laughed ??? me my name* ??? : my name was *little known* myself I'm a good-time woman : and I sure don't have to He says I'll take you to the station : and see what you will do *I'll make him despise you* : and he *lay* Oh he took me to the judge : with my head hanging low And the judge said hold you head up : for you are bound to go I had a dream last night : babe I can't understand I had a dream I saw some woman : *thieving* with my man I tried to be good : but he would not let me be Now he is leaving : just to spite me Now you got all my money : still you ain't satisfied And now you got another woman : going to catch the train and ride You may go babe : you may have your way But when you think of your loving : I know that you cannot behave Baby when I was all down and out : you just could not be found Now I have someone to care for me : don't want you hanging around I have got a regular man here : Lord the good kid-man's downtown I can't quit my regular : and I won't throw my kid-man down Lord I quit my kid-man : because I caught him in a lie And all I can hear now : is his moaning his mournful cry Yes he told a little gal : looking in the deep blue sea I am ??? : so don't bring your blues to me And I'm black and I'm evil : and I did not make *myself* If my babe don't have me : he won't have nobody there Going to buy me a bulldog : to watch me while I sleep Because I'm so black and evil : that I might make a midnight creep
I believe to my soul : the Lord have got a curse on me Because every *meat* that I gain : a no-good woman steals him from me Did you ever lay down at night : behind you lies an empty space You will turn over and hug a pillow : where your daddy used to die Old death wagon : don't you dare stop at my door You took my first three daddies : you can't have number four Smallpox got my first man : booze killed number two I wore out the last one : but with this one I ain't through Slow down *bone archer* : call your *cold cart* back My daddy's engine running : on my *double track* Black hearse ain't no use : you sure can't have my man I'm just using him up : on the old Spreading lies and gossip : surely is one shameful sin I hope when winter comes : they steal coal from her bin Scandal : is just a nice fancy name for dirt I'll *spy* some woman : lying *mouse* just in her skirt The buzzard : surely one lowdown rotten bird But when folks smell scandal : how they fly to spread the word Next time : I hear that mean ornery lowdown talk I'll put coals in someone's shoes : to make warts when they walk Love my bug juice : just as crazy about it as I can be *My late bug juice vane* : Lord I'm afraid he's going to pour it on me Took one drink last night : and it made me go stone blind Thought I'd run away : but I had to take my time Sometime : a drink make me act just like a doggone fool Two three drinks : make me kick like a doggone mule Good man when I'm sober : tiger when I'm drunk ??? : mama I'm going to hide in your trunk
'Tain't none of my business : but it sure ain't right Take another man's woman : play honeydrip all night I'm a stranger : I just come in your town I want some honeydrip : please don't turn me down If I mistreat you mama : I sure don't mean no harm I'm a honeydripping papa : I don't know right from wrong I got me a mama : she's so big and fat She hurt her honeydrip prince : because I know it's tight like that Don't play honeydrip : way down in no cell She's a sweet loving mama : I know she's going to raise a little hell Went up on a mountain : looked down in the deep blue sea Big fat woman : tried to flirt with me If I could holler : like that mountain jack I'd go up on the mountain : call my baby back Because you see me staggering : baby don't you think I'm drunk For I'm going away to leave you : I'm coming back no more Can't you tell me pretty papa : where did you stay last night He said it's none of your business : mama so I treat you right Because you see me staggering : daddy don't you think I'm drunk I got my eye on my shotgun : the other one is on your trunk Well I love you Mr Charlie : honey God knows I do But the day you try to quit me : brother that's the day you die Go on old man : don't sing those blues to me I'm about as blue : as any girl can be You even told me : right to my face That you had another woman : to shimmy in my place I'm getting tired : of your dirty ways I'm going back : to my baby again So *crying to me* : don't mean you can't bluff Papa I'm slipping out tonight : I'm going ha ha ha *All you men* : you may go your way I'm sick and tired : of your dirty ways
Now tell me little daddy : what you got on your worried mind Tell your little mama your troubles : swear I'll tell you mine I'll just ??? your carriage : and I'll check your line I just come to tell you : another man is got your child It's hard to love a man : when you know you really love Lord I can't quit him : and I sure can't let him alone Lord early one morning : girls on my way to school Lord that brownskin man : caused me not to obey my poor mother's rule If I feel tomorrow : like I feel today Before I stand to be mistreated : girls I'll take morphine and die Lord my daddy got something : that's a brand new thing to me I just want to tell you : it's sure been good to me I'm poor old stranger girls : and I just rolled in your town Lord I just come here : to ease my troubled mind Lord I'm so heart-broken girls : I cannot cry at all Well if I finds my man girls : I'm going to nail him to the wall I'm poor old stranger girls : and I just rolled in your town Lord I find my man : I'm going to nail him to the wall Read my search warrant lady : I'm just looking for my man I got my razor in my bosom : and my pistol in my hand I'm just like a mad dog : I snaps at everything I meet But if I find my man : he sure is going to be my meat I'm going to cut him with my razor : I'm going to use my pistol too Now they can call the undertaker : to put your last clean shirt on you I'm going to kill my man : then I'm going to kill myself I'd rather we both to be dead : than to see him with someone else There's one thing I like : about that gal of mine She treats me right : and loves me all the time Sometimes I'm broke : and blue as I can be
But still my baby : she looks after me She walked in the rain : till her feet got soaking wet And these are the words : she said to every man she met Mr change a dollar : and give me one lousy dime So I can feed : this hungry man of mine She took me over : to a cabaret I ate and drank : and then I went away This gal of mine : she's one way all the time She takes the blues away : and satisfies my mind Some people say : that the midnight blues ain't bad Well it must not have been : those midnight blues I had Tell me fair brownie : where did you stay last night Your hair's all down : and your clothes ain't fitting you right Oh run here mama : run and tell me now Says do you love your papa : anyhow When you see two women : going together so long You can bet your life : that there's something going on wrong I'm going to buy me a pistol : as long as my right arm Going to carry it in my pocket : and make you stay at home I pawned my watch : and my clothes and diamond ring Now you will have to stop : shaking shaking that old thing She goes out Lord : and stays all day Got another woman : to take her place I got a gal : says she's long and tall Way she keep loving : says Lord Lord Lord I got a gal : says she's named Sally Right Says way she keep a-loving : says *it's* just too tight She stays out : all night long She's going to come home : and find me gone She stays out : both day and night Said I know my babe : she ain't treating me right
Walking down the hard road : done wore the soles off of my shoes My soles are ragged : I got those hard road blues Have you ever laid down at night : thinking about your brown And get the hard road blues : and ramble from town to town Reason why I start : why I lowdown My gal done quit me : I got to leave this town I'm going to put some wheels : on my *broken* shoes Going to roll back to my baby : to get rid of these hard road blues I lay down last night : a thousand things on my mind Going to walk these hard roads : just to cure my lowdown mind Come here baby : give me your right hand Walking these hard roads : going to drive me insane I've got a woman : she's sweet as she could be She long tall woman : she's all right with me Lord I love my woman : she treats me nice and kind All admit she got something : to ease my worried mind I'm going to ask my woman : will she be my wife I would believe she could boil water : make it suit my appetite Say the way she fries my steak : peoples I'm satisfied And the way she serves her gravy : man you'd be surprised Say she serves me in the morning : she serves me late at night Said and everything she serves me : she serves it to me right Now sister fooled brother man : and brother *moved down* The broad catch you signifying : you breaking her down Now mama : just poisoned you Sick and tired : of the way you do Spread the *goo-goo* dust : around your bed In the morning : find your own self dead I know a sister : called Miss Lou Shook so : she had the German flu Another sister : somebody call Miss Boone
Shook so : you couldn't stay in her room Say mama cooked some cabbage : didn't have no meat Had to throw them : on Thirty-Fifth Street Old folk : go run and get your glass Catching the juice : from the too black bad Say mama killed a chicken : and she thought it was a duck Put him on the table : with his heel cocked up I had a mama : that spoke like this Shake your shoulder : shake your wig I got a letter from my rider : what do you reckon it read Say hurry home papa : rider's almost dead And I walked slowly : looked down in the rider's bed These are the words : that rider's said You haven't kissed me papa : like you done before I got a ??? : I just about have to go And I walked back : looking down in rider's face These are the words : rider heard me say And now goodbye mama : I'll meet you some old day The way I been treated : I sure will pass away Nobody knows : streetwalking women like I do She'll keep you up all night long : then will spend your money too She'll come home every morning : with a rag tied on her head And if you speak about loving man : she'll swear that she's almost dead She won't cook you no breakfast : clothes ain't never clean But she can spend more money : than any woman that you ever seen Sometimes she will say : baby I love you so Then again she will tell you : to pack your clothes and go Hey baby : see what you have done You went made me love you : now your man did come I'm going away baby : to wear you off my mind For you keeps me worried : a-bothered all the time
I woke up here this morning : feeling bad I was dreaming about sweet mama : the time once I've had Hey late last night : when everything was still And I found my Georgie : a-way behind some hill Now gal got something : I don't know what it is But on every time she touches me : my mind can't be still *Down down alley* : and heist your window high ??? : when he go easing by I'm going down south : to have my fortune told For I believe : some dirty rascal stole my jellyroll Her mama phoned the doctor : says come here quick Says I believe I got to have my daughter : check-a-check checked Well the doctor came : says I never seen such Your daughter got the fever : she toodle-oo too much Toodle-oo in the summer : in the fall Got so cold : she couldn't toodle-oo at all Her mama's in the kitchen : cooking in a stew Me around the house : just a toodle-oodle-oo Well she went to leave me : *rat* stuck to her shoe Fell down : and broke her little toodle-oodle-oo There was one old brother : by the name of Mose He got so happy : bull of *barley the claw* There was one old sister : by the name of *Yoon* Shame to tell you brother : what that sister was doing There was one old sister : lived down on Vance Said I'd have been her shimmy partner : Lord if I had a chance There was one old sister : named sister Green Jumped up and done the shimmy Lord : you ain't never seen She pulled off her slipper : and then one sock Got way back : and done the double eagle rock I left old Memphis Tennessee : on my way back to [dear old] *Maltree*
I ??? my baby : if this Says I phoned my *room* : I didn't have but one word to say Cast my eyes to the Lord : say you please have mercy on poor me Well I left old *Maltree* : [on my way back, going back] to Memphis Tennessee No sooner I got at the bus station Lord : police he arrested me Lord the police arrest me : carried me before the judge Well the lawyers talk so fast : didn't have time to say not nary word Well the lawyer pleaded: and the judge he done wrote it down Says I'll give you ten days buddy : out in little old Shelby town And they stood me up : *tied me around the peg* Guard said to the trustee : said put the shackles *still* around his leg Mmm : Lordy Lordy Lord Lord the guards done treat me : like I was a lowdown dog I've got a dreamy-eyed woman : lives down on Cherry Street And she laughs and talks : with every brownskin old man she meets Says I told her last night : and all night before Say if you don't quit so much running : you can't be mine no more Put both hands on her hips : and these is the words she said Said big boy I couldn't miss you : if the good Lord told me you was dead I'm going to leave here walking : chances I may ride For I got the blues baby : and I can't be satisfied Honey mmm : baby what more can I do Want me to cut my throat : baby trying to get along with you And I rolled and I tumbled : and I cried the whole night long And I rosed this morning mama : and I didn't know right from wrong Did you ever wake up : and find your dough-roller gone And you wrings your hands : and you cry the whole day long And I told my woman Lord : [just] before I left her town Don't she let nobody : tear her barrelhouse down And I fold my arms Lord : and I [slowly] walked away Says that's all right sweet mama : your trouble going to come some day
Down in Memphis : Tennessee There's a gal : sweet as she can be She's not too thin : not too fat But everything about her : is tight like that She wears her dresses : above her knees Lets folks say : what they please She lets you ride her : in your car But won't let you : ride her too far She don't dress shabby : and wears a tam Legs look as nice : as Georgia ham She uses powder : uses paint It makes her look : like what she ain't She spends it : so they say Because : she won't give nothing away When she dances : she don't move her head But moves everything else : instead Man you can believe it : or not Some day : I'll see what Sadie's got Mr caveman : doggone your caving soul You better quit your bad habits : digging in every dark hole You cave so much : till you can't keep it hid You going to get in the wrong cave : like Floyd Collins did You won't go to the barber : you won't even shave You know a clean-face man : don't go in no cave I'm going in the cave : at the sounding of the drums And I'll dig and dig : till my good gal comes I take my gal out : to a dance one night She would've did the shimmy : but her dress was too tight I would play my fiddle : but I ain't got no bow It have worn off : I can't use it no more I went uptown : to see old lady Moore The bed fell down : I bumped my head on the floor I had a little dog : I leant him to my gal : to keep her company
Around that chicken coop : the *fool* My baby tried to pull off : my derby She bit my rooster : bit him to the bone I told her : to let my thing alone I'm leaving here mama : don't you want to go Because I'm sick and tired : of all this ice and snow When I get back to Memphis : you can bet I'll stay And I ain't going to leave : until that Judgment Day I love old Memphis : the place where I was born Wear my buck??? shoes : and drink my pint of corn I wrote my gal a letter : way down in Tennessee Because I was up here hungry : hurry up and ??? to me I'm going to walk and walk : until I walk out of my shoes Because I've got what they call : *the new living here* blues I got a letter from my darling : said hurry home I got a letter from my darling : said how long you been gone She's little and neat : all nice so sweet Great big legs : and ??? feet She got great big eyes : rosy cheeks Now buddy : you know she must be a peach I'm coming home mama : if I have to I'm coming home mama : if I have to ride the rods You know you're as sweet : as a candy doll You know : you didn't have another man in my stall I got a letter from my darling : said hurry home I got a letter from my darling : didn't have a single dime I'm going in the morning : ain't going to lose no time *Easy kind of* walk : *reel and* rock behind My father was a jockey : learned me to ride behind You know by that : I got a job any time
I walked around the corner : to the peanut stand My gal got stuck : on the peanut man You quit me pretty mama : because you couldn't be my boss But a rolling stone : don't gather no moss Just a nickel's worth of meal : a dime's worth of lard Will feed every dame : in *Jack Burse* yard Last night : my gal went to bed She put a pistol : under my head I got a gal : *pass the* ??? out of my place The mules backed up : in my face A horse and a flea : and two little mice Was down in the cellar : shooting dice Says the horse he slipped : fell on the flea The flea said police : the horse on me Said the little red rooster : to the little red hen You haven't laid an egg : since I don't know when My gal's got something : that I surely like Every time she hugs me : it nearly breaks my back Preacher in the pulpit : bobbing up and down Sisters in the amen corner : singing let's go round and round I got a gal : got movements like a cannonball You women better be careful : you won't have no man at all This winter you women better shimmy : and shimmy right fast If they miss *airy* movement : it sure is their last You got me rolling mama : I don't know how come You want me to roll : from sun to sun I rolled in the summer : I rolled in the fall Winter's here : you don't want no rolling at all If I had swings : and a carpet bag I know by that : I'd get my baby back Squeeze me : till I get as little as a gnat
Mama : then I'll bite like a cat And I came up this morning : baby don't you want to go She said ain't nothing I could say : *and Mary fact started home* and gone I got a rambling woman : she got a rambling mind I buy her a ticket : let her ease on down the line I think I heard that old Seminole : yeah baby when she blows I got a note about my baby : she was way down the road Lord I asked Mr conductor : won't you please help her with her load Because the way that she treated me : every day nobody knows Lord she treat me like a hog : treated me like a dog She treated me like a bear one morning : and then ah just like a log Don't nobody know : how she mistreated me Lord I got a-traveling on the mind : *anyone thing I'll be dying* I have made up my mind : to explain to you in every way Today I am leaving : and I'm going away to stay And another thing baby : you don't worry me no more Because I can get a woman like you : anywhere I go I have made up my mind : baby to tell you the truth I'm explaining all I know how : and nothing more can I do I don't love you no more : and I don't see where I can I've got a woman in ??? : so you can find you another man Just sitting down thinking : drinking my trouble through What in the world : makes me feel so blue I don't want to leave you : want to give you another break And just to see : what kind of woman you make Says you was off of whiskey : but you won't leave it alone And the next drink I see you with : babe you done lost your home Listen here little girl : love for you is true But if you don't stop drinking : I don't know what I'll do with you Why do you worry : when your daddy cares for you And if I don't love you : I wouldn't care what you do I have had my fun : if I don't get well no more My health is failing me : and I'm going down slow Please write my mother : tell her the shape I'm in Tell her to pray for me : forgive me for my sin Tell her don't send no doctor : doctor can't do no good It's all my fault : didn't do things I should On the next train south : look for my clothes home If you don't see my body : all you can do is moan Mother please don't worry : this is all in my prayer Just say your son is gone : I'm out in this world somewhere I'm worried today : Lord and I'm worried in mind Be worried : honey be worried all the time What will you do : when your good friend throws you down Going to catch me a plane : babe going to leave your town Many days : I sit down weep and cry That's why : I'm dying to be by your side Some of these mornings : babe and it won't be long Going to call my name : darling and I'll be gone I woke up this morning : baby and feeling bad
Well I went down to a coon crap game : *although it* went against my will The ??? won all the money I had : except a greenback dollar bill When I went down to see my girl : well the hour was about nine I ??? : but I got there just in time Well I went down to ??? Street : where the ??? *fine* Well I heard the ??? : ??? be no friend of mine I'm going back to Texas : hear that wild ox moan Lord that is why : you hear me yell this moan Some day you going to be sorry : honey you done me wrong *Honey babe that's all right* : honey and I'll be gone Oh baby baby : you don't know my mind When you think I'm loving you : *I'm in the bed* all the time Oh I woke up this morning : honey about the break of day I hugging the pillow : where my fair brown did lay Woke up this morning : get my shoes I love a woman : that I can't give it to Woke up this morning : to get my coat My brown knocking : on a-my back door Woke up this morning : to get my tie *I can't get you women* : *because you* let me die Woke up this morning : about the break of day Hugging the pillow : where that fair brown lay Mama told me : daddy told me too You got to *live in your place* : ??? you I know just how baby : Lord a broke man feels Says there is no one baby: that will do him a real good deal I been broke all day baby : did not have a lousy dime But I'll be all right baby : I swear some other time Lord I don't feel welcome : mama in St Louis no more Because I have no friends : baby and no place to go
I'm going to leave this town baby : and I swear I ain't coming back no more I've been treated so bad : I can't be happy no more I've lost all my money : baby and everything I had too That's why you hear me crying : mama these broke man blues Mmm : I ain't got to sing it no more Because I been broke baby : and I got these broke man blues It's a little boll weevil : she's moving in the air You can plant your cotton : and you won't get half a cent Boll weevil boll weevil : where's your little home A-Louisiana and Texas : is where I's bred and born Well I saw the boll weevil : Lord a-circle Lordy in the air The next time I seen him : Lord he had his family there Boll weevil left Texas : Lord he bid me fare you well I'm going down to Mississippi : going to give Louisiana hell Boll weevil and his wife : went and sit down on the hill Boll weevil told his wife : let's take this forty in Boll weevil told his wife : I believe I may go north Let's leave Louisiana : and go to Arkansas Boll weevil told the farmer : that I ain't going to treat you fair Took all the blossoms : and leave you an empty square Boll weevil boll weevil : where your little home Most anywhere : they raise cotton and corn Boll weevil boll weevil : call that treating me fair Next time I seen you : you have your family there Jackson on a high hill mama : Natchez just below I ever get back home : I won't be back no more Oh my mama's getting old : her head is turning grey Don't you know it'll break her heart : know I'm living this a-way I woke up this morning : jinx all around my bed Turned my face to the wall : and I didn't have a word to say No use a-hollering : no use screaming and crying For you know you got a home : mama long as I got mine Hey Lord have mercy : on my wicked soul I wouldn't mistreat you : baby for my weight in gold Oh I'm going away baby : don't you want to go
Take God to tell : when I'll be back here anymore I'm going away : to the one I know I'm worried now : but I won't be worried long My rider got something : she trying to keep it hid Lord I got something : to find that something with I feel like chopping : chips flying everywhere I've been to the nation : Lord but I couldn't stay there Some people say : them overseas blues ain't bad It must not have been : them overseas blues I had Every day : seem like murder here I'm going to leave tomorrow : I know you don't didn't want me here Can't go down : this dark road by myself I don't carry my rider : going to carry me someone's else You can catch my pony : saddle up my black mare I'm going to find a rider : baby in the world somewhere Hello Central : what's the matter with your line Come a storm last night : tore the wires down Got a brand new Shetland : man already trained Just get in the saddle : tighten up on your reins And a brownskin woman : like something fit to eat But a jet-black woman : don't put your hand on me Took my baby : to meet the morning train And the blues come down baby : like showers of rain I got something to tell you : when I gets a chance I don't want to marry : just want to be your man I'm going to buy me a banty : put him in my back door Lord he sees a stranger coming : he'll flap his wings and crow What you want with a rooster : he won't crow 'fore day What you want with a man : when he won't do nothing he say What you want with a hen : won't cackle when she lay What you want with a woman : when she won't do nothing I say
Oh take my picture : hang it up in Jackson's wall Anybody ask you what about it : tell them that's all that's all My hook's in the water : and my cork's on top How can I lose Lord : with the help I got I know my dog : anywhere I hear him bark I can tell my rider : if I feel her in the dark I believe sweet mama : going to do like she say Going to cook my supper : Lord put me in her bed You ever go to Memphis : stop by Minglewood You Memphis women : don't mean no man no good She's got a man on her man : got a kid on her kid Done got so bold : Lord won't keep it hid Ah all right : ain't going to be here long I believe sweet mama : sure was kind to me She's up at night : like a police on his beat I'll tell you something : keep it to yourself Please don't tell your husband : Lord and no one else [She's, got] a long tall woman : tall like a cherry tree She gets up before day : and she puts that thing on me I think I heard : the Pea Vine when she blowed Blowed just like : my rider getting on board You're living single : Lord you know I ain't going to stay I'm going up the country : mama in a few more days Yes you know it you know it : you know you done done me wrong Yes I cried last night : and I ain't going to cry no more But the Good Book tell us : you got to reap just what you sow Stop your way of living : and you won't have to cry no more I think I heard : the Pea Vine when she blowed She blowed just like : she wasn't going to blow no more
I lay down last night : hoping I would have my peace But when I woke up : Tom Rushen was shaking me When you get in trouble : there's no use of screaming and crying Tom Rushen will take you : back to Cleveland a-flying It was late one night : Holloway was gone to bed Mr Day brought the whiskey : taken from under Holloway's head It take boozy booze : Lord to carry me through Thirty days seem like years in the jailhouse : where there is no booze I got up this morning : Tom Day was standing around If he lose his office now : he's running from town to town [Let me, I'm going to] tell you folksies : just how he treated me Ah he brought me here : and I was drunk as I could be Aah : she's long and tall *The way she do the boogie* : makes a panther squall I'm going to show you common women : how I feel Going to get me another woman : before I leave Say mama got the washboard : my sister got the tub My brother got the whiskey : mama got the jug Well these evil women : sure make me tight Got a handful of give-me : mouthful of much-obliged Well I got a woman : she's long and tall But when she wiggles : she makes a panther squall Say mama and papa : going to work Left my sister standing : at the watering trough My mama told me : Never love a woman : like she can't love you I got up this morning : my hat in my hand Didn't have no other brown : didn't have no man Good Lord send the sunshine : devil he send the rain I will be here tomorrow : on the morning train You don't know : sure don't know my mind I don't show you my ticket : and you don't know where I'm going Followed sweet mama : to the burying ground I didn't know that I loved her : till they laid her down
I been to the ocean : peeped down the deep blue sea I didn't see nobody : looked like my sweet mama to me One of these mornings : you know it won't be long You going to be mistreated : and I'll have to leave you home I'm going away : mama don't you want to go I went up Green River : rolling like a log Think I heard : that Marion whistle blow And it blew just like : my baby getting on board I'm going : where the Southern cross the Dog Some people say : the Green River blues ain't bad Then it must not have been : them Green River blues I had It was late one evening : everything was still I could see my baby : upon a lonesome hill How long : evening train been gone Yes I'm worried now : but I won't be worried long I'm going away : to make it lonesome here Going to buy me a hammock : carry it underneath through the trees So when the wind blow : the leaves may fall on me Go on baby : you can have your way Sister : every dog sure must have his day They got me in shackles : I'm wearing my ball and chain And they got me ready : for that Parchman train I went to the depot : I looked up at the board And the train had left : went steaming on up the road I was way up Red River : calling all night long I think I heard : the Bob Lee boat when she moaned When your way gets dark : baby turn your lights up high
When you see my man : Lordy he come easing by I take my baby : seven forty-five Trouble baby : trying to blow me down It wouldn't hurt so bad : but the news all over this town I love my baby : and I tell the world I do What made me love her : you'll come and love her too Yeah some day baby : well and it won't be long She calling me baby : and I'll be gone I'm going away baby : don't you want to go My babe's got a heart : like a piece of railroad steel If I leave you this morning : don't say dad how do you feel I will leave her at the crossing : when the train pass by She blowed for the crossing : then she started to fly I got up this morning : something after five And the morning sun Lord : was beginning to rise Cut your wood : baby I will make your fire I will tote you water : from the boggy bayou If your woman mistreat you : *better off in your lap* I didn't find me nobody : did not have a man The backwater done rose all around Sumner : drove [me, poor Charley] down the line Well I tell the world : the water done struck through this town Lord the whole round country : Lord creek water is overflowed I would go to the hill country : but they got me barred Now the water now mama : done struck Charlotte town Well I'm going to Vicksburg : before I have mine Lord the water done [rushed, raised] : all over that old Jackson Road I'm going back to the hilly country : won't be worried no more
The water was rising : up in my friend's door The man said to his womenfolk : Lord we'd better go The water was [rising, rolling] : got up in my bed I thought I would take a trip Lord : out on the big *ice slab* I say I'm just like a rattlesnake baby : I say in the middle of his coil I ain't going to have no hard time : mama rolling through this world When I leave here mama : I'm going further down the road So if I meet him up there : I'm going back to the Gulf of Mexico I'm going to shake glad hands mama : I say Lord with your loving boy Fixing to eat my supper : in Shelby Illinois Vicksburg on a high hill : and Louisiana Lord it's just below If I get back there : I ain't going to never be bad no more And my baby's got a heart : like a piece of railroad steel If I leave here this morning : never say daddy how do you feel It's a mean black moan : and it's lying front of my door When I leave Chicago : Lord I ain't coming back no more Ninety men were laid off : at the railroad shop And the strike in Chicago : Lordy Lord it just won't stop I'm tired of mean black moans : friends lying front of my door But when I leave Chicago Lord : I ain't coming back here no more There are a hundred men Lordy : [standing] all around my bed I wish somebody : might be able to kill the black moan dead Every morning : Lord rent man is at my door And my man hasn't worked Lord : in two or three weeks or more It's all I can do Lord : ah fight for my life But when the strike is over : Lord I will be all right When I was living at Lula : I was living there at ease Lord the drought come in cold autumn : parched up all the trees Oh today over in Lula : we'll bid that town goodbye
Well when it come to another day : Lord the Lula well was gone dry Lord the citizens around Lula : all doing very well Lord they all got together : and they done bored a well I ain't got no money : and I sure ain't got no home The old weather done come in : and parched all the cotton and corn Oh look down the country : Lord it'll make you cry Most everybody : Lord had a watering bayou Lord the Lula women Lord : ??? up and down Lord you ought to been there : Lord see the womens all leaving town Oh the moon is going down : baby sun's about to shine Rosetta Henry told me Lord : I don't want you hanging around Oh well where were you now baby : Clarksdale mill burned down I was way down Sunflower : with my face all full of frowns There's a house over yonder : painted all over green Some of the finest young women : Lord a man most ever seen Lord I think I heard : that Helena whistle Helena whistle Helena whistle blow Lord I ain't going to stop walking : till I get in my rider's door Oh the smokestack is black : and the bell it shine like gold Lord I ain't going to walk here : baby around no more I was out at night : when I heard the loco blow I got to see my rider : where she's getting her dough Come on mama : out to the edge of town I know where there's a bird nest : built down on the ground If I was a bird mama : I would build a nest in the heart of town So when the town get lonesome : I'd be bird nest bound Hard luck is at your front door : blues are in your room Trouble is at your back door : what is going to become of you Sometimes I say I need you : then again I don't Sometimes I think I'll quit you : then again I won't Oh I remember one morning : standing in my baby's door Look a-here papa Charley : I don't want you no more Take me home sweet home : baby to that shining star You don't need no telling : mama take me in your car
If you got a good bullcow : you ought to keep your bull bull at home Say may come along a young heifer : and just tow your bull from home Oh my bull's in the pasture babe : Lord where there's no grass I swear every minute : it seems like it's going to be my last And my bull got a horn : long as my arm I've an old five pound ax : and I'll cut two different ways And I cut my little woman : both night and day I've an old five pound ax : and I just dropped in your town I got women now behind me : just try that old ax on down And I remember one morning : between midnight and day I were way upstairs : throwing myself away When the trial was in Belzoni : it ain't no use to screaming and cry Mr Webb will take you : back to Belzoni jail a-flying Let me tell you folks : just how he treated me And he put me in the cellar : it was dark as it could be It's late one evening : Mr Purvis was standing around Mr Purvis told Mr Webb : to let poor Charley down It takes boozy booze : Lord to carry me through Thirty days seem like years in a jailhouse : where there is no booze I got up one morning : feeling mighty bad And it must not have been : them Belzoni jail I had When I was in prison : it ain't no use to scream and cry Mr Purvis on his mansion : he don't pay no mind I got me a stone pony : and I don't ride Shetland no more You can find my stone pony : hooked to my rider's door Vicksburg's my pony : Greenville is my grey mare You can find my stone pony : down in Lula town somewhere And I got me a stone pony : don't ride Shetland no more And I can't feel welcome : rider nowhere I go Vicksburg's on a high hill : and Natchez just below And I can't feel welcome : rider nowhere I go Well I didn't come here : steal nobody's brown
I just stopped by here : well to keep you from stealing mine Hello Central : what's the matter with your line Come a storm at night : and tore the wire down I ain't going to tell nobody : thirty-four have done for me Took my roll Lord : I was broke as I could be They run me from Will Dockery's : Ah one of them told papa Charley : I don't want you hanging around my job no more Well look down the country : it almost make you cry Women and children : flagging freight trains for rides Carmen got a little Six Buick : big Six Chevrolet car And it don't do nothing : but follow behind Holloway's farmer's plow And it may bring sorrow : Lord and it may bring tears Oh Lord oh Lord : let me see your brand new year I love my stuff babe : I want to give it *a hop* And my rider's got the ??? shivers : swear it just won't stop Oh I know she want it hard babe : sure don't want it chawed It would break my heart : if *the ??? need* no more And I keeps on telling my rider : well she was *shivering* down Lord that jelly-baking strut : will make a monkey-man leave his town Oh the light burning dim : ??? *terrible near* It must a-be the devil : inside this barrel of gin Oh I'm going to leave Mississippi now babe : before it be too late It may be like Twenty-Seven Highway : swear it just won't wait Oh I once had a notion : Lord I believe I will I'm going to go to the river : and stop at Dago Hill Aw the revenue man is riding : boy you'd better look out If he halts you don't stop : you will likely be knocked out Well I don't love salt water : well she always wants a drink If they see you with a bottle : they will almost break your neck Aw take me home : to Lord that shining star She don't need no telling : daddy will take you in his car
Aw come one mama : let us go to the edge of town I know where there's a bird nest : built down on the ground Aw I wake up every morning : now with the jinx all around my bed I have been a good provider : but I believe I've been misled You may go : you may stay But she'll come back : some sweet day Don't the moon look pretty : shining down through the tree I can see Bertha Lee : Lord but she can't see me I walked all night : got a few more miles to go Before the sun rises : I'll be at my rider's door *Blackland farms* : If I don't find my rider : I'm going to walk on across the way Hey : hey For my own easy rider : for he ain't no secondhand man The man I love : I know he's out of town And when I find him : he better not be messing around If the man across town : may get my rider's place *But he will stay where he set : and search hard in his face* No easy rider : hey hey hey When you ain't here to love me : I'll simply hey hey A two-timing woman : don't want no one man *You allow her Lord* : take some poor girl's man When the blues is trailing you : you don't know what to do Go back to the one you love now : the blues will soon leave you You trying act right : girl will not let you Heart full of sorrow now : blues are all riding you A two-timing woman : keep you on that killing floor How can I love : when she's always in the road Once little lad I want to talk to you : don't be feeling sad Better get you a new girl : or one you once have had
Well well well well : I ain't going to stay here long The little woman in the cellar : the boss upstairs I'm going from hand to hand : and a woman going from man to man Don't let a woman know you love her : if you do you have done wrong You come in from your work now : she got her clothes and gone Then you catch you a freight train : going out on the Santa Fe I can't stay here now : this ain't the place for me Your mama tell you to travel : *it ain't* everywhere *When you're there* you going to stay now : you can't stay nowhere I can tell the day mama : I seen my baby's face She started me to loving her : then treat me this a-way You had all you want now : now please let me alone *It won't be love you* : back up this road I'm going When you's a good fellow : they'll always leave you alone When you's a bad fellow : the jail will be your home Canned heat ain't no good boy : keep you with *sin* ??? on your mind Jailhouse doors open : then you got a rambling mind You sit and you wondering : you looking through your mind You don't want no more canned heat : when the judge give you your time Wake up every morning : when everything look blue Go see the one you love : the blues will soon leave you Walking all night long : walking from place to place I was wandering and walking : to see my baby's face Well I lay down down last night : well I tried to take my rest Notion struck me last night baby : I believe I take a stroll out west Well if I were a catfish mama : I said swimming deep down in the deep blue sea All these gals now sweet mama : I said now setting out hooks for me Well I went down yeah down to the churchhouse : yes well they called on me to pray Got on my knees now mama : I didn't know not not a word to say Somebody write write me a letter baby : I'm going to write it just you see
See if my baby my baby : do she thinking of little old thing of me Bertha Lee : you sure have been good to me You been good Bertha Lee : as you's intend to be Bertha Lee : honey please don't you stray from home If you do Bertha Lee : something sure is going on wrong Bertha Lee : won't you come back home to me If you don't Bertha Lee : oh babe I sure can't sleep Look a-here now Bertha Lee : I don't want you to run around If you do Bertha Lee : please lay my money down My baby left me this morning : she did not even shake my hand It's because you know partner : she got her another man Lord I'm going down south : where the weather sure do suit my clothes Well my baby said look daddy : I do swear to God you sure don't know Oh Lord baby : please don't you fool me no more You told me last night black gal : meet you at the *honey* next door That's all right baby : I'll see you just the same I'm getting tired now baby : that you trying to call my name I been down south so long : know it sure don't worry my mind I'm going to leave in the morning now partner : with that little sweety sure God on my mind She's a cotton-picking woman : Lord she does it all the time If you don't stop picking cotton now baby : I believe you sure going to lose you mind She picked so much cotton : she even don't know where to go She'll even moan now sweet mama : honey she's going from door to door She's a cotton-picking woman : I swear she pick cotton all the time If you don't stop picking now baby : I believe you going to lose your mind I'm so far from my home : well I can't tell right from wrong Now my baby last night mama : oh well she said now black man I'm going How long : on my bended knees Pick so much cotton now partner : will you forgive me if you please
Now tell me little black gal : what are you going to do Taking my money black gal : give it all to you Now I'm so crazy about my black gal : I'm just as wild as I can be Now I'm so crazy about my black gal : she ought to be a fool about me Now me and my black gal : had a fight last night Will you let me tell you : what it was all about Now tell me little black gal : where did you stay last night Just the reason I ask you black gal : know your clothes ain't right Now the little ??? black gal I been loving : she got teeth solid gold That's the only black gal : that's got a mortgage on my soul Now me and my black gal : walking down Main Street She was *breaking* and bumming : every man she meet Now you got fruit on your tree : lemons on your shelf You know loving mama : that you can't squeeze them all by yourself I said please let me squeeze your lemon : while I'm in your lonesome town Now let me squeeze your lemon baby : until my love come down I says it make no difference baby : what your daddy don't allow Let me squeeze your lemon mama : I mean anyhow I say I come to your house : knocked on your door You told me loving mama : that you couldn't use me no more I says one two three four five : six seven eight nine ten I would come and see you baby : but you really got too many men I said now me and my baby : had a fuss last night Will you let me tell you baby : what it was all about Now I'm going to leave here walking : going down Highway Sixty-One If I find my sweet mama : baby I believe we're going to have some fun Oh well oh well : we're going to make everything all right Now if I don't come in the morning : you know I will do just tomorrow night Now the Sixty-One Highway : she only runs right by my door Runs from Atlanta into Georgia : down into the Gulf of Mexico Now I received a letter : some long-distance telegram Now if I don't be home Sunday : ??? will be home
You can toot your whistle : blow your horn The Memphis Jug Band : done been here and gone Now if you want to get to heaven : I tell you what to do You put on a sock : and boot and a shoe You place a bottle of corn : in your right hand That'll pass you right over : in the Promised Land And if you meet the devil : he ask you how you do I'm on my way to heaven : don't you want to go too Know the other place : will do just as well They call Whitewash Station : ten miles from hell ??? mama : what's on your mind You keep me worried : bothered all the time Ain't got no stockings : ain't got no shoes Know I've got : the Memphis Jug Band blues Stealing stealing : pretty mama don't you tell on me I'm stealing back : to my same old used-to-be Now put your arms around me : like the circle around the sun I want you to love me mama : like my easy rider done If you don't believe I love you : look what a fool I've been If you don't believe I'm sinking : look what a whole I'm in The woman I'm loving : she's just my height and size She's a married woman : come to see me sometime Now some folks say : a preacher won't steal I caught two : in my watermelon field They was eating them watermelons : throwing away the rinds They was *preaching* ??? : and stealing You know I had a little dog : it didn't have no sense He's always barking : at the pickets on the fence Said a picket flew off : and hit him in the jaw You ought to heard that dog : holler haw haw haw Now when I die : you bury me deep Place a jug of molasses : at my feet
Just put some ??? : in my hand I'll *drop* my way : to the Promised Land Have you ever woke up : with whiskey-drinking on your mind You send away to that bootlegger : and you did not have a dime It makes me mad makes me rage : almost sends me to my grave I wonder : where is that bootlegger today You's a mean old bootlegger : know you doing me wrong I send for brandy : and you send me corn I am going to the distillery : carry me a brand new rocking chair I'm going to sit at the distillery : till the bootlegger pass by here They arrested that bootlegger : gave him a solid year And the guard told the prisoner : it ain't no whiskey-drinking here I'm a stranger here : just blowed in your town Just because I'm a stranger : I won't be dogged around It's raining here : storming over on the sea I ain't got nobody : here to take care of me I wonder : do my man know I'm here If he do : he sure don't feel my care I been your dog : ever since I entered your door I'm going to leave this town : I won't be dogged around no more I been your dog : been your dog all my days The reason I'm leaving you : I don't like your doggone ways Hey hey hey hey : bullfrog blues is really on my mind They're all in my bedroom : drinking all my wine Hey pretty papa hey pretty papa : I can't stand these bullfrog blues no more They're all in my cabinet : hopping all over my clothes I woke up this morning : to make a fire in the stove Bullfrogs in the bread pan: *bacon and eggs ??? they go* Hey Mr bullfrog hey I'm going to tell you all : I can't stand your jellyroll in here You can go out in the back yard : I'll make a pallet there I will make you a pallet : so you can jellyroll
And you can cook a breakfast : right on my brand new stove This is that new workhouse : way out in Merlin Tennessee That's where they take the prisoners : and never set them free They carried my daddy to the workhouse : they put him down on the *lock* Just because he's ??? prisoner : they had him on *secret dock* He was charged with murder : but stealing was his crime He stole my jelly : and had to serve his time I went to a lawyer : I called him over the phone Said listen me lawyer : when will my man be home That workhouse workhouse : is way out on a lonesome road I hate to see my daddy : carrying that heavy load I woke up this morning : couldn't even get out of my bed I was just thinking about that black woman : and it almost killed me dead She may be home with her mama : she's the one I only want And when I find my black woman : Lord all *my bad days* are gone Mmm : how my poor heart is aching for me My black woman has quit me : I'm going back to Culver City Black gal : what makes your head so hard You got a head : just like some two-by-four in some lumber yard And if I see you with another woman : I would rather kill myself And I got up this morning : a light all in my room And I looked behind me : and I found my faro gone If a man don't never study : oh you would never have no books But you get to thinking way back : the way your baby used to do I got a little faro : she weigh about ninety pounds Now but her mama and papa : they sure don't allow me around I'm going to sing this song baby : I ain't going to sing no more I'm going to hang this mandolin under my shoulder : right down front street I'll go I can hear that old train coming : oh it must be coming after me
And I'm going to slip right back home : to my same old used-to-be Say you talking about your red ripe tomato : I'm crazy about my T-bone steak Said I'm going to buy me a faro : to care my Cadillac Eight I got the railroad blues : the boxcars on my mind And the girl I'm loving : she sure done left this town Say if I had wings : like a bullfrog on a pond I would rise back here : right in sweet mama's arms You know once ain't forever : you know baby two Lord ain't but twice But you women all get a good man : you don't know how to treat him right Say you mistreat me [now] mama : and that's the way you do But you going to want me some of these mornings : and poor dad won't have you I said expressman expressman Lord : you have parked your wagon wrong You took and moved my good gal : when I was a long long way from home But a woman make a man do things : and she knows darn well that's wrong Lord that's why you hear Crow Jane : singing these lonesome songs Said if you never if you never : hear me anymore Lord you can remember one morning baby : when I walked up on your porch Lord I'll sing this song : and ain't going to sing no more I'm going to put this mandolin under my arm : to the ??? *cafe* I'll go I say you used to be sweet mama : but I ain't going to call you sweet no more And every time I come to your house : there's a man standing in your door I said I'm going up the country : where the ??? cross the dog If you don't see me tomorrow : you won't have no man at all Baby if I had wings : like a bullfrog on a pond I would ride right here : and land in sweet mama's arms Lord said blues jumped a rabbit : run him for a solid mile Lord that fool couldn't catch him : and he fall right down and cried I said look a-here now baby : got something really worrying me It had ??? : of my old-time used-to-be
I can't love you baby : I'm going to tell what's this all about It's that I don't begin to see you worry : hon' until I gets in the neighborhood of your house You have old squeaky workbench : and your mattress is torn every which a-way Baby and you come tell me to come and lay down : and I have not got no place to lay I get my ??? boots nasty : from walking around on your dirty rug Said I'd rather go by myself : and look to the good Lord above I don't want no skinny mama : I wants a woman she got on plenty of meat She can walk all night long : babe you won't stop and eat She won't cook me cook no breakfast : and she won't wash me no clothes Well she won't do nothing : but walk up and down the gravel road Baby it's dark babe dark at midnight : and the moon shine down like day I'm going to find some woman : to come and blow all my blues away I got up babe babe in a *slumber* : I put on my shoes and clothes I'm going to try to find my woman : I know she's strolling babe on the road Hey people : listen while I sing my news I want to tell you people : all about my bad-luck blues Did you ever wake up : just at the break of day With your arms around the pillow : where your daddy used to lay Lord Lord : look where the sun done gone Hey Lord : there's something going on wrong What's the use of living : can't get the man you love You might as well die : give your soul to the man far above Hey boll weevil : don't sing the blues no more Boll weevil's here : boll weevil's everywhere you go I'm a lone boll weevil : been out a great long time I'm going to tell you people : the evil boll weevil loves *some vine* I don't want no man : to put no sugar in my tea That bug is so evil : I'm afraid it might poison me Got the barrelhousing blues : feeling awfully dry I can't drink moonshine : because I'm afraid I'll die Papa likes his sherry : mama likes her corn Papa likes to shimmy : mama likes to *cole* Papa likes his bourbon : mama likes her gin Papa likes his outside women : mama likes the outside men I have ???ed : for many a week Because my man and I : don't agree There's no reason : why he should treat me this way Because the way I worry : I will soon be old and grey Don't want to do : nothing that's rough I can't stand : to treat *men* tough I just stay and suffer : sigh and cry all night long Because the way I'm worried : Lordy it sure is wrong With this one man : on my mind Can't sleep a wink at night : for crying All my worries : get renewed And I suffer : with those all night blues I've been reeling and a-rocking : hounded like a hound Catch the first train : that's running southbound Boys I can't stand up : I can't sit down The man I love : has done left town I feel like screaming : I feel like crying Lord I been mistreated : folks and I don't mind dying I'm going home : I'm going to settle down I'm going to stop : my running around Minutes seem like hours : hours seem like days It seem like my daddy : won't stop his evil ways
Seem like every minute : is going to be my last If I can't tell my future : I will tell my past The brook runs into the river : river runs into the sea If I don't run into daddy : somebody'll have to bury me If anybody asks you : who wrote this lonesome song Tell them you don't know the writer : but Ma Rainey put it on House catches fire : ain't no water around Throw your trunk out the window : let it burn on down I went to the Gypsy : to have my fortune told He said doggone you girlie : doggone your bad-luck soul I turned around : went to the Gypsy next door She say you can get a man : anywhere you go Let me be your rag doll : until your China comes If he beats me ragging : he's got to rag it some Woke up this morning : with my head bowed down I had that mean old feeling : I was in the wrong man's town Mailman's been here : but didn't leave no news That's the reason why : mama's got the walking blues Walked and walked : till I almost lost my mind I'm afraid to stop walking : because I might lose some time Short time to make it : and a long ways to go Trying to find the town : they call San Antonio Thought I'd rest babe : I couldn't hear no news I'll soon be there : because I've got the walking blues I'm leaving this morning : with my clothes in my hand I won't stop to wandering : till I find my man I'm sitting here wondering : will a matchbox hold my clothes I've got a *sun to beat* : I'll be farther beyond the road I went up on the mountain : turned my face to the sky I heard the wind say : it said mama please don't die I turned around : looked into my right hand
Well I looked there to see : if I was closer to my man Lord look a-yonder people : my love had been refused That's the reason why : mama's got the lost wandering blues Had a dream last night : and the night before Going to get drunk now : I won't dream no more Lord I dreamed : my man didn't treat me right Packed my clothes in a ??? : and walked the streets all night Lord I saw my man : fall on his knees and cry Take me back mama : or else I'll die Lord I wonder : what am I to do When everybody : try to mistreat you My heart is aching : mama feel like crying Since I had that dream last night : mama don't mind dying My honey left me : he's gone away I've had the worried blues : all day My heart is aching : all for that man What makes me love him : I can't understand He'll soon be returning : and bad tidings he will bring Bad luck's *over* my house : ??? then begin to Every evening : about half past four Big piano playing : near my door Oh Lord : these dogs of mine They sure do worry me : all the time The reason why : I don't know Sometimes I'm certain : it's the polio Lord : I beg to be excused I can't wear me : no *dark-toes* shoes
Going to New Orleans : to find that lucky rock *Find the* ??? : for this bad luck I've got I'm on my way : to find that lucky rock Just to ease my mind : of all this trouble I've got You can have my money : everything I own But for God's sake : leave my man alone It takes a rocking chair to rock : a rubber ball to roll Takes a man I love : to satisfy my soul Yes I'm jealous jealous : jealous-hearted me Lord I'm just jealous : jealous as I can be Got a range in my kitchen : cooks nice and brown All I need is my man : to turn my damper down Going to buy me a bulldog : to watch me while I sleep To keep my man : from making his midnight creep Hey jailor : tell me what have I done You got me all bound in chains : because I killed that woman's son I'm down in prison : all bound in chains Cold and dark all around me : no one to go my bail I've got a mother and father : they were never satisfied with me Got a sister and brother : wonder do they think of poor me I walked in my room : the other night Some man walked in : and began to fight I take my gun : in my right hand Holy smokes : I don't know but I killed my man When I did that : it crossed my head First shot I fired : my man fell dead The paper came out : and told the news That's what I said : I got those cell bound blues
My man is leaving : crying won't make him stay If crying do any good : I'd cry my poor self away If I had wings : I'd fly all over the land *When I look down* : I'd find my old-time man Whole world would be forgived me : if I could just explain The man I love has left me : because I called another man's name Too sad to whisper : too broken-hearted to sing *That mean crazy lover : the day I lost that real thing* Explain why you left me : and tell me why you went away I'll explain why I need you : and want you back today I'm so alone without him : *ran away with some of the other bad news* But I'll never be down-hearted : if I can explain these blues I'm going to the Western Union : type the news all down the line Because my man's on the Wabash : darling and I don't mind dying My man is so good-looking : and his clothes fit him so cute I cut off his mustache : and bought him a *Sunday* suit A ??? little devil : got on my man's clothes I wouldn't be so sore : hadn't've stole his *drawers* ??? : I stepped in the door He started *mauling* my man : ???ing down to the floor *I got up* and killed three women : 'fore police got the news Because my man's on the Wabash : with the rough and tumbling blues Nighttime's falling : the day is almost dawned My man leaves at midnight : don't come back till early morn The night is dark and dreary : I can't see what to do I wonder why he leaves me : to roar and cry the whole night through Three o'clock in the morning : by the clock hanging on the wall He used to come home at midnight : now he don't come home at all When day starts to breaking : it seems to bring good news But I'm just broken-hearted : trying to overcome these nighttime blues
I have a man I can't control : I don't know what to do My man left me two this morning : now he's trying to come back at noon He got up and *packed his suit* : *said he was going along about nine* I went to the fortuneteller to find my man : because he lays heavy on my mind She said your man was on : that 'fore-day scat And that's a different kind : of Maltese cat Poor girl I know : your man has done you wrong It's hard to tell : a man is long long gone He left here riding : left on the Cannonball He wasn't so handsome : and so long and tall I want all you women : to spread the news Want you to tell it : to who you choose You've got to drift to leave me : you're going to leave your home some day You have got me ??? : and Memphis *is all I've got to say* You can fly up high : you can ??? all alone But when you get to love her : you got to come back to Some *fool's* born with rickets : some *fool's* born with pain But I'm here to tell you : when you leave me *all is the same* I talk because I'm stubborn : I sing because I'm *sick* My man is gone and left me : gone to Memphis Tennessee Ain't robbed no train : ain't done no hanging crime It's that I'm a slave to the blues : even ??? that man of mine Blues do tell me : do I have to die a slave Do you hear me screaming : you're going to take me to my grave If I could break these chains : and let my worried heart go free Well it's too late now : the blues have made a slave of me You see me raving : you hear me crying Oh Lord : this wounded heart of mine Folks I'm a-grieving : from my head to my shoes I'm a good-hearted woman : but still I'm chained to the blues Woke up this morning : looking for my darn old shoes Because mama's going home : singing the Bessemer blues Apple sugar papa : how come you do me like you do I've done everything you asked me : trying to get along with you I went in the water : walked through ice and snow But from now on papa : I won't be your dog no more *Electric all right : and* light shine nice and bright But I'd rather be in Memphis : reading by a candle light Tell my dad : I'm going to leave my home Now I'm going I'm going : and it won't be long Tell my dad : I won't be home tonight My heart aches : said I'm not treated right Lordy Lord : have mercy on poor me Give me somebody : to let my heart go free I'm leaving now : I'm sorry we have to part Because you like : to break my aching heart I've got a man : he had a hound Chase everything : that's going around When he plays : that high brown stuff I cry brother : that's enough So take me to the basement : that's as low as I can go I want something lowdown : daddy want it nice and slow I will shimmy : from A to Z If you'll play : that thing for me I want all you women : to listen to me Don't trust your man : no further than your eyes can see I trusted my man : with my best friend But that was a bad bargain : in the end
He'll say that he loves you : and swear that it's true The very next minute : he'll turn his back on you Just feed your daddy : with a long-handled spoon Keep showing you love him : morning night and noon Sometimes your heart will ache : and almost bust That's why : there's no daddy good enough to trust He'll stay with you in the winter : whilst your money is long Come out in the summer : you'll find your pig will be gone I'm going away : I'm going to stay I'll find a man : I love some day I got my ticket : clothes in my hand Trying to find : that southbound man I'm going to ride : till I find that southbound man Going to keep a-riding : till I shake hands with my man I'm going away : I'm going to stay I'll come back : for my daddy some day I'm going away : I'm going to stay I long for my daddy : somewhere I love my brownskin : indeed I do But there was no use : *tell me thing or two* I'm going to tell you : what I went and done I give him all my money : just to have some fun He told me that he loved me : loved me so If I would marry him : I needn't to work no more Now I'm grieving : almost dying Just because I didn't know : that he was lying I've got to go to work now : get another start Work is the thing : that's breaking my heart I rambled till I'm tired : I'm not satisfied Don't find my man : going to ramble till I die Got the slow-driving blues : blue as I can be
Don't play that band Mr : just play the blues for me Take all my money : blacken both my eyes Give it to another man : come home and tell me lies Now what are you going to do : when your supper get like mine Take a mouthful of sugar : and drink a bottle of turpentine You know the womens in the alley : they are playing cooncan They do a whole lot of funny things : us men really cannot understand And I went to my window : you know that window was blocked Yes and I went to my door : and that sure were locked My good gal come in this morning : about half past four I say where have you been mama : been out selling sweet jellyroll I woke up this morning : the crying blues on my mind I done got to the place baby : that I hardly know my right mind I'm tired of you driving me : I mean baby all the time And if you want me to love you : you sure got to take you time And if you don't want me baby : you don't have to pay me no mind Because I done got tired of you driving me : ???ing me all the time Cocaine habit : is mighty bad It's the worst old habit : that I ever had I went to Mr Lehman : in a lope Saw a sign on the window : says no more dope If you don't believe : cocaine is good Ask Alma Rose : down in Minglewood I love my whiskey : and I love my gin But the way I love my coke : is a doggone sin Since cocaine : went out of style You can catch them shooting needles : all the while
It takes a little coke : to give me ease Strut your stuff : long as you please I was leaning in my window : looking in my baby's door She packed her trunk this morning : didn't know she was fixing to go Well the T P's running : smoke settling on the ground After the train was gone : couldn't find my easy rider around I ain't got me no more no more : no more baby now I didn't know my old pretty mama : to run me crazy now Engineer man engineer man : please turn your train around I want to speak one word to my baby : tell her she can heist her window down I was standing in my door : reason I hear the T P when she blows Taking my baby away : she ain't coming here no more Dear mother dead and gone to glory : my old dad done strayed away Only way to meet my mother : I'm going to have to change my lowdown ways Nobody knows my troubles : but myself and the good Lord I used to have a sweet woman to love me : now she treats me like a lowdown dog Tombstone's my pillow : graveyard going to be my bed Blue sky's going to be my blanket : and the pale moon going to be my spread Black cat crawls late hours at midnight : nightmares ride till the break of day What the use of loving some woman : some man done stole your love away Stop your crying : do away with all your tears If you can't stay with me mother : it must have been your time to leave from here Says a married woman : sweetest thing ever been born She would be most sweet and true to me : if I could go to her home Blues and trouble : two things I've had all my life I never had so much trouble : till I fell in love with another man's wife What's the use of getting sober : know you're going to be drunk again What's the use of leaving your mama : know you're going to beg back home again She's so evil : baby you know you can't clown Because you can't never tell : when your husband is around Tell me what's the matter mama : can't see no mail
Post office on fire : mailman in jail I'm going to call you one morning : please don't forget that day If you can't do like I tell you : mama go on your no-good way I'm going to leave you : but I'll be back some old day I'm going to make you remember : how you drove me away Girl I lay down dreaming : woman I woke up crying Since my bird dog fly away : poor girl is on my mind Have you ever been accused mama : ain't done nothing wrong That's the cause today : many people leave their homes Sometime I think : my babe too sweet to die Then again I think Lord : she ought to be buried alive Excuse me mama : for knocking at your room If I can't be your sweeper : let me be your broom I followed Corrina : long as I could see And that man had my woman : Lord and the blues had me I'm going out in West Texas : where you hear the wild ox moan Till it moans so bad : till it make me leave my home Lord pretty mama : what's the matter now You know if you didn't want me : why didn't you leave me back in town I'm going way out in West Texas : just to lie in the Then I'm coming back down to Dallas : to run these women wild You can read your schoolbook : and book on down You can read my letter : but you sure can't read my mind You can't never tell : when your woman going to put you down She got a smile on her face : and a heart packed full of frowns Take me pretty mama : try me one more time If I don't treat you better : I'll break my neck a-trying Said I laid down last night : my mind was rambling around Thinking about my lover : she had done put me down I'm going to leave you : leaving some old day
Don't you worry mama : because I was carried away Don't never take no woman : for to be your friend It will be death and destruction : *may* ought to be your end I was just sitting here a-wondering mama : about my used-to-be I can see my lover : Lord but she can't see me How can I love you : and you gone both night and day Girl that's the very reason : I'm bound to jail today When you lose your money : please God don't lose your mind And when you lose your woman : please don't fool with mine I'm going to buy me a bulldog : watch my old lady whilst I sleep Because women these days is so doggone crooked : till they make a 'fore-day creep Tell you married men : how to keep your wives at home Just do a job roll for the man : and try to carry your labour home Tell you married women : how to keep your husbands at home You want to take care of the man's labour : and let these single boys alone You can't watch your wife : and your outside woman too While you're off with your woman : your wife could be at home beating you doing buddy what you trying to do Some girls wear short dresses : some of these married women wear them too That's the reason : we single men Lord don't know what we wants to do Wish the proper judge : would make these women let their dresses down So there'd quit being so doggone much : of murdering in town When they pass the law : pulling the short dress down So we single men : can tell a married woman from a child Let me tell you boys : what these knee-high dresses will do Get you broke naked and hungry : boys then come down on you All of you [young] women : sure Lord ought to be ashamed Taking these old men's money : when they walking on walking canes A old man ain't nothing : but a young woman's slave They work hard all the time : trying to stay in these young men's ways When you lose your money : please don't lose your mind
When you lose your woman : please don't fool with mine Tell you married men : how to keep your wives at home Get you a job and roll for the man : and try to carry your labour home Tell you married women : how to keep your husband at home Take care of your husband's labour : and let these single boys alone What make a single woman : crazy about a married man Because he works all the time : he puts money in her hand What make a married woman : so crazy about a single man Because the husband might lay down and die : and leave the fellow to her hand Let me tell you men : what those married women will do She will get your money : she will cat-curl up to you Tell you this men : ain't going to tell you nothing else Man's a fool : if he thinks he's got a whole woman by himself Mmm : come my Third Street woman now But the way she treats me : that's the coldest stuff in town I had so much chicken : till I heard her clucking in my sleep Now it's don't like my 'taters : mama please don't dig so deep She's a big fat mama : with the meat shaking on her bones And every time she shake it : Lord a hustling woman lose her home She got something : that the men call a stingaree Four o'clock every morning : she turn it loose on me Mmm : where my Third Street woman gone Believe to my soul : she will hustle everywhere but home If you can't do my rolling mama : you can't spend my change Going to buy me a rooster : put him in my back door See a stranger coming : he'll flap his wings and crow What you want with a rooster : he won't crow 'fore day What you want with a woman : won't do nothing she say What you want with a hen : won't cackle when she lay What you want with a man : won't do nothing he say Going to take my picture : hang it up against the wall And if I ask you what about it : daddy that's all that's all I'll take my picture : put it in a frame So if I die : you can see me just the same
I know my dog : anywhere I hear him bark I can tell my baby : if I see her in the dark Well I dreamt a dream : I never dreamt before Dreamt my baby told me : that I couldn't be *talking* no more I lay down happy : woke up this morning crying I didn't have no blues : but I was just dissatisfied I know my baby : sure don't know if I'm here Well if she did : she would surely feel my care Well I wonder : will my suitcase hold my clothes I ain't got so many : but I got so far to go Well my mama's dead : and my papa went to sea Oh the life I'm living : oh and it's killing me Well you used to know me : but you just don't know me now My mama told me : and papa told me too Well the life you're living : honey'll be the death of you Will you iron my jumper : yes and starch my overalls Lord if I miss the Two-Nineteen : I'm surely can't catch the Cannonball Well a brownskin woman : sure can get anything I got But a jet-black woman I got a letter from : throw it in my back yard Well it's T for Texas Lord : I got a T for Tennessee Know I got a T for the best girl I love : Lord she stay right in Memphis Tennessee Well I'm going away brownskin : I ain't going to come back here before next fall If I don't get me no good brown : I ain't coming back in this town at all Well the sun is going down : got mighty lonesome here But I ain't got me nobody : I'm sleeping every night just by myself I got something : some people call it worse than blues It must be : the lowdown dirty barrelhouse blues I got I'd rather see you dead : straight down in your grave To see you give another man : Lord my *roof* and *plate*
Know my faro got something : mens all call it stingaree Reason I know it isn't : tell no lie she have rolled that same thing down on me Well I went to the nation : Lord I thought I'd fall Lord and die *Sitting by the* ??? Lord : Well I went up on the mountain : give my horn a blow Thought I hear my true lover : say yonder come my beau Oh ten thousand people : was around her burying ground For to hear that elder say : for the laying her body down I follow her all the way : down to the burying ground I come back to my home : I's about to overboard and drown Bad luck in my family : all done fell on me It made me think about : going way across the sea I asked my captain : for to give me his best pair of shoes For I'm barefoot I ain't got nothing to wear Lord : I don't know what to do He told me he had a hole in his side : I don't expect he would do Lord these ain't like the shoes I got on the gutter : hole right in the bottom Aunt Jane gave a dance : and she had a crowd And she sold more whiskey : than the law allowed Aunt Jane stayed out : all night long Didn't go home : till the break of dawn Took Aunt Jane : to the county jail She didn't need nothing : to go her bail She sold some corn : and she sold some gin She sold it to the women : and she sold it to the men Uncle Jim went to jail : with a heavy load They gave him thirty days : on the county road Aunt Jane got a sister : and her name is Lil She used to sell stuff : and she sells it still It'll make a dumb man speak : make a lame man run Sure miss something : if you don't get some It ain't made small : and it ain't made wide
It's just made up : in a medium size Now you don't have to hurry : you don't have to go You get a little taste : you'll want some more Said it's mmm baby : mmm baby mmm Say you know you do not love me : like I say I love you Say you know these here women : sure do treat me mean You know I ask one for a drink of water : she give me gasoline Says mmm baby : you won't do nothing you say You know you told me you love me : but what about that man I seed you with the other day These here women what called theirselves a Cadillac : ought to be a T Model Ford You know they got the shape all right : but they can't carry no heavy load Says you know I'm going to sing this here verse now : ain't going to sing no more Because you know I'm got to go home and ??? my old lady : because she won't come back no more Yes you know dices oh dices : please don't three on me You know says I'm just as broke and hungry : as any gambler ought to be Says my woman give me money : just to play *good* jack I didn't win no money : but great God you know I played my hand Says I went down in Louisiana : says you know down on that farm If I win any money : sure going to bring it home Says you know I gambled yesterday : and I gambled again today But you know if I don't win tomorrow : I'm going to throw my cards away Says you know I'm going to gamble : because you know I gamble all the time But you know says I've got to win some money : so I can give it to that gal of mine Says me and my good girl : we had a falling out And I bet you men can tell me : what it's all about We fell out early in the morning : baby about the break of day And I turned over and hugged the pillow : where my baby used to lay I says go get your hat baby : let's go in the woods If you can't go now : please ma'am tell me when you could She say I go early in the morning : baby about the break of day Then I turn over and hug the pillow : where my baby used to lay
You know I got me a woman now : they call her Aunt Kate I told her to come to my house tonight : about half past eight She said she'd be there early in the morning : baby about the break of day Then I turned over and hugged the pillow : where my baby used to lay You know a girl get twelve years old : she thinks she's grown You never can catch : that kind of girl at home Unless you go there early in the morning : baby about the break of day Then I turned over and hugged the pillow : where my baby used to lay I'm going to sing this verse now : ain't going to sing no more I want to see my good girl : and I think I'll better go Before it get early in the morning : baby about the break of day Then I turn over and hug the pillow : where my baby used to lay She got them great big legs : she got the walking size And every time she leave me : you know it makes me cry Every time she calls me : you know she makes me mad But I ain't never told her : about the man she had You know she make me [awful] mad : when she calls my name But you know I never told her : she could not shake that thing Says every morning every morning : I wakes with the rising sun Says won't you run here pretty mama : see what your man have done I said take me back baby : I won't be bad no more Says I give you my money : if you let that other man go I said don't take my money : then try to dog me around Because if you do : I'm going to tear you playhouse down Says I ain't going to give you no more money : ain't going to let you do me wrong For you would take my money : then you will slip on home I'm going over to Third Alley : Lord but I'm going to carry my forty-five Because you know ain't many men : goes there and comes back alive They will shoot you and cut you : Lord they will knock you down And you can ask anybody : ain't that the baddest place in town Mens carry thirty-eights : womens carry their razors too
And you know you better not start nothing : know they'll make away with you Says I ain't going to Third Alley no more : unless I change my mind Because you know I done got shot once over there : Lord it's about three or four times I been blue all night : what is I going to do You know the reason I'm that a-way : Lord I'm broke and hungry too You know my woman left me : Lord when I wasn't feeling well You know said living with that woman : Lord it is just like living in hell I ain't got no money : not a penny can I show And you know folks that's the reason : Lord that I'm worried so You know I let that woman tote my money : Lord in a jomo sack And you know it's going to be some hell raised : Lord if she don't bring some of my money back Lord early one morning : just about the break of day A passenger train : carried my man away I raised my window : looked at the rising sun Nobody else can love me : just like my good man done I'm standing on the railroad : looking north and south I couldn't see my good man : who done put me out Far down the railroad : far as I could see Look like I can see my good man : coming back to me Now papa : what you want me to do I did everything in this world : trying to get along with you When I had you pretty papa : you was blind and could not see When I quit you pretty papa : don't bring your blues to me Have you ever been accused : when you ain't done nothing wrong It's a hard-driving papa : just as sure as you born I'm going to buy me a mansion : out on Bunker Hill Where I can get my whiskey : get it right from the still Out on Bunker Hill : where the peoples have their fun Where they lay out on the green grass : and look up at the sun I been your dog : every since I been your gal
You know I love you pretty papa : love you each and everywhere Now pretty papa : what you want me to do I did everything in this world : trying to get along with you Going to write a letter : going to mail it in the air When the north wind blows : blows news everywhere Lord I'm going to start a-rambling : ain't going to stop mama from raising sand Lord I'm going to thrill my baby : just like I ain't got no sense Tell me baby : what's the matter now Oh you trying to leave me : and you don't know how Mmm : babe will come back home to you Oh I'm coming right back babe : now that child's done roamed Lord I don't know what to do baby : I can't get along with you Now you may treat me right babe : that's all I can do Oh tell me baby : the way back to your town The reason I'm asking : because I got to go Mmm : what's the matter now My good girl done quit me : sure have got to go Mmm : ain't going to sing no more I'm going to leave from here baby : ain't coming back no more Let me tell you : what the what the Red Cross people will do ??? *on King Street* : down on Third Avenue I told them no : baby I don't want to go You know I can't go down the hill : but I've got to go to the Red Cross store Go to the Red Cross in the morning babe : go up there at night Want me to tell the Red Cross : stop off day and night Now my girl told me this morning : that she done collared a job She going to take care of me : while the times was hard And I told her yes : great God now I won't have to go Because I can't go down the hill : you know I go to the Red Cross store I works on the mountain : till my shirt got soaking wet I don't want no foolishness : about my Red Cross check
Well I saw two women : they was arguing on the street They asked me I go down to the Red Cross store : to get them to give me something to eat And I told her yes : great God and you better go Because I can't take you down the hill : but I'll show you to the Red Cross store Everybody is screaming trouble : times ain't like they used to be You can hardly hold your man : your job is uncertain guarantee Well hard luck had me running : now my back is turned to the wall But no matter what you say : a good woman never falls Well you talk about drunken women : the kind that walks the streets all night But that's the only kind of woman : that you men are going to treat right So don't be no idle woman : don't be no sand-foot clown If your man is double-crossing : don't you start to running around Now I'll tell you the reason : I don't like a single man much Well a single man's all right : but he ain't got that married man's touch Hey sometime I think I love you : then again I don't Sometime I think I'll quit you : mama then again I won't Says I beat it for you baby : when I needed shoes on my feet All I know that she was doing partner : making her 'fore-day creep Hey baby : what do you want your papa to do Want for me to beg rob and steal : bring it all home to you Going out west partner : going to marry me an Indian squaw That dirty big chief Indian : Lord can be my father-in-law Say I'm a poor boy partner : and I ain't got no relation here Say I ain't got no good woman : partner for to feel my care Hey pretty mama : honey what you got on your mind Lord I ain't going to stay with no woman : Lord no great long time
Hey black folks is evil : do anything that you want to do *So long as I can get* ??? : *get back out of you* I did more for you baby : mama in the rain and snow But I'm sick and tired now baby : you say you don't want me no more I packed my suitcase : Lord I started to the train I wouldn't hurt so bad mama : but you had another man just the same I got a voice like a radio : it broadcasts everywhere Now if you can find the wild woman : boy by broadcasting in the air I got a new way of spelling : dear old state of Tennessee Double E double R : double E double N O P Boy I got three high yellows : one black and brown High yellow quit me : black ain't going to throw me down And you can always tell : when a woman want to play It don't make any difference : in a Hey mama mama : where you stay last night Your hair's all wrinkled : that they beating you right I been drinking all night long baby : mama I ain't going to drink no more My good gal said if you drink any more corn liquor : how she don't want me no more I'll pack your suitcase mama : I will throw it over the fence I allow you don't need no telling baby : mama because you got plenty of sense I told you stay away from my window baby : mama don't knock at my old back door I allow you don't need no telling mama : babe because you already know Lord I told my old lady : no longer than week before last *I told* when I staying all night long baby : mama it's done come *to pass* How do you think a poor man feels : one he loves stay out all night long Oh Lord he's rolling and he's tumbling : know he just can't sleep alone
How you think a poor man feels : one he loves stays out both night and day Just like a hobo on a freight train : haven't a decent meal today I told my old lady : no longer than the week before last *I told* when I'm staying all night long mama : Lord it's going to the *pass* How can a poor man sleep : Lord when the one he loves stays out all night long Now Lord he's rolling and he's tumbling : know he just can't sleep alone Lord how can a poor man feel : one he loves stays out all night long A black woman is like a black snake : she will strike and run ??? : *to give his dollar fun* Now I wouldn't marry a black woman : I'll tell you the reason why Because a black girl's evil : I wouldn't want a black woman : tell you the reason why Black woman's evil : do things on the sly You look for your supper : to be good and hot The nigger put a neckbone : in the pot I went to my window : my window was stuck I went to my door : my door was locked I stepped right back : I shook my head A big black nigger : in my folding bed I shot through the window : I broke the glass I never seen a nigger : run so fast Your friend come to your house : wife ask him to rest his hat The next thing he'll want to know : where is your husband at She says I don't know : he's gone and went to the 'gin Come on mama : let's get on the road again You can toot your whistle : blow your horn The Memphis Jug Band : done been here and gone
Now if you want to get to heaven : I'll tell you what to do You put on a sock : a boot and a shoe You place a little corn : in your right hand That'll pass you right over : in the Promised Land And if you meet the devil : he ask you how you do I'm on my way to heaven : don't you want to go too Know there's a place : that do just as well They call Whitewash Station : ten miles from hell Lord mama : what's on your mind You keep me worried : and bothered all the time Ain't got no stockings : ain't got no shoes Know I've got : the Memphis Jug Band blues Stealing stealing : pretty mama don't you tell on me I'm stealing back : to my same old used-to-be Now put your arms around me : like the circle around the sun I want you to love me mama : like my easy rider done If you don't believe I love you : look what a fool I've been If you don't believe I'm sinking : look what a hole I'm in The woman I'm loving : she's just my height and size She's a married woman : come to see me sometime People across the water : they're crying for meat and bread And the womens down on Beale Street : crying for that old canned heat every day I give my woman a dollar : to get her something to eat She spent a dime for neckbones : and ninety cents for that old canned heat If your woman says she don't drink corn liquor : don't think she's nice and sweet If she don't drink that old corn liquor : then your partner must drink the old canned heat Now just look what a difference : a little money can buy Before a woman spend fifty cents on corn liquor : she'll buy that bottle of canned heat on the sly Canned heat is just like morphine : it crawls all through your bones And if you keep on using canned heat mama : you soon get to the place you just can't leave it alone When you catch your woman begging nickels and dimes : all up and down the street She's only hustling them people : to get that stuff they call that old canned heat
Now yonder comes baby : he's coming down the street He going to knock you back : like Mr There was old lady *Linus* : she was sitting on a rock Had a forty-dollar razor : trying to shave that knot Yes my mother told me : father told me too Son that thing in Memphis : going to be the death of you I'm going to chew my bacca : I'm going to spit my juice I'm going to save my thing : for my particular use Yes my *cola* lady rose : about half past four Son you don't mean me no good : *I bet they* use you no more I went down on the dike : about half past four I seen two bullfrogs : doing the *cold down low* Boy my mother always taught me : to learn to feed my friends with a long-handled spoon She said son if you feed them with a short one : Lord they will soon lose friendship with you Lord they will even laugh and grin in your face : Lord they don't mean you no good And if you don't keep your eyes dead on them : Lord they will take your woman from you Yes I'm going to taught my woman : don't never let a ??? at home If you should ever let him get there baby : he'll give you more trouble than the day is long I did something last winter : Lord I ain't going to do it no more I quit a thousand dollar woman : *but it wasn't worth* Now if you ever go down south : go down in Dixieland Don't forget : the Memphis Jug Band You better hide : mama you better hide from me I can beat you playing that hand : mama you tried to deal to me I told my old lady : so long *as poker* last If I gets on Beale Street : then mama things will come to pass Now the preacher will come to your house : your wife will ask him to rest his hat Next thing he want to know : lady where is your husband at She say I don't know : I think he gone to jail Oh well it's come on mama : and let me go his bail Going to ask that black gal : won't you give me some Said she told me to wait : until tomorrow come Will tomorrow come : before I change my mind
And I looked around : her man was standing around I'm going on ??? : I'm going to raise my hand I am looking for the woman : that ain't got no man Now tell me baby : how come you do me this a-way Oh you go off to stay in the morning : and you stays all day I love you baby : I didn't know that you would do me this a-way How how can I love you mama : when you goes on the street always Now you done drove me baby : until you drove me away Now someone has done something mama : about to take your place Oh Jim Strainer told Lula : on a Friday night Lula if I catch you with the Willie : Lula I'm going to steal you life Oh roll Mr hearseman : Mr hearseman roll slow I want to see the last of poor Lula : Mr hearseman before you go I followed poor Lula : Lord to that burying ground I stood and watched the graveyard diggers : ease poor Lula down I never have seen : Lord such a sight before When Jim Strainer killed poor Lula : it was on that barroom floor Lord poor Willie left here laughing : poor Jim left here crying Willie got fifteen years : poor Jim got ninety-nine I'm singing this tune : I ain't going to [play, pick] it no more Jim Strainer killed poor Lula : I'm booked out and bound to go I'm going Mary Anna : I'm riding that old engineer When I come by : sweet babe will Going to start walking : I've even got a new bottle of booze Ain't going to stop walking : until I lose those Mary Anna blues Engineer blow his whistle : and the fireman ring his bell She poked her head out the window : daddy fare you well She's a long tall woman : she's got teeth they shine like gold Only woman in Mary Anna : done got a mortgage on my soul Going to Mary Anna : if I have to ride the rods I'm going to see that black gal : boys so help me God
Sometimes I walk : with my I wouldn't stay here : but I can't take off I'm going to tell everybody : in the neighborhood I got a gal : who treats me good ??? : I'm going : I'm getting loose Old Aunt Anna : long and tall Her feets in the kitchen : her head's in the hall You know I had a gal : she run a java shop I asked her how about it : not a crust in that shop You know a man walked in : say have you any eggs Say I'll sell you some meat : if you furnish your bread Now the butcher's in the market : they begin to pout She sold all their meat : and the butchers could not sell out You know they taken me 'fore the judge : the judge asked me what is your name Cooncan Suzie : and my mother was to blame You know the judge said little girl : you know you're rather bold You can sell me some meat : just before you go I'm going to the races : see my pony run I believe I can find something : just begun Hattie Hattie Hattie : what have you done to me I believe to my soul : you got a doggone stingaree My name is Rex : I lives down the west Don't want to be tangled up : in that nest Another drink Hattie : pass the bottle around Because that jive you and Willie B's shooting : coldest stuff in town Well I got up this morning : feeling bad
Thinking about the times : that I once have had Well it ain't but the one thing : can grieve my mind All of these women : ain't nar' one mine Well I whips my woman : with a singletree You might've heard her holler : don't you murder me Mama told me : papa told me too Never let a woman : make a fool of you Well I woke up this morning : feeling blue Thinking about : no other one but you Well mama told me : papa too The way you got : it's going to be the ruin of you When I woke up this morning : mama's feeling bad Got to thinking : about the time I once have had