The recent thread Jug Band and Skiffle Song Lyrics and Chords showed me there might be significant interest in this CD:
"The Best of the Memphis Jug Band," Yazoo 2059, 2001.
…so I will post my transcriptions in this thread.
[Brakets] enclose my comments and explanations.
(Parentheses) enclose words that are spoken, not sung.
Italics mark the voice of a different person than the one who began the song.
A dash -- represents words apparently omitted by the singer.
An ellipsis … represents words unintelligible to the transcriber.
A question mark in parentheses (?) follows words that are uncertain.
In the interest of keeping the lyrics easily searchable, I have used standard spellings (stealing) rather than dialect (stealin') except in song titles (where I have kept the spelling exactly as printed on the CD contents list), and when dialect is essential to preserve a rhyme or the number of syllables. I have not changed grammar.
There are some songs here that I would not recommend to sing in public without some crucial changes. I hope they will be self-evident.
Naturally, I would appreciate any corrections or additions.