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Thread #64986   Message #1066448
Posted By: DADGBE
05-Dec-03 - 08:12 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Empty Pocket Blues (Hays, Seeger, others)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: empty pocket blues by pete seeger
Well, Here are my lyrics. Always loved that song but I've been singing it so long that I'll bet the words have been unwittingly folk processed. I've also heard a recording of Pete singing this as "The barrel of Money Blues" with that lyric for the last line of the two-line segment. Hope this helps.

I never had a barrel of money,
I never had a ruby red ring,
All I ever had was you, Babe,
To sit and listen to me sing.

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 pocket blues

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

Some people got barrels of money,
And bushels of ruby red rings,
But they don't have a little girl like mine,
And they don't know how to sing.

    I've got the blues,
    The empty pocket blues.

So don't put your money in a barrel,
Don't waste it on no ruby red ring,
Give it all to your own little girl,
To fix your dinner while you sing.*

    Ive got the blues,
    The empty pockets blues.


*I've changed this line to:
"Sit around a lot and sing."