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Charley's Lyrics


'34 Blues

I ain't gonna tell nobody, '34 have done for me
I ain't gonna tell nobody what, '34 have done for me
Took my roller, I was broke as I could be

They run me from Will Dockery's, Willie Brown, I want your job
They run me from Will Dockery's, Willie Brown, I want your job
(spoken: Buddy, what's the matter?)
I went out and told papa Charley,
"I don't want you hangin' round on my job no more"

Fella, down in the country, it almost make you cry
Fella, down in the country, it almost make you cry
(spoken: My God, children!)
Women and children flaggin' freight trains for rides

Carmen got a little six Buick, big six Chevrolet car
Carmen got a little six Buick, little six Chevrolet car
(spoken: My God, what solid power!)
And it don't do nothin' but, follow behind Holloway's farmer's plow

And it may bring sorrow, Lord, it may bring tears
It may bring sorrow, Lord, and it may bring tears
Oh, Lord, oh, Lord, let me see your brand new year


Banty Rooster Blues

I'm gonna buy me a banty, put him at my backdoor
I'm gonna buy me a banty, put him at my backdoor
So when he see a stranger a-comin', he'll flap his wings and crow

What you want with a rooster, he won't crow 'fore day?
What you want with a rooster, he won't crow 'fore day?
What you want with a man, when he won't do nothin' he say?

What you want with a hen won't, cackle when she lays?
What you want with a hen won't, cackle when she lays?
What you want with a woman, when she won't do nothin' I say?

Ah, take my picture, hang it up in Jackson wall
Ah, take my picture, hang it up in Jackson wall
Anybody asks you "What about it", tell 'em "That's all I saw"

My hook's in the water, and my cork's on top
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 know my dog anywhere I hear him bark
I can tell my rider, if I feel her in the dark


Bird Nest Bound

Come on, mama, go to the edge of town
Come on, mama, go to the edge of town
I know where there's a bird nest, built down on the ground

If I was a bird, mama,
if I was a bird, mama, I would find a nest in the heart of town
(spoken: Lord, you know I'd build it 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
Hard luck is at your front door, blues are in your room
Callin' at your back door, "What's gonna become of you?"

Sometimes I say I need you, then again I don't
Sometimes I say I need you, then again I don't
(spoken: You know it's the truth, baby)
Sometime I think I'll quit you, then again I won't

Oh, I remember one mornin' stand in my baby's door,
(spoken: Sure, boy, I was standin' there)
Oh, I remember one mornin' stand in my baby's door,
(spoken: Boy, you know what she told me?)
"Look-a here papa Charley, I don't want you no more"

Take me home sweet home, baby, to that shiny star
Take me home now to, that shiny star
(spoken: Lord, you know I'm just stayin' there)
You don't need no tellin', mama, take you in my car


Down The Dirt Road Blues

I'm goin' away, to a world unknown
I'm goin' away, to a world unknown
I'm worried now, but I won't be worried long

My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid
My rider got somethin', she's tryin'a keep it hid
Lord, I got somethin' to find that somethin' with


I feel like choppin', chips flyin' everywhere
I feel like choppin', chips flyin' everywhere
I been to the Nation, oh Lord, but I couldn't stay there

Some people say them oversea blues ain't bad
(spoken: Why, of course they are)
Some people say them oversea blues ain't bad
(spoken: What was a-matter with 'em?!)
It must not a-been them oversea blues I had

Every day seem like murder here
(spoken: My God, I'm no sheriff)
Every day seem like murder here
I'm gonna leave tomorrow, I know you don't bid my care

Can't go down any dirt road by myself
Can't go down any dirt road by myself
(spoken: My Lord, who ya gonna carry?)
I don't carry my, gonna carry me someone else


Dry Well Blues

Way down in Lula, hard livin' has done hit
Way down in Lula, hard livin' has done hit
Lord, your drought come an' caught us, an' parched up all the tree

Aw, she stays over in Lula, bid that ol' town goodbye
Stays in Lula, bidding you the town goodbye
'Fore I would come to know the day, oh, the Lula well was gone dry

Lord, there're citizens around Lula, aw, was doin' very well
Citizens around Lula, aw, was doin' very well
Now they're in hard luck together, 'cause rain don't pour nowhere

I ain't got no money and I sure ain't got no hope
I ain't got no money and I sure ain't got no hope
...come in, furnished all the cotton and crops

Boy, they tell me the country, Lord, it'll make you cry
Lord, country, Lord, it'll make you cry
Most anybody, Lord, hasn't any water in the bayou

Lord, the Lula womens, Lord, puttin' Lula young mens down
Lula men, oh, puttin' Lula men down
Lord, you outta been there, Lord, the womens all leavin' town


Green River Blues

I see a river rollin' like a log
I wade up Green River, rollin' like a log
I wade up Green River, Lord, rollin' like a log

Think I heard the Marion whistle blow
I dreamed I heard the Marion whistle blow,
and it blew just like my baby gettin' on board

I'm goin' where the Southern cross the Dog

I'm goin' where the Southern cross the Dog
I'm goin' where the Southern cross the Dog

Some people say the Green River blues ain't bad
Some people say the Green River blues ain't bad
Then it must-a not been the Green River blues I had

It was late one night, everything was still
It was late one night, baby, everything was still
I could see my baby up on a lonesome hill

How long evenin' train been gone?
How long, baby, that evenin' train been gone?
You know I'm worried now but I won't be worried long

I'm goin' away, but may get lonesome here
I'm goin' away, baby, you may get lonesome here
Yes, I'm goin' away, baby, it may get lonesome here


Hammer Blues

Gonna buy me a hammock, carry it underneath through the tree
Gonna buy myself a hammock, carry it underneath through the tree
So when the wind blow, the leaves may fall on me

Go on, baby, you can have your way
Ball on, baby, you can have your way
Sister, every dog sure must have his day

Got me shackled, I'm wearin' a ball and...
They've got me shackled, I'm wearin' my ball and chain
An' they got me ready for that Parchman train

I went to the depot, I looked up at the board
I went to the depot, I looked up at the board
If this train has left, well, it's tearin' off up the road

Clothes I buy, baby, honey you gonna 'pre, ...
You're gonna appreciate, honey, all clothes I'll buy
I will give you all my lovin', baby, till the day I die

I went way up Red River, crawlin' on the...
I went up Red River, crawlin', on a log
I think I heard the Bob Lee boat when she moaned

As the first verse indicates, this song was mis-titled when it was issued by Paramount Records, it should have been titled "Hammock Blues"


High Sheriff Blues

Get in trouble at Belzoni, there ain't no use a-screamin' and cryin'
Get in trouble in Belzoni, there ain't no use a-screamin' and cryin'
Mr. Will will take you, back to Belzoni jailhouse flyin'

Le' me tell you folksies, how he treated me
Le' me tell you folksies, how he treated me
An' he put me in a cellar, just as dark as it could be

There I laid one evenin', Mr. Purvis was standin' 'round
There I laid one evenin', Mr. Purvis was standin' 'round
Mr. Purvis told Mr. Will to, let poor Charley down

It takes booze and blues, Lord, to carry me through
Takes booze and blues, Lord, to carry me through
But it did seem like years, in a jailhouse where there is no boo'

I got up one mornin', feelin' awe, hmm
I got up one mornin', feelin' mighty bad, hmm
An' it might not a-been them Belzoni jail I had
(spoken: Blues I had, boys)


High Water Everywhere (Part 1)

Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now,
drove me down the line
Backwater done rose at Sumner,
drove poor Charley down the line
Lord, I'll tell the world the water,
done crept through this town

Lord, the whole round country,
Lord, river has overflowed
Lord, the whole round country,
man, is overflowed
You know I can't stay here,
I'll go where it's high, boy
I would goto the hilly country,
but, they got me barred

Now, look-a here now at Leland,
river was risin' high
Look-a here boys around Leland tell me,
river was raisin' high
Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah
I'm gonna move to Greenville,
fore I leave, goodbye

Look-a here the water now, Lordy,
Levee broke, rose most everywhere
The water at Greenville and Leland,
Lord, it done rose everywhere
Boy, you can't never stay here
I would go down to Rosedale,
but, they tell me there's water there

Now, the water now, mama,
done took Charley's town
Well, they tell me the water,
done took Charley's town
Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg
Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg,
for that high of mine

I am goin' up that water,
where lands don't never flow
Well, I'm goin' over the hill where,
water, oh don't ever flow
Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall
But, that whole county was leavin',
over that Tallahatchie shore
Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there

Lord, the water done rushed all over,
down old Jackson road
Lord, the water done raised,
over the Jackson road
Boy, it starched my clothes
I'm goin' back to the hilly country,
won't be worried no more


High Water Everywhere (Part 2)

Backwater at Blytheville, backed up all around
Backwater at Blytheville, done took Joiner town
It was fifty families and children come to sink and drown

The water was risin' up at my friend's door
The water was risin' up at my friend's door
The man said to his women folk, "Lord, we'd better go"

The water was risin', got up in my bed
Lord, the water was rollin', got up to my bed
I thought I would take a trip, Lord, out on the big ice sled

Oh, I can hear, Lord, Lord, water upon my door,
you know what I mean, look-a here
I hear the ice, Lord, Lord, was sinkin' down,
I couldn't get no boats there, Marion City gone down

So high the water was risin' our men sinkin' down
Man, the water was risin' at places all around,
boy, they's all around
It was fifty men and children come to sink and drown

Oh, Lordy, women and grown men drown
Oh, women and children sinkin' down
Lord, have mercy
I couldn't see nobody's home and wasn't no one to be found


I Shal Not Be Moved

I shell not be moved,

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m on my why to glory

I shall not be moved

On my way to glory

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Oh, I shall not be moved

I shall not

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water

I shall not be moved

I came back

I shall not be moved

I came back

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Oh, brother

I shall not be moved

Oh, brother

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

On my way to Heaven

I shall not be moved

I’m on my way to Heaven

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m a Christian

I shall not be moved

I’m a Christian

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I shall not

I shall not be moved

I shall not

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I came back

I shall not be moved

I came back

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I shall not

I shall not be moved

I shall not

I shall not be moved

Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved


Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues

Sees a little boll weevil keeps movin' in the, Lordie!
You can plant your cotton and you won't get a half a cent, Lordie
Bo weevil, bo weevil, where's your native home? Lordie
"A-Louisiana raised in Texas, least is where I was bred and born", Lordie
Well, I saw the bo weevil, Lord, a-circle, Lord, in the air, Lordie
The next time I seed him, Lord, he had his family there, Lordie
Bo weevil left Texas, Lord, he bid me "fare ye well", Lordie
(spoken: Where you goin' now?)
I'm goin' down the Mississippi, gonna give Louisiana hell, Lordie
(spoken: How is that, boy?)
Suck all the blossoms and he leave your hedges square, Lordie
The next time I seed you, you know you had your family there, Lordie
Bo weevil meet his wife, "We can sit down on the hill", Lordie
Bo weevil told his wife, "Let's trade this forty in", Lordie
Bo weevil told his wife, says, "I believe I may go North", Lordie
(spoken: Hold on, I'm gonna tell all about that)
"Let's leave Louisiana, we can go to Arkansas", Lordie
Well, I saw the bo weevil, Lord a-circle, Lord, in the air, Lordie
Next time I seed him, Lord, he had his family there, Lordie
Bo weevil told the farmer that "I 'tain't got ticket fare", Lordie
Sucks all the blossom and leave your hedges square, Lordie
Bo weevil, bo weevil, where your native home? Lordie
"Most anywhere they raise cotton and corn", Lordie
Bo weevil, bo weevil, "Outta treat me fair", Lordie
The next time I did you had your family there, Lordie

Weevil was wrongly spelled "weavil" on the original issue of this song by Paramount Records


Moon Goin' Down

Aw, that moon has gone down, baby, North Star 'bout to shine
Aw, the moon goin' down, baby, North Star 'bout to shine
Rosetta Henry told me, "Lord, I don't want you hangin' 'round"

Oh well, where were you now, baby, Clarksdale mill burned down?
Oh well, where were you now, babe, Clarksdale mill burned down?
(spoken: Boy, you know where I were)
"I were way down Sunflower with my face all full-a frowns"

They's a house over yonder, painted all over green
They's a house over yonder, painted all over green
(spoken: Boy, you know I know it's over there!)
Some of the finest young women, Lord, a man most ever seen

Lord, I think I heard the Helena whistle, Helena whistle, Helena whistle blow
Lord, I think I heard the Helena whistle blow
(spoken: Well, I hear it blowin' now)
Lord, I ain't gonna stop walkin' till I get in my rider's door

Lord the smokestack is black and the bell it shine like, bell it shine like, bell it shines like gold.
Oh the smokestack is black and the bell it shine like gold.
(Cover me boy, you know it looks good to me)
Lord I ain't gonna walk there, ah, babe ain't 'round no more.

Ah I evil was at midnight, 'til I heard the local blow.
I was evil out at night, when I heard the local blow.
(Boy it give me the blues...)
I got to see my rider, 'fraid she's gettin' on board


Oh, Death

Just look, just look, just look, see what the Lord done, done

Just look, just look, just look, what the Lord done, done

Just look, well, Lordy, just look, just look what the Lord done done

Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long

It was soon one morning, oh, Lordy, when death come in the room (x3)

Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long

Oh, hush, oh, hush, oh, hush, oh, hush, somebody's calling me (x3)Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long

It was soon one morning, oh, Lordy, when death come in the room (x3)

Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long

Oh, death, oh, death, oh, death, oh, death done stole my mother and gone (x3)

Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long

Oh, move my pillow, then turn my bed around (x3)

Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long

Oh, hush, oh, hush, oh, hush, oh, hush somebody is calling me (x3)

Lord, I know, Lord, I know my time ain't long


Pea Vine Blues

think I heard the Pea Vine when it blowed
I think I heard the Pea Vine when it blowed
It blow just like my rider gettin' on board

Well, the levee sinkin', you know I, baby...
(spoken: Baby, you know I can't stay!)
The levee is sinkin', Lord, you know I cannot...
I'm goin' up the country, mama, in a few more days

Yes, you know it, she know it, she know you done done me wrong
Yes, you know it, you know it, you know you done done me wrong
Yes, you know it, you know it, you know you done done me wrong

Yes, I cried last night and I ain't gonna cry anymore
I cried last night an' I, I ain't gonna cry anymore
'Cause the good book tells us you've got to reap just what you sow

Stop your way o' livin' an' you won't...
(spoken: You won't have to cry no more, baby!)
Stop your way o' livin' an' you won't have to cry anymore
Stop your way o' livin' an' you won't have to cry anymore

I think I heard the Pea Vine when it blowed
I think I heard Pea Vine when it blowed
She blowed just like she wasn't gonna blow no more


Pony Blues

Baby, saddle my pony, saddle up my black mare
Baby, saddle my pony, saddle up my black mare
I'm gonna find a rider, baby, in the world somewhere

"Hello central, the matter with your line?"
"Hello central, matter, Lord, with your line?"
"Come a storm last night an' tore the wire down"

Got a brand new Shetland, man, already trained
Brand new Shetland, baby, already trained
Just get in the saddle, tighten up on your reins

And a brownskin woman like somethin' fit to eat
Brownskin woman like somethin' fit to eat
But a jet black woman, don't put your hands on me

Took my baby, to meet the mornin' train
Took baby, meet that mornin' train
An' the blues come down, baby, like showers of rain

I got somethin' to tell you when I gets a chance
Somethin' to tell you when I get a chance
I don't wanna marry, just wanna be your man


Poor Me

Yes on me, it's poor me, you must take pity on poor me
I ain't got nobody, take pity on poor me
You may go, you may stay, but she'll come back some sweet day
By and by, sweet mama, by and by

Don't the moon look pretty shinin' down through the tree?
Oh, I can see Bertha Lee, Lord, but she can't see me
You may go, you may stay, but she'll come back some sweet day
By and by, sweet mama, baby won't you, by and by

You may go, you may stay, but she'll come back some sweet day
By and by, sweet mama, by and by
Yes on me, it's poor me, you must have pity on poor me
I ain't got nobody, take pity on poor me

Don't the moon look pretty shinin' down through the tree?
Oh, I can see Bertha Lee, but she can't see me
You may go, you may stay, but she'll come back some sweet day
By and by, sweet mama, oh baby, won't you, by and by


Revenue Man Blues (Version 1)

Aw, the revenue man is ridin', boy, you'd better look out
(spoken: High sheriff ain't purrty)
Aw, the revenue man is ridin', boy, you'd better look out
(spoken: Boy, if he hollers you, you don't stop, boy)
If he hollers you, don't stop, you will likely be knocked out

Oh, a doney loves her saltwater, well, she always wants a drink
(spoken: Got to have a drink!)
My doney loves saltwater, she always wants a drink
(spoken: Boy, if they see you with a bottle, though)
If they see you with a bottle, they will almost break your neck

Oh, take me home to, Lord, that shiny star
(spoken: Aw sho'!)
I say take me home to that shiny star
(spoken: She don't need no tellin's, daddy, aw sho')
She don't need no tellin', daddy will take you in his car

Oh, come on, mama, let us, go to the edge of town
(spoken: Aw sho'!)
Come on, mama, let us, go to the edge of town
(spoken: Baby, I know where there's a bird's nest built at)
I know where there's a bird's nest, built down on the ground

Oh, I wake up every mornin', now, with a jinx all around my bed
(spoken: Aw sho!)
I wakes up every mornin', with a jinx all around my bed
(spoken: You know I'll have them jinx forever)
I have been a good provider, but I believe I have been misled


Revenue Man Blues (Version 2)

Ah, the revenue man is runnin', boy, you'd better look out
Ah, the revenue man is runnin', boy, you'd better look out
(spoken: Boy, if he calls you, you don't stop, boy)
If he hollers, you don't stop, you will likely be knocked out

Oh, my doe loves her water, well, she always wants a drink
(spoken: Got to have a drink)
My doe loves her water, she always wants a drink
(spoken: Boy, if they see you with a bottle though)
If they see you with a bottle, they will almost break the neck

Oh, take me home to, Lord, that shiny star
I said take me home to that shiny star
(spoken: She don't need no tellin', daddy)
She don't need no tellin', dad will take you in his car

Oh, come on mama, let us, go to the edge of town
Come on mama, let us, go to the edge of town
(spoken: Baby, I know where there's a bird's nest built at)
I know where there's a bird's nest, built out on the ground

Oh, I wake up every mornin', now, with a jinx all around my bed
I wakes up every mornin', with a jinx all around my bed
(spoken: You know I had a jinx here)
I been a good book abider, but, I believe I've been misled


Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues

Jackson on a high hill, mama, Natchez just below
Jackson on a high hill, mama, Natchez just below
(spoken ...)
I ever get back home, I won't be back no more

Oh, my mama's gettin' old, her head is turnin' gray
My mama's getting old, her head is turnin' gray
Don't you know it'll break her heart, know, my livin' this-a way?

Ever woke up in the mornin', jinx all around your bed?
Ever woke up in the mornin', jinx all around your bed?
(spoken: Children, I know how it is, baby)
Turned my face to the wall and I didn't have a word to say

No use a-hollerin', no use a-screamin' and cryin'
No use a-hollerin', no use a-screamin' and cryin'
For you know you got a home, mama, long as I got mine

Hey, Lord have mercy on my wicked soul
Oh, Lord have mercy on my wicked soul
(spoken: You know I wouldn't mistreat you!)
I wouldn't mistreat you, baby, for my weight in gold

Oh, goin' away, baby, don't you wanna go?
I'm goin' away, mama, don't you wanna go?
(spoken: I know you wanna go, baby!)
Take God to tell when I'll be back here anymore


Shake It And Break It

You can shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
Throw it out the window, catch it 'fore it roll
You can shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
...it out the window, catch it 'fore it falls
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

Everybody have a jelly roll like mine, I lives in town
I, ain't got no brown, I, an' I want it now
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

You can snatch it, you can grab it, you can break it, you can twist it,
any way that I love to get it
I, had my right mind since I, I blowed this town
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

Jus' shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
.. it out the window, catch it 'fore it falls
You can break it, you can hang it on the wall
...it out the window, catch it 'fore it...
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

I ain't got nobody here but me and myself
I, stay blue all the time, aw, when the sun goes down
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

You can shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
... it out the window, catch it 'fore it fall
You can break it, you can hang it on the wall
...it out the window, catch...
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

You can snatch it, you can grab it, you can break it, you can twist it,
any way that I love to get it
I, had my right mind, I, be worried sometime
'Bout a jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

Just shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
... it out the window, catch it 'fore it falls
You can break it, you can hang it on the wall
...it out the window, catch it 'fore it falls
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

I know I been to town, I, I walked around
I, start leavin' town, I, I fool around
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

Just shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
... it out the window, catch it 'fore it falls
You can break it, you can hang it on the wall
...it out the window, catch it 'fore it...
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it fall

Jus' shake it, you can break it, you can hang it on the wall
... it out the window, catch it 'fore it...
My jelly, my roll, sweet mama, don't let it...


Some Summer Day

It was late last spring, one summer day.

Oh when he left here, he's gone to stay.

But now Harvey's gone, darlin' don't you worry.

Because he'd kill again another day.

I'm worried and sinlin', out in the yard.

Catch me a freight train, good times got hard.

But now he's gone, darlin', don't you worry.

Because he'd kill again another day.

Some got a month, some got a year.

Purvis Harvey got lifetime here.

But now he's gone, don't you worry.

Because he'd kill again another day.

I have seen days, I didn't know your name.

Why should I worry and cry in vain?

But now he's gone, I don't worry.

Because he'd kill again another day.

I'm worried and sinkin'

Dry bread and water, won't have to starve.

But now he's gone, I don't worry.

Because he'd kill again another day.

Those happy days, they have gone by.

Why should I worry? Harvey killed poor Shine.

But now he's gone, I don't worry.

Because he'd kill again another

Some got a month, some got a year.

Purvis Harvey who has got a lifetime here.

But now he's gone, I don't worry.

Because he'd kill again another


Spoonful Blues

(spoken: I'm about to go to jail about this spoonful)

In all a spoon', 'bout that spoon'
The women goin' crazy, every day in their life 'bout a...

It's all I want, in this creation is a...
I go home (spoken: wanna fight!) 'bout a...

Doctor's dyin' (way in Hot Springs!) just 'bout a...
These women goin' crazy every day in their life 'bout a...


Would you kill a man dead? (spoken: yes, I will!) just 'bout a...
Oh babe, I'm a fool about my...

(spoken: Don't take me long!) to get my...
Hey baby, you know I need my...

It's mens on Parchman (done lifetime) just 'bout a...
Hey baby, (spoken: you know I ain't long) 'bout my...

It's all I want (spoken: honey, in this creation) is a...
I go to bed, get up and wanna fight 'bout a...

(spoken: Look-y here, baby, would you slap me? Yes I will!) just 'bout a...
Hey baby, (spoken: you know I'm a fool a-) 'bout my...

Would you kill a man? (spoken: Yes I would, you know I'd kill him) just 'bout a...
Most every man (spoken: that you see is) fool 'bout his...

(spoken: You know baby, I need) that ol'...
Hey baby, (spoken: I wanna hit the judge 'bout a) 'bout a...

(spoken: Baby, you gonna quit me? Yeah honey!) just 'bout a...
It's all I want, baby, this creation is a...

(spoken: look-y here, baby, I'm leavin' town!) just 'bout a...
Hey baby, (spoken: you know I need) that ol'...

(spoken: Don't make me mad, baby!) 'cause I want my...
Hey baby, I'm a fool 'bout that...

(spoken: Look-y here, honey!) I need that...
Most every man leaves without a...

Sundays' mean (spoken: I know they are) 'bout a...
Hey baby, (spoken: I'm sneakin' around here) and ain't got me no...
Oh, that spoon', hey baby, you know I need my...


Stoney Pony Blues

Well saddle my pony, saddle up my black mare
Baby, saddle my pony, saddle up my black mare
I'm gonna find a rider, baby, in the world somewhere

"Hello central, the matter with your line?"
"Hello central, matter, Lord, with your line?"
"Come a storm last night an' tore the wire down"

Got a brand new Shetland, man, already trained
Brand new Shetland, baby, already trained
Just get in the saddle, tighten up on your reins

An' a brownskin woman like somethin' fit to eat
Brownskin woman like somethin' fit to eat
But a jet black woman, don't put your hands on me

Took my baby, to meet the mornin' train
Took baby, meet that mornin' train
And the blues come down, baby, like showers of rain

I got somethin' to tell you when I gets a chance
Somethin' to tell you when I gets a chance
I don't wanna marry, just wanna be your man


Tom Rushen Blues

Laid down last night, hopin' I would have my peace, eee
I laid down last night, hopin' I would have my peace, eee
But when I woke up, Tom Rushen was shakin' me

When you get in trouble, it's no use to screamin' and cryin', hmm
When you get in trouble, it's no use to screamin' and cryin', hmm
Tom Rushen will take you, back to the prison house flyin'

It were late one night, Halloway was gone to bed, hmm
It were late one night, Halloway was gone to bed, hmm
Mister Day brought whiskey taken from under Halloway's head

An' it's boozy booze, now, Lord, to cure these blues
It takes boozy boo', Lord, to cure these blues
But each day seems like years in the jailhouse where there is no boo'

I got up this mornin', Tom Day was standin' around
I got up this mornin', Tom Day was standin' around
If he lose his office now, he's runnin' from town to town

Let me tell you folksies just how he treated me
Let me tell you folksies just how he treated me
Aw, he caught me yellin', I was drunk as I could be


When Your Way Gets Dark

When your way gets dark, baby, turn your lights up high
(spoken: What's the matter with 'em?)
Where can I see my man, Lord, if he come easin' by

I take my daily...
(spoken: Daily 'fore day prayer!)
I take my daily...

Trouble at home, baby
(spoken: Tryin' to blow me down!)
It wouldn't hurt so bad but the news all over this...

I love my baby an' I
(spoken: Tell the world I do)
What made me love her, you will come an' love her, too

Hey, someday, baby
(spoken: You know, an' it won't be long)
You'll call at me, baby, an', an' I'll be gone

I'm goin' away, baby
(spoken: Don't you wanna go?)
I'm goin' away, baby, don't you wanna go?

 

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