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uncle bud:
I've been attempting to listen to this one lately - it's in pretty rough shape and no sign of a cleaner copy yet from the likes of Yazoo et al. I think underneath all that surface noise is a pretty cool song. It sounds a bit like a cross between Green River Blues and the accompaniment Willie Brown plays in Moon Going Down. I haven't started on the guitar part yet, so could be way off base. Anyway, I'm foolishly taking a stab at the lyrics. Help!



Joe Kirby Blues

Said I'll be your monkey baby, don't wanna be your dog
I said I'll be your monkey baby, don't wanna be your dog
'fore I stand your doggin', I'll stay in a hollow log

Some people say baby them Kirby blues ain't bad
Some people say now baby them Joe Kirby blues ain't bad
Well it must not a been them Joe Kirby blues I had

Just like a doggone rabbit, lordy, got no doggone den
I'm just like rabbit I ain't got no doggone den
I been in trouble lord ever since here I been

I was standin' (in) Clack's crossroads, biddin' my rider goodbye
I was standing at the crossroads, bid my rider goodbye
It blowed for the crossroad, lord, she started to fly

Well I'm goin' where the Green River do sink down
I'm goin' where the Green River do run down
But the woman I love lordy, she live in Robin(son)ville town

Hey well where was my baby, now tell me what's on your mind
Hey just tell me now mama lordy, tell me what's on your mind
Well you know you got a home baby long as I got mine

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btasoundsradio:
Said I'll be your monkey baby, don't wanna be your dog
I said I'll be your monkey baby, don't wanna be your dog
'fore I stand your doggin', I'll stay in a hollow log

Some people say baby them Kirby blues ain't bad
Some people say now baby them Joe Kirby blues ain't bad
Well it must not a been them Joe Kirby blues I had

Just like a doggone rabbit, lordy, got no doggone den
I'm just like rabbit I ain't got no doggone den
I been in trouble lord ever since here I been

I was standing Clack's the crossroads, kissing my rider goodbye?
I was standing at the crossroads, bid my rider goodbye
It blowed for the crossroad, lord, she started to fly

Well I'm goin' where the Green River do sink down
I'm goin' where the Green River do run down
But the woman I love lordy, she live in Robin(son)ville town

Hey well well well now baby, now tell me what's on your mind
Hey just tell me now mama lordy, tell me what's on your mind
Well you know you got a home baby long as I got mine

uncle bud:
Thanks powerline! Clears up a lot. I had heard something like "Clacks the crossroad," but it made no sense to me, so didn't put it down. It still makes no sense, even though that's what it sounds like. Gotta be something else, no?

dj:
Clack's Store was the store in Robinsonville Mississippi where Son House recorded for the Library of Congress.  Clack's Crossroads must have been the crossroad where the store stood.  Dick Spottswood, in the lyric transcription for the Charley Patton Revenant box, has the Clack's line as:

I was standin' (in) Clack's Crossroads, biddin' my rider goodbye

You can hear a train go by in one of Son House's LoC recordings, so she could have been going by train.

Rivers:
Fancy you not knowing that UB, I thought it was common knowledge hehe!

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