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​Statesboro Blues

This song is by Blind Willie McTell and appears on the compilation album Volume 1 (1927-1931) (1990).

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Statesboro Blues
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to drive Papa McTell from your door?

My mother died and left me reckless, my daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mother died and left me reckless, Daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
No, I'm not good lookin', but I'm some sweet woman's angel child

She's a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
She's a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
When I leave this town, pretty mama, I'm goin’ away to stay

I once loved a woman, better than I’d ever seen
I once loved a woman, better than I’d ever seen
Treated me like I was a king and she was a dog-gone queen

Sister tell your Brother, Brother tell your Auntie, Auntie tell your Uncle
Uncle tell my Cousin, Cousin tell my friend
Goin' up the country, Mama don't you want to go?
May take me a fair brown, may take one or two more

Big Eighty left Savannah, Lord, and did not stop
You ought to saw that colored fireman when he got that boiler hot
You can reach over in the corner, Mama, and hand me my travelin' shoes
You know by that, I've got them Statesboro blues

Mama, sister got 'em, Auntie got 'em
Brother got 'em, friend got 'em, I got 'em
Woke up this morning, we had them Statesboro blues
I looked over in the corner
Grandma and Grandpa had 'em too

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Blind Willie McTell