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Thread #160723   Message #3857773
Posted By: cnd
29-May-17 - 10:51 PM
Thread Name: Talking blues and spoken country songs?
Subject: Lyr Add: COUNTRY BLUES (New Lost City Ramblers)
Tom Paley was a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, so here's a recording of them doing the song with him(?) singing


Come on you good type people while I have money for to spend
Tomorrow may be another day and I haven't got no money or no friend.

When I have plenty of money, good people, I have friends come from all around
As soon as the pocketbook was empty, not a friend on earth to be found.

Well, the last time I seen my woman, good people, had a draft glass in her hand
She's drinking down her troubles with some low-down, sorry old man.

Well my papa taught me plenty, good people, and my momma she told me more
Said if I didn't quit my rowdy ways, there'll be trouble at my door.

Well, if I had listened to my momma, good people, well I would not have been here today
But shooting and a-gambling and a-drinking, at home I did not stay.

Give me cornbread when I'm hungry, good people, corn whiskey when I'm dry
Pretty women standing around me, sweet heaven when I die.

Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow, good people, dig a hole in the cold, cold ground
Did a hole, dig a hole in the meadow, and see this old rounder go down.

When I'm dead and buried, good people, my pale face turned to the sun
You can come around and mourn little woman and think on the way you have done.

Lyrics transcribed from here:

Additionally, a verse included in the Doc Watson version but not in this version goes as follows:

All around this old jailhouse this evening, good people,
forty dollars won't pay my fine,
Corn whiskey has surrounded my body, poor boy,
pretty women's a-troubling my mind