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TITLE: Black Gypsy Blues
SINGER: Walter "Furry" Lewis
DATE OF REC.: 22 September, 1929, Memphis, Tennessee
REISSUE(S): Yazoo L 1008 “Frank Stokes’ Dream”
by Furry Lewis

My woman must be a Black Gypsy, she knows every place i go
Woman must be a Black Gypsy, she knows every place i go
She met me this mornin' with a brand new .44

When you used to my Gypsy, done just so and so
When you used to my Gypsy, you done just so and so
Now i got another baby, can't use you no mo'

Eagle Rock me, Baby, Sally Long me too
Eagle Rock me, Mama, Sally Long me too
Ain't nobody in town can Eagle Rock like you

My woman got a mouth like a lighthouse in the sea
Woman got a mouth like a lighthouse in the sea
Every time she smiles, she shine her light on me

Had the blues all of '28, started again in '29
Had the blues all of '28, and started in '29
They tell me, "New York Central's the Nickel Plated Line"

Lord, i asked for cabbage, she brought me turnip greens
Lord, i asked for cabbage, she brought me turnip greens
I asked her for water and she brought me gasoline
TRANSCRIBED BY: catherine yronwode ( 10 Jun 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: John Irving ( and Eliot Williams (

WEB PAGE CITATION: Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo in Theory and Practice:
Black Gypsies

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1, 2 Black Gypsies

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Individual acknowledgements for transcriptions and discographical data appear on each song-page, but i want to note that this Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo archive would never have been possible without the contributions of Gorgen Antonsson, who generously shared with me the format and content of his own personal lyrics archive, and Alan Balfour and Chris Smith, who have devoted a great deal of time to supplying me with tapes, transcribed lyrics, and detailed discographical information. Additionally, i wish to thank the kind members of the prewar blues e-list who have aided my research in innumerable ways. If you have missing data to supply, hear a substantially different take on a transcription, or want to let me know about a song that has been overlooked in these pages, please contact me through the prewar blues e-list:

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