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TITLE: Gwine Have Bad Luck Seven Years
SINGER: Elizabeth Smith (with Bob Fuller on Clarinet)
DATE OF REC.: 1926
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Victor 20294
REISSUE(S): Female Blues: Remaining Titles, RST (#?)
TRANSCRIPTION: INCOMPLETE; i only have the title and a partial verse. Also, although a web page on Victor Orthophonic 10" discs lists the title as "Gwine Have Bad Luck Seven Years," the only reissue, on RST, is titled "Gwine To Have Bad Luck For Seven Years." This discrepency needs to be resolved, along with finding the rest of the lyrics.

I went to church, sat right on the thirteenth row.
Next day my landlord said I had to go.

DISCOGRAPHY BY VARIOUS: Incomplete and from various sources on the web.
HTML BY: C. L. Green, 11 Mar 2005.

COMMENTS BY CAT YRONWODE: If you have a transcription and/or discography for this song, please send it my way. It will be posted here with credit to you. You may contact me through the prewar blues e-list: and i will supply you with a private email address where i can be reached or an FTP site where you can upload the lyrics. Thanks!

FURTHER INFORMATION: The unluckiness of the number 13 is primarily European (Jewish and Christian) in origin.

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:

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Due to certain social, economic, and political paradigms in place at the time of their composition, many early blues songs were improperly copyrighted or not copyrighted at all. Many bore no composer credits. Many were ripped off by unethical music publishers who falsely claimed authorship and copyrighted them in their own names. Many that were once copyright-protected are now in the public domain due to publishers' or composers' failures to properly renew the copyrights. Many have since been ripped off by unethical performers or music publishers who have pretended to be the composers for the purpose of securing a belated copyright or who have claimed "arranger's" credits on songs they falsely swore were "traditional" when in fact the songs were composed by the people who originally performed them on record. It is my sincere belief that the song transcribed on this page bears the implied moral copyright of its composer, whoever that may be. If you believe that you control the copyright by virtue of authorship or legal legerdemain, you may contact me in a civil and polite manner and i will attempt in good faith to satisfy your needs in the matter of obtaining formal permission to quote the lyrics in this scholarly publication.

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