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Table Of Content (46 songs, 21 soundclips)

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Ain't Gonna Study War
Airplane Blues
All Alone Blues
Baby I Knocked On Your Door
Baby Please Don't Go
Bad Bad Whiskey
C.C. Rider
Cindy Cindy
Cousin John
Crawdad Hole
Digging My Potatoes
Dirty Mistreater
Don't Mistreat Me
Easy Rider
First Meeting
Goin' Down Slow

Gonna Lay My Body Down
Hole In The Wall
I Got My Eyes On You
I'm A Stranger Here (1)
I'm A Stranger Here (2)
I'm Crazy About Pie
Jailhouse Blues
John Henry
Just Rode In Your Town
Keep On Walkin'
My Baby Done Chained
My Baby Leavin'
Po' Boy
Poor Man But A Good Man
Pretty Little Girl
Raise A Ruckus Tonight

Right Now
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Sporting Life Blues
Sun's Gonna Shine
Sweet Woman Blues
Take This Hammer (1)
Take This Hammer (2)
Telephone Blues
That Good Old Jelly
That's How I Feel
Trouble In Mind
Walk On
Worried Life Blues
You Hear Me Talkin'

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Ain't Gonna Study War


Traditional
recording of 19

from That Good Old Jelly Roll (), copyright notice

I ain't gonna study the war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more, study the war no more
I ain't gonna study war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside
Oh, well, it's down by the riverside,
I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield, down by the riverside
To study war no more

I ain't gonna study the war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more, study the war no more
I ain't gonna study war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more

I'm gonna try on my long white robe, down by the riverside
Lord, down by the riverside, I'm gonna try on my long white robe
Down by the riverside, to study war no more

I ain't gonna study the war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more, study the war no more
I ain't gonna study war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more

I'm gonna put on my travelin' shoes, down by the riverside
Lord, down by the riverside, Lord, down by the riverside
I'm gonna put on my travelin' shoes, down by the riverside
To study war no more

I ain't gonna study the war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more, study the war no more
I ain't gonna study war no more, ain't gonna study the war no more
Ain't gonna study war no more

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Note: see also Gonna Lay My Body Down

 

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Airplane Blues


by
recording of 1947-1950

from Whoopin' the Blues: the Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (Capitol 546), copyright notice

Wanna give you my weapon, wanna give you my weapon,
gonna ride all over, gonna ride all over your town
If I spy the woman I'm lovin', I'm sure gone let my airplane,
I'm sure gone let my airplane down

Honey, here's my hand, honey, here's my hand,
you can lead me where you want, you can lead me where you want me to go
If you lead me wrong this time, then you won't lead me,
then you won't lead me no more

Honey, you three times seven, honey, you three times seven,
and you know what you wanna, and you know what you wanna do
Well, that day you quit me little woman, and I won't be mad,
and I won't be mad with you

I know my little woman, I know my little woman,
she's bound to jump, she's bound to jump and shout
When she gets hold to this letter, I done wrote my long time,
I done wrote my long time lost

Just the day before Christmas, just the day before Christmas,
let me bring your present, let me bring your present tonight
That will be you Santa Claus, even if my whiskers,
even if my whiskers be white

 

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All Alone Blues

 

by Sonny Terry
recording of 1947-1950

from Whoopin' the Blues: the Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (Capitol 546) & Hootin' the Blues (Culture Press 991009), copyright notice

I love you baby, tell the world I do,
way you treat me baby, comin' home to you

Oh, little woman, please don't leave me all alone,
well, I'm on my knees 'a beggin', throw this old dog a bone

I give you my money, baby, I need shoes on my feet,
now, you got me down, you want to throw me in the street

Oh, little woman, please don't leave me all alone,
well, I'm on my knees 'a beggin', throw this old dog a bone

Always told you, baby, time and time again,
honey, you know I ain't too innocent, I'd rather be your friend

Oh, little woman, please don't leave me all alone,
well, I'm on my knees 'a beggin', throw this old dog a bone

I give you my money, baby, with all that's true,
so, you mistreat me, baby, that the way you want to do

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Baby I Knocked On Your Door

soundclip

 

by Sonny Terry
recording of 1961

from At Sugar Hill (Original Blues Classics 536), copyright notice

Well, I knocked on your door last night, baby, yes, and you wouldn't let old Sonny in
Well, I knocked on your door last night, little woman, yes, and you would not let old Sonny in
Well, you know, I'm goin' back tomorrow night, yes, you know, I'm gonna try my luck again

Well, I done told you, little woman, well, you know, I ain't gonna tell you no more
Well, I done told you, little woman, well, you know, I ain't gonna tell you no more
Well, you know, the good book said you gonna, whoa, reap just what you sow

You know, I give you all my money, I can't stand the way you do
You know, I give you all my money, I can't stand the way you do
Well, you know, you have been a good little girl, whoa, but you just won't be true

Well, I'm gonna buy me a pistol, little woman, made up on a .44 frame
Well, I'm gonna buy me a pistol, little woman, made up on a .44 frame
Well, you can look down in the ground, little woman, whoa, you know, you can see that undertaker man

Well, you know, I feel like snappin', baby, yes, my pistol all in your face
Well, you know, I feel like snappin', baby, yes, my pistol all in your face
Well, you know, some old lonely graveyard, yes, will be your restin' place

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Baby Please Don't Go

 

by
recording of 19

from That Good Old Jelly Roll (), copyright notice

My baby please don't go
My baby please don't go
My baby please don't go back to New Orleans,
honey, I love you so

Oh, don't you call my name
Oh, don't you call my name
Oh, don't you call my name you got me way down here, wearin' the balls and chains
Baby, please don't go

My baby please don't go
My baby please don't go
My baby please don't go back to New Orleans,
old Sonny love you so

Yes, your man done gone
You know your man done gone
You know your man done gone to the kindy home,
he got the shackles on, he got the shackles on

Oh, baby please don't go
Oh, baby please don't go
Oh, baby please don't go back to New Orleans,
old Sonny love you so

I turn your lamp down low
I turn your lamp down low
I turn your lamp down low
Baby please don't go back to New Orleans,
honey, I love you so

Oh, don't you call my name
Don't you call my name
Don't you call my name you got me way down here, wearin' the balls and chains
Baby please don't go

Oh, baby please don't go
Oh, baby please don't go
Oh, baby please don't go back to New Orleans,
honey, I love you so

Baby please don't go you know I love you so

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Bad Bad Whiskey

 

by
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

Bad, bad whiskey, made me lose my happy home

Now I left home this mornin', I swore I've stopped and think
Made my friends a promise, I wouldn't even take a drink
Of that bad, bad whiskey
Bad, bad whiskey
Bad, bad whiskey
Made me lose my happy home

I stopped into a tavern, say hello to some friends of mine
I got to drinkin' good scotch whiskey, and I overstayed my time
I'm talkin' 'bout bad, bad whiskey
Bad, bad whiskey
Bad, bad whiskey
Made me lose my happy home

Ain't gonna tell nobody, ain't gonna drink no more
Woman that I was lovin', throwed me from her door
On account of bad, bad whiskey
Bad, bad whiskey
Bad, bad whiskey
Made me lose my happy home

Gimme one more drink
Gimme one more drink
Gimme one more drink
And I'll be on my way

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C.C. Rider

 

Traditional
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

C.C. Rider, see what you done done, Lord, Lord, Lord
Made me love you, now your man done come
Well, you made me love you, now your man has come

C.C. Rider, where did you stay last night, Lord, Lord, Lord
Tell me right on where did you stay last night
You come home this mornin' the sun was shinin' bright

Did you, did you get that letter that I thrown in your backyard? Lord, Lord, Lord
Did you get that letter that I thrown in your backyard?
Well, it read I would come to see you, but your best man's got me barred

Well, I'm goin' away baby, I won't be back till fall, Lord, Lord, Lord
I'm goin' away baby, I won't be back till fall
Well, if I find me a good girl, I won't be back at all

I'm gonna buy me a shotgun, long as I am tall, Lord, Lord, Lord
Gonna buy me a shotgun, long as I am tall
I ain't gonna shoot you because you don't love me,
gonna kill you because you was doin' me wrong

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Cindy Cindy

 

by
recording of 19

from That Good Old Jelly Roll (), copyright notice

You ought to see my Cindy, she lives way down South
She's so sweet the honeybees swarm around her mouth

Get along home Cindy, Cindy get along home
Get along home Cindy, Cindy I'll marry you someday

First I seen Cindy, she was standin' in the door
Her shoes and stockings in her hand and her feet all over the floor

She kissed me and she hugged me, she called me a sugarplum
She thrown her arms around me and called me a sugarplum

I wished I had a nickel, wished I had a dime
I give it to my Cindy to love me all the time

She took me to her parlor, she called me with her fan
She said I was the prettiest thing to dream a mortal man

I wished I was an apple, a-hangin' on a tree
Ev'rytime that Cindy would pass me by, she take a bite of me

Oh, Cindy is a pretty girl, Cindy is a peach
She threw her arms around my neck and hung on like a leach

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Cousin John

 

by Sonny Terry
recording of 1947-1950

from Whoopin' the Blues: the Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (Capitol 546), copyright notice

Little cousin John when he crossed that field, Great Big Steak Billy, on that hill
He turned around to do his best, fell right back in the hornet's nest

Up he jump in the way he ran, couldn't catch the boy in the aeroplane
Oh, cousin John, he had no shoes, that's why he had them runnin' blues

Little cousin John was goin' to town, ridin' a gray horse and need no hound
The ol' hound barked, the ol' horse jumped, the ol' cousin John, he's fell on a stone

Oh, cousin John, he promised me, just before he die he make a will for me
Lived so long his head got bald, well, he got out the notion of dyin' at all

Oh, cousin John fairly well, well, I know something but I ain't gonna tell
Well, I know something but I ain't gonna tell, I know something but I ain't gonna tell
I know something but I ain't gonna tell, oh, cousin John

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Crawdad Hole

 

by
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

You get a line an' I'll get a pole, baby
You'll get a line an' I'll get a pole, honey
You'll get a line an' I'll get a pole
We goin' down the crawdad1 hole
Honey, baby, mine

What you gonna do when the pond goes dry, honey
What you gonna do when the pond goes dry, baby
What you gonna do when the pond goes dry
Stand on the bank watch the crawdads die
Honey, baby, mine

Well, you get a line an' I'll get a pole, baby
You get a line an' I'll get a pole, honey
You get a line an' I'll get a pole
We goin' down the crawdad hole
Honey, baby, mine

Yonder come a man with a sack on his back, baby
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back, honey
Yonder come a man with a sack on his back
Crawdads crawlin' back to back
Honey, baby, mine

Well, what you gonna do when the meat gives out, baby
What you gonna do when the meat gives out, honey
What you gonna do when the meat gives out
Stand on the house with your eye more poked out
Honey, baby, mine

You get a line and I'll get a pole, baby
You get a line and I'll get a pole, baby
You get a line and I'll get a pole
We goin' down the crawdad hole
Honey, baby, mine

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Note 1: alteration of crawfish, any of numerous freshwater fish resembling the lobster but usually much smaller, word used chiefly west of the Appalachians.

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Digging My Potatoes

 

Traditional
recording of 19

from Wizard Of The Harmonica (Storyville 8018), copyright notice

Oh, you been diggin' my potatoes, crampin' on my farm
Oh, you been diggin' my potatoes, crampin' on my farm
Well, I have a special plan, restin' on my mind

Well, my farm's all green, 'tatoes painted red
I didn't find a crew top, caught the fool in my bed

You know, he diggin' my potatoes, crampin' on my farm
Well, I have a special plan, restin' on my mind

Well, I went down town this mornin', left my gate unlatched,
When I came back home, that fool in my 'tattoo patch

You know, he diggin' my potatoes, crampin' on my farm
Well, I have a special plan, restin' on my mind

Oh, I tipped up to my window, I wished I had a gun,
My farm wrapped around the fool, you know, he was goin' South

You know, he diggin' my potatoes, crampin' on my farm
Well, I have a special plan, restin' on my mind

Well, you know she powdered her face and water-waved her hair
Know she caught a taxi, goin' cross town somewhere

You know, she diggin' my potatoes, crampin' on my farm
Well, I have a special plan, restin' on my mind
Restin' on my mind
Restin' on my mind
Restin' on my mind
Restin' on my mind

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Dirty Mistreater

 

by Sonny Terry
recording of 1947-1950

from Whoopin' the Blues: the Capitol Recordings, 1947-1950 (Capitol 546), copyright notice

Came home last night, feelin' sad and blue
My baby done gone, I didn't know what to do
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, and she don't mean a man no good

Work hard for her, every day
She took my money and throwed it away
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, and she don't mean a man no good

I cooked her breakfast, carried it to her bed
I took my comb and combed her head
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, and she don't mean a man no good

Well, I give her my money, bought her fine, nice clothes
If I find her, I bust her right in her nose
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, and she don't mean a man no good

I done sung this song, I didn't tell no lie
The day I found her, that's the day she died
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, don't you know
She's a dirty mistreater, and she don't mean a man no good

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Don't Mistreat Me

 

by Brownie McGhee / Sonny Terry
recording of 1969

from A Long Way From Home (MCA 11756), copyright notice

Don't mistreat me, mama, when you know you doin' wrong yourself
Don't mistreat me, baby, when you know you're doin' wrong yourself
Well, you ain't doin' nothin' but drivin' me right to somebody else

How can I love you woman, when you always gone
You expect for me to do right, when you always doin' wrong

Don't mistreat me, mama, when you know you doin' wrong yourself
Don't mistreat me, baby, when you know you're doin' wrong yourself
Well, you ain't doin' nothin' but drivin' me right to somebody else

I asked her where she been, she said, "Sonny that ain't a rule"
She looked me dead in my face, "None of your business, fool"

Don't mistreat me, mama, when you know you doin' wrong yourself
Don't mistreat me, baby, when you know you're doin' wrong yourself
Well, you ain't doin' nothin' but drivin' me right to somebody else

You know I love you woman, you can bet your life it's true
I want you to love me little girl, that all I want from you

Don't mistreat me, mama, when you know you doin' wrong yourself
Don't mistreat me, baby, when you know you're doin' wrong yourself
Well, you ain't doin' nothin' but drivin' me right to somebody else

Don't get mad little girl, cause a' the things I'm sayin' to you
I want you to realize woman, you know you got some troubles, too

Don't mistreat me, mama, when you know you doin' wrong yourself
Don't mistreat me, baby, when you know you're doin' wrong yourself
Well, you ain't doin' nothin' but drivin' me right to somebody else

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Easy Rider

soundclip

 

Traditional
recording of 19

from Wizard Of The Harmonica (Storyville 8018), copyright notice

Easy rider, see what you done done
Easy rider, see what you done done
You made me love you and now your man done come
Ain't it hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

You catch me stealin', please don't tell on me
Catch me stealin', please don't tell on me
'Tealin' from my other woman back to my used to be
Singin' hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Easy rider, easy rider
Easy rider, easy rider
Easy rider, yes, easy rider
Easy baby, easy woman
Easy rider, easy rider
Easy rider, easy rider

If I was a catfish, swimmin' in the deep blue sea
If I was a catfish, oh, swimmin' in the deep blue sea
Have all the pretty women out there fishin' for me
Singin' hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

Easy rider, honey, what did this on your mind
Easy rider, what did this on your mind
You got me worried and wringin' my ol' hand in crime
Ain't it hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Woo

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First Meeting

 

by
recording of 19

from, copyright notice

Tell me how long had it been since you've been home
Tell me how long had it been since you've been home
You knew you could leave, you could be gone too long, too long from home

You know my mama's got a rockin' chair sittin' by the window,
rocks in the evenin' 'fore the sun go down
Yes, poor old mama's got a rockin' chair sittin' by the window,
rocks in the evenin' 'fore the sun go down
She'll be thinkin' 'bout her poor childrens, wonderin' why they won't come around
Oh, ooooh, yes

Mama don't worry, please mama don't worry, mama don't worry, just pray for me
I'm gonna try to make lot of happy
I'm on pray with you, please my mama pray for me

Mama she's still rockin', in that old rockin' chair
Yes, she's still rockin', in that old rockin' chair
She's thinkin' 'bout her childrens, wonderin' why aren't they over here

My sister got worry, she began to pray
Oh, yeah, mama know I've been away many day
Oh, mama got worry, these the word my mama said

Come on home children, my shack fallin' down
Come on home, my shack fallin' down
You know to send for my poor mama's cover so high
Ain't none of her childrens around, but I'm hurryin', I'm goin' home

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Goin' Down Slow

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by James Oden
recording of 19

from Wizard Of The Harmonica (Storyville 8018) & The Folkways Years, 1944-1963 (Smithsonian/Folkways CD-SF-40033), copyright notice

I have had my fun if I never get well no more
I have had my fun if I never get well no more
Well, you know my health is failin' me and, you know, I'm goin' down slow

Please, write my mother, tell her the shape I'm in
Please, write my mother, tell her the shape I'm in
Tell her to pray for me just forgiveness for my sins

Tell her don't send no doctor, doctor can't do Sonny Terry no good
Tell her don't send no doctor, doctor can't do old Sonny no good
Well, you know it's all my fault, you know, I didn't do anything that I should
Oh, you know, I didn't man

On the next train South please look for my clothes on
On the next train South please look for my clothes on
Well, I say, mother if you don't see my body all you can do is moan

Mother please, please, please don't worry, this is all in my prayer
Mother please, please, please don't worry, this is all in my prayer
Well, you can say your son is gone, yes, out of this world somewhere
Bye-bye, mama

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