Clara Smith
Eternal thanks to bluesman Dorus Sturm for transcribing and contributing all of the lyrics!
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Table Of Content (6 songs, 0 soundclips)

Awful Moanin' Blues
Don't Never Tell Nobody
I Never Miss The Sunshine (I'm So Used To The Rain)
Prescription For The Blues
Shipwrecked Blues
Waitin' For The Evenin' Mail

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Awful Moanin' Blues


by Stanley Miller
recording of September 13, 1923
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1924) (Document 5364), copyright notice

I feel bad, always sad
Trouble, trouble's driving me mad
Good old days of long ago
All have gone to come no more
That is why you always hear me hum

Mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm
How my heart ache, soon it will break
I'm almost through, what can I do
Just to cure these awful moanin' blues

I've got no friend, I can't trust men
Everything's in soak and always broke
There's no place where I can get a loan
Even no place I can call my home
That is why you always hear me moan

Mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm
How my heart ache, soon it will break
I'm almost through, what will I do, Lord
Just to cure these awful moanin' blues

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Don't Never Tell Nobody


by (probably James P.) Johnson
recording of October 1, 1923
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1924) (Document 5364), copyright notice

Sadie Brown and Linda Lee
Were as good a pair as could be
Till Sadie tried a brand new man
Start telling 'bout his good quality
How he could love, pet and tease
How the things he did would please
One night her good man give her the air
Sadie cried out loud right then and there

Don't never tell nobody what your perfect good man can do
You just get them anxious to try some of his good points too
If he's nice and sweet and hard to beat
Don't tell your bestest friend
They'll never rest without a test
You know that there is always better than best
He may really try to be good and true
But if you want to keep him it is up to you
Do never tell nobody what your perfect good man can do

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I Never Miss The Sunshine (I'm So Used To The Rain)


by Harvey
recording of September 7, 1923
from from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1924) (Document 5364), copyright notice

You want to say goodbye
No need to tell me why
Now that our little romance is through
All I can say is: good luck to you
Don't waste your tears on me
I don't need sympathy
Just go ahead about your business
Sweet daddy, let your mama be

I never miss the sunshine, I am so used to the rain
And when you're gone I won't feel bad
I never miss the things that I never had
Although I hate to lose you, but I won't complain
You said you want to leave me, there's the door
I've been disappointed many times before
I never miss the sunshine, I'm so used to the rain

I'm going upon the mountain to watch the sinking sun
Ain't found nobody else could love me like my loving daddy done
Oh, I never miss the sunshine, I'm so used to the rain

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Prescription For The Blues


by Porter Grainger
recording of October 15, 1924
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1924) (Document 5365), copyright notice

All day long I'm worried, all night long I'm blue
I'm so awfully lonesome, I don't know what to do
So I ask you doctor, see if you can't find
Something in your satchel to satisfy my mind
Doctor, doctor, write me a prescription for the blues
The wearied blues

Let me tell you doctor, why I'm in misery
Once I had a lover, he went away from me
Sent to see the gypsy, voodoo doctors too
Shook their heads and told me, nothing they could do
Doctor, doctor, write me a prescription for the blues
The mean old blues

Like a little baby, all day long I cry
And if you can't cure me, I just am sure to die
Give me something, poison, doctor won't you please
Then I'll sign a paper: died with the heart's disease
Doctor, doctor, write me a prescription for the blues
The plain old blues

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Shipwrecked Blues


by Spencer Williams
recording of April 3, 1925
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1925) (Document 5366) & Ladies of Blues (Columbia River 1124), copyright notice

Oh, the gale is raging and my ship's without a sail
Oh, the gale is raging and my ship's without a sail
If the wind keeps on a-blowing, I won't be left to tell the tale

Oh, the ship is sinking and the lightning struck the mast
Now the ship is sinking and the lightning struck the mast
And my crew is done deserted, I've got to stick here to the last

Oh, I don't mind drowning, but the water is so cold
No, I don't mind drowning, but the water is so cold
If I must leave this good world, I wanna leave it brave and bold

Mama's shipwrecked, shipwrecked, she ain't got no time to lose
Mama's shipwrecked, shipwrecked, she ain't got no time to lose
Lord, if someone don't save me, I'll go down singing the shipwrecked blues

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Waitin' For The Evenin' Mail


by Baskette
recording of October 1, 1923
from from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1924) (Document 5364), copyright notice
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copyright notice

Passing by the jail this morn'
Heard a hard luck brother mourn
I'm in here, right where I don't belong
I never did no wrong
As I passed by his window
I could hear him moaning his song

Sitting on the inside, looking at the outside
Waitin' for that evenin' mail
Four walls and a ceiling
Lordy, what a feeling
Just the mean old lowdown jail
Separating me from everything but that evenin' mail

I wrote my onetime baby down in Jacksonville
Hey sweet baby, I'm in jail
Baby please don't fail me
Hurry up and mail me bail
That's just a year ago today and I'm
Still on the inside, looking at the outside
Waitin' for that evenin' mail

And I'm still on the inside, looking at the outside
Waitin' for that evenin' mail

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