The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #27740   Message #153278
Posted By: Sandy Paton
23-Dec-99 - 02:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Worried Man Blues
Subject: RE: it takes a worried man
My father told me (and sang a brief example of it, too) that he had heard black roustabouts (laborers) singing "Takes a wearied man to sing a wearied song" in the Oklahoma oil fields when he was roughnecking there, circa 1920. Long, slow, and drawn out, he sang it, like a prison worksong. Sounded real to me!