The Blues Line: Blues Lyrics from Leadbelly to Muddy Waters

Overview

Transcribed from 78 rpm recordings and preserved here long after many of the records have disappeared, this collection of nearly three hundred songs from more than one hundred singers celebrates the diversity of feeling and form that defines the blues. Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters are represented with their lesser-known contemporaries-Barefoot Bill, Barbecue Bob, Bumble Bee Slim, and Black Ivory King. This complete anthology also ...
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Overview

Transcribed from 78 rpm recordings and preserved here long after many of the records have disappeared, this collection of nearly three hundred songs from more than one hundred singers celebrates the diversity of feeling and form that defines the blues. Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters are represented with their lesser-known contemporaries-Barefoot Bill, Barbecue Bob, Bumble Bee Slim, and Black Ivory King. This complete anthology also features lyrics by Blind Blake, Victoria Spivey, Blind Willie Johnson, "Funny Paper" Smith, Texas Alexander, Lightning Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Ma Yancey, King Solomon Hill, Skip James, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Son House, Willie Brown, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Rev. Gary Davis, Roosevelt Sykes, Peetie Wheatstraw, Sonny Boy Williamson, Kokomo Arnold, Tampa Red, Howlin'Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and more than 100 others. Dozens of illustrations are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560255673
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 1,438,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Death is Awful 25
Ol' Hannah 26
Diddie Wa Diddie 29
Rolling Log Blues 33
Going Away Blues 34
On the Wall 35
Mind Reader Blues 36
Eagles on a Half 37
Motherless Child Blues 38
Dead Drunk Blues 39
Jacksonville Blues 40
Doggin' Me Around Blues 41
Third Alley Blues 42
Never Let Your Left Hand Know 43
You'll Never Miss Your Jelly 44
Tired As I Can Be 45
Stew Meat Blues 46
Don't Fish in My Sea 47
Southern Blues 49
Back Water Blues 50
Black Mountain Blues 51
Jailhouse Blues 52
Frying Pan Skillet Blues 54
Death Sting Me Blues 55
Blood Hound Blues 56
Nothing in Rambling 57
Me and My Chauffeur Blues 58
Killer Diller 59
'Frisco Town 60
Memphis Minnie-Jitis Blues 62
Three Men 63
Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor 65
Charleston Blues 66
Fishing Blues 69
Bob McKinney 70
Pneumonia Blues 72
Rabbit Foot Blues 73
Prison Cell Blues 74
Rising High Water Blues 75
Bad Luck Blues 76
Big Night Blues 77
Peach Orchard Mama 78
Tin Cup Blues 79
That Black Snake Moan 80
Stocking Feet Blues 81
Chock House Blues 83
Broke and Hungry 84
Deceitful Brownskin Blues 85
Long Distance Moan 86
That Crawling Baby Blues 87
Piney Woods Money Mama 88
Wartime Blues 89
Black Horse Blues 90
Easy Rider Blues 91
Awful Fix 92
Poor Boy Blues 93
No Job Blues 94
Back Gnawing Blues 95
I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge 96
God Don't Never Change 98
If I Had My Way 100
Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed 102
Jesus Is Coming Soon 104
Motherless Children 106
T. B. Blues 108
Roberta - Part 1 110
Roberta - Part 2 111
Pigmeat 113
Becky Deem 114
Packin' Trunk Blues 116
All Out and Down 117
Kentucky Blues 119
Fool's Blues 120
No More Women Blues 121
98 Degree Blues 122
Levee Camp Moan 124
Robbing and Stealing Blues 125
You Never Miss the Water 126
Katie May 127
Highway Blues 128
Short Haired Woman 130
She's Mine 131
Mister Charlie 132
Death Bells 134
Captain 135
Alabama Bound 136
Charlie Cherry 138
Homeless Blues 138
James Alley 143
The Jailhouse Blues 145
Slow Mama Slow 146
Whoopee Blues 147
The Gone Dead Train 148
Out on Santa-fe Blues 149
Married Man Blues 150
Nehi Blues 152
Maggie Campbell Blues 154
Canned Heat Blues 156
Big Road Blues 158
Leaving Town Blues 161
Saturday Blues 162
Dark Road Blues 164
Ham Hound Crave 166
That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away 167
Evil Devil Woman 168
All Around Man 170
Old Devil 172
Old Timbrook Blues 173
Devil Got My Woman 175
Hard Time Killin, Floor Blues 176
Cypress Grove Blues 177
Brown Skin Girl 179
Death Valley Blues 180
Bullfrog Blues 183
You Can't Keep No Brown 185
34 Blues 187
Bird Nest Bound 188
High Sheriff Blues 190
Moon Going Down 192
High Water Everywhere -1 193
High Water Everywhere -2 194
Revenue Man Blues 196
Hang It on the Wall 198
Future Blues 201
M & O Blues 202
Tell Me Man Blues 203
My Black Mama 204
The Jinx Blues 208
The Pony Blues 210
Preaching the Blues 212
Nappy Head Blues 214
Come On in My Kitchen 215
Walking Blues 215
Terraplane Blues 218
Stones in My Passway 219
Traveling Riverside Blues 220
I Believe I'll Dust My Broom 221
Milkcow's Calf Blues 222
Hellhound on My Trail 223
Me and the Devil Blues 224
Preachin' Blues 225
Spike Driver Blues 226
Candy Man Blues 229
Got the Blues, Can't Be Satisfied 230
Frankie 231
Ain't No Tellin' 232
Dough Roller Blues 233
Fare Thee Well Blues 234
Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues 235
Parchman Farm Blues 236
Sleepy Man Blues 238
Sic 'Em Dogs On 239
The Panama Limited 240
Fixing to Die 242
It's Cold in China Blues 243
Old Dog Blue 247
'Tain't Nobody's Business 249
You Shall 251
Big Chief Blues 253
Judge Harsh Blues 254
Billy Lyons and Stack O'Lee 255
Dry Land Blues 256
Kassie Jones 258
I Will Turn Your Money Green 260
Nashville Stonewall Blues 261
That's No Way to Get Along 262
I'll Go With Her Blues 264
Stack o' Dollars 265
My Black Gal Blues 266
Milkcow Blues 268
Everybody Ought to Make a Change 269
Street Car Blues 270
Brownsville Blues 271
Lawyer Clark Blues 272
Floating Bridge 274
Working Man Blues 276
T-bone Steak Blues 277
Lake Michigan Blues 278
Oh Ambulance Man 279
New Minglewood Blues 282
Going to Germany 283
My Babe My Babe 286
Bad Girl Blues 288
Frisco Whistle Blues 293
Hambone Blues 294
Tooten Out Blues 296
From Now On 297
Squabbling Blues 298
My Crime 300
Big Rock Jail 302
Seven Sister Blues 303
Keep Your Windows Pinned 304
France Blues 306
Two White Horses in a Line 308
No More Good Water 309
If It Looks Like Jelly, Shakes Like Jelly 313
Chain Gang Trouble 314
Depot Blues 316
Barbecue Blues 318
She's Gone Blues 320
Cold Wave Blues 322
Ease It to Me Blues 324
Lowdown Rounder's Blues 327
No No Blues 328
No Woman No Nickel 329
Savannah Mama 331
Three Women Blues 332
Statesboro Blues 333
Searching the Desert for the Blues 334
Talking to Myself 336
Drive Away Blues 338
Travelin' Blues 340
Mojo Hiding Woman 345
Pistol Slapper Blues 346
Lost Lover Blues 348
Bye Bye Baby Blues 349
You Got to Go Down 350
Blow Gabriel 352
One Way Gal 353
Jersey Belle Blues 357
Careless Love 358
Keep It Clean 359
Hunkie Tunkie 361
Skin Man 365
Titanic Blues 366
Poor Man Blues 367
Telephone Arguin' Blues 368
Snake Doctor Blues 370
Someday Baby 372
Stepfather Blues 374
President Roosevelt 376
Number 29 381
Oh Oh Blues 382
Mean Mistreater Mama 383
Take a Walk Around the Corner 384
45 Pistol Blues 386
Flying Crow 387
West Helena Blues 388
High Price Blues 389
The First Time I Met You 391
Y M & V Blues 392
Sweet Patuni 393
More Good Whiskey Blues 394
I Can Tell By the Way You Smell 396
The Dirty Dozens 397
I Don't Know 399
I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town 404
Looking Up at Dawn 405
Hip Shakin' Strut 406
Big Woman 409
I Been Treated Wrong 411
You Got to Love Her with a Feeling 412
Go Back to the Country 414
Big Apple Blues 415
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