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Thread #11445   Message #3699819
Posted By: Jim Dixon
05-Apr-15 - 02:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Brown's Ferry Blues
Subject: Lyr Add: BROWN'S FERRY BLUES (Delmore Brothers)
BROWN'S FERRY BLUES
As recorded by The Delmore Brothers, Bluebird 5403A, 1933.

Hardluck papa can't stand his ground.
He was a good papa but he done gone down.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
Hardluck papa standing in the rain,
If the world was corn, he couldn't buy grain.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.

Two old maids playing in the sand,
Each one wishin' that the other'n was a man.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
Two old maids done lost their style.
If you want to be lucky, you've got to smile.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.

Hardluck papa countin' his toes,
You can smell his feet wherever he goes.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
Hardluck papa can't do his stuff.
The trouble with him, he's been too rough.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.

Early to bed and early to rise,
And your girl goes out with other guys.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
If you don't b'lieve me, try it yourself.
I tried it, but I got left.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.


BROWN'S FERRY BLUES – PART 2
As recorded by The Delmore Brothers, Bluebird 5893, 1935.

Hardluck papa couldn't pay his rent.
He went to town to buy a tent.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
He laid his money down for that tent,(?)
But the landlord slipped in, picked it up.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.

Moonshine liquor don't taste so good
Unless you let it age in wood.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
When you drink, take my advice:
Before each drink, you'd better think twice.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.

Hardluck papa's done had his time.
Another good man come(?) down the line.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
Hardluck papa's took down his sign.
He's through with moonshine, women, and wine.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.

I got a little sweetie down on the farm.
When she gets mad, she's like a storm.
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.
I asked her if she'd marry me,
But I'm still a bachelor, don't you see?
Lawd! Lawd! Got them Brown's Ferry blues.


[There is another recording
BROWN FERRY BLUES #3
Recorded by The Delmore Brothers, Bluebird 8230, 1936,
but I was unable to find a recoding online so I could transcribe it.--JD]