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Down Home Blues

    (Delaney)Photo of Ethel Waters

Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters, recorded 4/5/1921.
From Ethel Waters 1921 - 1923, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 796.

I never felt
So lonesome before;
My friend has quit me;
He's gone for sure;
He broke my heart,
For I loved him true;
So now I'm worried,
Lonesome and blue.
I've got the blues on my mind,
And I just feel like crying all the time.

Woke up this morning, the day was dawning,
And I was feeling all sad and blue,
I had nobody to tell my troubles to;
I felt so worried,
I didn't know what to do.

But there's no use in grievin', because I'm leavin',
I'm broken-hearted and Dixie-bound;
I been mistreated, ain't got no time to lose.
My train is leaving,
And I got the down-home blues.

Woke up this morning, the day was dawning,
And I was feeling all sad and blue,
Lord, I had nobody to tell my troubles to;
I felt so worried,
I didn't know what to do.

But there's no use in grievin', because I'm leavin',
I'm broken-hearted and Dixie-bound;
Lord, I been mistreated, ain't got no time to lose.
My train is leaving,
And I got the down-home blues.



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Published 4/25/99.

Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.


 

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