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G. Burns Is Gonna Rise Again

This song is by Johnson-Nelson-Porkchop and appears on the compilation Songsters & Saints, Volume 1: Vocal Traditions on Race Records (1984) and on the compilation Country Blues Collector's Items (1924-1928) (1994).

spoken:
Ah looka here Tom, what y'all doin' layin around here in Memphis?
Around here in Memphis Tennessee?
Yeah
Why, we're just thinkin' about goin' down to the One Minute House to get a meal
Yeah, I thought y'all had the missed meal cramps
Missed meal cramps?
Yeah
It looks like you got some kind of cramps. We never see you down in Sandy Bottom anymore
You know the reason I don't come down in sandy bottom cause every time I come down there, the first thing that I can hear when I get in the Bottom is:

I know, I know, I know, G. Burns gonna rise again
Way down yonder Tappin Lake, G. Burns gonna rise again
Bullfrog died with a belly ache, G. Burns gonna rise again

I know, I know, I know, G. Burns gonna rise again

I gotta gal and she just a card, G. Burns gonna rise again
Worked over 'dere in the white folks yard, G. Burns gonna rise again
When she killed a chicken, she give me the ham, G. Burns gonna rise again
Don't give me the ham I don't give a ...

Ha ha ha
I know, I know, I know, G. Burns gonna rise again

Went to the river and couldn't get 'cross, G. Burns gonna rise again
Jumped on the alligator thought he was a horse, G. Burns gonna rise again
Alligator sittin', there sittin' on the sand, G. Burns gonna rise again
He took me 'cross to the Promised Land, G. Burns gonna rise again

Ha ha ha
I know, I know, I know, G. Burns gonna rise again

My old mistress promised me, G. Burns gonna rise again
When she dies gonna set me free, G. Burns gonna rise again
She lived so long till her head got bald, G. Burns gonna rise again
She grabbed her a notion not dyin' at all, G. Burns gonna rise again

Ha ha ha
I know, I know, I know, G. Burns gonna rise again