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Night Watchman Blues

This song is by Big Bill Broonzy and appears on the compilation album Big Bill's Blues (1988) and on the compilation album Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 11 1940-1942 (1992).

I'm the night watchman, and I don't be seen in the day
I'm the night watchman, and I don't be seen in the day
I clock dues my work at night, hoo now I'm happy and gay

Round factories and sawmills, babe you'll always see me there
Yeah baby, I declare you'll always see me there
Now don't be scared to call me, hoo lawd I got plenty of time to spare

I'm known in this country, to be the best night watchman in town
I declare I'm the best night watchman in town
Now two o'clock need punchin', hoo lawd I'm punchin' on my next go around

I've got a lot of competition, baby but I can't lose
Yeah, a lot of competition, lawd but I declare I can't lose
I know I've got to win, hoo lawd I declare but this hardly news

I makes it around, to my clocks baby every night
I makes it around, I mean to my clocks every night
I declare I love to punch the clocks baby
Hoo lawd, when the moon is shining bright

Recorded:

1941

Trivia:

Memphis Minnie's Night Watchman Blues (1949)