Soo Cow Soo
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


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Now If you see my cow, tell her hurry home
I ain't had no sweet milk since she's been gone

You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo
Whoa second time you will do
I ain't had no sweet milk, since my cow's been gone

If you see my cow, drive her to the barn


I ain't had nothing to drink since she been gone

You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo
Whoa second time you will do
I ain't had no sweet milk, since my cow's been gone

My cow little aches, she can't get no water
Got a little calf, say you might've heard her holler

You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo
Whoa second time you will do
I ain't had no sweet milk, since my cow's been gone

I'm taking my time tell you the truth
Never stopped a‑jumping till?

You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo
Whoa second time you will do
I ain't had no sweet milk, since my cow's been gone

I got up this morning. I went outdoors
Knowed my cow, by the way she lows

You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo
Whoa second time you will do
I ain't had no sweet milk, since my cow's been gone

I give her corn, I give her wheat
I'd give anything that the poor cow needs

You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo

Whoa second time you will do
I ain't had no sweet milk, since my cow's been gone

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Memphis Minnie's song "Soo Cow Soo" portrays the anxiety of a farmer who lost his cow. The artist begs anyone who sees the cow to tell it to come home quickly. Without the cow, the farmer has not had any sweet milk, and he is getting restless waiting for it. The artist, in the second verse, also pleads with anyone who sees the cow to drive it back home because they have nothing to drink in its absence. Memphis Minnie gives life to the song, making the farmer's loss feel palpable.


The third verse talks about the poor cow's state of being, a creature without water but with a little calf waiting at home. The artist uses the phrase "you better soo" to urge anyone who sees the cow to bring it back home. The fourth has Memphis Minnie stating that she is taking her time to read the situation. The fifth verse portrays how the farmer knows his cow's voice, and each lowing signifies its return home. The final verse depicts the generosity of the farmer, who would give the cow anything it needs to have it back home safely.


Line by Line Meaning

Now If you see my cow, tell her hurry home
If you happen to come across my cow, please let her know she should come back home soon.


I ain't had no sweet milk since she's been gone
I haven't had any fresh milk since my cow left.


You better soo, cow soo - soo, cow soo
You need to encourage my cow to come home with a soothing voice ("soo, cow soo").


Whoa second time you will do
Please repeat the soothing call to my cow a second time.


If you see my cow, drive her to the barn
If you see my cow, please lead her back to her home in the barn.


I ain't had nothing to drink since she been gone
I haven't had anything to drink since my cow left.


My cow little aches, she can't get no water
My cow is in pain and thirsty, and is unable to get any water.


Got a little calf, say you might've heard her holler
My cow has a baby calf, and sometimes it cries out loudly.


I'm taking my time tell you the truth
I'm not in any rush, to be truthful.


Never stopped a-jumping till?
I've been working tirelessly and nonstop, but it's unclear when I'll stop.


I got up this morning. I went outdoors
I woke up this morning and went outside.


Knowed my cow, by the way she lows
I recognized my cow by the way she moos.


I give her corn, I give her wheat
I provide my cow with corn and wheat to eat.


I'd give anything that the poor cow needs
I'm willing to give my cow anything she needs to be happy, healthy, and comfortable.




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