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Fool's Blues

This song is by "Funny Paper" Smith and appears on the compilation album The Original Howling Wolf, 1930-1931 (1972) by Funny Papa Smith.

Spoken: You know I'm a single handed fool... And gettin' old too... Well they say god takes care of old folks and fools... So I guess he will... here I am...

Some people tell me God takes care of old folks and fools
Some people tell me that god takes care of old folks and fools
But since I been born they must 'ta have changed his rules

I used to ask a question then answer that question myself
I used to ask a question then answer that question myself
'Bout when I was born wonder was there any more mercy left

Look like here of late I been cryin both day and night
Look like here of late I been cryin both day and night
Everybody talks about me and nobody don't treat me right

You know until six months ago I hadn't prayed a prayer since god knows when
Until six months ago people hadn't prayed a prayer since God knows when
Now I'm asking god every day to please forgive me for my sin

You know this must be the devil I'm servin' I know it can't be Jesus Christ
It must be the devil I'm servin' I know it can't be Jesus Christ
All I ask him to save me and look like he's tryin' to take my life

Now I've got TB, I've got LT's, I've got third degrees in both disease
My health is gone now, left me with the sickness blues
People that don't seem like to me that God takes care of old folks and fools