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Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell)


Wake up darling, turn your lamp down low
Wake up darling, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to drive a woman from your door

My mother died and left me reckless, my daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mother died and left me reckless, daddy died and left me wild, wild,
I ain't good lookin', I'm some sweet man's angel child

He's a mighty mean man, to treat me this a-way
Lordy, a mighty mean man, to treat me this a-way
Said I'm gonnna leave your town, sweet daddy, going away to stay

I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
Treat me like I was a king and she was a doggone queen

Sister, tell your Brother, Brother tell your Auntie, Auntie, tell your Uncle,
Uncle tell my Cousin, Cousin tell my friend
Goin' up the country, Mama, don't you want to go?
May take me a fair brown, may take me one or two more

Big Eighty left Savannah, Lord, and did not stop
You ought to saw that colored fireman when he got that boiler hot
Reach over in the corner, hand me my travelin' shoes
You know by that, I got them Statesboro blues

Mama got 'em, papa got 'em
Sister got 'em, mama got 'em
Woke up this morning, we had them Statesboro blues
Reach over in the corner, hand me my travelin' shoes
You know by that, I got them Statesboro blues