Black Eye Blues
Ma Rainey Lyrics


Down in Hogan's Alley lives Miss Nancy Ann
Always always fuss and fighting with her man
Than I heard miss Nacy say
Why do you treat your girl that way

I went down the alley other night
Nancy and her man just had a fight
He hit miss Nancy 'cross her head
Then she rose to her feet and she said
You low-down alligator
Just watch me soon or later
Gonna catch you with your britches down

You abuse me and you mistreat me
You dog around and beat me
'til I'm gonna hang around

Take all my money, blacken both of my eyes
Give it to another woman come home and tell me lies

You low-down alligator
Just watch me soon or later
Gonna catch you with your britches down
I mean
Gonna catch you with your britches down

You low-down alligator
Just watch me soon or later
Gonna catch you with your britches down

Writer(s): Thomas A. Dorsey

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Flora Bunda

Down in Hogan's Alley lived Miss Nancy Ann, 
Always fussin', squabbling with her man; 
Then I heard Miss Nancy say, 
"Why do you treat your gal that way?"

I went down the alley, other night, 
Nancy and her man had just had a fight; 
He hit Miss Nancy 'cross the head, 
When she rose to her feet, she said,

"You low down alligator, just watch me sooner or later,
Gonna catch you with your britches down. 
You 'buse me and mistreats me, you dog me around and beat me, 
Still I'm gonna hang around.

"Take all my money, blacken both of my eyes,
Give it to another woman, come home and tell me lies; 
You low down alligator, just watch me sooner or later,
Gonna catch you with your britches down, I mean it, 
Gonna catch you with your britches down."



All comments from YouTube:

Flora Bunda

Down in Hogan's Alley lived Miss Nancy Ann, 
Always fussin', squabbling with her man; 
Then I heard Miss Nancy say, 
"Why do you treat your gal that way?"

I went down the alley, other night, 
Nancy and her man had just had a fight; 
He hit Miss Nancy 'cross the head, 
When she rose to her feet, she said,

"You low down alligator, just watch me sooner or later,
Gonna catch you with your britches down. 
You 'buse me and mistreats me, you dog me around and beat me, 
Still I'm gonna hang around.

"Take all my money, blacken both of my eyes,
Give it to another woman, come home and tell me lies; 
You low down alligator, just watch me sooner or later,
Gonna catch you with your britches down, I mean it, 
Gonna catch you with your britches down."

Esther Gavillet

Shared on Google+, April 26, 2018.

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Happy Birthday Ma Rainey.

Grace Notes MusicThe Singers Center Grace Testani - Jazz

Today we celebrate Ma Rainey (4-26-1886) She was the earliest known professional blues singer & the first of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She mentored younger blues women, such as Bessie Smith! Since we have no videos from back then, thanks to Jazz onTheTube for this

Flora Bunda

Especially pertinent now, nearly 90 years later, when women and those who care about them are rightfully ANGRY.

Alexander Lowe

Why are women angry

lhdollbaby l

The best!

the impractical transhumanist

Tampa Red's best stuff is in collaboration with others who are great - such as Ma Rainey and Big Maceo.

Csaba Gál

Let's not miss out Tampa Red...

MrSuperbatone

GREAT transfer. I've never heard "Ma" so clearly. BUT BUT BUT! WHY do you fade it out before the end?? AUGH! That's just nasty. Also: 1930? I have it on good authority that her last record was "Ma and Pa Poorhouse Blues," recorded in 1929.

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