Heptune presents:

Twelfth Street Blues

Transcribed from Rosa Henderson and the Choo Choo Jazzers, vocals by Rosa Henderson, recorded 10/1924.
From Rosa Henderson: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 3 (1924-1926), Document Records, DOCD-5403.

It's just a year since I was settin' pretty,
In my old home town down in Kansas City!
I was in right, but I never knew it,
Had nothin' to do, and lots of time to do it,
Now, I sit and moan,
Studyin' about my home.

I've got those lonesome Twelfth Street blues!
Just longing for some hometown news,
I never get no sympathy,
No one pities me;
My explainin' ain't no use,
That Twelfth Street Rag, I long to hear,
Missouri town, I'm drawing near,
I run till my puppies get hot,
Just shouting, "Look out, I've got
Those lonesome Twelfth Street blues!"

I've got those lonesome Twelfth Street blues!
Just longing for some hometown news,
I never get no sympathy,
No one pities me;
My explainin' ain't no use,
That Twelfth Street Rag, I long to hear,
Missouri town, I'm drawing near,
I run till my puppies get hot,
Just shouting, "Look out, I've got
Those lonesome Twelfth Street blues!"



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Published 6/3/00.

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