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Table Of Content (24 songs, 23 soundclips)

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'34 Blues
Banty Rooster Blues
Bird Nest Bound
Down The Dirt Road Blues (1)
Down The Dirt Road Blues (2)
Dry Well Blues
Green River Blues
Hammer Blues

High Sheriff Blues
High Water Everywhere (Part 1)
High Water Everywhere (Part 2)
Mississippi Bo Weavil Blues
Moon Goin' Down
Pea Vine Blues
Pony Blues
Poor Me

Revenue Man Blues (1)
Revenue Man Blues (2)
Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues
Shake It And Break It
Spoonful Blues
Stoney Pony Blues
Tom Rushen Blues
When Your Way Gets Dark

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Revenue Man Blues (Version 1)

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from probably
Complete Recorded Works Vol. 3 (1929-1934)
(Document DOCD-5011), copyright notice

Aw, the revenue man1 is ridin', boy, you'd better look out
(spoken: High sheriff ain't purrty2)
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 saltwater3, 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

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Note 1: revenue man, probably: government officials commissioned to seek out and destroy illegal liquor distilleries during the times of the Prohibition. Also, possibly, the man who collects the rent, taxes (the taxman) or some other payments that are due.
Note 2: purrty, according to the Webster dictionary, a low vibratory murmur typical of an apparently contented or pleased cat, in this case it's suppose to express that the sheriff wasn't in a friendly mood;
Note 3: saltwater, an old synonym for alcohol

"These scoundrels would get down on their knees and stomachs and crawl through the thickets to those big outfits; two and three at a time. Never under that. And they be's well armed, too; they carries high-powered rifles. Sometimes a rifle and two pistols apiece.... Whenever the revenue mens come 'round and approach you like that, it's always best to give up, to surrender. 'Cause if you don't start shootin' them, understand, they'll really kill you.
And then some of them molly dodgers would drink that whiskey. Sure!. They wouldn't report it all; keep some of it for themselves.... Sometimes those guys would get some of those 'stilleries themselves... some of those scoundrels sell those things to a colored person."

-- Skip James --

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Revenue Man Blues (Version 2)

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from probably
Complete Recorded Works Vol. 3 (1929-1934)
(Document DOCD-5011), copyright notice

Ah, the revenue man1 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

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Note: see under version 1 what Skip James has to say about revenue men;
Note 1: revenue man, probably, government officials commissioned to seek out and destroy illegal liquor distilleries during the times of the Prohibition. Also, possibly, the man who collects the rent, taxes (the taxman) or some other payments that are due.

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Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from
Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

Jackson on a high hill, mama, Natchez just below
Jackson on a high hill, mama, Natchez just below
(spoken ...1)
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

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Note 1: this unintelligible vocal part is probably a disclaimer, since it is Vicksburg that blues singers conventionally (and correctly) situate on the high hill.

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Shake It And Break It

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from
Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

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...

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Note: this song is an ode to... the jelly roll, a pastry but also, like in this case, a reference to the male genitals. The triple-dot parts are not missing lyrics, Patton just left them unspoken.

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Spoonful Blues

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from
Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

(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...



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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 Parchman1 (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...

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Note: the triple-dot parts are not missing lyrics, Patton left them unspoken, but then again it's not that hard to fill in the triple dots, is it?;
Note 1: the state prison in Parchman, Mississippi, whose escapees often wandered into Patton's native Dockery, a Delta plantation town.. Parchman was a complex of 15 labor camps covering a large area in Mississippi, a closed society of black men who were offered as "contract" labor to farms, railroads and industries of many sorts, passed around to do labor for the financial benefit of both the contractor and the state who sold them.

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Stoney Pony Blues

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from
Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

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

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Note: Patton recorded two versions of this song. The first was entitled "Pony Blues" while the second changed to "Stoney Pony Blues"

This is one of Patton's most popular pieces. Most Delta musicians had a version of "Pony Blues" in their repertoire, Son House recorded a "Pony Blues" in his 1942 Library of Congress recordings. Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues" and Willie Brown's "M&O Blues" are both derivatives from the same source. As to which came first has never been clearly established.

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Tom Rushen Blues

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from
Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

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 Rushen1 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 Day2 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

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Note 1: Tom Rushen was the town sheriff of Merigold, Mississippi, around the time Patton recorded this song
Note 2: Tom Day had been the predecessor in office. This couplet undoubtedly remarks on the procedure of taking seized liquor to the county courthouse in order to establish proof of an illegal still. Mississippi was a "dry" state well beyond WO II, I believe until the late sixties.

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When Your Way Gets Dark

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by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from
Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

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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Note: the triple dot parts are not missing lyrics, Patton just left them unspoken

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Page last updated on:
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