Lock Step Blues

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Lock Step Blues (20750-2)[1] - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. July 1928, Pm 12679

I used to shake my foots in a midnight prance.
I swear, I used to shake my feet in a midnight prance.
Now they got me doin' a different kind of dance.

I couldn't keep away from bad liquor, wild women, cards and dice.
I couldn't keep away from bad liquor, wild women, cards and dice.
Now I'm doin' the lock step and I ain't doin' so nice.

Don't matter to me if it's sunshine, I mean, snow or rain.
Don't matter to me if it's sunshine, I mean, snow or rain.
Because I can't go go[2] gay-cattin' carryin' a ball and chain.

Mean old jailer, he has taken my dancin' shoes.
Mean old jailer has taken my dancin' shoes.
I can't strut my jazzin' stuff when I got them lockstep blues.

There's big rats in my cell and they keep me awoke all night.
Big rats in my cell keep me awoke all night.
My woman turned me down, I don't think that's right.

Every mornin', I'm waltzin' down that big long hall.
Every mornin', I'm waltzin' down that big long hall.
I'm cravin' for my mama, and I ain't makin' no time at all.


Lockstep Blues (20815-2)[3] - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago c. August 1928, Pm 12679

I used to shake my feet in a midnight prance.
I used to shake my feet in a midnight prance.
Now they got me doin' a different kind of dance.

I couldn't keep away from wild women, bad liquor, cards and dice.
I couldn't keep away from bad women, bad whiskey and cards and dice.
Now I'm doin' the lockstep, baby, things ain't going so nice.

Don't matter to me whether it's sunshine, snow or rain.
It don't matter to me whether it's sunshine, snow or rain.
Because I can't go gay-cattin' and carryin' a ball and chain.

Mean old jailer, taken away my dancin' shoes.
I say, a mean old jailer, taken away my dancin' shoes.
I can't strut my stuff when I've got those lockstep blues.

Big rats in my cell keeps me awoke all night.
I said, big rats in my cell keeps me awoke all night
My woman done turned me down, and I don't think that's right.

Every mornin', I waltz down that big long hall.
I say, every mornin', I waltz down that big long hall.
I'm craving for my mama, can't make no time at all.

(Lockstep blues, people. Oh-ho.)

Notes

  1. There is a slight confusion here with Document. The early one (20750-2) is on Document DOCD-5150 and the later August one (20815-2) is wrongly dated on DOCD-5019.
  2. Lemon either repeats 'go', or there is a slight record fault.
  3. Note that the title 'Lock Step Blues', becomes 'Lockstep Blues' in this later version. This is the version on Document DOCD-5019 dated July wrongly.


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