Nobody Knows but Me
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


Nobody knows about the jailhouse blues
Till you get within four walls
And the old jailerman turns that big black key
That's when your spirit falls
Then you drag yourself up to the bars
And while you gaze out at the stars
This is what you say

Why did I stray from the righteous path
Nobody knows but me
There on the outside you all can laugh
I don't need your sympathy
For after I've paid for the liquor I've sold
I'll leave this place worth my weight in gold
So why did I stray from the righteous path
Nobody knows but me
Nobody knows but me

When you realize that you're all alone
Sittin' in a two-by-four
That little cell is just a taste of hell
If you ain't been there before
You're locked up tight but they treat you fair
You get everything that you need in there
That's just why you say

Why did I stray from the righteous path
Nobody knows but me
There on the outside you all can laugh
I don't need your sympathy
For after I've paid for the liquor I've sold
I'll leave this place worth my weight in gold
So why did I stray from the righteous path
Nobody knows but me
Nobody knows but me

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Comments from YouTube:

ernest rivera

These are some pretty damn clean recordings. I mean really clean for 1929. I've never heard any recording that era not even Louie Armstrong.that don't have some sort of surface noise.

Torre Rodriguez

God bless the singing breakman. The king of train songs !

Clint Murray

Brakeman.

N Rylander

A real singer. Facing TB he kept on going giving us all his talent. Bless his heart.

Tommy Jack

My cousin the Singing Breakman, still singing!! It’s 2018 awesome

Clint Murray

Brakeman.

keith kimmey sr

One of Jimmies Great Songs.Ive always especially liked this Song by the Great Singing Brakeman Thanks very much

Barry I. Grauman

Recorded on November 25, 1929. Jimmie wrote this with his sister-in-law, Elsie McWilliams.

arinvests

Great song by Jimmie, Thanks ~ Arthur

MB2340

What a great sound. Beautiful song.

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