Shotgun Blues

Album: Shotgun Blues (1941)
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  • You ought a heard my grandmother
    When she got my grandfather, told me
    You ought a heard my grandmother
    When she got my grandfather, told me
    She said, 'Get away from me, man
    I swear you've done gotten too, old'

    Now, when my baby left me
    You know she left me with mule to ride
    Now when my baby left me
    You know she left me with mule to ride
    Now, when the train left the station
    You know my mule laid down an' died

    You know, I sent my baby
    You know a brand new twenty dollar bill
    You know, I sent my babe
    You know a brand new twenty dollar bill
    Now if that don't bring her back
    I'm doggone sure my shotgun will

    Now, if I can't come in
    Let me sit down in front of your do'
    Now, I can't come in
    Let me sit down in front of your do'
    I leave so early in the mornin', you know
    Your real man won't never know

    Um-hm, baby
    I ain't gonna sing for you no more
    Um-hm, baby
    You know I ain't gonna sing for you no more
    Now, if you been startin' to leave
    I swear, I'd just love to see you go.

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  • Roberto from U.s.NOT TRUE. Woody Herman "And His Band That Played The Blues" recorded Blues Upstairs for Decca Records on April 12, 1939. He borrowed the lyrics from Shotgun Blues so the tune obviously predates 1939. Most likely no one really knows exactly who wrote it, like so many other Blues tunes...
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