• I asked my love to take a walk
    To take a walk, just a little walk
    Down beside where the waters flow
    Down by the banks of the Ohio

    And only say that you'll be mine
    And in no other's arms entwined
    Down beside where the waters flow
    Down by the banks of the Ohio

    I held a knife against his breast
    As into my arms he pressed
    He cried, "My love, don't you murder me
    I'm not prepared for eternity"

    I started home 'tween twelve and one
    I cried, "My God, what have I done?
    I've killed the only man I love
    He would not take me for his bride"

  • In Scarlet town where I was born
    There was a fair maid dwelling
    And every youth cried well away
    For her name was Barbara Allen

    Twas in the merry month of May
    The green buds were a swelling
    Sweet William on his deathbed lay
    For the love of Barbara Allen

    He sent a servant unto her
    To the place she was dwelling
    Saying you must come to his deathbed now
    If your name be Barbara Allen

    Slowly slowly she got up
    Slowly slowly she came nigh him
    And the only words to him she said
    Young man I think you're dying

    As she was walking oer the fields
    She heard the death bell knelling
    And every stroke it seemed to say
    Hardhearted Barbara Allen

    Oh mother mother make my bed
    Make it long and make it narrow
    Sweet William died for me today
    I'll die for him tomorrow

    They buried her in the old churchyard
    They buried him in the choir
    And from his grave grew a red red rose
    From her grave a green briar

    They grew and grew to the steeple top
    Till they could grow no higher
    And there they twined in a true love's knot
    Red rose around green briar

  • Betty told Dupree, honey I will be your wife
    Betty told Dupree, honey I will be your wife
    Well we will be married, be happy all of our life

    Wake up Betty, see what tomorrow brings
    Wake up Betty, see what tomorrow brings
    Well it might bring sunshine, and then it might bring rain

    Betty told Dupree, honey I want a diamond ring
    Betty told Dupree, honey I want a diamond ring
    Dupree said Betty, honey I'll buy you anything

    Betty told Dupree, honey I will be your wife
    Betty told Dupree, honey I will be your wife
    Well we will be so happy for the rest of our lives

    Wake up Betty, see what tomorrow brings
    Wake up Betty, see what tomorrow brings
    Well it might bring sunshine, and then it might bring rain

  • C C Rider, see what you have done
    C C Rider, see what you have done
    You made me love you, now your man done gone

    Well I'm goin' away baby, and I won't be back till fall
    Well I'm goin' away baby, and I won't be back till fall
    Well if I find me a good girl, I might not be back at all

    Well now C, C C Rider, see now the moon is shining bright
    Well now C, C C Rider, see now the moon is shining bright
    Just might find me that good girl and everything would be alright

  • Oh cocaine habit mighty bad
    It's the worst old habit I ever had
    Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

    I went to Mr Beaman's in a lope
    Saw a sign on the window said no more dope
    Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

    Since cocaine went out of style
    You can catch them shooting needles all the while
    Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

    If you don't think coke is mighty good
    Ask Alma Rose at Minglewood (note 1)
    Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

    I love my whiskey, I love my gin
    But the way I love my coke is a doggone sin
    Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

    I strut my stuff long as you please (note 2)
    But it takes a little coke to give me ease
    Hey, hey, honey take a whiff on me

  • Oh sinner as you tread on life's journey, take Jesus as your daily guide (note 1)
    Though you may feel pure and saintly, without Him walking by your side
    But when you come to make the crossing at the ending of his pilgrim's way
    If you ever will need your saviour, you will surely need him on that day

    Now look at that cold Jordan, look at its deep water
    Look at that wide river, oh hear the mighty billows roll
    You better take Jesus with you, he's a true companion
    Oh I'm sure without him that you never will make it home

    That awful day of judgement is coming in the by and by
    We'll see our Lord descending in glory from on high
    Oh, let us keep in touch with Jesus and in the special love of God (note 2)
    And may we ever be called ready when he calls us over Jordan's tide

    Now what you gonna do, oh what you gonna say
    Oh how you gonna feel when you come to the end of the way?

  • Well she's coming down the stairs, combing back her yellow hair (note 1)
    And I ain't gonna be treated this-a-way
    This-a-way
    And I ain't gonna be treated this-a-way

    Well she went up to her room and she sang a fateful tune (note 2)
    And I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow
    Winds don't blow
    And I'm going where those chilly winds don't blow

    Well I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life (note 3)
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
    Rain and snow
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow

  • Wake up, wake up, darling Corey What makes you sleep so sound [The revenue officers are coming] They're gonna tear your still house down

    Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow Dig a hole in the cold ground [Dig a hole, dig a hole in the meadow] We're gonna lay him in the ground

  • I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read? I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read? You better come home, the one you love is dead

    Well I went to the graveyard, looked in my woman's face Well I went to the graveyard, looked in my woman's face I love you mama, I just can't take your place

    Well the woman I love, she's done dead and gone Well the woman I love, she's done dead and gone She left me here trying to sing my ragtime song

  • 1. Well if you go down to Deep Elem, put your money in your shoes (note 2)
    Women in Deep Elem got them Deep Elem blues

    Oh sweet mama, your daddy's got them Deep Elem blues
    Oh sweet mama, your daddy's got them Deep Elem blues

    2. Once I had a girlfriend, she meant the world to me
    She went down to Deep Elem, now she ain't what she used to be
    [chorus]

    3. When you go down to Deep Elem, have a little fun (note 3)
    Have that ten dollars ready when the policeman comes (note 4)
    [chorus]

    4. Once I knew a preacher, preached the bible through and through
    Went down to Deep Elem now his preaching days are through
    [chorus]

    5. When you go down to Deep Elem, put your money in your pants
    The women in Deep Elem they don't give a man a chance (note 5)
    [chorus]

    6. When you go down to Deep Elem, put your money in your socks (note 6)
    The redheads in Deep Elem, they'll put you on the rocks (note 7)
    [chorus]

  • Don't ease, don't ease
    Don't ease me in
    I've been all night long coming home
    Don't ease me in

    I was standing at the corner
    Talking to Miss Brown
    Well I turned around, sweet moma
    She was way cross town

    So I'm walking down the street
    With a dollar in my hand
    I've been looking for a woman, sweet moma
    Ain't got no man

    The girl I love
    She's sweet and true
    You know the dress she wears, sweet moma
    It's pink and blue

    She brings me coffee
    You know she brings me tea
    She brings 'bout every damn thing
    But the jailhouse key

  • Going down the road feeling bad
    Going down the road feeling bad
    Going down the road feeling bad, hey hey hey, yeah
    Don't wanna be treated this a way

    Going where the climate suits my clothes
    I'm going where the climate suits my clothes
    Going where the climate suits my clothes
    Don't wanna be treated this a way

    Going where the water tastes like wine
    Well I'm going where the water tastes like wine
    Going where the water tastes like wine
    I don't wanna be treated this a way

  • He was, he was a friend of mine
    He was, he was a friend of mine
    Now he's dead and gone

    This morning my best friend
    Was sleeping in his bed
    His face like a jewel
    And he was dead

    He liked to play games
    Mark, push me on a swing
    Mark, push me on a merry-go-round
    Going round and round

  • I got a mind to give up livin'
    Yes and go shopping instead
    I've got a mind to give up livin'
    Yes and go shopping instead
    Pick me a tombstone and be pronounced dead

    When I read your letter this morning
    That was on your place in bed
    When I read your letter this morning
    That was on your place in bed
    That's when I decided that I'd be better off dead

    It read "Daddy, it's no use looking
    Or ever hoping to get me back"
    It read "Daddy, it's no use looking
    Or ever hoping to get me back"
    "Because it's all over now
    And baby you can bet on that"

  • I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone
    I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone
    Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms

    Lay down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest
    Lay down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest
    My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the West

    The sun will shine in my back door some day
    The sun will shine in my back door some day
    March winds will blow all my troubles away

    I wish I was a headlight on a north-bound train
    I wish I was a headlight on a north-bound train
    I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain

  • Up on the Blue Ridge mountain, there I'll take my stand
    Up on the Blue Ridge mountain, there I'll take my stand
    A rifle on my shoulder, six-shooter in my hand
    Lord, Lord, I've been all around this world

    Lulu, my Lulu, come and open the door
    Lulu, my Lulu, come and open the door
    Before I have to walk on in with my old forty-four
    Lord, I've been all around this world

    Mama and papa, little sister makes three (note 1)
    Mama and papa, little sister makes three
    They're coming in the morning, that's the last you'll see of me
    Lord, lord, I've been all around this world

    Hang me, oh hang me, so I'll be dead and gone
    Hang me, oh hang me, so I'll be dead and gone
    I wouldn't mind your hanging boys, but you wait in jail so long (note 2)
    Lord, I've been all around this world

    Up on the Blue Ridge mountain, there I'll take my stand
    Up on the Blue Ridge mountain, there I'll take my stand
    A rifle on my shoulder, six-shooter in my hand
    Lord, Lord, I've been all around this world

  • (note 1)
    Hey now (hey now)
    Hey now (hey now)
    Iko iko un day
    Jockomo feeno ah na nay
    Jockomo feena nay
    [repeated twice]

    My grandma see your grandpa
    Sitting by the Bayou
    My grandma see your granpa
    Gonna fix your chicken wire (note 2)

    My spy dog see your spy dog
    Sitting by the Bayou
    My spy dog see your spy dog
    Gonna set your tail on fire

    My little boy see your little boy (note 3)
    Sitting by the Bayou
    My little boy see your little boy
    Gonna fix your chicken wire

    My grandma see your grandma
    Sitting by the Bayou
    My grandma see your grandma
    Gonna fix your chicken wire

  • Little girl, little girl what have I done
    To make you treat me so
    You have caused me to weep, you have caused me to moan
    You have caused me to leave my home

    In the pines, in the pines
    Where the sun never shines
    I shiver when the cold winds blow

    My daddy was a railroad man
    Drove a mile and a half uptown
    His head was found 'neath the driving wheel
    His body has never been found

    The longest train I ever saw
    Was down that northern line
    The engine passed by at ten o'clock
    The cab passed by at nine

    Little girl, little girl what have I done
    To make you treat me so
    You have caused me to weep, you have caused me to moan
    You have caused me to leave my home

  • There was a wealthy merchant, in London he did dwell
    He had a beautiful daughter, the truth to you I'll tell
    Oh the truth to you I'll tell

    She had sweethearts a plenty and men of high degree
    But none but Jack the sailor her true love e'er could be
    Oh her true love e'er could be

    Jackie's gone a sailing with trouble on his mind
    He's left his native country and his darling girl behind
    Oh his darling girl behind

    She went down to a tailor's shop and dressed in man's array
    She climbed on board a vessel to convey herself away
    Oh convey herself away

    Before you step on board Sir, your name I'd like to know
    She smiled all in her countenance 'they call me Jack A Roe'
    Oh they call me Jack A Roe

    I see your waist is slender, your fingers they are small
    Your cheeks too red and rosy to face the cannonball
    Oh to face the cannonball

    I know my waist is slender, my fingers they are small
    But it would not make me tremble to see ten thousand fall
    Oh to see ten thousand fall

    The war soon being over, she went and looked around
    Among the dead and wounded her darling boy she found
    Oh her darling boy she found

    She picked him up all in her arms and carried him to town
    She sent for a physician who quickly healed his wounds
    Oh who quickly healed his wounds

    This couple they got married, so well they did agree
    This couple they got married, so why not you and me
    Oh why not you and me

  • Went out last night to take a look around
    Met little Sadie and I blowed her down
    Went right home, went to bed
    Forty-four smokeless under my head

    Woke up the next morning about half past nine (note 1)
    The hacks and the buggies all standing in line
    The gents and the gamblers standing all around
    Taking little Sadie to her burying ground

    Well I began to think what a deed I'd done
    Grabbed my hat and away I run
    Made a good run, but a little too slow
    They overtook me in Jericho

    I'm standing on the corner reading a bill (note 2)
    Along came the sheriff from Thomasville
    Says "Young man, is your name Brown?
    Remember the night you blowed Sadie down?"

    Oh, yes sir, my name is Lee (note 3)
    I murdered little Sadie in the first degree
    First degree and the second degree
    Got any papers woould you read 'em to me

    Well they took me downtown all dressed in black
    Put me on the train and sent me back
    Sent me back to the county jail
    I had nobody for to go my bail

    The judge and the jury they took the stand
    The judge held the paper in his right hand
    Forty-one days, forty-one nights
    Forty-one years to wear the ball and stripes

  • Would not my fat girl tell you the reason why? (note 1)
    Fat girls will even do things on the sly
    Look for your dinner to be good and hot
    She never even put a stew-bone in the pot

    She's on the road again, sure as you're born
    Natural born eastman on the road again (note 2)
    She's on the road again, sure as you're born

    Friend comes by, says he's looking for his hat
    Wants to know where's your husband's at
    Say I don't know, he's on the way to the pen
    Come on pretty momma let's get on the road again

    I went to my house, my front door was locked
    Went round to the window, found my window was locked
    Jumped right back, I shook my head
    Big old rounder in my folding bed
    Shot through the window, broke the glass
    Never seen that little rounder run so fast

  • As we rode out to Fennario
    As we rode out to Fennario
    Our captain fell in love with a lady like a dove
    And he called her by name pretty Peggy-O

    Will you marry me, pretty Peggy-O
    Will you marry me, pretty Peggy-O
    If you will marry me, I will set your cities free
    And free all the ladies in the area-O (note 1)

    I would marry you, sweet William-O
    I would marry you, sweet William-O
    I would marry you, but your guineas are too few (note 2)
    And I fear my mama would be angry-O

    What would your mama think, pretty Peggy-O
    What would your mama think, pretty Peggy-O
    What would your mama think if she heard my guineas clink (note 2)
    And saw me marching at the head of my soldiers-O

    If ever I return, pretty Peggy-O
    If ever I return, pretty Peggy-O
    If ever I return, all your citie

  • Baby please, baby please come back to me
    Baby please, baby please come back to me
    'Cause you know I am your prisoner
    And I need your love to set me free

    I woke up early one morning, before the break of day
    I looked down on my bed beside me and my baby has gone away
    Baby please, baby please come back to me
    'Cause you know I am your prisoner
    And I need your love to set me free

    Well I know my tears are wasted, I know I'm crying in vain
    I know I've lost my baby but I love her just the same
    I'm crying baby please, baby please come back to me
    'Cause you know I am your prisoner
    And I need your love to set me free

    Baby please, baby please come back to me
    Baby please, baby please come back to me
    'Cause you know I am your prisoner
    And I need your love to set me free

  • I've been rolling and tumbling
    Rolling all night long
    I've been rolling and tumbling
    Rolling all night long
    Well baby, baby, baby
    [Baby, baby come back home?]

  • If I had my way
    If I had my way
    If I had my way
    I would tear this whole building down

    Delilah was a woman, she was fine and fair
    She had good looks - God knows - and coal black hair
    Delilah she gained old Samson's mind
    When first he saw this woman, she looked so fine

    Delilah she climbed up on Samson's knee
    Said tell me where your strength lies, if you please
    Then she spoke so kind, she talked so fair
    That Samson said, Delilah you cut off my hair
    You can shave my head, cleanse my hand
    My strength comes as natural as any other man

    You read about Samson, all from his birth
    He was the strongest man ever had lived on earth
    One day while Samson was walking along
    Looked down on the ground he saw an old jaw bone
    Then he stretched out his arm and his chains broke like threads
    And when he got to move, ten thousand were dead

    Now Samson and the lion, they got in attack
    And Samson he walked up on the lion's back
    You read about this lion, he killed a man with his paw
    Samson got hands up round the lion's jaw
    He ripped that beast, killed it dead
    And the bees made honey in the lion's head

  • Swing low, sweet chariot
    Coming for to carry me home
    Swing low, sweet chariot
    Coming for to carry me home

    I looked over Jordan and what did I see
    Coming for to carry me home
    A band of angels coming after me
    Coming for to carry me home

    If you get to heaven before I do
    Coming for to carry me home
    Tell all my friends I'll be coming there too
    Coming for to carry me home

  • I got my questionnaire baby, you know I'm heading off for war
    I got my questionnaire baby, you know I'm heading off for war
    Well I'm gonna kill somebody, no one knows what for

    Well Uncle Sam ain't a woman, but you know he sure can take your man
    Well Uncle Sam ain't a woman, but you know he sure can take your man
    There's 45,000 guys in the service and hes got them doing something they just don't understand

    Well I'm going to do some fighting, of that I can be sure
    Well I'm going to do some fighting, of that I can be sure
    Well know I wan't to kill somebody, won't have to break no law

    I got my questionnaire baby, you know I'm heading off for war
    I got my questionnaire baby, you know I'm heading off for war
    Well know I wan't to kill somebody, won't have to break no law

  • From the great Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore
    From the green and flowery mountains to the south belt by the shore
    She's mighty tall and handsome, she's known quite well by all
    She's a modern combination called the Wabash Cannonball

    Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
    As she glides along the woodlands, over hills and by the shore
    Hear the mighty rush of the engine, hear the lonesome hobo's call
    Travelling through the jungles on the Wabash Cannonball

    Oh the Eastern States are dandy, so the Western people say
    From New York to Chicago, and Rock Island by the way
    From the hills of Minnesota where the rippling waters fall
    No chances to be taken on the Wabash Cannonball

    I rode the IC Limited, also the Royal Blue
    Across the Eastern counties on the Elkhorn number two
    I rode these highball trains from coast to coast, and that's all
    But I have found no equal to the Wabash Cannonball

    Here's to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever be
    Always be remembered in the courts of Tennessee
    His earthly race is over now, the curtains round him fall
    They're carrying him home to victory on the Wabash Cannonball

    Travelling through the jungles on the Wabash Cannonball

  • Will the circle be unbroken
    Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
    There's a better home a-waiting
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    Well I went home, one day, I found my home was empty
    Now my mother she had gone
    And my brothers and sisters were crying
    Oh you know their home was so all alone

    Undertaker, oh undertaker
    Please drive slow, oh please drive slow
    'Cause you know that body you are hauling
    Oh I hate to see it go