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Table Of Content (86 songs, 75 soundclips)

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After You've Gone
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
** Aggravatin' Papa
* Ain't Gonna Play No 2nd Fiddle
** Any Woman's Blues
* At The Christmas Ball
Baby Doll
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
* Backwater Blues (1)
Backwater Blues (2)
** Beale Street Mama
** Bleeding Hearted Blues
Blue Blues
Boweavil Blues
Cake Walking Babies From Home
** Cemetery Blues
Charlie Green, Play That Thing
Chicago Bound Blues
Devil's Gonna Git You
Dirty No-Gooder's Blues
Downhearted Blues
Down In The Dumps
** Eavesdropper's Blues
Empty Bed Blues
Foolish Man Blues
** Frosty Morning
Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer
Graveyard Dream Blues
Gulf Coast Blues
Hard Time Blues

** Haunted House Blues
** I'm Going Back To My Used To Be
I Ain't Got Nobody
**
If You Don't, I Know Who Will
I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
In The House Blues
It Makes My Love Come Down
I've Got What It Takes
Jailhouse Blues
Keep It To Yourself
** Keeps On A-Rainin'
** Lady Luck Blues
Long Road
Lost Your Head Blues
** Mama's Got The Blues
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
** Midnight Blues
** Mistreating Daddy
** Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More
My Man Blues
** My Sweetie Went Away
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
** Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Oh Daddy Blues
** Outside Of That
Pickpocket Blues
** Pinchbacks - Take 'Em Away
Please Help Me Get Him Off My Mind
Poor Man's Blues
Preachin' The Blues
Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)
Reckless Blues

Rocking Chair Blues
Safety Mama
** Sam Jones Blues
See If I'll Care
Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
Shipwreck Blues
Sorrowful Blues
Squeeze Me
Standin' In The Rain Blues
St. Louis Blues
** St. Louis Gal
'T Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
Take Me For A Buggy Ride
Thinking Blues
Wasted Life Blues
Weary Blues
** Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time
Wild About That Thing
Worried Life Blues
** Yodling Blues
Young Woman's Blues
You've Got To Give Me Some

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Rocking Chair Blues

soundclip


lyrics by Bessie Smith, music by Bessie Smith and Irving Johns
recording of
from ,
copyright notice

Did you ever wake up with sorrow all on your mind?
Did you ever wake up with sorrow all on your mind?
He plays the blues to his congregation, hear his trombone whine

He'll make you love, he'll make you cry, he'll sit right down and moan
He'll weep and moan till I hear him say
Lord I wonder where my loving man is gone

Easy rider, you see I'm going away,
I won't be back until you change your ways
I won't be back until you change your ways

I'm going to the river carryin' a brand new rockin' chair
I'm going to the river carryin' a brand new rockin' chair
I'm gonna ask Mister Tadpole to move all his stuff from here

Blues jumped a rabbit, run him for a solid mile
Blues jumped a rabbit, run him for a solid mile
The rabbit turned over and he cried like a natural

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Safety Mama

soundclip


by Bessie Smith
recording of
from
Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Final Chapter (Columbia/Legacy 57546), copyright notice

Let me tell you how and why what no-good man done to me
He called me pretty, young and wild, after that he let me be
He'd taken advantage of my mouth, and that you understand
So, wait a while, show you, chile, just how to treat a no-good man

Make him stay at home, wash and iron,
tell all the neighbors he done lost his mind
Give your house rent shake1 on Saturday night
Monday morning you'll hold collectors good and tight
You see a man you really like
Let him bite that monkey, brother, in his back
When his cruel heart turn, his love breaks down
hold him where you got him make him stay in town,
'cause I'm a safety woman, lookin' for a safety man

Make him stay at home, help me wash and iron,
the neighbors know he done lost his mind
I give a house rent shake on Saturday night
Monday morning I held collectors good and tight
I seen a man I really like
I let him bite that monkey, brother, smack in his back
When his cruel heart turn, his love breaks down
I hold it where I had it and he stayed in town,
I'm a safety woman, and I had to have a safety man

I ain't good lookin', I'm built for speed
I've got ev'rything a pigmeat needs
'Cause I'm a safety woman, lookin' for a safety man

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Note: having a house rent party was popular way of raising the money to pay the rent to the landlord or lady as well as other bills like gas, electricity and water.

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Sam Jones Blues

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by Bernard / Robinson / Roy Turk
recording of September 24, 1923
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091), copyright notice

(Spoken:
Who's that knockin' on that door
Jones?
You better get away from that door
I don't know nobody named Jones
You're in the right church, brother, but the wrong pew1)

Sam Jones left his lawful wife, just to step around
Came back home, 'bout a year
Took it for his high brown
Went to his accustomed shore
And he knocked his knuckles sore
His wife she came, but to his shame
She knew his face no more
Sam said, "I'm your husband, dear"
But she said, "Dear, that's strange to hear"

You ain't talkin' to Mrs. Jones
You speakin' to Miss Wilson now
I used to be your lawful mate
But the judge done changed my fate
Was a time you could-a' walked right in
And call this place your home sweet home
But now it's all mine, for all time
I'm free and livin' all alone
Don't need your clothes, don't need your rent
Don't need your ones and twos
Though I ain't rich, I know my stitch
I earned my strutting shoes
Say, hand me the key that unlocks my front door
Because that bell don't read Sam Jones no more, no
You ain't talkin' to Mrs. Jones
You speakin' to Miss Wilson now

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Note 1: pew, a compartment in the auditorium of a church providing seats for several persons. Also, one of the benches with backs and sometimes doors fixed in rows in a church.

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See If I'll Care

by Hill / Williams
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),
copyright notice

You say that you leavin' ant that you going away
but before you leave, dear, please let me have my say
I know that you feel good now with nothin' on your mind
but just mark my words, dear, there'll come a time

I know you're gonna pay, you'll want me back someday
to drive the blues away then see if I care
And when ya feelin' blue, no one to talk to you
and you don't know what to do the see if I'll care

Though you think nothin' of me and say that you don't love me
the time is comin' when you won't feel like you do now
You're gonna call my name you know that you're to blame
and you won't be the same then see if I'll care

I know you're gonna pay, you'll want me back someday
to drive your blues away then see if I care
And when ya feelin' blue, no one to talk to you
and you don't know what to do the see if I'll care

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Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair

soundclip


by George Brooks
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47474),
copyright notice

Judge you wanna hear my plea, before you open up your court
But I don't want no sympathy, 'cause I done cut my good man's throat

I caught him with a trifling Jane, I warned him 'bout before
I had my knife and went insane, and the rest you ought to know

Judge, judge, please mister judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, good mister judge, let me go away from here

I wanna take a journey, to the devil down below
I done killed my man, I wanna reap just what I sow

Oh judge, judge, lordy lordy judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, hear me judge, send me to the 'lectric chair

I love him so dear, I cut him with my barlow1, I kicked him in the side
I stood here laughing o'r him, while he wallowed around and died

Oh judge, judge, lordy judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, sweet mister judge, send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, good kind judge, burn me 'cause I don't care

I don't want no one good mayor, to go my bail
I don't want to spend no, ninety-nine years in jail
So judge, judge, good kind judge, send me to the 'lectric chair

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Note 1: barlow, a sturdy inexpensive jackknife.

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Shipwreck Blues

soundclip


by Bessie Smith
recording of 1931
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),
copyright notice

Captain, tell your men to get on board
Hoist your sail, just pull into another shore

I'm dreary in mind and I'm so worried in heart
Oh the best of friends sho' has got to part

Blow your whistle captain, so your men'll know what to do
Blow your whistle captain, so your men'll know what to do
When a woman gets dreary ain't no tellin' what she won't do

It's cloudy outdoors as can be
Oh it's cloudy as can be
That's the time I need my good man with me

It's rainin' and it's stormin' on the sea
It's rainin', it's stormin' on the sea
I feel like somebody has shipwrecked poor me

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Sorrowful Blues

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by J.C. Johnson / Bessie Smith
recording of 19
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091), copyright notice

If you catch me stealin', I don't mean no harm
If you catch me stealin', I don't mean no harm
It's a mark in my family and it must be carryin' on

I got nineteen men and won't want more
I got nineteen men and won't want more
If I had one more I'd let that nineteen go

It's hard to love another woman's man
It's hard to love another woman's man
You catch him when you want him, you got to catch him when you can

Have you ever seen a peaches grow on sweet potato vine?
Have you ever seen a peaches grow on sweet potato vine ?
Just step in my backyard and take a peep at mine

I'm gonna tell you, daddy, like Solomon1 told the Jew
I'm gonna tell you, daddy, like Solomon told the Jew
If you don't like-ee me, I sure don't like-ee you

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Note 1: Solomon, Dorus Sturm suggests "China man" instead of Solomon.

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Squeeze Me

soundclip


by Thomas "Fats" Waller / Clarence Williams
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47474),
copyright notice

Daddy, you've been doggone sweet on me, daddy, you the only one I see
You know I need but you 'cause you my man, you can love me like no one can
Something 'bout you I can't resist, and when you kiss me, daddy, I stay kissed

Now, daddy, squeeze me, squeeze me again, oh, daddy don't stop till I tell you when
Now, daddy squeeze me, kiss me some more, oh, Lord, like you did before

Your papa cupid is standing close by
Now, daddy, don't let sweet baby cry
Pick me up on your knee
I just git so, you know, when you squeeze me
I just git so, you know, when you squeeze me

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Standin' In The Rain Blues

soundclip


by Bessie Smith
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),
copyright notice

Standin' in the rain and ain't a drop fell on me
Standin' in the rain and ain't a drop fell on me
My clothes is all wet but my flesh is as dry as can be

It can rain all day, I ain't got no place to go
It can rain all day, I ain't got no place to go
Because it's cold outside in that ice and snow

If it rains five days that won't give me no blues
If it rains five days that won't give me no blues
I've got my raincoat and hat, umbrella, boots and shoes

Rain, rain, rain don't rain on me all day
Rain, rain, rain don't rain on me all day
'Cause if I get too wet I've got to go into the house and stay

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St. Louis Blues

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by W.C. Handy
recording of 1924-1925
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 (1924-1925) (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47471), copyright notice

I hate to see the ev'nin' sun go down
Hate to see the ev'nin' sun go down,
'cause my baby, he done left this town

Feelin' tomorrow like I feel today
Feel tomorrow like I feel today,
I'll pack my trunk, make my getaway

St. Louis woman with her diamond rings
Pulls that man 'round by her apron strings,
't'want for powder and for store-bought hair

The man I love, would not gone nowhere,
got the St. Louis blues just as blue as I can be
That man got a heart like a rock cast in the sea,
or else he wouldn't have gone so far from me

Been to the gypsy to get my fortune told
To the gypsy, to get my fortune told,
'cause I'm most wild about my jelly roll

Gypsy done told me, "Don't you wear no black"
Yes, she done told me, "Don't you wear no black,
go to St. Louis, you can win him back"

Help me to Cairo, make St. Louis by myself
Gone to Cairo, find my old friend Jeff
Goin' to pin myself close to his side,
if I flag his train, I sure can ride

I love that man like a schoolboy loves his pie
Like a Kentucky Colonel loves his mint and rye1
I'll love my baby till the day I die

You ought to see that stovepipe brown of mine,
like he owns the diamond Joseph line
He'd make across-eyed old man go stone blind

Blacker than midnight, teeth like flags of truce
Blackest man in the whole St. Louis
Blacker the berry, sweeter is the juice

About a crap game, he knows a powerful lot,
but when work time comes, he's on the dot
Goin' to ask him for a cold ten spot,
what it takes to get it, he's certainly got

A black-headed gal make a freight train jump the track
Said a black-headed gal make a freight train jump the track
But a redheaded woman makes a preacher ball the jack

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Note 1: rye, a hardy annual grass that is widely grown for grain and as a cover crop. Also used to make whiskey.

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St. Louis Gal

soundclip


by Robinson
recording of September 24, 1923
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091),
copyright notice

Worried in the nighttime, worried in the day
'Cause another sweetie, took my man away
Down in St. Louis, there I lost my pride and joy
St. Louis woman, stole the heart of my big boy, I'm cryin'!

St. Louis gal, just look what you done done, I said what you done done
St. Louis gal, you gonna have some fun, I mean a-lots of fun!
I'm always cryin' the blues, both night and day
Now, daddy's gone but you will shake in your shoes
Hear what I say, 'cause some fine mornin', without any warnin'
St. Louis gal, I'm gonna handle you, I say manhandle you
You'll find yourself in a jam, as sure as anything what am
Down in Missouri, there'll come a time, your life won't be worth a dime
You stole my pal, St. Louis gal, I'm going a-huntin', do, do, de, do
You know just what I'm gonna do, you stole my pal, St. Louis gal

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'T Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

soundclip


by Porter Grainger / Everett Robbins
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091),
copyright notice

There ain't nothing I can do, or nothing I can say
That folks don't criticize me
But I'm goin' to, do just as I want to anyway
And don't care if they all despise me

If I should take a notion
To jump into the ocean
'T ain't nobody's bizness if I do, do, do do

If I go to church on Sunday
Then just shimmy down on Monday
Ain't nobody's bizness if I do, if I do

If my friend ain't got no money
And I say "Take all mine, honey"
'T ain't nobody's bizness if I do, do, do do

If I give him my last nickel
And it leaves me in a pickle
'T ain't nobody's bizness if I do, if I do

Well I'd rather my man would hit me,
than to jump right up and quit me
'T ain't nobody's bizness if I do, do, do do

I swear I won't call no copper
If I'm beat up by my papa
'T ain't nobody's bizness if I do, if I do

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Take Me For A Buggy Ride

soundclip


by Leola P. Wilson / Wesley Wilson
recording of
from
Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Final Chapter (Columbia/Legacy 57546), copyright notice

You're my man, you're so nice and brown, sweetest man in this town
I heard you say you was goin' away, and leave me here to stay
I feel like I could cry, and here's the reason why

Daddy, you really knows your stuff when you take me for a buggy ride
I like you when you got your habits on, you can shift your gear with so much pride
I gets a funny feelin' when you gaze into my eyes
You give me so much thrill, you make my thermometer rise
I'm happy when you're by my side when you take me for a buggy ride

Daddy, you're as sweet as you can be when you take me for a buggy ride
When you set me down up on your knee, and ask me to be your bride
When you hug and kiss me it makes me feel fine
I gets this funny feelin' up and down my spine
You don't need no teachin', you don't need no guide when you take me for a buggy ride
Your lovin' ain't so forte in the park but you a lovin', poor creature in the dark
You ain't so hot!
What can it be that makes me say? "daddy, take all of me"
You always ready ev'ry time that I call
What I like about you, you never stall
You ain't no preacher, you a good old soul
You done sent salvation to my very soul
I can't kick but I'm satisfied when you take me for a buggy ride

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Thinking Blues

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by Bessie Smith
recording of 1928
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47474),
copyright notice

Did you ever sit thinking with a thousand things on your mind?
Did you ever sit thinking with a thousand things on your mind?
Thinking about someone who has treated you so nice and kind

You'll get an old letter and you begin to read
You'll get an old letter and you begin to read
Got the blues so bad tell that man of mine I wanna be

Don't you hear me baby, knocking on your door?
Don't you hear me baby, knocking on your door?
Have you got the nerve to drive me from your door?

Have you got the nerve to say that you don't want me no more?
Have you got the nerve to say that you don't want me no more?
The good book said you got to reap what you sow

Take me back baby, try me one more time
Take me back baby, try me one more time
That's the only way I can get these thinking blues off my mind

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Wasted Life Blues

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by Bessie Smith
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),
copyright notice

I've lived a life but nothin' I've gained
Each day I'm full of sorrow and pain
No one seems to care enough for poor me,
to give me a word of sympathy
Oh, me! Oh, me! Wonder what will become of poor me?

No father to guide me, no mother to care
Must bear my troubles alone
Not even a brother to help me share
This burden I must bear alone
Oh, me! Oh, me! Wonder what will become of poor me?

I'm settin' and thinkin' of the days gone by
They filled my heart with pain
I'm too weak to stand and too strong to cry
But I'm forgittin' it all in vain
Oh, me! Oh, me! Wonder what will become of poor me?

I've traveled and wandered almost everywhere
To git a little joy from life
Still I've gained nothin' but wars and despairs
Still strugglin' in this world of strife
Oh, me! Oh, me! Wonder what will become of poor me?

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Weary Blues

by
recording of
from ,
copyright notice

I wish I could lose these weary blues
My tired heart can't love no more
Can't love the way it did before

My love was big, your love was small
And now I've gotten no love at all
Wish I could lose these weary blues

Want you in the mornin' and I want you in the evenin'
Yes, I want you, yes I want you but it don't do no good
Miss you when it's rainin' and I miss you when it's shinin'
and I wish that I could kiss you and I would if I could

But my heart can't forget the run-around it used to get
Oh, can't you see? I'm tired of this old unfair one-sided love
Come back to me, please don't refuse,
and help me lose these weary blues

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Note: I'm pretty sure this is a Bessy Smith song. Just can't find the album it's on, yet. If you know more about this song, please mail me.

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Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time

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by Turner Layton / Henry Creamer
recording of October 15 1923
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091), copyright notice

Tillie Brown was a dancing fool
Spent her time in a dancing school
When the band would play
Tillie would start right in to sway
First one out on the ballroom floor
She never got enough, she just craved for more
When she start to sway
All the girls and boys would say

Whoa, Tillie, take your time
Whoa, Tillie, take your time
There ain't no use to hurrying 'cause you wanna prance
You've got all night to do that dance
Whoa, Tillie, lay 'em down
Whoa, Tillie Brown
You don't know what to shake
When you shake
What to break
Whoa, Tillie, take your time

Whoa, Tillie, take your time
Whoa, Tillie, take your time
There ain't no use to hurrying 'cause you wanna prance
Look out there, Tillie, you got all night to do that dance
Whoa, Tillie, lay 'em down
Whoa, Tillie, Tillie Brown
You don't know what to shake
When you shake
What to break
Whoa, Tillie, take your time

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Wild About That Thing

soundclip


by Spencer Williams
recording of 19
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),
copyright notice

Honey baby, won't you cuddle near,
just sweet mama whisper in your ear
I'm wild about that thing, it makes me laugh and sing,
give it to me papa, I'm wild about that thing

Do it easy, honey, don't get rough,
from you, papa, I can't get enough
I'm wild about that thing, I'm wild about that thing,
everybody knows it, I'm wild about that thing

Please don't hold it, baby, when I cry,
give me every bit of it or else I'll die
I'm wild about that thing, ja da ging ging ging,
all the time I'm cryin', I'm wild about that thing

What's the matter, papa, please don't stop,
don't you know I love it and I want it all?
I'm wild about that thing, just give my bell a ring,
you touched my button, I'm wild about that thing

If you want so satisfy my soul,
come on and rock me with a steady roll
I'm wild about that thing, gee I like your ting-a-ling,
kiss me like you mean it, I'm wild about that thing

Come on turn the lights down low,
say you're ready, just say let's go
I'm wild about that thing, I'm wild about that thing,
come on and make me feel it, I'm wild about that thing

I'm wild about it when you hold me tight,
let me linger in your arms all night
I'm wild about that thing, my passions got the fling,
come on, hear me cryin', I'm wild about that thing

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Worried Life Blues

by
recording of October 1 1929, New York
from ,
copyright notice

I lived a life but nothing I've gained
Each day I'm full of sorrow and pain
No one seems enough for poor me
To give me a word of sympathy
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will the end be
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will become of poor me

No father to guide, no mother to care
Must bear my troubles all alone
Not even a brother to help me share
This burden I must bear alone
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will the end be
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will become of poor me

I'm sittin' and thinkin' of the days gone by
They fills my heart with pain
I'm too weak to stand and too strong to lie
But I'm forgettin' it all in vain
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will the end be
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will become of poor me

I've traveled and wandered almost everywhere
To get a little joy from life
Still I've gained but worries and despair
Still struggling in this world of strife
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will the end be
Oh me, oh my, wonder what will become of poor me

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Note: I'm pretty sure this is a Bessy Smith song. Just can't find the album it's on, yet. If you know more about this song, please mail me.

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Yodling Blues

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by Hill / Williams
recording of June 14, 1923
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091), copyright notice

The blues, the blues, the yodling1 blues
They seem to haunt me all the time
Because that I ain't got no one
That will console my mind
It seems to me no happiness will I ever find
No happiness will I find

Lord, lord, lord, lord
Lord, lord, lord, lord
My man went out without a cause

I wonder who put them jinx on me, I said, them jinx on me,
I wonder who put them jinx on me, lowdown jinx on me
My man's gone back to his used-to-be

I'm gonna yodel, yodel my blues away, I said, my blues away
I'm gonna yodel, yodel my blues away, ee-ooo, I'm gonna yodel
Till things come back my way

I've got the blues, go spread the news
I've got those doggone yodling blues

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Note 1: yodling, to sing by suddenly changing from a natural voice to a falsetto and back. Also, to shout or call in a similar manner. From the German word Jodeln.

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Young Woman's Blues

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by Bessie Smith
recording of
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy C2K-47474),
copyright notice

Woke up this mornin' when chickens was crowin' for day
Felt on the right side of my pilla', my man gad gone away
By this pilla' he left a note readin', "I'm sorry, Jane, you got my goat
No time to marry, no time to settle down"

I'm a young woman and ain't done runnin' 'round
I'm a young woman and ain't done runnin' 'round
Some people call me a hobo, some call me a bum

Nobody knows my name, nobody knows what I've done
I'm as good as any woman in your town
I ain't no high yeller, I'm a deep killer of brown
I ain't gonna marry, ain't gonna settle down

I'm gonna drink good moonshine and rub these browns down
See that long lonesome road
Lawd, you know it's gotta and I'm a good woman and I can get plenty men

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You've Got To Give Me Some

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by Spencer Williams
recording of 1929
from
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),
copyright notice

Loving is the thing I crave
For your love I'll be your slave
You gotta give me some, yes give me some
Can't you hear me pleading, you gotta give me some

Said mister Jones to old butcher Pete,
I want a piece of your good old meat
You gotta give me some, oh give me some
I crave your round steak, you gotta give me some

Sweet as candy in a candy shop
Is just your sweet sweet lollipop
You gotta give me some, please give me some
I love all day suckers, you gotta give me some

To the milkman I heard Mary scream
Said she wanted a lots of cream
You gotta give me some, oh give me some
Catch it when you come sir, you gotta give me some

Hear my cryin' on my bended knees
If you wanna put my soul at ease
You gotta give me some, please give me some
Can't stand it any longer, you gotta give me some

Seeper called to Pele-Mele, sugar lump
Said I'm going crazy about your hump
You've got to give me some, please give me some
I can't wait eight days, you gotta give me some

Jay bird said to the peckerwood,
I like to peck like a pecker should
But give me some, yes give me some
I'm crazy about them worms, you've gotta give me some

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Created by:
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Page last updated on:
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