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.