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Thread #65948   Message #1093847
Posted By: Jim Dixon
16-Jan-04 - 12:02 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jim Crow Blues
Subject: Lyr Add: JIM CROW BLUES (from C Davenport)
Brian, I listened again, and I believe most of your suggestions are correct. Here is my revised set of lyrics:

(As sung by Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, 1927.)

I'm tired of bein' Jim Crowed. Gon' leave this Jim Crow town.
Doggone my black soul, I'm sweet Chicago bound.
Yes, I'm leavin' here, from this ol' Jim Crow town.

I'm going up north where they say money grows on trees.
I don't give a doggone if my black soul do freeze.
I'm going where I won't need no BVDs.

I got a hat, got a ol' watch-coat. Don't need nothin' but you.
These old easy-walkers gon' give my ankles the blues.
But when that girlie hear 'bout this, Lord, that'll be sad news.

I'm going up north. Baby, I can't carry you.
Ain't nothing in that cold country a green girl can do.
I'm gon' get me a northern girl. Baby, I am through with you.

Lord, but if I get up there, weather don't suit, I don't find no brown,
Go and tell that boss-man of mine,
Lord, I'm ready to come back to my Jim Crow town.