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Table Of Content (6 songs, 2 soundclips)

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Evil Blues
Freedom Train Blues
Gamblin' Blues
Groundhog Blues
Homeless Blues
Peace Breaking People

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Evil Blues


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recording of 19

from , copyright notice

People, I'm black, I swear I'm evil, I'm just as evil as a man can be
People, I'm black, I swear I'm evil, I'm just as evil as a man can be
You know, I don't care if nobody in this whole world, oh, baby, now ever think of me

My daddy, he was a preacher, my mother, she was sanctified
You know, my daddy, he was a preacher, and my mother, she was sanctified
Well, now, you know I must've been born the devil, because I didn't want to be baptized

I don't want no jet black woman because she is evil, too
You know, I don't want no jet black woman because she is evil, too
You take when two evil people wake up early in the morning, oh man, there ain't no telling what they may do

 

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Freedom Train Blues


by Lil' Son Jackson (Melvin Jackson)
recording of 1948

from 1948: The R&B Hits (Indigo 101) & The Gold Star Sessions (Arhoolie CE 352), copyright notice

You know the girl that I love, oh man she rode that Freedom train
You know the girl I love, oh man she rode that Freedom train
You know she boarded in Chicago, she was goin' to Colorado Springs

Well now you know goodwill was her desire man, well now freedom was her aim
Goodwill was her desire man, well you know freedom was her aim
Well that's the reason my baby left me, oh man just to ride that Freedom train

You know I was standin' at the station, oh man tears come rollin' down
Yes, I was standin' at the station, oh man tears come rollin' down
Well now you know I hate to seein', oh Lord my baby leave this town

 

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Gamblin' Blues

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by Lil' Son Jackson (Melvin Jackson)
recording of probably Summer 1960, Dallas, Texas

from Blues Come To Texas (Arhoolie 409), copyright notice

You know I once was a gambler boy but I bet my money wrong
You know I once was a gambler but I bet my money wrong
Now I ain't got no money and all I got is gone

When you lose that doggone money, sittin' around with your head hung down
When you lose that doggone money, sittin' around with your head hung down
You wake up in the morning with your face all full of frown

You know I'm through with gamblin', some jackstropper can have my room
Boys I'm through with gamblin', some other hustler can have my room
Well my drinking may kill me but gamblin' won't be my doom

Well I gambled so long till I thought that I would never change
Boys I gambled so long till I thought I would never change
Well I ain't goin' gamble no more, I swear I'm gonna save my change

 

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Groundhog Blues

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by Lil' Son Jackson (Melvin Jackson)
recording of Summer 1960, Dallas, Texas

from Blues Come To Texas (Arhoolie 409), copyright notice

Well, now, listen, listen people, what the Lil' Son gonna say,
I believe tomorrow gonna be groundhog day
There's a groundhog groove, oh, Lord, grooving in my buddy's back yard
Well, now, there ain't nothing in the world can stop him,
oh, Lord, but the ground gonna get real hard

Oh, if I catch a hog in my yard, I tell you what I'm gonna do,
I'm gonna cut his head about four ways and my old woman's, too
If I catch a hog in my yard, oh, Lord, fooling 'round in my back door
Yes, I bet my last bottom dollar, oh, peoples, he don't groove no more

Well, there's a groundhog for tomorrow, groundhog for the next day, too,
well, there's a groundhog 'cross the country, partner, you don't know what he's going to do
There's a groundhog groove, oh, man, grooving in your back yard
Well, now, there ain't nothing in the world can stop him,
oh, Lord, but the ground gonna get real hard

I catch a hog in my yard, just a while 'fore day,
I'm gonna get my shotgun, man, and drive him away
If I catch a hog in my yard, oh, man, just a while 'fore day
I'm gonna get my double-barreled shotgun, oh yeah, and drive that mule away

 

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Homeless Blues


by Lil' Son Jackson (Melvin Jackson), performed by John Hammond
recording of 1998

from Long as I Have You (Virgin 45514), copyright notice

Rocks have been my pillow, baby, brambles have been my bed
Rocks have been my pillow, baby, brambles have been my bed
I ain't got nowhere baby, Lord to lay my aching head

I went out on the highway, baby, I tried to flag a ride
I went out on the highway, baby, I tried to flag a ride
Nobody seemed to know me, they keep on pass me by

You know I'm ragged and I 'm dirty, people I ain't got no place to go
You know I'm ragged and I 'm dirty, people I ain't got no place to go
I know you don't want me baby, Lord you don't love me no more

Now take me out of this old bottom, baby before your water rise
Now take me out of this old bottom, baby before your water rise
You know I ain't got no true religion, baby, I don't want to be baptized

 

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Peace Breaking People


by probably Lil' Son Jackson (Melvin Jackson)
recording of 19

from Complete Imperial Recordings (Capitol 31744), copyright notice

Who-oo-oo-oo-oo, who been telling you?
Who-oo-oo-oo-oo, who been telling you?
Everything I say, every little thing I do

Now I know why we can't get along no more
I know why we can't get along no more
You got someone watching me everywhere I go

Nothing that she seen, something that the poor girl heard
Nothing that she seen, something that the poor girl heard
She left me this morning, she didn't even say a word

These peace-breaking people1 make you turn your back on me
These peace-breaking people make you turn your back on me
One day you gon' be sorry, you just wait and see

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Note 1: peace-breaking people, gossips.

 

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Page last updated on:
June 7 2000


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