Heptune presents:

Bedbug Blues, Part 2

Transcribed from vocals by Lonnie Johnson, recorded October 3, 1927
From Lonnie Johnson, Complete Recorded Works 19257-1928, in Chronological Order, volume 3, Document Records DOCD-5065.

I can't get rid of
These darn old bedbugs, it seems.
I can't get rid of
These darn old bedbugs, it seems.
Soon as I go to bed,
Bedbugs is on my dreams.

A-nibblin', and a-gnawin',
Crawlin' and a-chawin' on me,
A-nibblin', and a-gnawin',
Crawlin' and a-chawin' on me,
There ain't no sausage grinder
Busy as a bedbug can be.

I seen a thousand bedbugs marchin',
Comin' to me two by two,
I seen a thousand bedbugs marchin',
Comin' to me two by two,
I grabbed my hat and my britches,
Let them bedbugs have my shoes.

I saw generals and colonels,
Captains with the regiment,
I saw generals and colonels,
Captains with the regiment,
A regular bedbug army,
I know 'em by that bedbug scent.

Everything was a nightmare;
You can call it a dream if you choose.
The thing was a nightmare;
You can call it a dream if you choose.
I never seen such bedbugs,
When I had those bedbug dream blues.


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Published 9/28/00.

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