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"We were always singing in the fields. Not real singing, you know, just hollerin', but we made up our songs about things that was happening to us at the time, and I think that's where the Blues started."

-- Son House --

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Table Of Content (14 songs, 6 soundclip)

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Country Farm Blues
Death Letter
Downhearted Blues
Dry Spell Blues (1)
Dry Spell Blues (2)

I Ain't Goin' Cry No More
Jinx Blues
* John The Revelator
My Black Mama
Pony Blues
Preachin' Blues (1)

Preachin' Blues (2)
Special Rider Blues
Sun Goin' Down

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Preachin' Blues (Version 2)

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(usern.: harry38, passw.: harry)


by Eddie James "Son" House, Jr.
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church
Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church
You know I wanna be a Baptist preacher, just so I won't have to work

One deacon jumped up, and he began to grin
One deacon jumped up, and he began to grin
You know he said, "One thing, elder. I believe I'll go back to barrelhousin' again"

One sister jumped up, and she began to shout
One sister jumped up, and she began to shout
"You know I'm glad this corn liquor's goin out"

Another deacon jumped up and said, "Why don't ya hush?"
Another deacon jumped up and said, "Why don't ya hush?"
"You know you drink corn liquor and your lie's a horrible stink"

One sister jumped up and she began to shout
One sister jumped up and she began to shout
"I believe I can tell ya'll what it's all about"

Another sister jumped up, she said, "Why don't ya hush?"
Another sister jumped up, she said, "Why don't ya hush?"
"You know he's abandoned, and you outta hush your fuss"

I was in the pulpit, I's jumpin up and down
I was in the pulpit, I's jumpin up and down
My sisters in the corner, they're hollerin Alabama bound

Grabbed up my suitcase and I took off down the road
Grabbed up my suitcase and I took off down the road
I said, "Farewell church, may the good Lord bless your soul"

You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
You know I wish I had a heaven of my own
I'd give all my women a good ol' happy home

I'm gonna preach these blues and I'm gonna choose my seat and sit down
I'm gonna preach these blues and I'm gonna choose my seat and sit down
But, when the Spirit comes, I want you to jump straight up and down

You know I's in the pulpit, I was jumpin straight up and down
You know I was in the pulpit, I was jumpin straight up and down
You know the sisters in the corner, they were hollerin' Alabama bound

 

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Special Rider Blues

by Eddie James "Son" House, Jr.
recording of 19
from Yazoo L-1009,
copyright notice

Well, I'm goin' away, honey, I won't be back no more
Well, I'm goin' away, honey, I won't be back no more
When I leave this time, I'm gonna hang crepe on your door

Well, look-y here, hon', I won't be your dog no more
Well, look-y here, hon', I won't be your dog no more
Excuse me, honey, for knockin' on your door

I say your hair ain't curly and your doggone eyes ain't blue
You know your hair ain't curly and your doggone eyes ain't blue
Well, if you don't want me, what the world I want with you?

Say, look-y here, baby, you ought not to dog me around
I say look-y here, baby, you ought not to dog me around
If I had my belongings I would leave this old bad-luck town

You know that's a shame, what a low-down, dirty shame
Don't you know that's a shame? What a low-down, dirty shame
You know I'm sorry today that I ever knowed your name

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Sun Goin' Down

by Eddie James "Son" House, Jr.
recording of 19
from ,
copyright notice

Well, you know the sun is goin' down, I say, behind that old western hill
I say, behind that old western hill
You know, I couldn't do a thing, not against my baby's will

Man, you know that's bad, I declare that's too black bad
I declare that's too black bad
You know, my woman done quit me, oh man, looks like the whole round world is glad

You know, she stopped writin', wouldn't even send me no kind-a word
I said, she wouldn't send me no kind-a word
She turned her little old back on me 'bout some old low-down thing she heard

Well, I'm goin' away, baby, I'm gonna stay a very long time
I say, I'm gonna stay a great long time
You know, I'm comin' back not un-, whooh, baby, until you change your mind

I wake up every mornin' feelin' sick and bad
I said, soon every mornin' I lie's feelin' sick and bad
Thinkin' about the old time, baby, that I once have had

If I don't go crazy, I say, I'm gonna lose my mind
I believe I'm gonna lose my mind
'Cause I stay worried, whooh, baby, all the, well, all the time

Look-y here, baby, sit right here on my knee
I said, sit right down on my knee
Well, I just wanna tell you just how you been doin' me

What do you want poor me to do?
I say, whooh, what do you want me to do?
I been doin' all I can, honey, just tryin' to get along with you

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Page last updated on:
June 8 2000


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