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Peter Fisher Lyr Add: Jailbird Love Song: lyrics interpretation (2) Lyr Add: Jailbird blues: lyrics interpretation 08 Aug 20


Below are the lyrics to Jailbird Love Song, by the Mississippi Sheiks. The song seems pretty relevant today. The lyrics are pretty much as found in an internet search, and confirmed as best I can by listening to their recording of it. I am curious about the last 4 lines: if anyone hears or knows different words, and if anyone has thoughts about what they mean exactly: "I don't see how she can stand."

JAILBIRD LOVE SONG
The Mississippi Sheiks

When I was a rounder I stopped in New Orleans
'Cause I've had long days away from home, I didn't know nobody that I seen.

I's walkin' along the street one day, I didn't mean no harm.
The police come up and they seen me and they began to make their laws.
Ain't it hard, ain't it hard, just lookin' through the bars?
The police come up and seen me and they began to make their laws.

They seen I was a stranger, they soon got on my trail.
Soon they had me surrounded and took me to the city jail.
Now, ain't it hard, ain't it hard, just lookin' through the bars?
Soon they had me surrounded and took me to the city jail.

When I got in jail, I didn't know what to do,
There was no one I knew I could carry my troubles to.
Now, ain't it hard, ain't it hard, just lookin' through the bars?
There was no one I knew I could carry my troubles to.

I invited you write my dear old mother, it made her lonesome and blue
Son you needn't to worry, mother's comin' after you.
Now ain't it grand, ain't it grand? I don't see how she can stand
She said, 'Son, you needn't to worry, mother's comin' after you'.

From their recording "The Mississippi Sheiks, Vol. 1, 1929-30."


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