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Alabama Blues
Fallin' Down Blues
Get Away Blues
I'll Go With Her Blues
Long Train Blues
Nashville Stonewall Blues
Old Jim Canan's
Police Sergeant Blues
Rolling Stone
That's No Way To Get Along

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Alabama Blues

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by J.B. Lenoir
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Historical Records (ASC 5829-22), copyright notice

I'll tell you, girl, I'm gonna tell you now
If you don't want me, please don't dog me around
If you don't want me, don't dog me around

My home ain't here, it's in most any old town
My home ain't here, it's in most any old town
My home ain't here, it's most any old town

I'm goin' up on a mountain and look down on the sea
Saw a bullyin'1 alligator, she was doin' that shivaree2
Saw a bullyin' alligator doin' the shivaree

Tell me, friend, ever since that bullyin' Stack3 been made
Kansas City, Missouri, has been her regular trade
Kansas City, Missouri, been her regular trade

The Kate's4 in the bend, the Stack is turnin' around and 'round
The stern wheel knockin', friend, I'm Alabama bound5
The stern wheel knockin', I'm Alabama bound

My mama told me, an' old papa told me, too
Said, "Brownskin women, son, gonna be the death of you"
Said, "Brownskin women, gonna be the death of you"

I told mama last night, friends, and papa the night before
"If brownskin women kill me, mama, let me go"
"If brownskin women kill me, mama, let me go"

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Note 1: bullyin', a once fashionable superlative;
Note 2: shivaree, a noisy mock serenade to a newly married couple;
Note 3: Stack, probably a Mississippi riverboat;
Note 4: Kate, the Kate Adams, a fabled Mississippi riverboat. The last of three boats bearing this name (all of which were operated by the James Rees Gusquesne Engine Works and all of which were destroyed by fire) perished mysteriously in 1926, possibly at the hands of a bigot who resented its appearance in the movie "Uncle Tom's Cabin";
Note 5: Alabama bound, blues slang or Southward bound

 

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Fallin' Down Blues

by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Yazoo L-1002, copyright notice

I'm tired of standin' on the long lonesome road
I'm tired of standin' on the long lonesome road
Thinkin' 'bout my baby and got nowhere to go

It's as far down the road, friend, as I can see
It's as far down the road, friend, as I can see
See the woman I love standin' wavin' after me

I run to her, friend, fell down at her knee
I run to her, friend, fell down at her knee
Cryin', "Take me back, baby, God knows, if you please"

If you don't believe, girl, I'll treat you right
If you don't believe, girl, I'll treat you right
Come and walk with me down to my lovin' shack tonight

I'll certainly treat you just like you was white
I'll certainly treat you just like you was white
That don't satisfy you, girl, I'll take your life

I love you, girl, I will tell the world I do
I love you, girl, I will tell the world I do
And that's the reason you treat me like you do

But go ahead, girl, that will be all right for you
But go ahead, girl, that will be all right for you
I will meet you someday when you're down in hard luck, too

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Get Away Blues

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by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Origin Of Jazz Library,
copyright notice

I walked down to the station, fold my troubled arms
I walked down to the station, fold my troubled arms
Walked and asked that agent, "Has that train been gone?"

I looked down that track, I see that in the bend
I looked down that track, I see that in the bend
Walked ... bought me ticket, offered me my friend

Told her, "Come on, woman, let us board this train"
Told her, "Come on, woman, let us board this train"
Ride her while we get away from your man

Woman, you just tell me, do you want to go?
Woman, you just tell me, do you want to go?
I'll take you somewhere you never been before

Then I'll give you silver, give you paper and gold
Then I'll give you silver, give you paper and gold
I'll give you anything'll satisfy your worried soul

Woman, if I don't love you, I don't love myself
Woman, if I don't love you, I don't love myself
You did something to me I ain't gonna tell nobody else

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Note: ... part unclear

 

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I'll Go With Her Blues

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by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Origin Of Jazz Library,
copyright notice

I'll go with her, I'll follow her, I will, to her buryin' place
I'll go with her, I'll follow her, I will, to her buryin' place

Hang my head and cry, friend, I will, as she passed away
Hang my head and cry, friend, I will, as she passed away

I thought I should go, friend, please run, try to call her back
I thought I should go, friend, please run, tried to call her back

'Cause that sure is one woman I did love and like
For that sure is one woman I did, I did love and like

I believe I'll go home, friend, and duly dress myself in black
I believe I'll go home, friend, and duly dress myself in black

Show to the world I wants her, but I can't get her back
Show to the world I wants her, but I can't, I can't get her back

Every time I hear that lonesome church bell ring
Every time I hear that lonesome church bell ring

It makes me think about that song my baby used to sing
It makes me think about that song my baby used to sing

Lord have mercy on me

 

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Long Train Coming

by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Historical Records (ASC 5829-22), copyright notice

She walked down the yard, caught the longest train she seen
She walked down the yard, caught the longest train she seen
Said she'd ride and ride "till the blues wear offa me"

It's two bullyin'1 freight trains runnin' side by side
It's two bullyin' freight trains runnin' side by side
They done stole my rider and I guess they're satisfied

They rode in the Delta, kept on easin' by
They rode in the Delta, kept on easin' by
Know I feel just like she said her last goodbye

Friend, she won't write, she won't telephone
Friend, she won't write, she won't telephone
Makes me believe to my soul my rider calls that "gone"2

But if I had wings, friend, like Noah's dove
Friend, if I had wings, friend, like Noah's dove
I would raise and fly, God knows, where my lover was

I laid down at night, I can't sleep at all
I laid down at night, I can't sleep at all
Awful lyin' there wondering if someone rollin' in her arms

Laid my head on my pillow, friends, it be's too high
Laid my head on my pillow, friends, it be's too high
Taken down with the (devil?), I'm gettin' sick and 'bout to die

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Note 1: bullyin', a once fashionable superlative;
Note 2: the sham departure is reflected in an old black proverb, "Every goodbye ain't gone".

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Nashville Stonewall Blues

by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Historical Records (ASC 5829-22), copyright notice

I stayed in jail, it was for thirty long days
And that woman said she loved me, I could not see her face

I looked out the window, saw the long-chain man
Aw, he's comin' to call the boys by name

He's gonna take me from here to Nashville, Tennessee
He's gonna take me right back, boys, where I used to be

I got a letter from home, reckon how it read?
I got a letter from home, reckonin' how it read?
It said, "Son, some on home to your mama, she's sick and nearly dead"

I sit down and cried, and I screamed and squalled
Said, "I cannot come home, mama, I'm behind these walls"

Every mornin', 'bout four, boys, my deed have passed
You outta see me down in the foundries1, tryin' to do my task

'Cause the judge he sentenced me, boys, from five to ten
I get out, I'm gonna kill that woman, I'll be right back again

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Note 1: foundries, plural of foundry, a steel mill or works where the act, process, or art of casting metals is carried out.

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Old Jim Canan's

by Robert Wilkins
recording of October 12 1935, Jackson, Mississippi
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Legends Of The Blues Vol. 2 (Colombia/Legacy CK-47467), copyright notice

I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's
I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's
I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd stand on the corner and wave my hand
Sayin' if you don't believe that I'm a drinkin' man
Then please stop by here with your beer can
Because I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's

I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's
I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's
I'm goin' up town buy me coke and beer
Comin' back and tell you how these women here
They drink beer whiskey drink the coke and gin
When you don't pay the double they will ease you in
Still I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's

I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's
I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
I'd take my babe back to Old Jim Canan's
The men and women runnin' hand in hand
Goin' to and fro to old Jim Canan's
Drinkin' beer whiskey and sniffin' cocaine
That's been why I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's
And I wished I was back at Old Jim Canan's

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Police Sergeant Blues

by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Historical Records (ASC 5829-22), copyright notice

I'm gonna tell you, baby, tell you now
If you don't want me, you don't have to dog me around
Because that old girl's mad with me, friend, but I don't care
'Cause that old girl's mad with me, friends, but I don't care

Now look-a yonder, baby, what I see?
A police and a sergeant, they is comin' after me
Because that old girl's mad with me, friends, but I don't care

I'm gonna tell you that I'm forced to take the ride
When you see me goin', baby, hang your head and cry
Because that old girl's mad with me, friends, but I don't care

I'm gonna tell the judge that I know that I done wrong
You go and get some lawyers to come and go my bond
Because that old girl's mad with me, friends, but I don't care

I know the judge is gonna give me thirty long days
I made it up in my mind, baby, to go and stay
Because that old girl's mad with me, friends, but I don't care

I'm going out and work out my time
Because the girl I love, she's not got a dime
Because that old girl's mad with me, friends, but I don't care

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Rolling Stone

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by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1928-1935
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Roots Records, copyright notice

Oh, the last time I seen her standing on the station cryin'
Oh, the last time I seen her, she's standing on the station cryin'

Believe she told her friend, "Yon' go that mind of mine"
Believe she told her friend, "Yon' go that mind of mine"

"I don't mind him goin', he's gone and leave me here
I don't mind him goin', he's gone and leave me here"

"Got to go back home, sleep all night by myself
Got to go back home, sleepin' all night by myself"

Man, don't your house feel lonesome when your biscuit roller gone?
Man, don't your house feel lonesome when your biscuit roller's gone?

You stand in your back door and cry by yourself, alone
You stand in your back door, cryin' by yourself, alone

 

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That's No Way To Get Along

by Robert Wilkins
recording of 1929
from
The Original Rolling Stone (Yazoo 1077) & Origin Of Jazz Library, copyright notice

I'm goin' home, friends, sit down and tell my, my mama
Friends, sit down and tell my mama
I'm goin' home, sit down and tell my mama
I'm goin' home, sit down and tell my mama
That that's no way to get along

These low-down women, mama, they treated your, ahw, poor son wrong
Mama, treated me wrong
These low-down women, mama, treated your poor son wrong
These low-down women, mama, treated your poor son wrong
And that's no way for him to get along

They treated me like my poor heart was made of a rock or stone
Mama, made of a rock or stone
Treated me like my poor heart was made of a rock or stone
Treated me like my poor heart was made of a rock or stone
And that's no way for me to get along

You know, that was enough, mama, to make your son wished he's dead and gone
Mama, wished I's dead and gone
That is enough to make your son, mama, wished he's dead and gone
That is enough to make your son, mama, wished he's dead and gone
'Cause that's no way for him to get along

I stood on the roadside, I cried alone, all by myself
I cried alone by myself
I stood on the roadside and cried alone by myself
I stood on the roadside and cried alone by myself
Cryin', "That's no way for me to get along"

I's wantin' some train to come along and take me away from here
Friends, take me away from here
Some train to come along and take me away from here
Some train to come along and take me away from here
And that's no way for me to get along

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Note: the 1929 "That's No Way to Get Along", the most famous of Wilkins prewar 78's, was covered by the Rolling Stones as "Prodigal Son".

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