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Thread #1939   Message #3733929
Posted By: GUEST,bluenoter
29-Aug-15 - 09:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bad Dream Blues (Dave Van Ronk)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bad Dream Blues (Dave Van Ronk)
Please forgive me if I've posted in the wrong place; I don't know Mudcat's conventions.

Lo these many years later, I'd like to correct this part:

"Ever dream you wake up cold, cold in Hell?
Ever dream like you cold in Hell?
Ever dream like you wake up cold in Hell?
That's a sure sign baby, your woman's got another man."

The lyrics that DVR (rest in peace) actually sang, which are traditional, sung by Barbecue Bob at least as early as 1927, and documented by Langston Hughes:

Did you ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand?
Ever dream lucky, . . . ?
Ever dream lucky, . . . ?

And then either the last line as quoted (for DVR's version, IIRC) or various lines including "Didn't have a dollar to pay your house-rent man." At any rate, note that "hand" and "man" rhyme. ; )

The "baby" was a typical inclusion when the singer was female, which was often.

"Dream lucky": dream of the winning number or number combination in an upcoming game of chance.

"Cold in hand": empty-handed; penniless.

How do I know all of that? I've had many extra years to be a DVR fan, a blues fan, etc., because I'm old. : )