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Gulf Coast Blues

    (Clarence Williams)

Photograph of Bessie Smith.

Transcribed from vocals by Bessie Smith, recorded February 16, 1923.
From Bessie Smith: 1923; The Chronological Classics 761.

I've been blue all day,
My man's gone away,
He done left his mama cold,
For another gal, I'm told.

I tried to treat him kind,
I thought he would be mine,
That man I hate to lose,
That's why mama's got the blues.

The man I love, he has done left this town,
The man I love, he has done left this town,
And if it keeps on snowing, I will be Gulf Coast bound.

The mailman passed, but he didn't leave no news.
The mailman passed, but he didn't leave no news.
I'll tell the world he left me with those Gulf Coast blues.

Some of you men sure do make me tired,
Some of you men sure do make me tired,
You've got a mouth full of gimme, a hand full of much obliged.


The Gulf Coast Blues

    (Clarence Williams)
Photograph of Esther Bigeou.
Transcribed from vocals by Esther Bigeou, recorded March 20, 1923,
FromThe Complete Works of Esther Bigeou, Lillyn Brown, Alberta Brown & the Remaining Titles of Ada Brown in Chronological Order (1921-1928), Document Records DOCD-5489.

I've been blue all day,
My man's gone away,
He left his mama cold,
For another gal, I'm told.

I tried to treat him kind,
I thought he would be mine,
That man I hate to lose;
That's why mama's got the blues!

The man I love has left me in this town,
The man I love has gone and left me in this town;
And if it keeps on a-snowing, I will be New Orleans bound.

Mailman passed by but he didn't leave no news.
Mailman passed by but he didn't leave no news.
I'll tell the world he left me cryin'; I got the New Orleans blues.

These men up north, they sure do make me tired,
These men up north, they surely do make me tired,
They've got a mouth full of gimme, and a hand full of much obliged.

I dreamed last night that my bed was fallin' down,
I dreamed last night that my bed was fallin' down,
But it was only the bedbugs makin' their last go-round.


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Published 9/23/99.
Updated 11/19/99.


 
 

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