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Lyr Req: Black and Blue Blues (Blind Alfred Reed)

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Cara 22 Jul 99 - 03:22 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Oct 09 - 07:39 PM
Jim Dixon 22 Nov 11 - 01:28 AM
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Subject: Black and Blue Booze (LYR REQ)
From: Cara
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 03:22 PM

Oh those black and blue booze
Well they'll make you see two
They're the worst old booze those boys ever had
Well they'll make you kinda sore
Never had such booze before
I don't want those black and blue booze no more

Anybody know anything about this song? Any more lyrics? My dad used to sing it, and I have no idea where it came from. All those pub threads reminded me, I guess...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black and Blue Blues (Blind Alfred Re
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 07:39 PM

Blind Alfred Reed recorded BLACK AND BLUE BLUES in 1929. His recording is on the Document CD "Complete Recorded Works." Also, a recording by Ray Benson is on "Always Lift Him Up: A Tribute to Blind Alfred Reed."

I couldn't find complete lyrics, but I transcribed this much from a couple of sound samples:


...heart and soul, I never had such blues before.
I don't want the black-and-blue blues no more.

I went to the station-house one day to meet my mother-in-law.
The old conductor tore her trav'ling bag in two.
Well, I could not keep from laughing and she nearly broke my jaw,
Then she grabbed....


...but just a few.
Like a fool I got married, got a worrier for my wife,
And that woman beat me black and blue.
Don't you know them black-and-blue blues will give you the blues?
I never felt blues like....


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK AND BLUE BLUES (Blind Alfred Reed)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 01:28 AM

My transcription from the recording on Spotify.

BLACK AND BLUE BLUES
As sung by Blind Alfred Reed on "Blind Alfred Reed: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order" (Document Records, 2005)

1. Boys, I'm lucky after all though I've had troubles all my life.
There's not many that would stand it, just a few.
Like a silly I got married, took a grumbler for my wife,
And that woman really beat me black and blue.

CHORUS: Oh, the black and blue blues will make you drink booze.
They're the worst old blues a man ever had.
Oh, they make me tired and sore; I never had such blues before.
I don't want the black and blue blues no more.

2. I went to the station house one day to meet my mother-in-law.
The old conductor tore her traveling bag in two.
Well ,I could not keep from laughing and she nearly broke my jaw,
Then she grabbed her cane and beat me black and blue.

3. Well, my wife's grandma stayed with us when our darling child was sick,
And her jib was in no matter what I'd do.
Once she sent me for the catnip and she said, "Now, get it quick!"
I was slow and grandma beat me black and blue.

4. Now I'm living rich and happy, for I've got my second wife,
And it's time I married one that's well-to-do.
Just one time she called me honey and that's when she seen the stripes
Where that other woman beat me black and blue.


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