Heptune presents:

South Street Blues

Transcribed from vocals by Viola McCoy, recorded April 22, 1924,
From Viola McCoy: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 1924-1926; Document Records DOCD-5417.

No use talking,
I'll start walking,
'Cause I've got my walking shoes,
No use talking,
I'm tired of New Yorking,
Want to get some Philadelphia news;
I hear South Street calling me;
I just can't refuse;
On South Street I want a be
That's why I sing these blues.

On my way to Pennsylvania,
'Cause I've got the South Street mania,
Old feet, I'm gonna sprain ya,
Ain't got no time to lose;
I know papas out on State Street,
I've heard Rampart is a great street,
But South Street's got 'em all beat,
When it comes to cities I will choose old Philadelphia,
Got those lowdown South Street blues.

If my feet start hurting, I'll stop and rest,
Going to Philadelphia, I'll bust my vest,
When I get on South Street, folks, I'll do my best,
To see my loving man, sweet, too!
Baby for my hotdogs and my can of beer,
I'll get it down on South Street; I can't get it here.
I'll be happy when my daddy calls me dear,
'Cause he's my double dad, now play it!

On my way to Pennsylvania,
'Cause I've got the South Street mania,
Old feet, I'm gonna sprain ya,
Ain't got no time to lose;
I know papas out on State Street,
I've heard Rampart is a great street,
But South Street's got 'em all beat,
When it comes to cities, I will choose old Philadelphia,
Got those lowdown South Street blues.


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Published 4/1/01.


 
 

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