Big Feeling Blues

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Big Feeling Blues-Ma Rainey with Papa Charlie Jackson
Banjo-guitar in F position, standard tuning
NOTE: Ma sings all the refrains and opens the song with a spoken passage. Papa Charlie sings the second and fourth verses.

INTRO: (Spoken by Ma: All these many years I been slavin' for a man. How come I can't get me a real monkeyman? I'm not no triflin' woman.)

(Ma) I been lookin' for a man I can call my own
Been married many times but they left my home
REFRAIN: Ahh, Big Feelin' Blues, worst I ever had
I got the Big Feelin' Blues, I mean, I've got 'em bad

(Charlie) If you looking for the brown, come get this chocolate cream
I'm a big kidman, just out of my teens
REFRAIN: Ahh, Big Feelin' Blues, worst I ever had
I got the Big Feelin' Blues, I mean, I've got 'em bad

(Ma) I'm lucky with my yellows, I'm lucky with my browns
The blacks, they just keep on throwin' me down
REFRAIN: Ahh, Big Feelin' Blues, worst I've ever had
I got the Big Feelin' Blues, I mean, I've got 'em bad

(Charlie) If you need a good man, why don't you try me?
I sure can put you out of your misery
REFRAIN: Ahh, Big Feelin' Blues, worst I've ever had
I got the Big Feelin' Blues, I mean, I've got 'em bad

(Ma) There's a whole lot left, what's left is good
Give me a chance, honey, I'll make you change your neighborhood
REFRAIN: Ahh, Big Feelin' Blues, worst I've ever had
I got the Big Feelin' Blues, I mean, I've got 'em bad

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