Rising High Water Blues

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Rising High Water Blues (4491-5) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Chicago May 1927, Pm 12487
Key of C, no guitar, accomp. George Perkins, piano

Backwater risin', southern people can't make no time.
I said, backwater rising, southern people can't make no time.
And I can't get no hearing from that Memphis girl of mine.

Water all in Arkansas, people screamin' in Tennessee.
Ahhhhh, people screamin' in Tennessee.
If I don't leave Memphis, backwater spill all over poor me.

People say it is rainin', it have been for nights and days.[1]
People say it is raining, have been for nights and days.
Thousand people stands on the hill lookin' down where they used to stay.

Children sadly pleading, "Mama, we ain't got no home."
Ohhhhh, "Mama we ain't got no home."
Papa says to his children, "Backwater have left us all alone."

Backwater risin', comin' in my windows and doors.
A backwater risin', comin' in my windows and doors.
I leave with a prayer in my heart, "Backwater won't rise no more."

Notes

  1. An alternative PAPER STATES IT'S RAININ' I reject as I hear PEOPLE with prominent L and no R, then SAY-IT-IS. There is only one T, (instead of three required for STATES IT'S) and after it there is an obvious I before the S. Also, the part AY-I is clearly two vowel sounds to me. (RRM)


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