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Thread #169891   Message #4137681
Posted By: Jim Dixon
24-Feb-22 - 11:14 AM
Thread Name: US Highways (fed and state) and songs about them
Subject: Lyr Add: 80 HIGHWAY BLUES (Son Bond[s])
My transcription from the recording at the Internet Archive. There are several phrases that don’t make sense and are probably wrong:

As recorded by Son Bond* on Bluebird B-8927-A (1941)

Sittin’ down here thinkin’; yes, babe, I believe I’d better go. (2x)
You know I believe I’ll go down that long, long ol’ dusty road.

Now that Eighty Highway is the longest highway that I know, (2x)
Runnin’ all the way from Frisco, Texas, way ‘cross the Atlantic on that other wider coast [or “watercourse”?].

The church bell begin to tone; yes, some other good gambler’s gone. (2x)
You know I wouldn’t hate it so bad, but that Eighty Highway is so long.

You women fuss an’ argue with your good man, when you know you don’t do right yourself. (2x)
You know when I look for you at night, way down on Eighty Highway with someone else.

Yes, and you get in trouble, callin’ on a plowed-out forty-five. (2x)
Baby and now I just open up my chifforobe, and you’ll see why my darlin’ loves to die.

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* “Son Bond” as printed on the record label, but see Wikipedia: Son Bonds.
See Wikipedia for a description of U.S. Route 80.