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TITLE: Jinks Man Blues
MATRIX NO.: 15569-1
SINGER: Buddy Moss vocal/guitar.
DATE OF REC.: 9 August 1934, NYC
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Okeh 05626 (and 5 dime-store labels, such as Banner)
REISSUE(S): Document DOCD 5124
by Buddy Moss

I'm just a mistreated man, and the jinx is on poor me
I'm just a mistreated man, and the jinx is on poor me
Since my baby's left me, seems like the whole wold is down on me

Hey, mamma, when you comin' home?
Says, "Hey, mamma, when you comin' home?"
I'm just a mistreated man, and I ain't done nothin' wrong

And it seems like my baby quit me for and it seems so strange to me
One day and my baby quit me and it seem so strange to me
But maybe someday my baby will come back home to me


She told me I treat her mean, but I don't seen nothin' that I done
Says she told me I treated her mean, but I don't seen nothin' that I done
'Cause some low-down joker stole my baby 'way from home

An' there's something I gotta say; I want you to tell all to me
Says, I got something to say; I want you to tell all to me
When your best gal quits you, [an' that you lost your last decree ?]
TRANSCRIBED by Gorgen Antonsson ( 14 Sep 1997

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Alan Balfour 4 Nov 2000

COMMENTS BY CAT: Could use help on V.5, line 3!

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.1 jinx (crossing and jinxing)

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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