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GUEST,Richie Origins: Early Blues Songs (37) RE: Origins: Early Blues Songs 03 Mar 11

This is the last example from Odum circa 1905. This lyric clearly establishes the genre of music: "I got the blues, but too damn mean to cry."

II. look'd down de road

Mixed in just the same way, and covering a number of themes,
utterly without sense-connection, the following song might well be a
continuation of those just given. It is sung, however, to a different tune, and should be ranked as a separate song. Its form is not unlike that already cited, — repetition of a single line twice, or, in rare instances, a rhymed couplet.

Look'd down de road jes' far as I could see,
Well, the band did play "Nearer, my God, to Thee."

: I got the blues, but too damn mean to cry. :|

Now when you git a dollar, you got a frien'
Will stick to you through thick an' thin.

I didn't come here fer to steal nobody's find.
I didn't jes' come here to serve my time.

I ask jailer, "Captain, how can I sleep?"
All 'round my bedside Police S. creeps.

The jailer said, "Let me tell you what's best:
Go 'way back in yo' dark cell an' take yo' rest."

If my kind man quit me, my main man thruw me down;
I goin' run to de river, jump overboard 'n' drown.


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