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Thread #97813   Message #1929127
Posted By: Richie
07-Jan-07 - 10:42 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Alabama Bound & Don't You Leave Me Here
Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T EASE ME IN (Henry Thomas)
Henry Thomas' 1928 recording is based loosely on Alabama Bound:

"Don't Ease Me in" 1928 Henry Thomas

Don't ease, don't you ease,
Ah, don't you ease me in.
It's all night long, Cunningham, don't you ease me in.

I got a gal she's little and short.
She leave here walkin', lovin' babe, talkin' true love talk.

Don't ease, don't you ease,
Ah, don't you ease me in.
It's all night long, **Cunningham, don't you ease me in.

I was standin' on the corner talkin' to my brown,
I turned, sweet mama, I was *workhouse bound.

*Similar to Alabama bound lyric and form.

** was one of the men who worked prison gangs in his sugar cane fields in Texas in the late 1800's along the Brazos River bottoms.

The blues term Cunningham is present as well as the "All night long" lyric present in many blues and old-time songs.