99 Year Blues (Ninety-Nine Year Blues) (Julius Daniels & Torrence)

Sources:

Wikipedia. GEMA

Early Blues Songbook: a collection of early blues in words and music / Paul Oliver. London u.a., 1982 (Copyright 1927)

Recordings:

1927 - Julius Daniels - Feb. 19, 1927 - Atlanta GA - 37932-1,-2 Victor 20658 - Julius Daniels (v,g), Bubba Lee Torrence (g)

1971 - Kweskin, Jim - Reprise, on: America

1972 - Hot Tuna - RCA, on: Burger

1984 - Chris Smither - on: It Ain't Easy

1995 - Jorma Kaukonen - Nov. 28, 1995 - New Haven CT - on: 1995-11-28 Toad's Place, New Haven CT

2005 - Quickdraw String Band - on: Blasting Caps

2007 - Parr, Charlie - on: Jubilee

2009 - Steve Mann - on: Straight Life

2010 - Jake Leg Stompers - on: Hill Country HooDoo

2010 - Jorma Kaukonen - Oct. 23, 1999 - Darwin OH - on: 1999-10-23 Fur Peace Ranch, Darwin OH

? - Johnny Winter

 
 
Version Julius Daniels:
I ask, bring me my pistol, three rounds of ball.
Will kill everybody, if they left poor boy alone.
Poor boy alone, poor boy alone, poor boy alone.

On Monday I arrested, on Tuesday I was tried.
The jury found me guilty and I hung my head and cried.
Lord and cried, Lord and cried, Lord and cried, Lord and cried.

Judge, what'll be my fine?
Says a pick and a shovel way down Joe Brown's coal mine.
Coal mine, coal mine, coal mine, coal mine, coal mine.

Be light on me judge, I ain't been here before.
Give me 99 years, don't come back here no more.
No more, no more, no more, no more, my Lord.

Be light on me judge, I ain't been here before.
Give me 99 years, don't come back here no more.
No more, no more, my Lord.

Version Hot Tuna:
Well now give me my pistol man and three round balls.
I'm gonna shoot everybody that I don't like at all.
Like at all, like at all, like at all, like at all.

Got a 38 special man and a 45 frame,
You know the thing don't miss 'cause I got dead aim.
Got dead aim, got dead aim, got dead aim, got dead aim.

Well the world is a drag and my friends can't vote.
Gonna make me a connection and score some dope.
Go get high, go get high, go get high, go get high.


Alternativ lyrics:
I've got a fifty eight special on a forty-five frame
An' how can I miss when I've got good aim,
Got dead aim, got dead aim, got dead aim, got dead aim. (Blasting Caps)

With the world in drag my friend and you can't vote,
Go out and find a connection and smoke some dope,
An' get high, if you can an' get high, if you can.

An' if you're needing a girl, and you still feel sad,
Take a walk down town, you ain't doin so bad,
Not at all, not all, not at all, not at all.