Heptune presents:

Life Saver Blues

Transcribed from vocals by Lonnie Johnson, recorded November 9, 1927
From Lonnie Johnson, Complete Recorded Works 19257-1928, in Chronological Order, volume 3, Document Records DOCD-5065.

It's raining and storming on the sea,

We're miles and miles from shore.
It's raining and storming on the sea,
We're miles and miles from shore.
The way the waves is rocking this ship,
We won't see home no more.
The wind is so strong,
Turning this old ship round and round,
The wind is so strong,
Turning this old ship round and round,
Something tells me,
Won't be long before we're sinking down.
The captain say, "Get your life saver,
Fasten them around your waist,"
Captain say, "Get your life saver,
And fasten them around your waist,
Because we're sinking down,
And some life boat is your safest place."
And we floated all night long in the storm,
Lost miles and miles from shore;
And the water was freezing, A
nd the rain began to pour.
I said, "Girls and boys, let's pray,
'Cause we won't see home no more."
Uncle Sam's ship was coming,
Painted in red, white and blue,
Uncle Sam's ship was coming,
Painted in red, white and blue,
We say we live in New York City,
Red and white, blue brought us all the way through.


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