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​Old Dog Blue

This song is by Jim Jackson and appears on the compilation Anthology of American Folk Music (1952) and on the compilation album Jim Jackson Vol. 1 (1927-1928) (1992).

I'm goin' back where I come fr'
I'm goin' back where I come fr'
I'm going back to Giles County
My wife died and left me a bounty
With them pretty girls ganged around me
That's the reason why I'm goin' to Giles County
Had a old dog and 'is name was Blue
You know Blue was mighty true
You know Blue was a good old dog
Blue treed a possum in a hollow log
You know from that he's a good old dog
Blue treed a possum out on a limb
Blue looked at me and I looked at him
Grabbed that possum, put him in a sack
Took me and Blue 'til I get back
Here, Ring! Here, Ring, here!
Here, Ring! Here, Ring, here!
Who been here since I been gone? Little bitty girl with the red dress on
Who been here since I been gone? Little bitty girl with the red dress on
Old Blue's feet was big and round
Old Blue's feet was big and round
Never 'lowed a possum to tetch the ground
Me and Blue went out on a hunt
Blue treed a possum in a hollow stump
You know, Blue was a good old dog
Blue treed a possum in a hollow log
You know from that he's a good old dog
When old Blue died and I dug his grave
I dug his grave with a silver spade
I let him down with a golden chain
And every link I called his name
Go on, Blue, you good dog, you
Go on, Blue, you good dog, you
Blue laid down and died like a man
Blue laid down and died like a man
Now he's treein' possums in the Promised Land
I'm gonna tell you this to let you know
Old Blue's gone where the good dogs go
When I hear old Blue bark
When I hear old Blue bark
Blue treed a possum in Norah's Ark
Blue treed a possum in Norah's Ark