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Panama Limited Blues

Transcribed from vocals by Esther Bigeou, recorded December 13, 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.
Photograph of Esther Bigeou.
How I wish that I could fly, I could fly,
To a kind man that's on my mind, yes, on my mind.
I'd fly so fast, I wouldn't let that Panama Limited pass,
I've got those ever-lovin' blues,
For lovin' Sam, my railroad man.

Sam, oh, Sam, oh, Sam, sweet railroad man,
You're the lovin'est man, oh, Sam, what am in this land.
Stood by the track today with tears in my eyes,
Your engineer, he went and passed your mama by,
I want to die; I'll tell you why:
I've got the Panama Limited Blues!

I heard the whistle blow and then I heard you yell,
Your engineer, he went and passed me by like, well,
I want to die; I'll tell you why,
I got the Panama Limited Blues!


Panama Limited Blues

Transcribed from vocals by Ada Brown, recorded March 10, 1926.
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.

[Spoken] All aboard! For the Panama Limited to New Orleans! Let's go!

I got the choo-choo blues! Had 'em all night and day!
I have that choo-choo blues! Had 'em all night and day!
Because that Panama Limited took my sweet man away!

These blues, these blues, are driving me insane,
These blues, these blues, are driving me insane,
Don't want to hear nobody call the Panama Limited name.

Oh, I hate to hear that choo-choo when she blows,
Lord, I hate to hear that choo-choo when she blows,
Because my daddy left me standing at the station door.

[Spoken]
Oh, blow that thing, honey!
Go ahead on and mess with it!
Oh, what town is this?

Every time I see the conductor, porter, engineer, I scream,
Every time I see the conductor, porter, engineer, I scream,
They're from the Panama Limited, from Chicago to New Orleans.



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