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TITLE: Lonesome Man Blues
MATRIX NO.: B-65-1
SINGER: George Torey
DATE OF REC.: 2 April 1937
REISSUE(S): HK 4002, Yazoo L 1002 ...
by George Torey

Baby, how long, baby, how long, gon' be 'fore you bring your clothes back home?
Then, well, it won't be no longer you quit doin' me wrong

Hey, Red Cap porter, did my best woman ever get on board?
Then I don't know the clothes she had on

Just as sure as a bluebird flies in the skies above,
Then your life ain't no pleasure 'less you're with that one you love

Sayin' if I just had wings, then I'd fly just like Noah's dove.
Then I would hoist my wings and fly, light on that woman I love

Well, I went up on a mountain, takin' a peep in that old deep blue sea
I was tryin' to find that woman put them jinx on me

Babe, how long, you gon' still do me wrong?
Baby, how long is you goin' treat me wrong?

Says, then I woked up this mornin' just about the dawn of day
The man had my woman and the worried blues had me
TRANSCRIBED BY: Gorgen Antonsson ( 14 Sep 1997

PRINTED TRANSCRIPTIONS: R. R. Macleod, In: Macleod, R. R.: Yazoo 1-20. Edinburgh: PAT Publications, 1988, p. 36

V. 1:1: " ... long, done it be before you think you'll go back ..."
V. 2:1: "Every car pulled out, did ..."
V. 3:2: " ...with the, mmm, woman you ..."
V. 4:1: "... like mournin' dove"
V. 7:2: "Lonesome man, he ain't heard my woman ..."

DISCOGRAPHY BY: Gorgen Antonsson ( 14 Sep 1997

RELATED RECORDINGS: Leroy Carr, "How Long - How Long Blues" (19 Jun 1928)

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.5 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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