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Booze and Blues
Ma Rainey Lyrics


Went to bed last night and boy I was in my sleep, sleep
I went to bed last night and I was in my sleep
Woke up this mornin', the police was shakin' me

I went to the jailhouse, drunk and blues as I could be
I went to the jailhouse, drunk and blues as I could be
But that cruel old judge sent my man away from me

They carried me to the courthouse, Lordy, how I was cryin'
They carried me to the courthouse, Lordy, how I was cryin'
They jailed me sixty days in jail and money couldn't pay my fine

Sixty days ain't long if you can spend them as you choose
Sixty days ain't long if you can spend them as you choose
But this seems like jail than a cell where there ain't no booze

My life is all a misery when I cannot get my booze
My life is all a misery when I cannot get my booze
I spend every dime on liquor, got to have the booze
To go with these blues

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Michael Cala

Ma was amazing -- great blues singer, kind to her bands and protegees (Bessie Smith being her major "graduate"). Only wish there were films available of this arresting performer.

juan ignacio rivera

anyone is here for the maps of cosmogony?

aaron4wilkins

Also listen to Tom Rushen Blues, Charley Patton's cover version of the song

Raymond Parkinson

Takes me back a few years.

the impractical transhumanist

Listened to Charley Patton thouroughly; surprised by how much stuff I found. I think I've got more songs from Charley than from Robert Johnson!

NoRosesForMe

pics of bessie in here ...very fitting. Bessie is awesome thank you

thizbe

mailman, bring me no more blues? o:

Carol Propes

Ma rainey's magic will live forever thanks chance to see video

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