So, nearly 40 years after first trying to decipher this, I STILL can't get the whole thing!! Here's what I've got, any suggestions are appreciated! Her singing still thrills me.
You can hear it here:
Oh My Babe Blues Ė Ma Rainey
One of these days Iím going to leave my home, oh my babe
Now I know Iím going and it wonít be long
If I go, let me go
If I stay, let me stay
Maybe Iíll , ask, let me come back home.
Tell my dad I wonít be home tonight, oh my babe
My heart aches and Iím not treated right.
My heartís down???, itís a shame
And I just canít call his name
Then Iíd ask to let me come back home.
Lawdy lawd have mercy on poor me, oh my babe
Tell somebody to let My heart go free
When I go, keave me alone
And I Ďll stay from my home
Tell my dad I want to come back home.
Iím leavin now, Iím sorry we have to part, oh my babe
Cause you tried To break my aching heart
But someday you will say
Come back home babe someday
Then Iíll know my dad wants me back home.