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Night Watchman Blues

This song is by Memphis Minnie and appears on the album In My Girlish Days (1994) and on the compilation album Early Rhythm & Blues 1949 (2002).

Original video
It's cool in the morning and it's ... playing blues
It's two in the morning and it's ... playing blues
Well three o'clock, you know I've got those night watchman blues

I laid down last night, saw him in my sleep
I laid down last night, and I saw him in my sleep
Well I heard my door bell ring, and I tripped up on my feet

Night watchman night watchman night watchman, It's time for you to make your rounds
Night watchman night watchman, now it's time for you to make your rounds
Because you never tell, who may be standing around

Night watchman, night watchman, it's time for you to punch your clock
"Punch your clock night watchman, you know you're late on your job"
Night watchman, night watchman, It's time for you to punch your clock
Who be hanging around, there's nobody else in sight

Recorded:

1949

Trivia:

see Big Bill Broonzy's Night Watchman Blues (1941)