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Black Eye Blues
by Ma Rainey

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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