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Thread #40621   Message #582154
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Oct-01 - 03:30 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Yazoo CD- Best of the Memphis Jug Band
Subject: Lyr Add: AUNT CAROLINE DYER BLUES^^
3. AUNT CAROLINE DYER BLUES

I'm going to Newport News just to see Aunt Caroline Dye.
I'm going to Newport News just to see Aunt Caroline Dye.
(What you gone ask her, boy?)
She's a fortune-telling woman, oh, Lord, and she don't tell no lie.
(I'm going to see her myself.)

I'm going to Newport News, partner, catch a battleship across the dog-gone sea.
I'm going to Newport News, catch a battleship across the dog-gone sea.
Because bad luck and hard work, oh, Lord, sure don't agree with me.

Aunt Caroline Dye she told me, "Son, you don't have to live so rough."
(Yes.)
Aunt Caroline Dye she told me, "Son, you don't have to live so rough.
I'm gonna fix you up a mojo, oh, Lord, so you can strut your stuff."
(Go on and strut your stuff.)

Aunt Caroline Dye she told me, "Son, these women don't treat you no good."
Aunt Caroline Dye she told me, "Son, these women don't treat you no good.
(Yes'm, I know that.)
So take my advice, and don't monkey with none in your neighborhood."

I am leaving in the morning. I don't want no one to feel blue.
Yes, I'm leaving in the morning. I don't want no one to feel blue.
(We're all leaving.)
I'm going back to Newport News, and do what Aunt Caroline Dye told me to do.

[As recorded by the Memphis Jug Band, 1930, Will Shade, vocalist. According to the Lucky W Amulet Archive, Aunt Caroline Dye was a real person, although the singer seems to have confused her actual hometown, Newport, Arkansas, with Newport News, Virginia, a naval port. The spelling "Dyer" in the song title is apparently a transcriber's error, since the singer clearly rhymes "Dye" with "lie."]