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Thread #470   Message #43147
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24-Oct-98 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bourgeois town? / Bourgeois Blues
Subject: RE: Bourgeois Blues - Leadbelly
There is also a transcription of this song in

"Lead Belly no stranger to the blues" by Harry Lewman. It includes the melody line, guitar part written in musical notation, guitar tab, and lyrics.

It is credited to Huddie Ledbetter and edited by Alan Lomax.

My experience with Leadbelly songs is that he sings them differently in different recording sessions, so there is bound to be some differences in "the lyrics" according to the source from which they were transcribed. The only verse in this transscription that I didn't see in the thread that Joe sends us to is:

Me and Miss Barnicle went all over town;
I heard a colored man say, "You can't come around."

Miss Barnicle was a friend of J. Lomax and Leadbelly. A party conisisting of some whites, including her, and some blacks, including Leadbelly and Martha, were unable to find lodging together in Washing DC. That incident lead to the writing of this song.