Honey, I'm All Out And Down

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Honey, I'm All Out And Down - Leadbelly
23 January 1935 NYC
ARC 16688-2
Transcribed from Leadbelly King of the 12-String Guitar, Columbia Roots 'N' Blues 467893
12 string in standard down 6 semitones to B flat and played in D position, actual pitch is A flat

Honeeey! I'm all out and down
Honeeey . . .
I'm broke baby, and I ain't got a dime
Every good man gets in hard luck some time
Don't it baby
Don't it baby
Don't it baby
Don't it baby

[holler] This man is a long ways from home
And he got a brown skin woman
And he know pay day is comin' pretty soon
And his woman is shoutin' 'cause it's morn' of pay day
And the old mule is hungry, and the sun is goin' down
The man he wish't that pay day would move off a little further
So he wouldn't have to pay the woman nothin' [/holler]

I'm going to tell my woman like the Dago told the Jew
You don't want me, uh honey I don't want you
Tell me baby
Tell me baby

Honeeey! What more you want me to do?
Honeeey . . .
Ah the women in the levee, shoutin' 'cause it's morn' pay day
The men on the levee, hollerin' "Don't you move your knee"
Tell me baby
Tell me baby
Tell me baby
Tell me baby

Oh the women on the levee honey, holl'in' "Woh hah gee!"
The men on the levee, holl'in' "Don't you murder me"
Please baby
Please baby
Please baby
Please baby

Honeeey, I'm a long ways from home
Honeeey . . .
I'm down in the bottom, skinnin' for Johnny Rye[1]
Puttin' my initials, honey on a mule's behind
With my line babe
With my line babe
With my line babe
With my line babe

[holler] I swear to God!
I know that man wished that woman wouldn't come home when pay day come
He looked around and 'gan to cry the last time: [/holler]

Honeeey, I'm a long way from you
Honeeey . . .
Yes a brown skin woman make a preacher lay his Bible down
A jet black woman make a jackrabbit hug a hound
Won't it baby?

[ends abruptly on last bar of vocal]

Notes

  1. "Skinnin' for Johhny Rye" line also appears in Ox Drivin' Blues

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