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County Jail Blues

soundclip


by Alfred Fields
recording of 1941-'42
from
Bluebird Recordings 1941-1942 (RCA 66715), copyright notice

They picked me up an' put me in the county jail
They picked me up an' put me in the county jail
They wouldn't even let my woman, come an' call my bail

Now I'm in prison, but I've almost did my time
Now I'm in prison, but I've almost did my time
They give me six months, but I had to work off nine

'Cause I know my baby, she's gonna jump an' shout
I know my baby, she's gonna jump an' shout
When that train roll up, an' I come up walkin' out

Now play it Mr. Tampa!

So take these stripes from around me
Chain away from around my leg
These stripes from around me
An' these chain from around my leg
Well, these stripes don't hurt me
But these chains gonna kill me dead

__________
Note: vocals by Big Maceo and Tampa Red.












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