Give Me Central 209

Album: The Very Best Of Lightnin' Hopkins (1952)
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  • Hello Central, Please give me 209
    Hello hello Central, will you please give me 209
    Yes, you know I wanna talk to my baby
    Woh Lord and she's way down the line

    Seem like the buses done stop runnin
    And the trains don't 'llow me to ride no more
    Seem like the buses done stop runnin
    Train don't allow me to ride no more
    Ticket agent said my ticket played out
    He'll see that I don't ride for sure

    I turned around from the telephone
    went walkin straight back home
    Mmmmm turned around from the telephone
    I went walkin straight back home
    I was praying in my heart
    Askin Jesus, "Oh Lord now what wrong have I done?"

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  • Borak J. Czakinowskiwicz Iii from Villa Park, Il"209" is NOT the area code, it's the local "exchange". When few people had phones, their "phone #'s were shorter = had fewer digits. As more folks got phones, more #'s were needed & so more digits & letters were added ... remember "BR 549"? Jr. Samples' # car dealership's # on "HEE HAW!"
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