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Thread #64986   Message #1066446
Posted By: Nancy King
05-Dec-03 - 08:10 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Empty Pocket Blues (Hays, Seeger, others)
Subject: Lyr Add: EMPTY POCKET BLUES (from The Weavers)
I haven't sung this in 35 years or so, but it's still in my song notebook, with the notation "from 'The Weavers at Home'." I expect I transcribed the words from the record. Very well could have been Pete singing the lead; I don't have the record so I can't check. Anyhow, here are the words as I have them:


EMPTY POCKETS BLUES

1. I never had a pocket full of money,
I never had a ruby red ring;
All I ever had was you, babe,
To sit and listen to me sing.
I've got those blues, the empty pockets blues.

2. I never had a barrel of money,
I never had a big Cadillac;
All I ever had was you, babe,
And that's a fact.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

CHORUS: Money, money, money,
When will I make the grade?
I'm so broke that a dollar bill
Looks big as a window shade.

3. Some people got barrels of money--
And bushels of ruby red rings;
But they ain't got a little girl like mine,
And they don't know how to sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

4. Now, some say the blues are sorrowful,
Some say the blues are sad;
But when I sing the blues to you,
I come out feelin' glad.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

5. Now, don't put your money in a barrel,
Don't waste it on a ruby red ring;
Give it all to your own little girl
To fix you dinner while you sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues. CHORUS

REPEAT VERSE 3; REPEAT LAST LINE


Enjoy,
Nancy