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Cemetary Blues

    (Lanay, Williams)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded September 26, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

Folks, I know a gal named Cemetary Lize,
Down in Tennessee;
She has got a pair of mean old graveyard eyes,
Full of misery!
Every night and day,
You can hear her sing her blues away:

I'm going down to the cemetary,
'Cause the world is all wrong!
I'm going down to the cemetary,
'Cause the world is all wrong!
Down there with the spooks to hear 'em sing my sorrow song.

Got a date to see a ghost
By the name of Jones,
Got a date to see a ghost,
By the name of Jones,
Makes me feel happy to hear him rattle his bones!

He's one man
I always know just where to find!
He's one man,
I always know just where to find!
When you want true lovin', go and get the cemetary kind!

He ain't no fine dresser,
He don't wear nothin' but a sack;
Yeah, he ain't no fine dresser,
He don't wear nothin' but a sack;
Everytime he kisses me, that funny feeling creeps up my back!


Cemetary Blues

    (Lanay, Williams)

Transcribed from vocals by Edna Hicks, 12/23;
From Edna Hicks, Hazel Meyers, Laura Smith: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol.2: 1923-1927; Document Records, DOCD-5432

Folks, I know a gal named Cemetary Lize,
Down in Tennessee;
She has got a pair of mean old graveyard eyes,
Full of misery.
Every night and day,
You can hear her sing her blues away:

I'm goin' down to the cemetary,
'Cause the world is all wrong,
I'm goin' down to the cemetary,
'Cause the world is all wrong,
And there ain't a fool to hear me sing my sorrow song.

I got a date to see a ghost
By the name of Jones,
I got a date to see a ghost
By the name of Jones,
Make me feel happy to hear him rattle his bones.

He ain't no fine dresser,
He don't wear nothing but a sack;
Everytime he kisses me, that funny feeling creeps up my back.



Published 7/26/99.
Updated 10/2/99.

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