Balky Mule Blues

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Balky Mule Blues (20381-3) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. February 1928, Pm 12631
A position and pitch

(Huh. My gal musta had the 'lasses. Man, she's actin' just like a balky mule. Hey, mama, I'm gonna ship you. That fella hand me a tag[1] over there, please.)

I got up this morning, I sure was feelin' fine.
I got up this morning and I sure was feeling fine.
I heard a rap at the door, must be that bear-cat woman of mine.

She was fussin' and she was fightin' and actin' like a doggone fool,
She was fussin', she was fightin' and actin' like a doggone fool,
And hemmin' and a-hawin' and actin' just like a balky mule.

Bear-cat ain't no wild cat and he don't stay home at night,
Bear-cat ain't no wild cat and he don't stay home at night,
But when it comes to squabblin', he sure can scratch and bite.

I got up this mornin' I was easin' 'cross the floor.
I got up this mornin', was easin' 'cross the floor.
Now, my bear-cat's leavin' me, ain't gon' catch my mice no more.

I was standin' on the corner when they brought me the bear-cat news.
I was standin' on the corner when they brought me them bear-cat news.
Now, here come my bear-cat mama to run me 'way with them bear-cat blues.

Notes

  1. At auction, a tag is attached to a mule's ear to identify the seller to the shipping agent and/or auctioneer (Chris Smith).


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