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One Dime Blues

written by Blind Lemon Jefferson

coming soon

I'm Sober Now

written by Clarence "Pinetop" Smith (1904-1929)

(... you aint bought the first drink tonight, so I'm gonna get all of you told.)

Now I don't mind playing any time y'all can make me drunk
But Mr Pinetop is sober now.

Now I've been playing the blues round here for you the whole night long,
and y'all aint bought the first jug somehow.
Now its getting 'round that time and I have to bide,
I need a little cold whiskey to keep me warm inside,
Cos I don't mind playing any time y'all can make me drunk
But Mr Pinetop is sober now.

I don't mind playing any time y'all can make me drunk
But Mr Pinetop is sober now.
Now say I've been playing the piano round here for you the whole night long,
and y'all aint bought the first drink somehow.

Now if the house catches on fire,
and there ain't no water around,
landlady pour that gallon jug out the window,
and let the shack burn on down.
Cos I don't mind playing any time y'all can make me drunk
But Mr Pinetop is sober now.

(now just to show you I can play the blues I'm gonna strike them again for you)



Goodbye Booze

written by Charlie Poole

Oh goodbye booze for evermore
My boozing days will soon be o'er
Oh, I had a good time, and we couldn't agree
You see what booze has done for me

She's tore my clothes, she's swelled my head
So goodbye booze, I'm going to bed
Oh, I had a good time, and we couldn't agree
You see what booze has done for me

She swelled my head, she broke my heart
So goodbye booze, we now shall part
Oh, I had a good time, but we couldn't agree
You see what booze has done for me

She whispered low, how sweet it sounds!
Please take another ride on the merry-go-round
Oh, I had a good time, and we couldn't agree
You see what booze has done for me


Waiting For A Train

written by Jimmy Rogers

All around the water tank
waitin’ for a train
I’m a thousand miles away from home,
Sleeping in the rain.
Well, I walked up to a brake-man
just to make a line of talk.
He says, “If you’ve got money
I’ll see that you don’t walk.”
I haven’t got a nickel
not a penny can I show.
“Get off, get off,
you railroad bum,”
and slammed the box-car door.
Yo-de-o-la-ee, oh la-ee, oh la-ee

He put me off in Texas,
a state I dearly love.
The wide open spaces all around me,
the moon and stars up above.
Nobody seems to want me
Or lend me a helping hand.
I’m on my way from ‘Frisco,
going back to Dixieland.
Though my pocket book is empty
and my heart is full of pain.
I’m a thousand miles away from home
just waiting for a train.
Yo-de-o-la-ee, oh la-ee, oh la-ee


Six Cold Feet In The Ground

written by Leroy Carr

Just remember me baby,
when I'm in six feet of cold, cold ground.
Just remember me baby,
when I'm in six feet of cold, cold ground.
Always think of me momma.
Just say "That's a good man gone down."

Don't cry baby,
baby after I'm gone.
Don't cry baby.
Don't cry after I'm gone.
I guess a good man left you,
and I ain't done nothing wrong

Just lay my body,
baby in six cold feet of ground.
Just lay my body,
baby in six cold feet of ground.
Well I don't have to be the loser,
when the deal goes down.


Deep Blue Sea Blues

written by Clara Smith (1894 - 1935)

My man's on the ocean, bobbin' up and down;
He belongs to other vamps but he's always on my mind.
Girls, take a tip from me
You know how I feel when my man at sea.

I get the blues for the deep blue sea
Nothing but a ship can satisfy me
New York to Mobile can change my mind
I feel like getting' in a aeroplane an' flyin'.

When I hear that whistle blow I know the ship is made the shore
Ain't but one man an' this is one that can satisfy me
That's the man that reels an' rockin' on the deep blue sea
I mean, the deep blue sea.

When I hear that whistle blow I know the ship is made the shore
Ain't but one man an' this is one that can satisfy me
That's the man that reels an' rockin' on the deep blue sea
I mean, the deep blue sea.


Evil Minded Blues

written by Virginia Liston (1890-1932)

Feeling bad this morning all evil and blue
Feeling bad this morning and evil and blue
An evil-minded man, will keep you evil minded too

Some folks get evil because there’s nothing else to do
Some folks get evil because there’s nothing else to do
They get mad at someone else and take the spite out on you

If you try to be good men will make a fool out of you
If you try to be good men will make a fool out of you
But if you are evil minded he’ll stand for anything you do

Superstitious men have a sign for everything you do
Superstitious men have a sign for everything you do
But there’s a good excuse they’ve got when they’re mistreating you

You can call me bad luck call me anything you choose
You can call me bad luck call me anything you choose
I’m disagreeable and mean and I’ve got the Evil Minded Blues


Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow Wow

Written by Joseph Tabrar (1857 - 1931)

I love my little cat, I do
With soft black silky hair
It comes with me each day to school
And sits upon the chair
When teacher says "why do you bring
That little pet of yours?"
I tell her that I bring my cat
Along with me because

Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
I've got a little cat
And I'm very fond of that
But I'd rather have a bow-wow
Wow, wow, wow, wow

We used to have two tiny dogs
Such pretty little dears
But daddy sold 'em 'cause they used
To bite each other's ears
I cried all day, at eight each night
Papa sent me to bed
When Ma came home and wiped my eyes
I cried again and said

Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
I've got a little cat
And I'm very fond of that
But I'd rather have a bow-wow
Wow, wow, wow, wow

I'll be so glad when I get old
To do just as I "likes"
I'll keep a parrot and at least
A half a dozen tykes
And when I've got a tiny pet
I'll kiss the little thing
Then put it in its little cot
And on to it I'll sing

Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
I've got a little cat
And I'm very fond of that
But I'd rather have a bow-wow
Wow, wow, wow, wow


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