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Decoration Blues

soundclip


by Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee)
recording of 1937-1938
from
The Bluebird Recordings 1937-1938 (RCA 66723), copyright notice

Lord, I had a woman, she was nice lovin' in ev'ry way
Lord, I had a woman, she was nice lovin' in ev'ry way
Lord, but she died and left me, I have the blues on ev'ry decoration day1

Lord, I hated to see her leave, because these were the last words my baby had to say
Lord, I hate to see her leave me, because these are the last words my baby had to say
She told me to bring her some flowers, on ev'ry decoration day

People you havin' a good time now, just like the flowers that comes in May
People you havin' a good time now, just like the flowers that comes in May
Now, but Sonny Boy, thinks about his baby, on ev'ry decoration day

Fare you well, baby, I ain't got no mo' to say
Fare you well, baby, I ain't got no mo' to say
Lord, but I always rememeber, I won't never forget decoration day

Play along boy!

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Note 1: decoration day, from the custom of decorating graves on this day. The last Monday in May observed as a legal holiday in most states of the U.S. in remembrance of war dead.












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