Wolfgang Karrer

Blind "Lemon" Jefferson - The Songs

 

The early songs.by Blind Leman Jefferson document Texas folkblues at its best, but some of the songs are hard to understand from the records. I have tried to transcribe the lyrics, and I have checked my version against other transcriptions.

If you have found a better version of individual lines, please contact me. The later songs seem to have been written by somebody from the recording studio, and legend has it they were prompted to Jefferson over the shoulder when he was singing in the studio. 

PS: It's Groesbeck, not Grossbeck. Error corrected.

 

 

 

 

The Songs of Blind "Lemon" Jefferson

 

"See that my grave is kept clean"

 

 

Got the Blues

Place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1926

record numbers: (2471-1) Pm-12354 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    I walked from Dallas: I walked to Wichita Falls

2                    2 After I lost my sugar: I wasn’t going to walk at all

3                    Women see you coming: they go get their rocking chair

4                    I want to fools this man: and make out he’s welcome here

5                    So cold in China: this voice can’t hardly sing [Cairo]

6                    You didn’t make me mad: till you broke my diamond ring

7                    I’m going to grab my sugar: papa don’t care what you do

8                    I know my baby: she’s going to jump and shout

9                    When she gets a letter from Lemon: I wrote her tow days out

10                 Tell me what’s the matter: [Papa Lemon, I] can’t get no mail

11                 Mama said last night: don’t let a black cat cross your trail

12                 I got up this morning: the blues all around my bed

13                 Went in to eat my breakfast: and the blues all in my bread

 

 

 

 

 

 Long Lonesome Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1926

record numbers: (2472-2) Pm-12354 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    Well the blues come to Texas: loping like a mule

2                    You take a high brown woman: man, she’s hard to fool

3                    You can’t never tell, what a woman’s got on her mind

4                    You might think she’s crazy about you: but she's leaving you all the time

5                    Ain’t so good-looking: your teeth don’t shine like pearls

6                    But that nice disposition: carry a woman all through the world

7                    I’m going to the river: going to carry my rocking chair

8                    Going to ask that gal for a brewhouse?: ‘before the worried blues reached here [transfer boat]

9                    I think I heard: my good gal call my name

10                 She couldn’t call so loud: but she calls so nice and plain

11                 I was raised in Texas: schooled in Tennessee

12                 High-stepper you can’t make no fatmouth out of me

13                 Can’t a woman act funny: quit you for another man

14                 Can’t go look at you straight: but she’s always raising sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Booster Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1926

record numbers (2474-1) PM-12347 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    My left foot itches: something going on wrong

2                    My right foot itching me: and I just can’t be here long

3                    I thought I’d write: but it’s the best to telephone

4                    For that fast mail train: can carry your sugar? so far from home

5                    Girl I can’t live right: ain’t going to try no more

6                    This woman’s left town: and she ain’t coming back no more

7                    I went to the depot: and I set my suitcase down

8                    I thought about my baby: and tears come rolling down

9                    I said ticket agent: how long your train been gone

10                 Said you go train: that this fair brown left here on

11                 I couldn’t buy [me] no ticket: but I walked on to the door

12                 Well my baby left town: she ain’t coming here no more

13                 I got up this morning: my sure-enough on my mind

14                 I had to raise a conversation with the landlady: to keep from crying

15                 Excuse me woman: I won’t say that no more

16                 I’m fixing to leave town: and hang crepe on your door.

 

 

 

 

 

 Dry Southern Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1926

record numbers: (2475-1) Pm-12347 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    Well my mind leads me: to take a trip down south

2                    Take a trip down south: it’s tough to spend my round

3                    A train left the depot: with a red and blue light behind

4                    Well the blue light’s the blues: the red light’s the worried mind

5                    I hate to tell you: it ain’t nobody there

6                    If a man stay here: he stay most anywhere

7                    I got up this morning: rambling for my shoes

8                    The little woman: sung me a song of her Forth Worth blues

9                    Uncle Sam wasn’t no woman: but didn’t the grab your man

10                 Tell me them good-looking womens: is on the border raising sand

11                 Well women on the border: drinking out of the water trough

12                 I wish uncle Sam would hurry up: and pay these soldiers off

13                 I can’t drink coffee: and the woman won’t make no tea

14                 I believe to my soul: sweet mama going to hoodoo me

15                 I asked the girl did she love me: she said Lemon I don’t know how

16                 Caught me ‘commentating’: yes I love you ‘sky high’

17                 She has feet like a monkey: head like a teddy bear

18                 And a mouthful of lip: I guarantee it’s everywhere

19                 I got a girl in Cuba; I got a girl in Spain

20                 I got a brown yonder in Dallas: I’s afraid to call her name.

 

 

 

 

 

 Black Horse Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. May 1926

record numbers: (2543-1) Pm-12367 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    [Tell me, I want to know] what time do the trains come through your town

2                    I want to laugh and talk with a long-haired teasing brown

3                    One goes south at eight: and it’s one goes north at nine

4                    I got to have a good talk: with that long-haired brown of mine

5                    Go and get my black horse, and saddle up my grey mare

6                    I’m going home to my good gal, she’s in the world somewhere

7                    I can’t count these times: that I’m so unsatisfied

8                    Sugar, the blues ain’t on me, but things ain’t going on right.

 

Sackheim 90

 

 

 

 Corinna Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. May 1926

record numbers: (2544-2) Pm-   ?    Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    See see rider: you see what you done

2                    Made me love you: and now your  friend  is come

3                    A great tall engine: and a little small engineer

4                    Carried the woman away Lord: and left me standing here

5                    If I had a-listened: to my second mind

6                    I don’t believe I’d a-been here: wringing my hands and crying

7                    Ain’t no more good ‘taters: the frost have killed the vine

8                    The blues ain’t nothing: but a good woman on your mind

9                    I done told you woman: I been telling your partner too

10                 You’re three times seven: and you know what you want to do

11                 If you see Corinna: tell her to hurry home

12                 I ain’t had no true love: since Corinna had gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 Chock House Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. May or June 1926

record numbers: (2558-2) Pm-12373 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    So many wagons: they have cut that good road down

2                    And the girl I love: her mama don’t want me around

3                    Baby I can’t drink whiskey: but I’m a fool about my homemade wine

4                    Ain’t no sense in leaving Dallas: they makes it there all the time

5                    These here women want these men: to act like some boxer dog

6                    Grab a pick and shovel: and roll from sun to sun

7                    I got a girl for Monday Tuesday: Wednesday Thursday Friday too

8                    I’m going to sweeten up on Saturday: what are the women through the week going to do

9                    Don’t look for me on Sunday: I want to take pigmeat to Sunday school

10                 She’s a fine looking fair brown: but she ain’t never learned Lemon’s rule

 

 

 

 

 

 Beggin’ Back

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1926

record numbers: (3016-4) Pm-12394 Bio BLP-12000

 

(Oh my baby, take me back, why take me back.)

1                    Listen here mama: I’ll be good

2                    Drink your wine: cut your wood

3                    When I had you: you wouldn’t do

4                    Now I got another: and I don’t want you
("Oh no joker, every time it gets cold you come back to take back. Baby I have to tell you you havnet been acting right I want to eat when eating time comes I want you to be out there, because you find)

5                    Every evening: half past eight

6                    ‘Hobbling along’: ‘with my gait’

7                    Working in the spring: ‘taking out sand’

8                    Got to get that fifty dollars: that  rich man had
(Losten woman, tell me women, what's the matter with you. I will you tell one thing, I won't tell you no more You gotta use a new system You will find a mule waggon at your front gate. Honey that's all.")

9                    You may think: because you’re black

10                 I’m going to beg you: to take me back

11                 I went a-walking: down the line

12                 To see if this woman: changed her mind

13                 She turned around: two or three times

14                 take you back: in the  - wintertime.

 

 

 

 

 

 Old Rounders Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1926

record numbers: 3018-?) Pm-12394 Rt RL-306

 

1                    I ain’t going to marry: ain’t going to [be no settling, settle] down

2                    I’m going to stay like I am: going to ride from town to town

3                    There’s a house over yonder: painted all over green

4                    Going to find these young women: that a man most ever seen

5                    I’m going to run to town: talk with that chief of police

6                    Tell him my good gal has quit me: and I can’t live in no peace

7                    My home’s in Oklahoma: I ain’t got no business here

8                    I’m just stopping around: to have a drink of a little drink of beer

9                    I went home last night: fell down on my bed

10                 I got to dreaming so: I was talking all out of my head

 

 

 

 

 

 Stocking Feet Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3066-1) Pm-12407 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Somebody: just keep on calling me

2                    She got hair: like a mermaid on the sea
()

3                    Make me down a pallet: on your floor

4                    Make is warm calm and easy: make it down by your door

5                    I can’t stay away: I done cried the whole night long

6                    The good woman I love: she done packed her trunk and gone

7                    Don’t mistreat me: because I’m young and wild

8                    Sister, you ought to remember: that you once was a child

9                    I don’t feel welcome and I don’t care where I go

10                 The woman I love: she drove me from her door

11                 Said fair brown: where did you stay last night

12                 Your hair’s all down, and you know you ain’t talking right

13                 I’m a stranger here, just come in on the train

14                 Won’t some good man: tell me some woman’s name.

 

 

 

 

 

 That Black Snake Moan

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3067-2) Pm-12407 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Oh: ain’t got no  ??

2                    She told me late last night: you don’t need no mama nohow

3                    Mmm: black snake crawling in my room

4                    Some pretty mama: better come and get this black snake soon

5                    Oh that must’ve been a bedbug: baby a chinch can’t bite that hard

6                    Asked my sugar for fifty cents: she said Lemon ain’t a dime in the yard

7                    Mama that’s all right: mama that’s all right for you

8                    Mama that’s all right: most any old way you do

9                    Mmm: what’s the matter now

10                 Sugar what’s the matter: don’t like no black snake nohow

11                 Mmm: wonder where my black snake gone

12                 Black snake mama: done run my darling home

 

 

 

 

 

 Wartime Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3070-1) Pm-12425 Rt RL-301

 

1                    What you going to do: when they send your man to war

2                    I’m going to drink muddy water: go sleep in a hollow log

3                    Ain’t got nobody: I’m all here by myself

4                    Well these women don’t care: but the men don’t need me here

5                    Well I’m going to the river: going to walk it up and down

6                    If I don’t find quarantine: I’m going to jump overboard and drown

7                    If I could shine my light: like a headlight on some train

8                    I would shine my light: in quarantine's  brain

9                    well they tell me that southbound train had a wreck last night

10                 Went to the section foreman: ain’t treating your railroad right

11                 Well the girl I love: is the one I crave to see

12                 Well she’s living in Memphis: and the fool won’t write to me

13                 Now tell me woman: what have I said and done

14                 You treat me: like my trouble have just begun

 

Sackheim 89

 

 

 

 Broke and Hungry

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3076-?) Pm-12443 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I am broke and hungry: ragged and dirty too

2                    Mama if I clean up: can I go home with you

3                    I am motherless fatherless: sister- and brotherless too

4                    Reason I’m trying so hard: to make the trip with you

5                    You miss me woman: count the days I’m gone

6                    I’m going away to build me a railroad of my own

7                    I feel like jumping through the keyhole in your door

8                    If you jump this time, baby you won’t jump no more

9                    I believe: my good gal have found my black cat bone

10                 I can leave here Sunday morning: Monday morning I’m slipping 'round home

11                 I want to show you women: what careless love have done

12                 Caused a man like me: steal way away from home

13                 Girl if you don’t want me: why don’t you let me know

14                 So I can leave at once: and hunt me somewhere else to go.

 

Sackheim, 84

 

 

 

 

 Shuckin’ Sugar

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 126

record numbers: (3077-2) Pm-12454 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I’ve got your picture: and I’m going to put it in a frame

2                    And then if you leave town: we can find you just the same

3                    Now if you don’t love me: please don’t dog me around

4                    If you dog me around: I know you put me down

5                    I know my baby: thinks the world and all of me

6                    Every time she  ?   : she shines her light on me

7                    Oh I said fair brown: something’s going on wrong

8                    This here woman I love: she’s done been here and gone

9                    Oh listen fair   ?    don’t you want to go

10                 Going to take you across the water: where that brownskin man can’t go

11                 Lord I’m worried here: worried everywhere

12                 12 Not I just started some: and I’ll not be worried there

13                 Lord I’m tired of being married: tired of this settling down

14                 I only want to stay like I am: and slip from town to town

 

 

 

 

 

 Booger Rooger Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3088-2) Pm-12425 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    I drived to the station: woman I bid you all adieu

2             Tell me: you always got a fatmouth following you

3             Now my baby quit me: and she done throwed me down

4             I wouldn’t hate it so bad: but that talk is all over town

5             She’s a long tall woman: she got relatives in Arkansas

6             She ain’t so goo-looking: but boys them dimples is ‘going to draw’

7             I cried all night: and all that night before

8             Know it’s the best to get single: then you won’t have to cry no more

9             I got ten little puppies: I got twelve little shaggy hounds

10           Well it just takes them twenty-two dogs: to run my good gal down

11           I got a girl in ‘North Clifton’: ‘hollering for a good long-legged man’ too

12           I may live in Magnolia, Texas: what them Mill City women going to do

13                 Some joker learned my baby: how to shift gears on a Cadillac Eight

14                 If you ever shift that habit: now I can’t keep my business straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 Rabbit Foot Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3089-1) Pm-12454 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    Blues jumped a rabbit: run him one solid mile

2                    This rabbit sat down: cried like a natural child

3                    Well it seem like you hungry: honey come and lunch with me

4                    I want to stop these married-looking women from worrying me

5                    I have Uneeda biscuits here: and a half a pint of gin

6                    The gin is mighty fine: them biscuits are a little too thin

7                    [Baby tell me something, I want to know]: about those meatless and wheatless days

8                    This not being my home: I don’t think I could stay

9                    I cried for flour and meat: I declare it was gone

10                 Keep a-feeding me corn bread: I just can’t stick around long

11                 Got an airplane baby: now I’m going to get a submarine

12                 Going to get that Kaiser: and we’ll be seldom seen

13                 Mmm hitch me to your buggy mama: drive me like a mule

14                 Reason I’m going home with you, sugar: I ain’t much hard to be fooled.

 

 

 

 

 

 Bad Luck Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1926

record numbers: (3090-2) Pm-12443 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I want to go home: and I ain’t got sufficient clothes (god dog my bad luck soul)

2                    I bet my money: and I lost it Lord it’s dough

3                    I ‘ll never bet: on this old trey game no more

4                    Oh my big gal ‘gambler’s’ gone: why don’t you quit crying

5                    That joker stole off: with that long-haired brown of mine

6                    Sister you catch the Katy: I’ll catch that Santa Fe

7                    When you get to Denver: pretty mama look around for me

8                    The woman I love: why she’s five feet from the ground

9                    She’s a tailor-made woman: she ain’t no hand-me-down

10                 I ain’t seen my sugar: in two long weeks today ()

11                 Girl it’s been so long: seems like my heart going to break

12                 I’m going to run across town: catch that southbound Santa Fe ()

13                 Be on my way: to what you call loving Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

 

 Black Snake Moan

place and date: Chicago, 14 Mar. 1927

record numbers: (80523-B) OK-8455 Fwy FJ-2802

 

1                    Hey: ain’t got no mama now

2                    She told me late last night: you don’t need no mama nohow

3                    Mmm: black snake crawling in my room

4                    And some pretty mama: had better come and get this black snake soon

5                    Oh that must have been a bedbug: you know a chinch can’t bite that hard

6                    Asked my baby for fifty cents: she said Lemon ain’t a dime in the yard

7                    Mama that’s all right: mama that’s all right for you

8                    Said baby that’s all right: most any old way you do

9                    Mmm: what’s the matter now

10                 Tell me what’s the matter baby: I don’t like no black snake nohow

11                 Well: wonder where’s that black snake gone

12                 Lord that black snake mama: done run my darling home

 

 

 

 

 

 Match Box Blues (A)

place and date: Chicago, 14 Mar. 1927

record numbers: (80524-B) OK-8455 RBF RF-1

 

1                    I’m going to the river: going to walk down by the sea

2                    I got those tadpoles and minnows: arguing over me

3                    Sitting here wondering: would a matchbox hold my clothes

4                    I ain’t got so many matches: but I got so far to go

5                    Lord mama: who may your manager be

6                    He asked so many questions: can you make arrangements for me

7                    I got a brown across town: she crochet all the time

8                    Baby if you don’t quit crocheting: you going lose your mind

9                    I wouldn’t mind marrying: but I can’t stand settling down

10                 I’m going to act like a preacher: so I can ride from town to town

11                 I’m leaving town: crying won’t make me stay

12                 Baby the more you cry: the further you drive me away

 

 

 

 

 

 Easy Rider Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Apr. 1927

record numbers: (4423-2) Pm-12474 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    Now tell me: where my easy rider’s gone

2                    Now easy riding woman: always in the wrong

3                    well easy rider: died on the road

4                    I’m a poor blind man: ain’t got nowhere to go

5                    It’s going to be the time: that a woman don’t need no man

6                    Then baby shut your mouth: and don’t be raising sand

7                    The train I ride: don’t burn no coal at all

8                    The coal I’m burning: everybody says it’s cannonballs

9                    I mean I went to the depot: and set my suitcase down

10                 The blues overtake me: and tears come rolling down

11                 The woman I love: she must be out of town

12                 She left me this morning: with a fact that’s full of frowns

13                 I got a gal across town: she crochets all the time

14                 Baby if you don’t quit crocheting: you going to lose your mind

15                 Said fair brown: what’s the matter now

16                 You turn your back to quit me: woman and you don’t know how

 

 

 

 

 

 Match Box Blues (B 1)

place and date: Chicago, c. Apr. 1927

record numbers: (4424-2) Pm-12474 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    I’m sitting here wondering: will a matchbox hold my clothes

2                    I ain’t got so many matches: but I got so far to go

3                    Brown across town: going to be my teddy bear

4                    Put that thing on me: and I’ll follow you everywhere

5                    I say a peg leg woman: just can’t hardly get her dough

6                    I left one in Lockport lasts night: and I’m selling jellyroll

7                    I don’t see why: these women treat me so mean

8                    Sometimes I think: a good man these women ain’t never seen

9                    Well I got up this morning: with my [sure-enough, same thing] on my mind

10                 The woman I love: she keeps a good man worried all the time

11                 Now tell me mama: who may your manager be

12                 I asked so many questions: can’t you make arrangements for me

 

 

 

 

 

 Match Box Blues (B 2)

place and date: Chicago, c. Apr. 1927

record numbers: (4446-4) Pm-12474 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    I’m sitting here wondering: will a matchbox hold my clothes

2                    I ain’t got so many matches: but I got so far to go

3                    I said fair brown: who may your manager be

4                    We asked so many questions: can’t you make arrangements for me

5                    I got a girl across town: she crochets all the time

6                    Sugar the blues ain’t on me: but things ain’t going on right

7                    Mama if you don’t quit crocheting: you going to lose your mind

8                    I can’t count the time: I soled away and cried

9                    If you want your [lover, baby]: you better pin him to your side

10                 If she flag my train: papa Lemon’s going to let her ride

11                 Ain’t seen my good gal: in three long weeks today

12                 Lord it’s been so long: seems like my heart going to break

13                 Excuse me mama: for knocking on your door

14                 If my mind don’t change: I’ll never knock here no more

 

 

 

 

 

 Rising High Water Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. May 1927

record numbers: (4491-5) Pm-12487 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    Backwater rising: southern people can’t make no time

2                    And I can’t get no hearing: from that Memphis gal of mine

3                    Water all in Arkansas: people screaming in Tennessee

4                    If I don’t leave Memphis: black water been all over poor me

5                    People since it’s raining: it has been for nights and days

6                    Thousand people stands on the hill: looking down where they used to stay

7                    Children stand there screaming: mama we ain’t got no home

8                    Papa says to children: black water left us all alone

9                    Backwater rising: come in my windows and doors

10                 I leave with a prayer in my heart: backwater won’t rise no more

 

 

 

 

 

 Right of Way Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. May 1927

record numbers: (4515-2) Üm-12510 Rt RL-301

 

1                    I hate to hear: my good gal call my name

2                    She don’t call so loud: bus she call so nice and plain

3                    Lord the train I ride: eighteen coaches long

4                    And the girl I love: she’s just now leaving home

5                    Well a high brown girl: loves to ride away somewhere

6                    If a man is worthy: she would make you a millionaire

7                    don’t never drive: a stranger away from your door

8                    It could be your best friend: mama you don’t know

9                    Don’t tell no stories: please don’t tell no lies

10                 Did my gal stop here: Lord did the mama keep on by

11                 Oh if you don’t love me: pretty mama don’t run no stall

12                 There’s a whole lots of women: ‘just ran through your brown’s hall’

 

 

 

 

 

 Teddy Bear Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. June 1927

record numbers: (4567-2) Pm-12487 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I’m going to make friends: with the fish in the deep blue sea

2                    And a stop the Chicago women: from arguing over me

3                    Come here pretty mama: going to take you far across the pond

4                    I’m going to make my stop in Italy: where the monkey-man don’t belong

5                    These women in Chicago: they like their fashions and forms

6                    But these women from Nashville: swear they just won’t be here long

7                    I said fair brown: let me be your teddy bear

8                    Tie a string on my neck: and I’ll follow everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 Black Snake Dream Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. June 1927

record numbers: (4577-2) Pm-12510 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    Black snake is deceitful: crawling in all in my bed

2                    I had a dream last night: black snake is killed m baby dead

3                    Hey hey mama: black [snake’s lying, snake is] all in my hall

4                    And if you quit me mama: you can’t see that black snake at all

5                    Listen here mama: black snake is wearing my clothes

6                    And I told you about it: and you put my trunk outdoors

7                    Take me back mama: I [won’t, can’t] be bad no more

8                    And you can get my loving: if you let that black snake go

9                    Black snake crawl out: he said he don’t mean no harm

10                 But I’m getting tired of that black snake: Lying in my baby’s arms

 

 

 

 

 

 Struck Sorrow Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Sept. 1927

record numbers: (20039-2) Pm-12541 Rt RL-335

 

1                    I’m going away: now don’t you want to go

2                    I’m going to stop at a place: I haven’t never been before

3                    I ain’t got no watch: I ain’t got no ‘china spoon’

4                    Reason I’m hanging around here: man I’m sticking here dry long so

5                    If you got a sweet woman: you better love her while you can

6                    For your heart strike sorrow: when I come back to town again

7                    I lie down last night: rolled from side to side

8                    Say that the blues ain’t on me: but things ain’t going on right

9                    I drink so much whiskey: I travel in my sleep

10                 For that brown across town: I declare she is worrying me

11                 I believe I’ll sing this song: ain’t going to sing no more

12                 Going to leave town: and hang crepe on your door

 

 

 

 

 

 Rambler Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Sept. 1927

record numbers: (20040-2) Pm-12541 Bio BLP-^10^5

 

1                    Well the train’s ??? : track’s all out of line

2                    And I commence to how I want to: catch that Number Nine

3                    I’m worried and bothered: don’t know what to do

4                    Reason I’m worried and bothered: it’s all on account of you

5                    When I left home: I left my baby crying

6                    She keeps my worried: and bothered in the mind

7                    Now don’t your house look lonesome: when your baby pack up and leave

8                    You may drink your moonshine: but baby your heart ain’t free

9                    If you take my rider: I can’t get and with you

10                 Just like you taken mine: I’ll take someone else’s too

11                 I got a girl in Texas: I got a brown in Tennessee

12                 Lord but that brown in Chicago: have put that jinx bug on me

 

 

 

 

 

 Chinch Bug Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1927

record numbers: (20064-1) Pm-12551 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    I never feel uneasy: I know how you love your tricks

2                    You leave town the spate of ten days: you got your business well fixed

3                    I wonder if the chinches bite in Beaumont: bite like they do in Beale Street town

4                    The first night I stayed in Memphis: chinch bugs turned my bed around

5                    I had to get sinful with the bedbugs: to keep the chinches from taking my life

6                    Because the chinches got my number: wrote a letter to my wife

7                    My wife caught me easing: way across that Richland Road

8                    The next time I go to slip out: I ain’t going to leave on the light anymore

9                    My wife has quit me: and my best pigmeat gal has too

10                 All of III ‘Lord’: here with the chinch bug blues

 

 

 

 

 

 Deceitful Brownskin Woman

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1927

record numbers: (20065-2) Pm-12551 Bio BLP-12915

 

1                    There’s a brown across town: and she’s taller as a sycamore tree

2                    That’s the gal’d walk through the rain and snow: for to ease that thing on me

3                    Brownskin girl is deceitful: till she gets you all worn down

4                    She get all your pocket change: she going drive you from her town

5                    Went home last night: found a note in my brownskin’s door

6                    Daddy ‘stay long’ has got your room: man you can’t live here no more

7                    I [begun to walk, commenced walking]: walked till my feet got soaking wet

8                    Trying to find good home mama: man I ain’t found none yet

9                    Well the sun’s going to shine: in my back door some day

10                 Ah it’s one more drink: going to drive these blues away

11                 Lord it’s heavy-hipped mama: and the meat shakes on the bone

12                 Every time it shakes: it’s a sign my baby’s home

 

 

 

 

 

 Sunshine Special

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1927

record numbers: (20066-?) Pm-12593 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    Burn the railroad down: so that Sunshine Special can’t run

2                    I got a gang of women: man they ride from sun to sun

3                    Same old fireman: going to keep this same old engineer

4                    So that Sunshine Special: is going to run me on away from here

5                    Going to leave on the Sunshine Special: going in on the Santa Fe

6                    Going to ‘set up and stop’ that Katy: because it’s taking my brown from me

7                    Going to ride that Kansas Texas: right on to San Antone

8                    Somebody’s been trying to fire your engines: man ever since you been gone

9                    Cotton Belt is a slow train: also that I and C N

10                 If I leave Texas anymore: going to leave on that L and N

 

 

 

 

 

 Lonesome House Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Oct. 1927

record numbers: (20076-2) Pm-12593 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I had a dream last night: all about my gal

2                    You can tell by that’ sweet papa ain’t been so well

3                    I’m going away mama: just to wear you off my mind

4                    So if I live in Chicago: murder’s going to be my crime

5                    This house is lonesome: my baby left me all alone

6                    If your heart ain’t rock: sugar it must be marble stone

7                    I got the blues so bad: it hurts my feet to walk

8                    It has settled on my brain: and it hurts my tongue to talk

 

 

 

 

 

 Blind Lemon’s Penitentiary Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20363-2) Pm-12666 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Take Fort Worth for your dressing: and Dallas all for your sal

2                    So you want to go to the state penitentiary: go to Groesbeck for your trial

3                    I hung around Groesbeck: I work in hard showers of rain

4                    I never felt the least bit uneasy: till I caught that penitentiary bound train

5                    I used to be a drunkard: rowdy everywhere I go

6                    If ever I get out of this trouble I’m in: man I won’t be rowdy no more

7                    Boys don’t be bad: please don’t crowd your mind

8                    If you get in trouble in Groesbeck: they going to send you to penitentiary flying

9                    I want you to stop and study: don’t take nobody’s life

10                 They got walls at the state penitentiary: you can’t jump man as hard as you try

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ‘Lectric Chair Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20364-2) Pm-12608 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    I walked to the jail with my partner: asked him how come he’s here

2                    I had a ‘ruckus’ with my family: they going to send me to the electric chair

3                    I wonder why they electrocute a man: ‘if he ??? line’

4                    Because the current’s much stronger: ‘when they send it straight out on the line’

5                    ‘I said to the electrocutor’: ‘awful lousy crime’ electrocute that man of mine

6                    Going to get me a taxi: to take me away from here

7                    I don’t know but one thing in this world: could keep me ‘married’ to the electric chair

8                    I feel like jumping in the ocean: I feel like jumping in the deep blue sea

9                    There wasn’t no blood left in my heart: and they brought my electrocuted daddy to me

 

 

 

 

 

 Lemon’s  Worried Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20375§) Pm-12622 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    I’m going to tell you why: I got Lemon’s low-down worried blues

2                    I left my meal ticket down at ???: my pot of chitlings boiling a little past noon

3                    Lord I’m worried here: worried everywhere I go

4                    I worried my rider so late last night: she had a mule wagon backed up to my door

5                    I woke up this morning: took a walk till the break of day

6                    I asked for a woman to marry me: and I just made my get-away

7                    I woke up this morning: woke up about half past ten

8                    Ease my head in the window: she’s singing Lemon’s worried blues again

9                    Worried so ad: can’t tell my stockings from my shoes

10                 I lay down last night: with Lemon’s low-down worried blues

11                 Lord what makes that [banty] rooster: he keeps crowing for the dawn of day

12                 His man better watch his footsteps for the hen: now doggone his ways

 

 

 

 

 

 Mean Jumper Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20380-2) Pm-12631 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I feel like jumping: through the keyhole in your door

2                    If you jump this time baby: you won’t jump no more

3                    I feel like falling: from treetops to the ground

4                    My rider’s got a mean jumper: and he don’t allow me around

5                    I go there early in the morning: and I goes there late at night

6                    Don’t care how late I goes there: he hasn’t ever turned down his light

7                    I believe he’s looking for me: he’s up all hours at night

8                    She used to be my rider: and he ain’t treating her right

9                    I met this jumper one morning: he was out on the out edge of town

10                 I had to talk and plead: for to keep him from blowing me down

 

 

 

 

 

 Bulky Mule Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20381-3) Pm-12631 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    I got up this morning: sure was feeling fine

2             I heard a rap at the door: must be that bad cat woman of mine

3             She was fussing she was fighting: and acting like a doggone fool

4                    And hemming and a-hawing: and acting just like a balky mule

5                    Bad cat ain’t no wildcat: and he’s going to stay home at night

6                    But when it comes to squabbling: he sure can scratch and bite

7                    I got up this morning: I was easing across this floor

8                    Now my bad cat’s leaving me: ain’t going to catch my mice no more

9                    I was standing on the corner: when they brought me the bad cat news

10                 Now here come my bad cat mamma: to run me away with them bad cat blues

 

 

 

 

 

 Change my Luck Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20387-2) Pm-12639 Mil MLP-2007

 

1                    Hey hey mama: that rider’s done and gone

2                    I just can’t see: what in the world is your waiting on

3                    I’ve got another mama: she ain’t long and up tall

4                    But to tell you the truth man: she is as soft as a butterball

5                    She got Elgin movements: from her head down to her toe

6                    And she can break in on a dollar: man most anywhere she goes

7                    She was my best mama: but she wouldn’t treat me right

8                    She wouldn’t do nothing: but barrelhouse all night long

9                    I’m going to get me a mama: I mean with lots of bucks

10                 I’m going to be gone mama: so I can change my luck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Prison Cell Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20388-2) Pm-12622 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    Getting tired of sleeping: in this low-down lonesome cell

2                    Lord I wouldn’t’ve been here: if it hadn’t’ve been for Nell

3                    Lay awake at night: and just can’t eat a bite

4                    Used to be my rider: but she just won’t treat me right

5                    Got a red-eyed captain: and a squabbling boss

6                    Got a mad dog sergeant: honey and he won’t knock off

7                    I asked the government: to knock some days off my time

8                    Well the way I’m treated: I’m about to lose my mine

9                    I wrote to the governor: please turn me a-loose

10                 Since I didn’t get no answer: K know it ain’t no use

11                 I hate to turn over: and find my rider gone

12                 Walked across my floor: Lordy how I moan

13                 Lord I wouldnt’ve been here: if it hadn’t’ve been for Nell

14                 I’m getting tired of sleeping: in this Low-down lonesome cell

 

 

 

 

 

 Long Lastin’ Lovin’

place and date: Chicago, c. Feb. 1928

record numbers: (20407-2) Pm-1266 Mil MLP-2o12

 

1                    I wonder why: my partner sitting around looking sad

2                    I mean the woman if she quit me: it’s going to be too black bad

3                    She’s a fair made woman: and she’s cunning as a squirrel

4                    When she starts to loving: man It’s out the world

5                    Oh she’s a dark brownskin: we always call her chocolate drop

6                    If the fool starts a-loving: man it just won’t stop

7                    When I first met the woman: I says I hadn’t made no hit

8                    She got this old-fashioned loving: man it just won’t quit

9                    I met her at a ‘sociable’: she acts just like a crook

10                 Lord when she starts to loving: man it ain’t in the book

 

 

 

 

 

 Piney Woods Money Mama

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1928

record numbers: (20408-2) Pm-12650 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    Lord heavy-hipped mama: she done moved to the piney wood

2                    She’s a high-stepping mama: and she don’t mean no man no good

3                    She got ways like the devil: and hair like a Indian squaw

4                    She been trying two years: to get me to be her son-in-law

5                    Big mama: own everything in her neighborhood

6                    But when she made the money: is when se lived in the piney wood

7                    Blues in my kitchen: blues in my dining room

8                    And some nice young fair brown: had better come here soon

9                    Well the cook’s in the kitchen: picking and fussing over turnip greens

10                 White folks in the parlor playing cards: and they’re serving their cake and tea

11                 My baby loves my baby: like a cow loves to chew her cud

12                 But that fool jut off and left me: she done moved to the piney wood

 

 

 

 

 

 Low Down Mojo Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. June 1928

record numbers: (20636-1) Pm-12650 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    I love my baby: better than a farmer likes his jersey cow

2                    Been trying to quit my baby for two years: and man I don’t know how

3                    When I was young: on my big-foot way to school

4                    I met a nice-looking brownskin: made me lose my mammy’s rule

5                    My rider’s got a mojo: and she won’t let me see

6                    Every time I start to loving: she ease that thing on me

7                    She’s got to fool her daddy: she’s got to keep that mojo hid

8                    But papa’s got something: for to find that mojo with

9                    She got four speeds forward: and she don’t never stall

10                 The way she bumps over the hill: it would make a panther squall

 

 

 

 

 

 Competition Bed Blues

place and date: Chicago, C. July 1928

record numbers: (20749-2) Pm-12728 Rt RL-306

 

1                    Competition worrying me: you been having a competition with me

2                    ‘Big foot’ stops at every man’s door: and he’s always in his midnight creep

3                    I have a loving brown: I did never miss it ‘till her gone’

4                    I found a ??? competition: he better not get in town

5                    I passed my partner’s house: I stopped in to comb my head

6                    Who should I find: but my gal making up my partner’s bed

7                    I’m going to wreck my mind: competition going between me and my friend

8                    It hurt me so: I thought we’d be pals till the end

9                    It makes a man feel bad: when competition ???

10                 Now there’s so much competition: I believe I’ll leave your town

 

 

 

 

 

 Sad News Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. July 1928

record numbers: (20772-2) Pm-12728 Rt RL-306

 

1                    I got a letter: I got a letter here in my hand

2                    My brown wrote to tell me sad news: she got a brand new man

3                    I’m a long long way from home: I ain’t got no ‘lover’ in town

4                    I’m going to get that ‘B and M’ to Baltimore boy: I heard my baby ‘is here’

5                    I was drinking all night [long]: got up his morning sloppy drunk

6                    I would pack my things: but somebody done stole my trunk

7                    I went uptown last night: I tried drinking hard to ease my pain

8                    But you ain’t got no money: so don’t come back here again

9                    It’s sad news: when your baby’s ???ing on you

10                 Even though you been kind: there’s nothing that you can do

 

 

 

 

 

 How Long How Long

place and date: Chicago, C. July 1928

record numbers: (20788-1) Pm-122685 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    Standing at the station: watch my baby leave town

2                    I feel disgusted: no peace can be found

3                    Now you can hear the whistles blowing: but I just can’t seen no train

4                    Way down in my heart: got a lot of aches and pains

5                    Sometime I feel disgusted: and I feel so blue

6                    I hardly know what in this world baby: a good man can do

7                    If I could holler: just like a mountain jack

8                    I’d go up on the mountain: and call my baby back

9                    Some day you’re going to be sorry: you ever done me wrong

10                 It’ll be too late darling: your man will be gone

11                 My mind goes to wondering: I feel so bad

12                 Thinking about the trouble: a good man always have

 

 

 

 

 

 Lock Step Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1928

record numbers: (20815-2) Pm-12679 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    I used to take my feet: in a midnight tramp

2                    Now they got me: doing a different kind of dance

3                    I couldn’t keep away from [wild, bad] women: bad [liquor, whiskey] cards and dice

4                    Now I’m doing the lock-step baby: things ain’t going so nice

5                    It don’t matter to me: whether it sunshine snow or rains

6                    Because I can’t go gay cutting: and carry a ball and chain

7                    Mean old jailor: taking away my dancing shoes

8                    I can’t strut my stuff: when I got those lock-step blues

9                    Big rats in my cell: keeps me woke all night

10                 My woman done turned me down: and I don’t think that’s right

11                 Every morning: I walk down that big land hall

12                 I’m screaming for my mama: can’t make no time at all

 

 

 

 

 

 Hangman’s  Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1928

record numbers: (20816-2) Pm-12679 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    Hangman’s rope: it’s so tough and strong

2                    They got to hang me: because I done something wrong

3                    I want to tell you: the gallows Lord is a fearful sight

4                    Hang me in the morning: and cut me down at night

5                    Well the man old hangman: he went and tightened up that noose

6                    Lord I’m so scared: I am trembling in my shoes

7                    [Jury, jurymen] heard my case: and it said my hand was red

8                    And the judge is telling me: be hanging till I’m dead

9                    The crowd around the courthouse: and the time is growing fast

10                 Soon a good-for-nothing killer: is going to breathe his last

11                 Lord I’m almost dying: gasping for my breath

12                 And that trifling woman staying: until I breaks my neck

 

 

 

 

 

 Christmas Eve Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1928

record numbers: (20818-2) Pm-12692 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    Now it’s the day before Christmas: mama won’t you hear me moan

2                    If you take me back baby: I’ll give you anything you need

3                    I had a good chance: baby give me just one more

4                    I will change the way I’m loving: like you never have been before

5                    I know I did do wrong: I’m just as sorry as I can be

6                    It’s the day before Christmas: mama come back to me

7                    Mama don’t turn me down: on this Christmas Eve

8                    I cried about you so hard: done wetted my whole coat sleeve

9                    It’s the day before Christmas: let me bring [me] your present tonight

10                 I’m going to be your Santa Claus: even if my whiskers ain’t white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Happy New Year Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1928

record numbers: (20819-2) Pm-12692 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    I’m thinking about the year: of nineteen and twenty-nine

2                    New year caught me with ‘marked money’: man I was doing just fine

3                    I was lying down with my baby: we had one small quart of gin

4                    That old doorbell kept ringing: I wouldn’t leave nobody come in

5                    The whistle was blowing for New Year: around twelve o’clock at night

6                    I lied down on there with my baby: until the good Lord brought daylight

7                    Early one New Year morning: I was walking down by the hill

8                    Every man likes his liquor: when he gets it fresh from the still

9                    I hate to drink all new year: for this whiskey they making is too strong

10                 Because when I take two or three drinks: I’ll be drunk the whole year long

 

 

 

 

 

 Maltese Cat Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1928

record numbers: (20820-1) Pm-12712 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    Rats is mean in my kitchen: and I lost my Maltese cat

2                    I’m going to make things right with my good gal: man and it’s tight like that

3                    I’m going to start walking: walk the shoes clean off of my feet

4                    Just thinking about my mama: and man that woman sure is sweet

5                    I ain’t got no suitcase: I don’t have a one bottle of gin

6                    I’ve got to stay drunk to keep warm: because my clothes is so thin

7                    Long lonesome train: come passing me a-flying

8                    I was thinking about my mama: and I didn’t pay that train no mind

9                    When you get a-home: buy a Maltese cat

10                 And a good strong brownskin: man it’s tight like that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 D B Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1928

record numbers: (20821-1) Pm-12712 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    Who is that coming: hey with a motor so strong

2                    That’s Lemon in his D B: people think he’s got his girl out on

3                    Going to get out of my four-cylinder Dodge: I want to get me a Super Six

4                    I’m always around the ladies: and I like to have my business fixed

5                    I’m crazy about a Packard: but my baby only rates a Ford

6                    A Packard is too expensive: Ford will take you where you want to go

7                    Come here brownskin: listen to my motor roar

8                    Because my Super Six sufficient: to take you where you want to go

9                    I never did like no horses: I never could stand no ‘steel’

10                 Ever since I was old enough to catch a brown: give me the automobile

 

 

 

 

 

 Eagle Eyed Mama

place and date: Chicago, c. Jan. 1929

record numbers: (21095-3) Pm-12739 Rt RL-301

 

1                    My woman got eyes like an eagle: and she watching me all the time

2                    The way she follow me around: Lordy it’s going to be a crime

3                    Watching me all through the day: watching me all through the night

4                    Keeps her eagle eyes on me: till the good Lord brings daylight

5                    Mmm: papa Lemon’s feeling so blue

6                    Eagle-eyed mama’s worrying me: what am I going to do

7                    Dog in my back yard: oh Lordy how he can howl

8                    I’m trying to quit that eagle-eyed woman: man and I don’t know how

9                    My eagle-eyed woman: is got ways I can’t explain

10                 If I ever leave her: I must be going insane

 

 

 

 

 

 Dynamite Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Jan. 1929

record numbers: (21096-1) Pm-12739 Rt TL-301

 

1                    I feel like tramping: from the ‘great big corral’

2                    Because the woman I love: says she don’t want me nohow

3                    She swore that she loved me: but I know that she doing me wrong

4                    I’m going to start something man: and I tell you it won’t be long

5                    The way I feel now: I could get a keg of dynamite

6                    Put it all in her window: and blow her up late at night

7                    I just swallowed some fire: take a drink of gasoline

8                    Throw it up all over that woman: and let her go off and scream

9                    I’m going to get in a cannon: and let them blow me out to sea

10                 Going down with the whales: and the mermaids make love to me

 

 

 

 

 

 Oil Well Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1929

record numbers: (21197-1) Pm-12771 Riv RLP-12-12

 

1                    There ain’t nothing mama: no use ??? of tears at all

2                    There’s a long distance well: and it’s blowing oil that’s all

3                    Ain’t nothing to hurt you: it ain’t nothing that’s bad

4                    It’s the fist oil well: that ‘your’ ??? little bun ever had

5                    I’m a long distance driller: and I work every country through

6                    Going to stop working: if I bring in this well for you

7                    I’m a man old well driller: and I been a driller since I been a man

8                    Ain’t going to stop drilling: till I strikes that ‘Woodburn sand’

9                    I got a [mean] reputation: and they call me Drilling Sam

10                 When I starts to drilling: you hear women hollering too black bad

 

 

 

 

 

 Tin Cup Blues

place and date: Chicago, C. Mar. 1929

record numbers: (21198-1) Pm-12756 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    I was down and I cried: ‘my pillowcase was on the line’

2                    Ain’t it tough to see a man: go to ‘wreck and almost fall and die’

3                    I stood on the corner: and almost bust my head

4                    I couldn’t earn enough money: to buy me a loaf of bread

5                    Baby times is so hard: I almost call it tough

6                    I can’t earn money to buy no bread: and you know I can’t buy my snuff

7                    My gal’s a housemaid: and she earns a dollar a week

8                    And I’m so hungry on payday: I can’t hardly speak

9                    Now gather around me people: let me tell you a true fact

10                 That tough luck has sunk ma: and the rats is creeping in my hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 Empty House Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1929

record numbers: (21200-1) Pm-12946 Rt RL-335

 

1                    The furniture man: he done boon here and gone

2                    Taking all my furniture: didn’t left nothing for me to sit down on

3                    Well it’s tough to be alone: when I got to have my biscuits browned

4                    Most of these women I know: cooking ??? ‘down for down’

5                    I loved my baby in the morning: Lord loved her late at night

6                    I miss that midnight loving: and you know I ain’t treated right

7                    I feel so disgusted: and I hate to be alone

8                    I’m getting some other man’s loving: when I ought to be getting my own

9                    My love is like a storm: what blowed the walls all down

10                 Soon as you get some of my loving: they can’t keep you out of town

 

 

 

 

 

 Saturday Night Spender Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1929

record numbers: (21201-2) Pm-12771 Rt RL-335

 

1                    Every Saturday: go to work in a doggone place

2                    ‘With food in my craw’: I goes there for ‘spending place’

3                    I find six of seven women: and a whole lot of fun

4                    Then we go out and break them down: honey till early morn

5                    I don’t mind no men friends: but I am afraid of my grandma’s child

6                    I like me a-plenty of women: but man I like them wild

7                    All during the week: I work hard and I really save

8                    But on a Saturday night: I can get all the loving I crave

9                    Now I can’t have the times: like I once have had

10                 My regular found out I was a Saturday night spender: and it sure did make her mad

 

 

 

 

 

 That Black Snake Moan No 2

place and date: Chicago, c. Mar. 1929

record numbers: (21202-1) Pm-12756 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Mmm: going to run that black snake down

2                    I ain’t seen my mama: since black snake taken her away from town

3                    Mmm: black snake is so hard to find

4                    I am worried about my mama: I can’t keep her off my mind

5                    Oh: better find my mama soon

6                    I woke up this morning: black snake was making ‘easy ruckus’ in my room

7                    Black snake is evil: black snake is all I see

8                    I woke up this morning: black snake was moving in on me

9                    Mmm: black snake was hanging around

10                 He occupied my livingroom: and broke my ‘fairybook’ down

 

 

 

 

 

 Peach Orchard Mama

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1929

record numbers: (21400-2) Pm-12801 Riv RLP-12-12

 

1                    Peach orchard mama: you swore nobody’d pick your fruit but me

2                    I found three kid-men: shaking down your peaches tree

3                    One man bought your groceries: another joker paid your rent

4                    While I work in your orchard: and giving you every cent

5                    Went to the police station: begged the police to put me in jail

6                    I didn’t want to kill you mama: but I hate to see your peaches tree fail

7                    Peach orchard mama: don’t treat your papa so mean

8                    Chase out all those kid-men: and let me keep your orchard clean

9                    Peach orchard mama: don’t turn your papa down

10                 Because when I gets mad: I acts just like a clown

 

 

 

 

 

 Big Night Blues

place and date: Chicago, c. Aug. 1929

record numbers: (21402-2) Pm-12801 Riv RLP-12-12

 

1                    My feets is so cold: can’t hardly wear my shoes

2                    Out last night with wild women: and it give me the big night blues

3                    I grabbed my baby: I danced till the clock struck twelve

4                    I had to wrestle so hard with my good gal: I just ain’t feeling so well

5                    I’m going back to that party: get with them wild women again

6                    Well I ain’t going to leave my home: till I order me a quart of gin

7                    Wild women like their liquor: their gin and their rocking rye

8                    My gal wouldn’t let me go home last night: wouldn’t tell me the reason why

9                    Turned my face to the wall: and my baby made an awful moan

10                 Well I needs my daddy: because my clock is run down at home

 

 

 

 

 

 Bed Springs Blues

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15664) Pm-12872 Mel MLP-7324

 

1                    Got something to tell you: make the hair rise on your head

2                    Got a new way of getting down: make the springs tremble on your bed

3                    My gal got a new way of trembling down: make a crazy man leave his home

4                    When she grabs you and turns you loose: makes the flesh tremble on your bones

5                    Well my gal got something at home: that I sure do like

6                    That’s the long folding bed: with the cover all right back

7                    Don’t blame me mama: for talking out my head

8                    I’m worried about the movements you got: and those springs trembling on your bed

 

 

 

 

 

 Yo Yo Blues

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15665) Pm-12872 Bio BLP-12000

 

1                    I want to yo-yo: but I broke my yo-yo string

2                    I believe my baby’s going crazy losing her mind: Lord the woman is going insane

3                    Don’t a man feel bad: when he can’t yo-yo no more

4                    Broke my yo-yo string last night: and I can’t come home no more

5                    My sugar got ways: partner I can’t understand

6                    Leave me all in my bed: go yo-yo with some other man

7                    I love me yo-yo: better than anything I know

8                    I’m felling funny and foolish: I can’ shake that thing no more

 

 

 

 

 

 Mosquito Moan

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15666) Pm-12899 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Lamp sits in my kitchen: mosquitoes all around my screen

2                    I’m about all ready to get a mosquito bomb: I’ll be seldom seen

3                    [I’m going to, I believe I’ll] keep on the Pinto: drive on back to Brandyville

4                    Oh mosquitoes so bad in this man’s town: keep me away from my whiskey still

5                    I love my whiskey: better than some people like to eat

6                    Mosquitoes bother me so: I can’t hardly stay on my feet

7                    I bought a spray last night: and I spayed all over my house

8                    Mosquitoes all around my door: won’t leave nobody come out

9                    Mosquitoes all around me: mosquitoes are everywhere I go

10                 No matter where I go: well they sticks their bills in me

11                 I wouldn’t say a gabber-nipper: these gabber-nippers bite too hard

12                 I stepped back in my kitchen: and they springing up in my back yard

 

 

 

 

 

 Southern Woman Blues

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15557) Pm-12899 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Way down south: you ought to see the women shimmy and shake

2                    Their new way of wiggle: make a weak man break his neck

3                    You fed me greens: and I mean that they really can cook

4                    Make me a jellyroll: and I mean it’s out the book

5                    I was down south: where all my whiskey cook

6                    Just looking at them women: makes me want to get my gauge stuck

7                    Southern women: man [they’re, they sure is] hard to beat

8                    Ain’t so easy to get along with: but Lord so sweet

9                    I’m going down south: and I believe I’ll take my hook

10                 Me and my sugar: ‘something I did hold’

11                 I won’t go to fishing: mama I done broke my pole

 

 

 

 

 

 Bakershop Blues

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15668) Pm-12852 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    I’m standing in front of the bakershop: and I’m feeling low-down in mind

2                    Hungry as could be: looking at all cakes of kind

3                    Girl in the bakershop: she hollered papa don’t look so sad

4                    Come and try some of my cake: and you won’t feel so bad

5                    ‘And with’
 sweet rolls in the window: honey and light bread cold

6                    I want to buy me some cake: but I had shot dice and lost my roll

7                    I’m crazy about my light bread: and my pigmeat on the side

8                    If I had a piece of your jellyroll: honey I’d be satisfied

9                    I want to know if your jellyroll fresh: I want to know if your jellyroll’s stale

10                 I’m going to haul off and buy me some: if I have to break her loose in jail

11                 It’s hard to be broke: and so hungry you about to drop

12                 If I don’t get a break soon: I’ll fall dead front of this bakershop

 

 

 

 

 

 Pneumonia Blues

place and date: Richmond, In., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15669) Pm-12880 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    I’m aching all over: believe I got the pneumonia this time

2                    And it’s all on account of: that low-down gal of mine

3                    Slinking around the corner: running up alleys too

4                    Watching my woman: trying to see what she going to do

5                    Stood down in the street: one cold dark stormy night

6                    Trying to see: if my good gal going to make it home all right

7                    [I believe she’s, she muse have] found something: that probably made her fall

8                    I stood out in the cold all night: and she didn’t come home at all

9                    Wear B V Ds in the winter: traveling around in the rain

10                 Last time: my baby give me this pneumonia pain

11                 Now wen I die: bury me in a Stetson hat

12                 Tell my good gal I’m going: but I’m still a-standing pat

 

 

 

 

 

 Long Distance Moan

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15670-A) Pm-12852 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    I’m flying to South Carolina: I got to go there this time

2                    Women in Dallas Texas: is about to make me lose my mind

3                    Long distance long distance: will you please give me a credit call

4                    Want to talk to my gal in South Carolina: who looks like a Indian squaw

5                    Just want to ask my baby: what in the world is she been doing

6                    Give your loving to another joker: and it’s sure going to be my ruin

7                    Hey long distance: I can’t help but moan

8                    My baby’s voice sound so sweet: oh I’m going to break this telephone

9                    You don’t know you love your rider: till she is so far from you

10                 You can get long distance moan: and you don’t care what you do

11                 I think I will use ??? deadly poison: to get my brownie off my mind

12                 This long distance moan: about to worry me to death this time

 

 

 

 

 

 That Crawlin’ Baby Blues

Place and date: Richmond, In., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15671) Pm-12880 Mil MLP-2013

 

1                    Well the baby crawling: on up to his mama’s knee

2                    He’s crying about his sweet mild: and she won’t feed him just that cream

3                    Crawled from the fireplace: and he stopped in the middle of the floor

4                    Said mama ain’t that your second daddy: standing back there in the door

5                    Well she grabbed my baby and spanked him: I tried to make her leave him alone

6                    I tried my best to stop her: and she said that baby ain’t none of mine

7                    Some woman rocks the cradle: and I declare she rules her home

8                    Many man rocks some other man’s baby: and the fool thinks he’s rocking his own

9                    It was late last night: when I liked to crawl in baby’s room

10                 My woman threw my clothes outdoors: and now I got those crawling baby blues

 

 

 

 

 

 Fence Breaking’ Yellin’ Blues

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15672) Pm-12921 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    Here comes two women: I liked to drove them wild

2                    Well you drinking bad liquor: you’ll be overtaken after a while

3                    He must be desperated: I don’t know nothing else if could be

4                    Standing on the corner didn’t mean no harm: the boy made a dash at me

5                    Made a break at me: groped for my pocketknife

6                    One had me cooling off: while the other one talked about taking my wife

7                    And when I went for my gun: you ought to see them yelling breaking that fence

8                    I first thought they was crazy: but I found out they didn’t have no sense

9                    You can take my money: I mean you can wear my best clothes

10                 Lemon won’t kill no quicker: If you bother with my jellyroll

11                 Some people like their sugar: I’m a fool about my China tea

12                 You can have all this world: but leave my honeycomb home with me

 

 

 

 

 

 Cat Man Blues

place and date: Richmond, In., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15673) Pm-12921 Bio BLP-12015

 

1                    Cat man cat man: stay away from my house at night

2                    Prowling around my back door when I’m gone: you know that ain’t right

3                    When I come home last night I heard a noise: asked my wife what was that

4                    She said don’t be so suspicious: that wasn’t a thing but a cat

5                    I’ve been all over the world: I’ve taken all kinds of chance

6                    I’ve never seen a cat: come home in a pair of pants

7                    I’m tired of this jellyroll man: come to my home when I’m out

8                    Know it’s the cause of my woman: boys is ‘necking’ about

9                    Reason I call him cat man: he don’t [come, go] around in the day

10                 Come around at midnight: steals my cream when I’m away

11                 Tell me a cat got nine lives: honey and I believe that’s true

12                 If the can man is got nine lives: he going to need them when I get through

 

 

 

 

 

 Bootin’ Me ‘Bout

place and date: Richmond, Ind., 24 Sept. 1929

record numbers: (15675) Pm-12946 Mil MLP-2004

 

1                    I got a brownskin mama: she built right to the ground

2                    When I goes to her house: old man starts to booting me around

3                    Now you mustn’t blame his gal: it’s nailed up to his door

4                    Don’t want to go near no man: pretty soon she’ll be too old

5                    Hey here Mr.: you must be losing your mind

6                    Everybody’s got to have: a little bit of loving sometime

7                    Her father told me: better not to come back no more

8                    If I catch you here: I’m going to boot you through the door

9                    I love my little brownskin: she’s so young and green

10                 The old man’s the bootingest thing: that I most ever seen

11                 I got to find me a scheme: to get my gal all to herself

12                 Because I’m a fool about that woman: don’t want nobody else

 

 

 

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