On The Road Again
Memphis Jug Band Lyrics


I would not -- black woman, tell you the reason why. (Why?)
Black woman's evil, do things on the sly. (No!)
You look for your supper to be good and hot. (Uh-huh!)
She'll never put a neck-bone in the pot
She's on the road again, just as sure as you're born
Lord, a natural-born eastman on the road again
She's on the road again
Lord, a natural-born eastman on the road again
I went to my window. My window was propped
I went to my door. My door was locked
I stepped right back. I shook my head
A big black nigger in my folding bed
I shot through the window. I broke the glass
I never seen a little nigger run so fast
He's on the road again
Lord, a natural-born eastman on the road again
He's on the road again
Lord, a natural-born eastman on the road again
Your friend come to your house, while passing, to rest his hat. (Yeah.)
The next thing he want to know where's your husband at
She says, "I don't know. He's on his way to the pen
"Come on, mama, let's get on the road again
He's on the road again
Lord, a natural-born eastman on the road again
He's on the road again
Lord, a natural-born eastman on the road again
Come on, mama, on the road again

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Bob H

Seems Nas was too wimpy to rap the opening line, so he went with the less-tongue-in-cheek, more-misogynistic "I wouldn't marry a black woman" instead. These are Will Shade's original's lyrics, as best I can tell:

I whip my black woman, tell yuhd reason why ("why!?")
A black woman's evil, do things on the sly ("No!!")
You look for your supper to be good and hot ("uh-huh...")
She never put a neckbone in the pot

She's on the road again...
("just as shor as yor born")
Lord, a natural born easement
On the road again
She's on the road again...
Lord, a natural born easement
On the road again

I went to my window
My window was propped
I went to my door
My door was locked
I stepped right back
I shook my head
A big black **** in my foldin' bed
I shot through the window
I broke his leg
I never seen a little **** run so fast

He's on the road again...
("oh, as shor as yor born")
A natural born easement
On the road again
He's on the road again...
("oh, as shor as yor born")
Lord, a natural born easement
On the road again

Your friend come to your house
"Why that's'n arresting hat"
The next thing wanna know "Where's yor husband at?"
She says "I don't know, he's on his way to the pen"
(yeah...)
"C'mon momma, let's get on the road again"

He's on the road again...
("oh, as shor as yor born")
Lord, a natural born easement
On the road again
He's on the road again...
("shor as yor born")
Lord, a natural born easement
On the road again

So it starts with a close-to-the-bone (while there were still some former slaves alive) joke about whipping a woman, and ends with a close-to-the-bone joke about a man getting his exercise on a chain gang. Basically, a tweaking both sexes play on playing the dozens (and more slyly entertaining than slovenly misogynistic rap).



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Four Lights Orchestra

I can’t think of a better American band than this one.

mike saage

sons of the pioneers, and this

madsnoop7

This band rocks !

RodCornholio

You can hear the roots of Rock 'N Roll in this.

Kevin Dube

@THE MANGO KING he’s singing the whole time though

BUPOE

Yeah you hear Rock and hip hop here. Lol this is Linkin park.

THE MANGO KING

This band is actually one of the foundations of Rap too.

Black-Skin-is-Amazing! we #ADOS males da GREATEST

the first Hip hop / Rap record in human history!

High Ecuador

This was rap before rap music was hard.

Peter Måhlin

You'll never hear another band like this again... Lyrics are not P.K., but meant as a kind teasing joke - not like the rappers more brutal texts. They played live a lot in down town Memphis, and probably the blues artists best remembered by the white folks...

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