Mississippi John Hurt
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Table Of Content (24 songs, 23 soundclips)

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Avalon Blues
Big Leg Blues
Candy Man Blues
Casey Jones
Coffee Blues
Corrina, Corrina
Frankie
Got The Blues, Can't Be Satisfied (1)
Got The Blues, Can't Be Satisfied (2)

If You Don't Want Me
I'm Satisfied
Lazy Blues
Louis Collins
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
My Creole Belle
Nobody Cares For Me
Nobody's Dirty Business (1)
Nobody's Dirty Business (2)

Pay Day
Richland's Woman Blues
Salty Dog
See See Rider
Spike Driver Blues
Stack O'Lee Blues

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If You Don't Want Me

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by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from Coffee Blues (Vanguard 19032),
copyright notice

If you don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow
If you don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow

It was late last night when everything was still
Well, me and your baby eased out on the hill

I tried my best to do my father's will
I tried my best to do my father's will

Don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow
Don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow

The sun go down, ain't this a lonesome place?
The sun goin' down and ain't this a lonesome place?

So lonesome here, can't see in my baby's face
It's so lonesome here, I can't see in my baby's face

You don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow
Don't want me, baby, got to have me anyhow

 

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I'm Satisfied

soundclip


by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from Coffee Blues (Vanguard 19032),
copyright notice

I'm satisfied, tickled too, old enough to marry you
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back
I'm satisfied, tickled too, old enough to marry you
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back

First in the country, then in the town,
I'm a total shaker from my navel on down
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back
I'm satisfied, tickled too, old enough to marry you
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back

I pull my dress to my knees1, I give my total all to who I please
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back
I'm satisfied, tickled too, old enough to marry you
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back

I'm satisfied, tickled too, old enough to marry you
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back
I'm satisfied, tickled too, old enough to marry you
I'm satisfied it's gonna bring you back

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Note 1: the speaker of this courtship song is obviously feminine

 

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Lazy Blues

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by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from Origin Of Jazz Library No. 5 (Vanguard 79248),
copyright notice

Wake up in the mornin', with a towel tied 'round her head
Wake up in the mornin', towel tied 'round her head
When you speak to her you swear she almost dead

Well, tell me, baby, what make you walk so slow?
Oh, tell me, baby, what make you walk so slow?
"Well, I feel just like I never felt before"

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Note: according to the songbook this is the complete song. Haven't got the song myself so I haven't been able to verify that.

 

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Louis Collins

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by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Mrs. Collins weeped, Mrs. Collins moaned,
to see her son Louis leavin' home
The angels laid him away

The angels laid him away,
they laid him six feet under the clay
The angels laid him away

Mrs. Collins weeped, Mrs. Collins moaned,
to see her son Louis leavin' home
The angels laid him away

Oh, Bob shot once and Louis shot too,
shot poor Collins, shot him through and through
The angels laid him away

Oh, kind friends, oh, ain't it hard?,
to see poor Louis in a new graveyard
The angels laid him away

The angels laid him away,
they laid him six feet under the clay
The angels laid him away

Oh, when they heard that Louis was dead
all the people they dressed in red
The angels laid him away

The angels laid him away,
they laid him six feet under the clay
The angels laid him away

Mrs. Collins weeped, Mrs. Collins moaned,
to see her son Louis leavin' home
The angels laid him away

The angels laid him away,
they laid him six feet under the clay
The angels laid him away

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Note: according to Hurt this song, his own composition, was based on a true episode

 

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Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor

soundclip


traditional
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Make me a pallet1 on your floor
Make me a pallet on your floor
Make it soft, make it low,
so my good gal will never know
Make me a pallet on your floor

I'd be more than satisfied,
if I could reach that train and ride
If I reach Atlanta with no place to go,
make me a pallet on your floor

Gonna give everybody my regards,
even if I have to ride the rods
If I reach Atlanta with no place to go,
make me pallet on your floor

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Note 1: pallet, a straw-filled tick or mattress or a small, hard, or temporary bed.

 

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My Creole Belle

soundclip


by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

My Creole1 Belle, I love her well,
my darlin' baby, my Creole Belle
When the stars shine I'll call her mine,
my darlin' baby, my Creole Belle

My Creole Belle, I love her well,
I love her more anyone can tell
My Creole Belle, I love her well,
my darlin' baby, my Creole Belle

When the stars shine I'll call her mine,
my darlin' baby, my Creole Belle
My Creole Belle, I love her well,
my darlin' baby, my Creole Belle

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Note 1: Creole, French créole, from Spanish criollo, from Portuguese crioulo white person born in the colonies. A person of European descent born especially in the West Indies or Spanish America OR a white person descended from early French or Spanish settlers of the U.S. Gulf states and preserving their speech and culture OR a person of mixed French or Spanish and black descent speaking a dialect of French or Spanish.

 

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Nobody Cares For Me

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by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of April 2-4 1963
from
Worried Blues (Rounder CD-1082), copyright notice

Lonesome is I, wished I could die
Nobody cares for me
Lonesome is I, wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

It was a bright moon lighted night, the moon shining bright,
when you and I made love
Your love wasn't true, I'll say onto you,
I moaned like a turtle dove

Lonesome is I, wished I could die
Nobody cares for me
Lonesome is I, wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

I'm coming home, no more to roam,
darling I'm coming home
I'm coming home, no more to roam,
darling I'm coming home

Lonesome is I, wished I could die
Nobody cares for me
Lonesome is I, wished I could die
Nobody cares for me

It was a bright moon lighted night, the moon shining bright,
when you and I made love
Your love wasn't true, I'll say onto you,
I moaned like a turtle dove

 

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Nobody's Dirty Business (Version 1)

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by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of 19
from
The Mississippi John Hurt (Vanguard 19/20), copyright notice

Nobody's dirty business how my baby treat me,
nobody's business but mine
Nobody's dirty business how my baby treat me,
nobody's business but my own

Sometimes my baby gets boozy, then again she tries to rule me,
nobody's business but mine
Nobody's dirty business how my baby treat me,
nobody's business but my own
(spoken: That's all right, just let her rule me)

Say, baby, did you get that letter?
"If you take me back I'll treat you better"
Nobody's business but mine
Nobody's dirty business how my baby treats me,
nobody's business but my own

I'm going back to Pensacola, gonna buy my baby a muller1
Nobody's business but mine
Nobody's dirty business how my baby treat me,
nobody's business but my own

Nobody's
Nobody's business but mine
Nobody's dirty business how my baby treat me,
nobody's business but my own

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Note 1: muller, a grinding tool

 

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Nobody's Dirty Business (Version 2)

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by Mississippi John Hurt
recording of December 28 1928, New York City
from Okeh 8560,
copyright notice

Ain't nobody's dirty business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but mine
Ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but my own

Some of these mornin's, gonna wake up crazy
Gonna grab my gun and kill my baby
Nobody's business but mine
Ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but my own

Some of these mornin's gonna wake up boozy
Gonna grab my gun, gonna kill old Suzie
Ain't nobody's business but mine
Goin' back to Pensacola, goin' to buy my babe a money moulder
Nobody's business but my own

Say babe, did you get that letter?
Would you take me back, I'll treat you better?
Nobody's business but mine
Ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but my own

Ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but my own

Some of these mornin's, goin' to wake up crazy
Gonna grab my gun, gonna kill my baby
Nobody's business but mine
Ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but my own

Ain't nobody's doggone business, how my baby's treatin' me
Nobody's business but my own

 

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Page last updated on:
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