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Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Dec-02 - 08:43 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Darlin' Corey / Little Maggie
Subject: Lyr Add: COUNTRY BLUES
The Ballad Index links one more song with Corey & Maggie - "Country Blues." I'll see if I can find lyrics.
-Joe Offer-

Country Blues

DESCRIPTION: Floating verses; singer is in jail, possibly dying, lamenting his fate and hard living.
AUTHOR: Unknown, possibly Homer Crawford; add'l verses by Dock Boggs
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recording, Dock Boggs)
KEYWORDS: captivity crime prison death floatingverses
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 90, "Country Blues" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #428
RECORDINGS:
Dock Boggs, "Country Blues" (Brunswick 131A, 1927; on AAFM3, RoughWays1) (on Boggs1, BoggsCD1, ClassOT)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Country Blues" (on NLCR05) (on NLCR16)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Darling Corey" (words, tune)
cf. "Moonshiner" (words)
cf. "Sweet Heaven" (words)
cf. "Sweet Heaven (II)" (floating lyrics)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry
Hustling Gamblers
NOTES: This is ALMOST a nonballad, but not quite; there is a hint of narrative. And while most of the verses show up elsewhere, this song as a gestalt comes squarely from its performer, Dock Boggs. -PJS
Some people consider this a version of "Darling Corey," the tune is very close and they share a lot of lyrics. But I tentatively agree with Paul: There are several unrelated verses on the front, and *they* make this a separate song.
Roud lumps the piece with "I Wonder Where's the Gambler" [Laws H22]. It may perhaps have been inspired by fragments of that song. - RBW
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File: ADR90

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That Asch/Dunson/Raim book is the Anthology of American Folk Music, not to be confused with the "Harry Smith" Anthology with the same name. The Smith Anthology has a Dock Boggs recording of "Country Blues," and I may have to break down and transcribe it by ear. for the price I paid for that Anthology, I thought Smithsonian/folkways would have provided lyrics, but I can't find any. Click here for the information they do provide.
COUNTRY BLUES

Come all you good-time people
While I have money to spend
Tomorrow might be Monday
And I neither have a dollar nor a friend

When I had plenty of money, good people,
My friends were all standing around
Just as soon as my pocketbook was empty
Not a friend on earth to be found

I gambled all over Kentucky, good people,
I gambled all the way through Spain (?)
Goin' back to old Virginia
For to gamble my last card game

Last time I seen my little woman, good people,
She had a wine glass in her hand
She's a drinkin' down her troubles
With an old damn sorry man

I wrote my woman a letter, good people,
I told her I'se in jail
She wrote me back an answer
Sayin' honey, I'm a-come to go your bail

All around this old jailhouse is hanted (?), good people
Forty dollars won't pay my fine
Corn whiskey has surrounded my body, poor boy
Pretty women is a-troublin' my mind

But if you don't quit your drinkin'
Sometime you'll be just like me
A-workin' our your livin'
In the penitentiary

Oh, my daddy taught me a-plenty, good people,
My mamma, she told me more
If ever didn't quit my rowdy way (?)
I'll have trouble at my door (?)

In the bottom of the whiskey glass
A lurking devil dwells
It burns your breast a drinkin', boys
It'll send your soul to hell

Go dig a hole in the meadow, good people
Go dig a hole in the ground
Come around, all you good people
And see this poor rounder go down

When I am dead and buried
And my pale face turned to sun
You can come around and mourn, little woman
And face the way you will die (?)

transcribed by ear from the Smithsonian Folkways CD, Dock Boggs: His Folkways Years, 1963-1968