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Roberto Lyr Add: The Blues of Blind Willie McTell (10) Lyr Add: BROKE DOWN ENGINE (Blind Willie McTell) 10 Aug 09


I think this transcription is more like what Willie McTell sings, but I'm not sure of the last line in the 5t stanza, that I took from an internet source. R

BROKE DOWN ENGINE
Blind Willie McTell

Feel like a broke down engine, ain't got no drivin' wheel
Feel like a broke down engine, mama, ain't got no drivin' wheel
You been down and lonesome, you know how a poor man feels

I been shooting craps and gambling, mama, and I done got broke
I been shooting craps and gambling, honey, and I done got broke
I done pawned my pistol, mama, and my best clothes been sold

Lordy, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Lordy, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord

I went down to my praying ground and fell on bended knees
I went down to my praying ground and fell on bended knees
I ain't crying for no religion, Lordy, give me back my good girl please

If you give me my baby, Lord, I won't worry you no more
If you give me my baby, I won't worry you no more
You ain't got to put her in my house, Lordy, only lead her to my door

Lordy, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Lordy, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord

Don't you hear me, baby, rappin' on your door?
Don't you hear your daddy rappin' on your door?
Can I get off sneak living and tapping, playing tip light across your floor

Feel like a broke down engine, ain't got no drivers at all
Feel like a broke down engine, mama, ain't got no drivers at all
What make me love my woman? She can really do the Georgia crawl

Lordy, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord
Lordy, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lord

Feel like a broke down engine, ain't got no whistle or bell
Feel like a broke down engine, ain't got no whistle or bell
If you're a real hot mama, drive away daddy's weeping spell

I won't be back no more, baby


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