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Lyr Req: Black Dog Rag / Black Dog Blues

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Roger in Baltimore 23 Sep 98 - 09:27 PM
Brian Hoskin 24 Sep 98 - 03:53 AM
Roger Himler 24 Sep 98 - 06:14 AM
Jon W. 07 Oct 98 - 10:56 AM
GUEST,LD 04 Jan 12 - 08:37 PM
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Subject: LYR REQ: Black Dog Rag
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 23 Sep 98 - 09:27 PM

Looking for a song, a country blues rag-time type tune. I have hear Roy Book Binder play it. Need the lyrics.

A piece I remember:

Well, you call me dog when I'm gone, Call me black dog when I'm gone. But when I return with a hundred dollar bill, It's "Daddy, where you been so long?"

I checked the DT under [black dog] and [where you been] to no avail.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK DOG BLUES (from Dick Justice)
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 24 Sep 98 - 03:53 AM

Roger, I've got two versions of the lyrics I could post. Those below are the earliest version I can find, recorded by Dick Justice, in 1929, under the title 'BLACK DOG BLUES'. If they're not the ones you want I'll post a different version by Bayless Rose.

Brian

Old black dog when I'm gone, lord, lord.
Old black dog when I'm gone.
When I come back with a ten dollar bill,
And it's, "Honey, where you been so long?"

My daddy, he's a gambler,
He taught me how to play.
Told me to bet my money,
On Ace, Deuce, Jack and Tray.

Old black dog when I'm gone, lord, lord.
Old black dog when I'm gone.
When I come back with a ten dollar bill,
And it's, "Honey, where you been so long?"

Been all around Kentucky,
The state of old Tennessee.
Anywhere I hang my hat,
It'll be home sweet home to me.

Old black dog when I'm gone, lord, lord.
Old black dog when I'm gone.
When I come back with a ten dollar bill,
And it's, "Honey, where you been so long?"

See the train a-coming,
She is packing my casket, lord
Going to the graveyard,
Where the grave will be my home.

Old black dog when I'm gone, lord, lord
Old black dog when I'm gone.
When I come back with a ten dollar bill,
And it's "Honey, where you been so long?"


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Black Dog Rag
From: Roger Himler
Date: 24 Sep 98 - 06:14 AM

Brian,

Thanks, those are the ones. We tend to be a curious group around here, so why not post the other lyrics as well? Much obliged.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Black Dog Rag
From: Jon W.
Date: 07 Oct 98 - 10:56 AM

Bayless Rose adds at least one more verse:

Shot my dice in Cuba, played my cards in Spain
When I get ready to leave this town
I'm gonna catch that fast mail train.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Dog Rag / Black Dog Blues
From: GUEST,LD
Date: 04 Jan 12 - 08:37 PM

Check out Ray Wylie Hubbard;s version


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