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Pick Poor Robin Clean

This song is by Luke Jordan and appears on the split compilation album The Songster Tradition: 1927-1935 (1991) by various artists and on the compilation Before the Blues, Volume 3 (1996).

You better pick poor robin clean, pick poor robin clean
I picked his head, I picked his feet, I picked his body but it wasn't fit to eat
You better pick poor robin clean, poor robin clean
So I'll be satisfied, havin' your family

Get off my money and don't get funny
'Cause I'm a nigger, don't cut no figure
Gamblin' for Sadie, she is my lady
I'm a hustling coon, that's just what I am

You better pick poor robin clean, poor robin clean
I picked his head, I picked his feet, would-a picked his body but it wasn't fit to eat
You better pick poor robin clean, pick poor robin clean
Says, I'll be satisfied, havin' your family

Oh, didn't that jaybird laugh when he picked poor robin clean?
Picked poor robin clean, poor robin clean
Oh, didn't that jaybird laugh when he picked poor robin clean?
Says I'll be satisfied, havin' the family

You better pick poor robin clean, poor robin clean
I picked his head, I picked his feet, would-a picked his body but it wasn't fit to eat
You better pick poor robin clean, pick poor robin clean
Says, I'll be satisfied, havin' your family

Now if you have that gal o' mine, I'm gonna have your ma
Your sister, too, your auntie, three
If your great-grandmammy do the shivaree I'm gonna have her, four
I be satisfied, havin' the family

You better pick poor robin clean, pick poor robin clean
I picked his head, I picked his feet, I would-a picked his body but it wasn't fit to eat
You better pick poor robin clean, poor robin clean
Says, I'll be satisfied, havin' your family

Recorded:

August 16, 1927; Charlotte, NC