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Dying With the Blues

    (Henderson) Photo of Ethel Waters.

Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters, recorded 8/1921.
From Ethel Waters 1921 - 1923, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 796.

I've lost my happy home;
My baby's told me to pack my trunk and go;
My heart is fairly breaking,
To have to go.

Oh, hon, isn't it a sin,
To drive your poor baby
Out in the sleet and wind?
But he pointed to the door,
And just said, "Go."

I'm almost gone insane,
When I hear you, daddy,
You ride moaning like a train;
For there's no other,
Daddy, won't you change.

Oh, hon, I got those blues runnin' through my soul.
Take me back, sweet daddy,
I am going home, daddy;
Why, there's no other
Who can ease my pain.

Oh, hon, I got those blues just runnin' through my soul;
Just take me back, oh, sweet daddy,
Why, I am going home, baby;
For there's no other
Who can ease my pain.


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Published 5/12/99.

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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