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TITLE: Revenue Man Blues
MATRIX NO.: 14747-
SINGER: Charley Patton
DATE OF REC.: 31 January 1934
REISSUE(S): Document CD 5011, Yazoo LP 1020, Origin 7, Yazoo 1073
by Charlie Patton

Lord, the revenue men is ridin', boy, you'd better look out
(Aw, sure, if it ain't Purvis!)
Lord, the revenue men is ridin', boy, you'd better look out
(Boy, if he hollers at you, you don't stop, boy)
If he hollers at you, don't stop, you will likely be knocked out

Well, I don't allow her salt water, well, she always wants a drink
(Got to have a drink)
I don't allow her salt water, she always wants a drink
(Wanna drink? See you with a bottle, though)
If they see you with a bottle, they will almost break your neck

Oh, take me home through, Lord, that shy nest door
(Aw, sure)
I said take me home through that shy nest door
(She don't need no telephone to get there, aw, sure)
She don't need no telephone, daddy will take you in his car

Oh, come on mama, let us go to the edge of town
(Aw, sure.)
Come on, mama, let us go to the edge of town
(Baby, I know where Charley's got his other nest built at)
I know where there's another bird nest built down on the ground

Oh, I wake up every mornin' now with the jinx all around my bed
(Aw, sure)
I wakes up every mornin' with the jinx all around my bed
(You know I have them jinx here now)
I have been a good provider, but I believe I've been misled
CONTRIBUTED BY: Gorgen Antonsson (, 14 Sep 1997

John Fahey. // In: Fahey, John: Charley Patton. - London, Studio Vista, 1970. p. [?]
Notes to: Patton, Charley: Founder of the Delta Blues, New York, NY, Yazoo, [1970] - Yazoo L-1020
R.R. Macleod. // In: Macleod, R.R.: Yazoo 1-20. - Edinburgh: PAT Publications, 1988.
Country Blues Songbook. New York, N.Y., Oak, 1973. - p. [?] The Blues Line

V.1.1: Sounds like "men," though "man" would make more sense. -- R.R. MacLeod
V.1.2: If "Purvis" eludes you, do a web search on the name "Melvin Purvis." -- cat

FURTHER INFORMATION: The following web pages can be consulted for more details about the topics referenced in this song:
V.6 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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