Blue Yodel
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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T for Texas, T for Tennessee
T for Texas, T for Tennessee
T for Thelma
That gal that made a wreck out of me

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If you don't want me mama
You sure don't have to stall, Lawd Lawd
If you don't want me mama
You sure don't have to stall
'Cause I can get more women
Than a passenger train can haul

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I'm gonna buy me a pistol
Just as long as I'm tall, Lawd, Lawd
I'm gonna buy me a pistol
Just as long as I'm tall
I'm gonna shoot poor Thelma
Just to see her jump and fall

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I'm goin' where the water
Drinks like cherry wine, ding on boys, ding 'em
Lord I'm goin' where the water
Drinks like cherry wine
'Cause the Georgia water
Tastes like turpentine

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I'm gonna buy me a shotgun
With a great long shiny barrel
I'm gonna buy me a shotgun
With a great long shiny barrel
I'm gonna shoot that rounder
That stole away my gal

O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee

Rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log
Rather drink muddy water
And sleep in a hollow log
Than to be in Atlanta
Treated like a dirty dog





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Overall Meaning

The song "T For Texas" by Jimmie Rodgers is a classic country-blues tune that showcases the heartache, frustration, and longing for revenge that can come from a tumultuous relationship. The song is divided into several parts, each of which adds to the overall narrative of the song. The opening lines draw attention to the two states in which the singer has had experiences that have affected him deeply: Texas and Tennessee. The repetition of the state names drives home the idea that these places hold a lot of meaning for him. However, he quickly shifts his focus to Thelma, the woman who has caused him so much pain. He refers to her as a "wreck," suggesting that she has taken a toll on him physically and emotionally.


The singer expresses his frustration with Thelma in several ways throughout the song. He makes it clear that he doesn't want to be strung along by her; he would rather know where he stands so that he can pursue other women. He also expresses a desire for revenge, stating that he will "shoot poor Thelma just to see her jump and fall." The final lines of the song reveal that the singer has decided to leave the area entirely, seeking refuge in a place where the water is better and he won't be treated poorly. Overall, "T For Texas" is a song that speaks to the complicated emotions that can arise in a tumultuous relationship, and the desire for revenge that can sometimes follow.


Line by Line Meaning

T for Texas, T for Tennessee
Texas and Tennessee are represented by the letter T indicating the singer's love for these states.


T for Thelma
Thelma is the singer's lover, who he thinks of fondly despite the trouble she has caused him.


That gal that made a wreck out of me
Thelma has caused the singer a great deal of pain and trouble, but he still loves her.


If you don't want me mama You sure don't have to stall, Lawd Lawd If you don't want me mama You sure don't have to stall 'Cause I can get more women Than a passenger train can haul
The singer is telling his lover that if she doesn't want him anymore, she doesn't have to delay breaking up with him because he knows he can find other women easily.


I'm gonna buy me a pistol Just as long as I'm tall, Lawd Lawd I'm gonna buy me a pistol Just as long as I'm tall I'm gonna shoot poor Thelma Just to see her jump and fall
The singer is expressing his anger towards Thelma and his desire to harm her by buying a gun and using it against her.


I'm goin' where the water Drinks like cherry wine, ding on boys, ding 'em Lord I'm goin' where the water Drinks like cherry wine 'Cause the Georgia water Tastes like turpentine
The singer is going to a place where the water is pure and enjoyable to drink because he doesn't like the taste of the water in Georgia.


I'm gonna buy me a shotgun With a great long shiny barrel I'm gonna buy me a shotgun With a great long shiny barrel I'm gonna shoot that rounder That stole away my gal
The singer is expressing his intention to purchase a shotgun in order to hurt the person who stole Thelma from him.


Rather drink muddy water Sleep in a hollow log Rather drink muddy water And sleep in a hollow log Than to be in Atlanta Treated like a dirty dog
The singer would prefer to endure difficult circumstances such as drinking dirty water and sleeping in uncomfortable places than to be mistreated in Atlanta.




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: JIMMIE RODGERS

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

rusty ramrod

Lyrics
T for Texas, T for Tennessee
T for Texas, T for Tennessee
T for Thelma
That gal that made a wreck out of me
O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee
If you don't want me mama
You sure don't have to stall, Lawd Lawd
If you don't want me mama
You sure don't have to stall
'Cause I can get more women
Than a passenger train can haul
O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee
I'm gonna buy me a pistol
Just as long as I'm tall, Lawd, Lawd
I'm gonna buy me a pistol
Just as long as I'm tall
I'm gonna shoot poor Thelma
Just to see her jump and fall
O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee
I'm goin' where the water
Drinks like cherry wine, ding on boys, ding 'em
Lord I'm goin' where the water
Drinks like cherry wine
'Cause the Georgia water
Tastes like turpentine
O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee
I'm gonna buy me a shotgun
With a great long shiny barrel
I'm gonna buy me a shotgun
With a great long shiny barrel
I'm gonna shoot that rounder
That stole away my gal
O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee
Rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log
Rather drink muddy water
And sleep in a hollow log
Than to be in Atlanta
Treated like a dirty dog
O-de-lay-ee-a-lay-ee-o-ly-ee

your welcome...



All comments from YouTube:

MikeBlitzMag

Considering that he passed away in 1933, the fact that video clips of Jimmie Rodgers in action have survived is nothing less than answered prayer. Love it!

Station Manager

The clips of Jimmie were shot on film. Later dubbed to video tape in the late 1960,s.

Hoss

@Station Manager I assume they must’ve recorded the audio for this at the same time they filmed it then synced it up right? I mean that would at least explain the women around him talking and everything being in sync with one another

Roy Preston

Love it to brilliant

Dennis Grubbs

Love hearing and seeing the originals - I bet if Jimmie had been around when Skynyrd covered T for Texas he would have approved Great song

John Wright

cut from a movie

CNote

I get so many weird looks when I tell people this is the kind of stuff I enjoy listening to since I’m only 25, but You can’t ever go wrong with a little bit of vintage country and blues.

George Garvin

That's awesome. If you want to hear a modern version of this kind of music, listen to Colter Wall. He's about your age, incidentally. A lot of his songs have this feel. He even references Blue Yodel No. 9 in his excellent song, 13 Silver Dollars. Other good Colter Wall songs that have this feel are Saskatchewan 1881, High and Mighty, Caroline, Summer Wages, too many to list. Enjoy.

CNote

@George Garvin I listen to him a lot, actually! I like The Devil Wears a Suit And Tie a lot walking to work!

Hy-Brasil

when i was a kid - 80s/90s - i used to come home from school and listen to my mom's old records. since she was from Alabama a lot of them were country western. we didn't have cable tv for a long time and didn't get the internet until 1997 so there wasn't a whole lot to do. but when we did get the internet i listened to a lot of old country.
i was WAY out of step with the other kids my age. but as it turns out, they're all adults who are out of step with reality and a good old fashioned life. taking pictures of their food and duck faces, waiting for validation from strangers on their social media..... As for me, I'm still listening to old country western, taking care of my kids and my little farm. they listen to the oldies as well. though my oldest likes country, the youngest likes big band swing and jazz.
someone has to keep it alive lol so don't let anyone judge you. this is the real deal. old fashioned calloused-fingers talent.

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