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Subject: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Terry & McGhee)
From: ninodusty
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 05:33 AM

Hi, I'm looking for the lyrics to the song "Midnight Special" as sung by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. I could only find - mostly - the Leadbelly and the Creedence version.
Thanks for your help!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Terry & McGhee)
From: GUEST,#
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 05:37 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TVjsjqGMf0

That is a clear take of Sonny and Brownie doing the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Terry & McGhee)
From: GUEST,#
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 05:39 AM

Ooooops. I just duplicated your link. Sorry. Please post the lyrics you have and I'll be happy to fill in the missing words.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Terry & McGhee)
From: ninodusty
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 10:33 AM

Problem solved: I found the lyrics! Thank you anyway. It was a matter of doing the research the right way. After a series of attempts I googled "midnight special flapjacks molasses" and the first result was
this pdf file which is the booklet of the album "Folk Music of the Newport Folk Festival 1959-60, Vol. 2" published by the Smithsonian Folkways Records. Bang!
I think it is a good idea to transcribe the lyrics I found for the benefit of others interested in Terry & McGhee's rendition of this wonderful tune.


MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
Sung by Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry

CHORUS:
Oh, let the Midnight Special
Shine her light on me.
Let the Midnight Special
Shine her ever-loving light on me.

Yonder comes Miss Rosie.
How in the world do you know?
Well, I know her by her apron
And the dress she wore;
Umbrella on her shoulder,
Piece of paper in her hand;
Well, she's gonna see the gov'nor
Just to 'lease her man.

(CHORUS)

Oh, when you get up in the morning
And the big bell rings
You go marching to the table,
Find the same old thing:
No forks on the table,
And nothing in your pan;
If you say anything about it,
You have trouble with the man.

(CHORUS)

If you ever go to Houston,
Boy, you better walk right,
Well you better not squabble,
And you better not fight.
That cop will arrest you,
He'll sure take you down.
You can bet your bottom dollar
You're jail-house bound.

(CHORUS)

When you get up in the morning
And the ding dong ring,
You go marching to the table,
Find the same old thing:
Flapjacks and molasses
And that sow-belly fat;
If you say anything about it,
Well, you won't get that.

(CHORUS)

I was standing at the station
When my baby got on board.
I was standing there begging,
"Baby, please don't go."
When that train was leaving,
Miss Rosie inside,
I couldn't do nothing,
Hang my head and cry.

(CHORUS)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Terry & McGhee)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 10:59 AM

I was bored, so I got you started with a rough draft.

CHORUS: let the midnight spec shine a light on me
let the mnight spec shine an everlovin light on me
doggone on this rovin. how in the world do you know
i'm out of Avon (prob a prison) and ?
I'm a walkin on the shoulder, piece a paper in my hand,
which i hafta see the gov'nor ; hafta lease our land
CHO
when you get up in the morning when the big bell ring
you go marchin to the table, get the same darn thing
no pork on the table, got nothin in your pants [no money in your pocket]
if ya say anything about it, get in trouble with the man
CHO
If you ever to to Houston, boy you better not fight
boy you better not squabble; boy you better not fight.
That cop will 'rest you, cop will take you down
better bet your bottom dollar, you're jailhouse bound.
CHO
when you get up in the morning and the ding dong ring
you go marchin to the table, get the same old thing
blackstrap molasses and the sowbelly fat.
if you say anything about it, you won't get that
CHO
i was standin at the station when my baby got on board
i was standin there diggin - baby please don't go
when that train was leavin had Miss Rosie inside
well I couldn't do nothing but hang my head and cry
CHO TWICE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight Special (Terry & McGhee)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 03:36 PM

We musta cross-posted.


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