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# Title Principal Artiste Composers Lyricist / Date written Place Date recorded Matrix Label&cat.no. Additional Information
212 Nigger Blues AB acc. by own gtr Le Roy "Lasses" White w/m 1912 London November 24, 1930 GB-2322-2 Dec F-2560 AB - g; with interjections from Ella Logan and a second male voice scatting.
Nigger Blues Nigger Blues

Nigger Blues

(Le Roy "Lasses" White), was one of the first blues songs published


Al Bowlly acc. by own gtr with interjections from Ella Logan and a second male voice scatting

Oh! I'm blue! Oh! The blues ain’t nothing
The blues ain’t nothing, but a good man feeling bad
Oh! The blues ain’t nothing, but a good man feeling bad
And that's a feeling that I've often had

Oh! You can call the blues, you can call those blues
Any darn thing you please
Oh! You can call the blues any darn thing you please
Oh! But them blues are nothing but a doggone heart disease

When a man gets blue, when a man gets blue
Why, he takes a train and rides
I said, when a man get blue, he takes that train and rides
But, when a woman gets the blues, she hang her pretty head and cries

I'm as black as a berry, sweet as the juice
And for me the girls all fall
I'm as black as a berry and for me the girls all fall
Why, they call me sweet papa, cause I’m tee’d up tall, I'm tee’d up tall

I went to the gypsy, to the gypsy, to have my fortune told
I went down to that gypsy to have my fortune told
And that sweet gypsy said, doggone, your down hard luck told
Oh! Honey, when I die, when I die, baby don't you wear no black
(I don't want wear no black Papa.)
When I die, I said, I don't want you to wear no black
(I don't like black, Papa, Neither do I)
Cos, if you do, my ghost will come creeping back
(Oo, I hate you!)

Why, that’s river black, the river deep and black
But, I don't care a gosh, Look honey that’s river
The river's deep and black, but I don't care a gosh
MMM, If I had a nerve, I'd go, I'd go and end the lot
I guess, I lay my head, lay my head on some railroad line
I'm gonna lay my head on some railroad line
Oh! That Santa Fe come and pacify my mind
Oh! yonder come, yonder come, look at that train coming down the track honey
Just look at it, why, yonder come, train coming down that track
Take a look honey, It's gonna take me away, never going to bring me back