BLUES LYRICS and HOODOO:

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from HOODOO IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
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TITLE: Country Woman Blues
MATRIX NO.: 13718-1
SINGER: Will Batts V, with prob Jack Kelly, prob Dan Sain (Dan Sane, Dan Sing), g/sp
COMPOSER(S):
DATE OF REC.: New York, 2 August 1933
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Vocalion 02531
REISSUE(S): Yazoo 2008, Blues Documents BDCD-6005
TRANSCRIPTION:
COUNTRY WOMAN BLUES
by Will Batts

I've got two women in the country, I've got two women stays in town
            (spoken) Yeah, boy!
I've got two women in the country, I've got two women stays in town
Reason i can visit so careful 'cause ne'er 'un don't dog me around

Say, you may be brownskin woman, great God, your hair long as my arm
            (spoken) All right, sing it, boy
Say, you may be brownskin woman, great God, your hair long as my arm
            (spoken) Yeah!
Can't do the bedspring polka, you sure done lost your home

            (spoken) Well, play it, boy!

Now the short-haired woman waitin' for to carry your troubles on
Make you think through the day-time, trouble you all night long
            (spoken) Why?
She make you think you right, when you know darn well you wrong
            (spoken) Yeah, boy!

I don't want no jealous-hearted women, great God, makin' up my bed
I don't want no jealous-hearted women,
                                                     (spoken) No!
                                                                            great God, makin' up my bed
Man, she put something in your mattress, made you wish you was dead
TRANSCRIBED by catherine yronwode (cat@luckymojo.com) 17 Oct 2000
with corrections by Chris Smith (chris@skerries.demon.co.uk) 20 Oct 2000

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Chris Smith (chris@skerries.demon.co.uk)

COMMENTS BY CHRIS SMITH: In verse 1 'ne'er 'un' is my attempt to transcribe what he sings, which is a contraction of 'neither one.'

RELATED LYRICS: V.4 is lifted from "Bedtime Blues" by Frank Stokes, 1928; Stokes was often Batts' recording partner and so was Dan Sain, another performer on this recording by Batts. It is likely that Batts and Sain learned the verse from Stokes.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.4 "something in your mattress" (Goofer Dust)


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: http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/pre-war-blues.


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