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Don't Fish In My Sea

soundclip


by Ma Rainey
recording of 1926
from
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4 (1926-1927) (Document 5584), copyright notice

My daddy come home this mornin', drunk as he could be
My daddy come home this mornin', drunk as he could be
I know that he's done got bad on me

He used to stay out late, now he don't come home at all
He used to stay out late, now he don't come home at all
I know there's another mule1 been kicking in my stable

If you don't like my ocean, don't fish in my sea
If you don't like my ocean, don't fish in my sea
Stay out of my valley, let my mountain be

I ain't had no loving since God knows when
I ain't had no loving since God knows when
That's the reason I'm through with these no-good, trifling2 men

You'll never miss the sunshine till the rain begin to fall
You'll never miss the sunshine till the rain begin to fall
You'll never miss your ham till another mule be in your stall

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Note 1: mule, a hybrid between a horse and a donkey; especially the offspring of a male donkey and a mare;
Note 2: trifling, to talk in a mocking manner or with intent to delude or mislead, to treat someone or something as unimportant.












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