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Lyr Req: Mississippi Jailhouse Groan

Henry Krinkle 07 Sep 12 - 03:15 AM
Joe Offer 07 Sep 12 - 03:34 AM
Henry Krinkle 07 Sep 12 - 03:38 AM
Jim Dixon 07 Sep 12 - 09:30 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Mississippi Jailhouse Groan
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 03:15 AM

As sung by Rube Lacey. Chords too.
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Subject: ADD: Mississippi Jailhouse Groan (Rubin Lacy 1928)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 03:34 AM

There's a YouTube recording here (click). Can't say I understand it well enough to transcribe it.
Here's what's in Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics 1921-1942(Michael Taft)

Mississippi Jail House Groan
         Chicago, Mar. 1928
         (20419‑2) Pm‑12629 OJL‑8

MISSISSIPPI JAIL HOUSE MOAN

Eee laying in jail now : with my back turned to the wall
And she brought me coffee : and she brought me tea
She brought me everything : now but that lowdown jailhouse key
Mmm : mmm
I promised not to holler now : now mama now hey hey hey
I looked at my mama : and I hung my head and cried
If my woman kills me now : Lord I'll pray to die



You'll find the text of the book online here (click)

Sorry, I'm not a guitarist so I can't help with chords.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mississippi Jailhouse Groan
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 03:38 AM

Thanks Joe. He was a great one.
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Subject: Lyr Add: MISSISSIPPI JAIL HOUSE GROAN (Rube Lacy)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 09:30 AM

Here's how I hear it; there are copies on several recent albums which I was able to hear via Spotify:


MISSISSIPPI JAIL HOUSE GROAN
As recorded by Rube Lacy on Paramount 12629, 1928.

Mmm-hmm,
Mmm-hmm,
I promise not to holler now, now, mama, nnn, hi, hi.

Mmm, laid in jail now, my back turned to the wall.
An' I laid in jail, my back turned to the wall.
You know I laid in jail now with my back turned to the wall.

An' she brought me coffee an' she brought me tea.
An' she brought me coffee, Lord, an' she brought me tea.
She brought ever'thing now but that lowdown jailhouse key.

Mmm-hmm.
Mmm-hmm.
I promise not to holler now, now, mama, now, hi, hi.

An' my mama told me; my papa told me too.
An' my mother told me; my papa stood an' cried:
You got too many women now, now, Benny(?), for your size.

I looked at my mama now, hung my head an' cried
I looked at my mama now, hung my head an' cried.
If my woman kill me now, Lord, I'll pray to die.


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