Heptune presents:

Poplar Bluff Blues

Transcribed from vocals by Rosa Henderson, recorded 3/20/25.
From Rosa Henderson: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 3 (1924-1926), Document Records, DOCD-5403.

You can always tell when your man's got a brand-new brown,
You can always tell when your man's got a brand-new brown,
He can always find business on the other side of town.

I ain't no monkey, you don't see me tryin' to climb no tree,
I ain't no monkey, you don't see me tryin' to climb no tree,
The man ain't born who can make a fool out of me.

I got a man in Alabama, two in Atlanta, three in Mississippi,
Four in Chattanooga, five in Cincinatti, a dozen down in Tennessee,
That's about enough men for any little woman like me!

I was born in St. Louis, and raised around Poplar Bluff,
I was born in St. Louis, and raised around Poplar Bluff,
I ain't here for my health; I came here to strut my stuff.



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Published 6/3/00.

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