Backwater Blues

Album: Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs (1927)
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  • It rained five days and the clouds turned as dark as night,
    Yes, it rained five days and the clouds turned as dark as night,
    Lord, the trouble's takin' place, Lord, in the lowland at night

    I got up one mornin', for me I couldn't even get out of my door,
    Yes, I got up one mornin', for me I couldn't even get out of my door,
    Lord, that was really enough trouble
    to make a poor man wonder why and where to go

    And I waited, I stood upon a high, high old lonesome hill,
    Lord, I waited, I stood upon a high, high old lonesome hill,
    Lord, an' all I could do was look down on the house, baby, where I used to live

    Lord, it thunderin' an' it lightnin', Lord, and the wind begin to blow,
    Lord, it thunderin' an' it lightnin', Lord, and the wind begin to blow,
    Lord, at that time four thousand-million people who have no place to goWriter/s: LONNIE JOHNSON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, CARLIN AMERICA INC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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