Got The Blues

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Got the Blues (2471-1)[1] – Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. March 1926, Pm 12354
G position pitched at F#

Well the blues come to Texas, lopin’ like a mule.
I say, the blues come to Texas lopin’ like a mule.
You take a high brown woman, man, she’s hard to fool.

You can’t ever tell what a woman’s got on her mind.
Man, you can’t tell what a woman’s got on her mind.
You might think she’s crazy about you, she’s leavin’ you all the time.

She ain’t so good lookin’, teeth don’t shine like pearls.
She ain’t so good lookin’ and her teeth don’t shine like pearls.
But that nice disposition carries that woman all through the world.

I’m goin’ to the river, carry my rocker chair.
Goin’ to the river, gonna carry my rocker chair.
Gonna ask that gal from Crowell, how's the worried blues rest here?[2]

Lord, I think I heard my good gal callin' me.
Hey, hey, my good gal callin' me.
She doesn’t call so loud but you hear her say Lemon so plain.

I was raised in Texas, schooled in Tennessee.
I was raised in Texas, was schooled in Tennessee.
Said, woman, you can’t make no fatmouth outa me.

Sayin' a woman acts funny, quittin' you for another bald man.
I say that a woman acts funny, quittin' you for another man.
She don't wanna look at you straight but she’s always raisin’ sand.


Got the Blues (2471-2)[3] – Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. March 1926, Pm 12354
G position

Well the blues come to Texas lopin’ like a mule.
Well the blues come to Texas lopin’ like a mule.
You take a high brown woman, man she’s hard to fool.

You can’t ever tell what a woman’s got on her mind.
Man, you can’t tell what a woman’s got on her mind.
You might think she’s crazy about you, she’s leavin’ you all the time.

She ain’t so good lookin’ and her teeth don’t shine like pearls.
She ain’t so good lookin’ and her teeth don’t shine like pearls.
But that nice disposition carries a woman all through the world.

I’m goin’ to the river, gonna carry my rocker chair.
Well I’m goin’ to the river, carry my rocker chair.
Gonna ask that gal from Crowell, how's the worried blues rest here.[4]

I think I heard my good gal callin’ my name.
Hey hey, good gal call my name.
She doesn’t call so loud but she calls so nice and plain.

I was raised in Texas, was schooled in Tennessee.
I was raised in Texas, schooled in Tennessee.
And sugar you can’t make no fatmouth outa me.

Sayin', woman acts funny, quits you for another man.
Sayin', a woman acts funny, quittin' you for another man.
She ain’t gonna look at you straight but she’s always raisin’ sand.


Got the Blues (1053)[5] – Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. May 1926, Pm 12354
G position pitched at F#

Well, the blues come to Texas lopin’ like a mule.
Well, the blues come to Texas lopin’ like a mule.
You take a high brown woman, man, she’s hard to fool.

You can’t ever tell what a woman’s got on her mind.
Man, you can’t tell what a woman’s got on her mind.
You might think she’s crazy about you, she’s leavin’ you all the time.

I got up this mornin’ with the blues all around my bed.
Hey, hey, blues all around my bed.
I was fixin’ to eat my breakfast and the blues all in my bread.

You can always tell when a woman’s gonna put you down.
You can always tell when a woman’s gonna put you down.
Somehow her sweet-talk man is always fiddlin’ ’round.

Well, I love my good gal better than a farmer likes his jersey cow.
I say, I love my good gal better than a farmer likes his jersey cow.
Been tryin’ to quit you woman two years, but man I don’t know how.

I’m goin’ to the river, walk down 'bout the sea.
I mean I’m goin’ to the river, I'm gonna walk down 'bout the sea.
I've caught them tadpoles and minnows arguing over me.

I done told you mama, ain’t goin’ tell you no more.
I done told you woman, I ain’t goin’ tell you no more.
The next time I talk with you, I’ll hang crepe on your door.

Notes

  1. This is 2471-1, ie, take 1 (Document DOCD-5625)
  2. This line poor. Others suggest: Gonna ask that girl from the (poorhouse) "has the worried blues reached here?". "Reached" is pronounced "re'ched"
  3. This is 2471-2, ie, take 2, miscalled on DOCD-5017 at track 9.
  4. This line poor. Others suggest: Gonna ask that girl from the (poorhouse) "has the worried blues reached here?". "Reached" is pronounced "re'ched"
  5. This is 1053, no take number (see B&GR note), miscalled on DOCD-5017 at track 3.

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