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Thread #27925   Message #344464
Posted By: Stewie
21-Nov-00 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Dupree Blues
Subject: Lyr Add: DUPREE BLUES (Willie Walker, Sam Brooks)
Here you go: DUPREE BLUES

Betty told Dupree, I wants me a diamond ring (oh baby)
Betty told Dupree, I wants me a diamond ring (oh sugar)
Now listen, mama, your daddy bring you most anything

He had to kill a policeman and he wound a detective too (oh sugar)
Killed a detective, wounded a policeman too (oh babe)
See here, mama, what you caused me to do

Hired him a taxi said, Can't you drive me back to Main (say taxi)
Then he hired him a taxi said, Carry me back to Main (oh baby)
I've done a hangin' crime yet I don't never feel ashamed

Standin' there wond'rin' will a matchbox hold my clothes (oh baby)
Standin' there wond'rin' matchbox hold my clothes
Said a trunk was too big to be bothered on the road

Rested poor Dupree, placed him in the jail (oh lord)
Rested poor Dupree, placed him in the jail (oh babe)
He had the mean old judge went and refuse to sign him any bail

Wrote a letter to Betty, and this is the way the letter read (oh baby)
He wrote a letter to Betty, and this is the way the letter read (oh lord)
Come home to daddy, I'm almost dead

Betty went to the jailer cryin', Mister jailer please (oh baby)
Betty went to the jailer cryin', Mister jailer please (oh lord)
Please, mister jailer, let me see my used-to-be

Recorded by Willie Walker and Sam Brooks, Atlanta, Georgia, 6 December 1930. Columbia 14578-D. Transcription from Jeff Todd Titon 'Early Downhome Blues' University of North Carolina Press Second Edition pp 70-71.
PS

--Stewie.