Walking Blues (Ma Rainey, Lovie Austin)

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1923 - Ma Rainey - Chicago IL - Dec. 1923 - Paramount 12082-A - Ma Rainey With Lovie Austin and her Blues Sernaders (Tommy Ladnier (cor), Jimmy O'Bryant (cl), Lovie Austin (p))

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woke up this morning, woke up this morning
With my head bowed down hey, hey, hey
Woke up this morning with my head bowed down
I had that mean old feeling I was in the wrong damn town

Mailman's been here, mailman's been here
But didn't leave no news, hey, hey, hey
He may have been here, but didn't leave no news
That's the reason why mama's got the walking blues

Walked and walked now, walked and walked now
Almost lost my mind, hey, hey, hey
Walked and walked now, almost lost my mind
I was afraid to stop walking 'cause I might lose some time

Got a short time to make it, short time to make it
And a long ways to go, Lord, Lord, Lord
Short time to make it and a long ways to go
Trying to find the town they call [San Antonio]

Lord I'd rest me, Lord I'd rest me
I couldn't hear no news, Lord, Lord, Lord
Lord I'd rest me, I couldn't hear no news
I'd soon be there 'cause I got the walking blues