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Thread #128117   Message #2866940
Posted By: Jim Dixon
18-Mar-10 - 01:07 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Good Morning Blues (Leadbelly?)
Subject: RE: Origin: Good Morning Blues (Leadbelly?)
Michael Taft's Pre-War Blues Lyrics Concordance is a great resource, if you can get the hang of using it:

1. On the top line, click the first letter of a word you want to look for.
(I started with "W" for "woke.")

2. In the left panel, find the word you're looking for.
(In this case, you've got to scroll to the bottom of the list and click the downward-pointing finger to bring up the next page, and do this twice until you see "WOKE." Right away it tells you there are 147 occurrences of "woke" in the database.)

3. Click the word. ("WOKE")

4. In the middle panel, in the left column, you will see excerpts from lyrics that contain the word "woke." In the right column is the discographical information. If you click on the discographical citation, it will bring up the complete lyrics of the song in the bottom panel.

5. If your browser has the ability to highlight the word or phrase you are searching for, I recommend you use it.

Here's what I found, in order by year:

Woke up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Anna Jones, TRIXIE BLUES, 1923

Now I woke up this morning mama : blues all around my bed
--Sam Butler, CAN'T KEEP NO BROWN, 1926

I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Sam Butler, POOR BOY BLUES, 1926

I got up this morning : the blues all around my bed
--Blind Lemon Jefferson, GOT THE BLUES, 1926

Woke up early this morning : blues around my bed
--Vol Stevens, BEALE STREET MESS AROUND, 1927

Lord I woke up this morning : with the blues all around my baby's bed
--Frank Stokes, SWEET TO MAMA, 1927

I wake up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Wiley Barner; IF YOU WANT A GOOD WOMAN, GET ONE LONG AND TALL, 1927

Woke up early early this morning : with the blues all around my bed
--Vol Stevens, COAL OIL BLUES, 1928

Woke up early this morning : blues all around my bed
--Vol Stevens, PAPA LONG BLUES, 1928

I woke up this morning : with the blues all around my bed
--Lil Johnson, YOU'LL NEVER MISS YOUR JELLY TILL YOUR JELLY ROLLER'S GONE, 1929

I woke up this morning : had the blues all around my bed
--Ishman Bracey, SUITCASE FULL OF BLUES, 1930

I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Louise Johnson, ALL NIGHT LONG BLUES, 1930

Lord I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Louise Johnson, LONG WAY FROM HOME, 1930

Lord I woke up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Tommy Johnson, LONESOME HOME BLUES, 1930

Now I got up this morning : blues all around my bed
--Sleepy John Estes, MY BLACK GAL BLUES, 1930

I woke up this morning I woke up this morning : with the blues right there around my bed
--Huddie Ledbetter, ALBERTA, 1935