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Thread #17569   Message #3587244
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Dec-13 - 12:19 AM
Thread Name: Chords Req: Cocaine Blues (from Dave Van Ronk)
Subject: Lyr Add: COCAINE BLUES (from Roy Hogsed)
Johnny Cash's version is obviously derived from this one, although this is derived from LITTLE SADIE. Hogsed's style has been described as rockabilly or western swing, but frankly this sounds like a polka to me—it is accompanied by accordion.

As recorded by Roy Hogsed & His Rainbow Riders, 1948.

The lyrics are the same as those sung by Johnny Cash (see above) except these:

Verse 3, line 1: Layin' in a hop joint a-smokin' a pill.

Verse 3, line 4: You're the dirty hype that shot your woman down.

Verse 4, line 3: Shot her cold 'cause she made me sore.

Verse 6, line 4: He said: "Come on, you dirty hype, into that district court."

Verse 7, line 2: Where I was paneled by twelve honest men.

Verse 9, line 2: Ninety-nine years in the San Quentin pen.

Verse 9, line 4: I'll ne'er forget the day I shot my woman down.

CODA, line 1: Come on, you hypes, and listen unto me:

[Note: I have seen Hogsed's name misspelled as "Hogshed" and "Hogshead."]