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Lyr Add: Girl From Tennessee

Q (Frank Staplin) 07 May 14 - 02:11 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 May 14 - 03:38 PM
Joe Offer 10 May 14 - 12:48 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Girl From Tennessee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 May 14 - 02:11 PM

Lyr. Add: GIRL FROM TENNESSEE
As sung by Charlie Poole

There's a girl from Tennessee
Just as dark as she could be
And she never went to church or Sunday School
Says she went one day
When she heard that preacher say:

I'm gonna live in the highways 'till I die
The life I aim on living's very high
Oh, sticks and stones gonna break-a my bones
Talk about me when I'm dead and gone
But I'm gonna live in the highways 'till I die.

I'm gonna run me a cemetery of my own
If you don't let my gal there alone
Gonna buy me a razor, gonna scrape the blade
Gonna lay some son of a gun in the shade
For I'm gonna live in the highways 'till I die.

Can anyone post the Tanner version?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Girl From Tennessee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 May 14 - 03:38 PM

Found the thread "Lyr. Req. "Coot from Tennessee" (should be Coon From Tennessee) which has the words from sheet music, ""I'm Gonna Live Anyhow Till I Die," 1891, Shepherd N. Edmonds. The song also entered Black tradition, usually with the title given above.

The "Girl From Tennessee" is derived from that. See comments on Poole version in this thread.
"I know my kind of life ain't very high" is where "live on the highways" came from.

Coot From Tennessee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Girl From Tennessee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 May 14 - 12:48 AM

refresh, compensating for our downtime


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