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You'll Never Miss Your Jelly Till Your Jelly Roller's Gone

    (Lil Johnson?)

Transcribed from Lil Johnson, recorded April 23, 1929.
From Lil Johnson, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1: 23 April 1929 - 22 April 1936; Document Records DOCD-5307.

I woke up this morning with the blues all 'round my bed,
I woke up this morning with the blues all 'round my bed,
I felt just like somebody in my family was dead.

I began to moan and I began to cry,
I began to moan and I began to cry,
My big man went away, don't know the reason why.

If you don't like my sweet potato, what made you dig so deep?
If you don't like my sweet potato, what made you dig so deep?
In my potato field three, four times a week.

Whooping, I've been whooping, whooping all night long,
Whooping, I've been whooping, whooping all night long,
Whooping, I've been whooping, ever since my man been gone.

Spoken: Oh, swing that thing, Mr. Avery! You play that thing so good! Ooh, them blues sure sound good this morning. Don't kill that half-pint!

My dog jumped a rabbit, the rabbit fell down on his knees,
My dog jumped a rabbit, the rabbit fell down on his knees,
He looked up at the dog and said, "Won't you have mercy on me, please."

Just as sure as you hear me sing this song,
Just as sure as you hear me sing this song,
You'll never miss your jelly till your jellyroll is gone.


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Published 1/1/99.


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