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TITLE: Last Week Blues
MATRIX NO.: CP-1113-2
SINGER: Peetie Wheatstraw (William Bunch)
DATE OF REC.: 7 Sep 1934
ORIGINAL ISSUE(S): Vocalion 02843
by Peetie Wheatstraw

Last Sunday I had the blues, last Monday night I had the jinx
Last Sunday I had the blues, last Monday night I had the jinx
Because my woman she had left me,
          ooh well, brown, and I don't have no place to stay.

Last Sunday she stayed out, now, with her other man
Last Sunday she stayed out, now, with her other man
But then she been gone away from home,
          ooh well, she been going from hand to hand.

Last Wednesday she begin to cry.
Last Wednesday morning, ooh well, she begin to cry.
She said, "Daddy, daddy, when I come home now,
          I'm coming home to die."

Last Sunday she went out to the camps, that was no man's land.
I said, last Sunday she went out to the camps
          and that was known as no man's land.
And all the women that was out there,
          ooh well, brown, they was goin' from man to man.

Last Friday morning she come back to her own neighborhood
Last Friday morning she come back to her own neighborhood
And now you know she found out,
          ooh well, brown, that she couldn't do her own self no good.

Last Saturday night, she begin to have them blues.
Last Saturday night, she began to feel so blue.
Well, well, now, you know, she said, "Daddy, daddy,"
          ooh well, brown, "Please let me come back home to you."
TRANSCRIBED BY: Bob Groom. // In: Blues world. - No 33 (1970), p. 21
Orthographical changes by Gorgen Antonsson ( 10 Sep 1997

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Gorgen Antonsson ( 10 Sep 1997

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

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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