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Thread #64986   Message #3533664
Posted By: Jim Dixon
04-Jul-13 - 08:20 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Empty Pocket Blues (Hays, Seeger, others)
Subject: Lyr Add: EMPTY POCKET BLUES (Big Joe Turner)
Maybe the only thing this song has in common with the others is the title, but I think it's worth the trouble of posting this here anyway. My transcription from Spotify:


EMPTY POCKET BLUES
As sung by Big Joe Turner (as "Joe Turner and His Band"), 1947.

I ain't gon' tell nobody—way I feel this mornin'.
I ain't gon' tell nobody—way I feel this mornin'.
I had to pawn my clothes to pay my rent this mornin'.

Well, I used to be lucky; ever'thing was goin' all right.
Yes, I used to be lucky; ever'thing was goin' all right.
But bad luck overtaken me, and, Jack, I really got the blues tonight.

Ever'body's cryin' mercy; tell me what mercy means.
Ever'body's cryin' mercy; tell me what mercy means.
And if it'll do me any good, Lord, have mercy on poor me.

When I's up on my feet, I couldn't walk down the street
For the women lookin' at me from my head to my feet.
Oh, now, I got them empty pocket blues,
Oh, and I'm really worried; I don't know what 'n the world I'm gonna do.

Yeah, baby, me and my friends goin' down in Forelock(?) town.
Yeah, an' I got some money; all my friends were hangin' around.
Now I ain't got no money; my friends cannot be found.
They stopped hangin' around.