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Thread #64986   Message #559531
Posted By: Nancy King
26-Sep-01 - 09:15 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Empty Pocket Blues (Hays, Seeger, others)
Subject: Lyr Add: EMPTY POCKETS BLUES (L Hays, P Seeger)
Hi Chance --

Way back in the Olden Days when I was in college I transcribed this song from "The Weavers At Home," sung by Fred Hellerman, I think maybe. [Pete Seeger, actually.--JoeClone.] Here's how The Weavers did it:


EMPTY POCKETS BLUES

I never had a pocket full of money.
I never had a ruby-red ring.
All I ever had was you, babe,
To sit and listen to me sing.
I've got those blues, the empty pockets blues.

I never had a barrel of money.
I never had a big Cadillac.
All I ever had was you, babe,
And that's a fact.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Money, money, money,
When will I make the grade?
I'm so broke that a dollar bill
Looks big as a window shade.

Some people got barrels of money,
And bushels of ruby red rings,
But they ain't got a little girl like mine,
And they don't know how to sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Now some say the blues are sorrowful;
Some say the blues are sad;
But when I sing the blues to you,
They come out feeling glad.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Now, don't put your money in a barrel.
Don't waste it on a ruby-red ring.
Give it all to your own little girl
To fix you dinner while you sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.

Oh, money, money, money, money,
When will I make the grade?
I'm so broke that a dollar bill
Looks big as a window shade.

Now, some people got barrels of money.
They got bushels of ruby-red rings,
But they ain't got a little girl like mine,
And they don't know how to sing.
I've got the blues, the empty pockets blues.


Cheers, Nancy