Black and Blue Blues

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Black and Blue Blues-Blind Alfred Reed
Alfred Reed, vocal and fiddle, Arville Reed, guitar in G position, standard tuning

Boys, I'm lucky after all, though I've had troubles all my life
There's not many that would stand it, just a few
Like a silly I got married, took a grumbler for my wife
And that woman really beat me black and blue

REFRAIN: Oh, the black and blue blues will make you drink booze
They're the worst old blues a man ever've had
Oh, they make me tired and sore, I never had such blues before
I don't want the black and blue blues no more

I went to the station house one day to meet my mother-in-law
The old conductor tore her traveling bag in two
Well, I could not keep from laughing and she nearly broke my jaw
Then she grabbed her cane and beat me black and blue

REFRAIN: Oh, the black and blue blues will make you drink booze
They're the worst old blues a man ever've had
Oh, they make me tired and sore, I never had such blues before
I don't want the black and blue blues no more

Well, my wife's grandma stayed with us when our darling child was sick
And her jib was in, no matter what I'd do
Once she sent me for the catnip and she said, "Now, get it quick!"
I was slow, and grandma beat me black and blue

REFRAIN: Oh, the black and blue blues will make you drink booze
They're the worst old blues a man ever've had
Oh, they make me tired and sore, I never had such blues before
I don't want the black and blue blues no more

Now I'm living rich and happy, for I've got my second wife
And this time I married one that's well-to-do
Just one time she calls me "honey", and that's when she sees the stripes
Where that other woman beat me black and blue

REFRAIN: Oh, the black and blue blues will make you drink booze
They're the worst old blues a man ever've had
Oh, they make me tired and sore, I never had such blues before
I don't want the black and blue blues no more

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