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Back Water Blues

When it rains five days and the skies turn dark as night
When it rains five days and the skies turn dark as night
Then trouble's takin' place in the lowlands at night

I woke up this mornin', can't even get out of my door
I woke up this mornin', can't even get out of my door
There's been enough trouble to make a poor girl wonder
where she want to go

Then they rowed a little boat about five miles 'cross the pond
Then they rowed a little boat about five miles 'cross the pond
I packed all my clothes, throwed them in and they rowed me along

When it thunders and lightnin' and when the wind begins to blow

When it thunders and lightnin' and the wind begins to blow
There's thousands of people ain't got no place to go

Then I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hill
Then I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hill
Then looked down on the house were I used to live

Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
'Cause my house fell down and I can't live there no more

Mmm, I can't move no more
Mmm, I can't move no more
There ain't no place for a poor old girl to go


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Preachin' The Blues


Down in Atlanta, ga, under the viaduct ev'ry day, drinking corn and
Hollerin' hooray
Pianos playing till the break of day
But as I turned my head, I loudly said, Preach 'em blues, sing them blues
They certainly sound good to me
I've been in love for the last six months and ain't done worrying yet
Moan'em blues, holler them blues
Let me convert your soul
'Cause just a little spirit of the blues tonight
Let me tell you, girls, that your man ain't treating you right
Let me tell you I don't mean no wrong
I will learn you something if you listen to this song

I ain't here to try to save your soul, just want to teach you how to save
Your good jelly roll

Going on down the line a little further now
There's many a poor woman down
Read on down to chapter nine,
Woman must learn how to take their time
Read on down to chapter ten,
Taking other women's men, you are doing a sin
Sing'em, sing'em, sing them blues
Let me convert your soul
Now one sister by the name of Sister Green
Jumped up and done a shimmy you ain't never seen
Sing'em, sing'em, sing them blues
Let me convert your soul


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Moan, Mourners


Sisters and brothers, we met here on some serious business!
There's been some back-bitin' goin' on,
And the thing I wants to know
Is who's been doin' it?
It's a shame, it's a shame, it's a shame!
The thing I wants to know
Is what bit me on my, I mean who bit me on my back?

Hear you sinners, hear my call,
Satan's waitin' for you all!
Better ger your souls washed white,
Better see the light! (amen!)

Fire is burnin' down below,
If you ain't right, down you go
To original hot brimstone!
Let's you start right in to moan.

You better get down on your knees (mmm-mmm)
And let the good Lord hear your pleas, (oh yes!)
Or else you want to rest with ease,
Moan, you moaners!

Yes, send your head way down and pray, (mmm-mmm)
To have the devil chase away, (oh yes!)
and let your soul be saved today,
Moan, you moaners!

Singin' Hallelujah!,
Blood Of The Lamb,
Let your voices rise!
Hear me talkin' to ya,
Ain't got no time to sham,
Everybody gets to Paradise!

You must repent without a doubt (mmm-mmm)
And let the good Lord hear you shout! (oh yes!)
Religion turns you inside out,
Moan, you moaners!

You better get down on your knees (mmm-mmm)
And let the good Lord hear your pleas, (oh yes!)
Or else you want to rest with ease,
Moan, you moaners!

Yes, send your head way down and pray, (mmm-mmm)
To have the devil chase away, (oh yes!)
and let your soul be saved today,
Moan, you moaners!

Singin' Hallelujah!,
Blood Of The Lamb,
Let your voices rise!
Hear me talkin' to ya,
Ain't got no time to sham,
Everybody gets to Paradise!

Repent without a doubt, (mmm-mmm)
Let the good Lord hear you shout! (oh yes!)
Religion turns you inside out,
Moan, you moaners!



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He's Got Me Goin


Don't know what come over me,
Done lost my self control;
He's the sugar in my tea,
The jelly in my roll!

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!

Gee, I've got a lovin' man,
One o' them handsome brutes,
He's built 'ccordin' to that plan,
Too bad when it suits.

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!

I can't sleep a doggone wink
Unless he's by my side;
Mind's so different I just can't think
Without my easy ride!

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!

Lay and listen to the clock,
Ticks loud as a drum,
Hear the crowing of a cock,
Still my man ain't come!

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!

Wouldn't be no two-time gal,
Just one man's enough,
I don't need no two men 'cause
My one man knows his stuff!

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!

Got a heart for just one man,
Knows how to get to it,
For he's got the only key
That's the perfect fit!

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!

'Fraid to advertise my man,
Simply scared to death!
These gals will hear 'bout him,
And tryin' for they self.

Got me goin',
He's got me goin',
But I don't know where I'm headed for!


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Blue Spirit Blues


Had a dream last night
That I was dead
Had a dream last night
That I was dead

Evil spirits
All around my bed

The devil came
And grabbed my hand
The devil came
And grabbed my hand

Took me way down
To that red hot land

Mean blues spirits
Stuck their forks in me
Mean blues spirits
Stuck their forks in me

Made me moan
And groan in misery

Fairies and dragons
Spitting out blue flames
Fairies and dragons
Spitting out blue flames

Showing their teeth
For they was glad I came

Demons with their eyelash
Dripping blood
Demons with their eyelash
Dripping blood

Dragging sinners
To their brimstone flood

This is hell, I cried
Cried with all my might
This is hell, I cried
Cried with all my might

Oh, my soul
I can't bear the sight

Started running
'Cause it is my cup
Started running
'Cause it is my cup

Run so fast
Till someone woke me up


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On Revival Day


Have you ever seen a church begin to rock?
Heard a sundown deacon preachin' to his flock?
Have you ever seen old Satan on the run?
Then follow me, see just how it's done, and have you;

Ever heard a sermon stir your soul?
Make you crave the River Jordan as you go?
Have you ever felt as though you'd like to shout?
Then come on and let them feelin's out, oh Lord!

Just hear those sisters groanin'
And hear those brothers moanin'
Rippin' and antonin'
On revival day

They talkin' to a spirit
Just like you see and hear it;
They're sinful and they fear it
On revival day

When that congregation starts to sing
Nothin' in this world don't mean a thing!

Oh, glory hallelujah!
Makes you feel so peculiar
The Devil cannot rule ya
On revival day!

Glory glory
Hymns are purifyin'
Glory glory
Wash my sins away!
Lawdy lawdy
Heal just like a lion
Lawdy lawdy
It's reborn today!

Oh, just tell those sisters groanin'
And hear them brothers moanin'
Rippin' and anantonin'
On revival day

Oh, they're talkin' to a spirit
Just like you see and hear it;
They sinful and they fear it
On revival day

When that congregation starts to sing
Nothin' in this world don't mean a thing!

Oh, glory hallelujah!
Makes you feel so peculiar
The Devil cannot rule ya
On revival day!


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Trombone Cholly


Know a fool that blows a horn
He came from way down south
I ain't heard such blowin' since I was born
When that trombone's in his mouth!

He wails and moans
He grunts and groans
He moans just like a cow!
Nobody else can do his stuff
For he won't teach them how!

Oh Cholly, blow that thing
That slide trombone;
Make it talk, make it sing
Lawdy, where did you get that tone?
If Gabriel knows how you could blow
He'll let you lead his band, I know!
Oh Cholly, blow that thing
Play that slide trombone

Oh Cholly, make it sing
That slide trombone
You'll even make a king
Get down off his throne;
And he would breaka leg, I know
A-doin' the charleston while you blow!
Oh Cholly Green, play that thing
I mean that slide trombone!



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Send Me To the 'Lectric Chair


Judge you want to hear my plea
Before you open up your court
But I don't want no sympathy
'Cause I done cut my good man's throat
I caught him with a trifling Jane
I warned him 'bout before
I had my knife and went insane
And the rest you ought to know
Judge, judge, please mister judge,
Send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, good mister judge,
Let me go away from here
I want to take a journey
To the devil down below
I done killed my man
I want to reap just what I sow
Oh judge, judge, lordy lordy judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, hear me judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair
I love him so dear
I cut him with my barlow (?)
I kicked him in the side
I stood here laughing o'er him
While he wallowed around and died
Oh judge, judge, lordy judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, sweet mister judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair
Judge, judge, good kind judge
Burn me 'cause I don't care
I don't want no one good mayor
To go my bail
I don't want to spend no
Ninety-nine years in jail
So judge, judge, good kind judge
Send me to the 'lectric chair


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Long Old Road


It's a long old road, but I'm gonna find the end,
It's a long old road, but I'm gonna find the end,
And when I get there, I'm gonna shake hands with a friend.

On the side of the road,I sat underneath a tree,
On the side of the road,I sat underneath a tree,
Nobody knows a thought that came over me.

Weepin' and cryin', tears fallin'on the ground,
Weepin' and cryin', tears fallin'on the ground,
When I got to the end, I was so worried down.

Picked up my bag, baby, and I tried again,
Picked up my bag, baby, and I tried again,
I got to make it, I've got to find the end!

You can't trust nobody, you might as well be alone,
You can't trust nobody, you might as well be alone,
Found my long lost friend, and I might as well stayed at home!



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Shipwreck Blues


Captain, tell your men to get on board
I sure see 'em just pull into another shore

I'm dreary in mind and I'm so worried in heart
Oh, the best of friends sho' has got to part

Blow your whistle captain, so your men'll know what to do
Blow your whistle captain, so your men'll know what to do
When a woman gets dreary, ain't no tellin' what she won't do

It's cloudy outdoors as can be
Oh, it's cloudy as can be
That's the time I need my good man with me

It's rainin' and it's stormin' on the sea
It's rainin', it's stormin' on the sea
I feel like somebody has shipwrecked poor me


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Empty Bed Blues



I woke up this morning with a awful aching head
I woke up this morning with a awful aching head
My new man had left me, just a room and a empty bed

Bought me a coffee grinder that's the best one I could find
Bought me a coffee grinder that's the best one I could find
Oh he could grind my coffee, cause he had a brand new grind

He's a deep sea diver with a stroke that can't go wrong
He's a deep sea diver with a stroke that can't go wrong
He can stay at the bottom and his wind holds out so long

He knows how to thrill me and he thrills me night and day
Oh he knows how to thrill me, he thrills me night and day
He's got a new way of loving, almost takes my breath away

Lord he's got that sweet somethin' and I told my girlfriend Lou
He's got that sweet somethin' and I told my girlfriend Lou
From the way she's raving, she must have gone and tried it too

(Part 2:)
When my bed get empty make me feel awful mean and blue
When my bed get empty make me feel awful mean and blue
My springs are getting rusty, sleeping single like I do

Bought him a blanket, pillow for his head at night
Bought him a blanket, pillow for his head at night
Then I bought him a mattress so he could lay just right

He came home one evening with his beret way up high
He came home one evening with his beret way up high
What he had to give me, make me wring my hands and cry

He give me a lesson that I never had before
He give me a lesson that I never had before
When he got to teachin' me, from my elbow down was sore

He poured my first cabbage and he made it awful hot
He poured my first cabbage and he made it awful hot
When he put in the bacon, it overflowed the pot

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