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Crazy Blues
Mamie Smith Lyrics


I can't sleep at night
I can't eat a bite
'Cause the man I love
He don't treat me right

He makes me feel so blue
I don't know what to do
Sometime I sit and sigh
And then begin to cry
'Cause my best friend
Said his last goodbye

There's a change in the ocean
Change in the deep blue sea, my baby
I'll tell you folks, there ain't no change in me
My love for that man will always be

Now I can read his letters
I sure can't read his mind
I thought he's lovin' me
He's leavin' all the time
Now I see my poor love was blind

Now I got the crazy blues
Since my baby went away
I ain't got no time to lose
I must find him today

Now the doctor's gonna do all that he can
But what you're gonna need is an undertaker man
I ain't had nothin' but bad news
Now I got the crazy blues

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ARTHUR SMITH

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Lyrics:

I can't sleep at night
I can't eat a bite.
'Cause the man I love
He don't treat me right.

He makes me feel so blue
I don't know what to do.
Sometimes I sit and sigh
And then begin to cry
'Cause my best friend 
said his last goodbye.

There's a change in the ocean
Change in the deep blue sea . . . but baby
I tell you folks there . . . ain't no change in me
My love for that man
Will always be.

Now I've got the crazy blues
Since my baby went away
I ain't got no time to lose
I must find him today
Now the doctor's gonna do all that he can,
But what you gonna need is a undertaker man!
I ain't had nothin' but bad news,
Now I've got the crazy blues.

Now I can read his letter
I sure can't read his mind
I thought he's lovin'me,
He's leavin' all the time.
Now I see . . .
My poor love was Iyin'.

I went to the railroad
Hang my head on the track
Thought about my daddy
I gladly snatched it back
Now my babe's gone
And gave me the sack.

Now I've got the crazy blues
Since my baby went away
I ain't had no time to lose
I must find him today
I'm gonna do like a Chinaman, go and get some hop,
Get myself a gun, and shoot myself a cop!
I ain't had nothin' but bad news
Now I've got the crazy blues.

Those blues!



All comments from YouTube:

TheLandOfMarcos

100 years ago today, Mamie Smith recorded “Crazy Blues” and entered music history by becoming the first Black singer to make a blues song. May her legacy live on forever!

Andrew Herrera

SO COOL!

Brazilian Atlantis

@groenstraat45 "not only the first female" White women recorded blues before she did. The record companies habitually pandered to racists because they were a large proportion of their customers and Perry Bradford was very impressed with Fred Hager of Okeh when he decided, screw 'em, we're gonna record Miss Smith. Okeh advertised her heavily, color photos in the main mainstream music periodical.

Brazilian Atlantis

"the first Black singer to make a blues song" She wasn't, e.g. Bert Williams' "Lonesome Alimony Blues" was earlier. She was the first black woman to record a blues song.

Rahul Goswami

Thanks for the upload!!
Seems like YouTube algorithms are finally catching up

raindogred

Happy 100th Birthday Blues

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Brigitte Little

Leroy Parker on violin was my maternal grandfather.

Hen yo

we're learning about this music in school now.

Karimah Azzahra

Hello, Brigitte Parker! 😄

ADAM LANGDON

Do you( your family) have awesome stories about that era??? Don’t let em die. 🤘

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