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Lonesome Road Blues

This song is by Sam Collins and appears on the compilation Broke, Black & Blue (1999).

I'm walking down that lonesome lane
Hung down my head and cried
I weeped and I cried under a willow tree
Then I faced the deep blue sea

My mama's dead, papa can't be found
And my brother's on the county road
Says, I done-been to that long plank walk
And I'm on my way back home

You did cause me to weep, you did cause me to moan
You did cause me to leave my home
I cried last night and the night before
And I swore not to cry no more

You did cause me to weep, you did cause me to moan
You did cause me to leave my home
I got no money and they call me no honey
I have to weep and moan

In eighteen-hundred in that ninety-nine
He got killed on that streetcar line
They took him down that smoky road
Brought him back on that coolin' board

Says, I been down to that water's edge
That's far as I care to go
Then run here, mama, 'n' fall in your daddy's breast
These blues gonna let me rest

Your fast mail train comin' round the curve
It done killed my little brownie dead
Her head was found in that driver wheel
And her body, it have never been seen

Recorded:

1931

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