James P. Johnson, Bessie Smith Back Water Blues cover

Back Water Blues
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Verse 1
When it rains five days and the skies turn dark as night
When it rains five days and the skies turn dark as night
Then trouble's takin' place in the lowlands at night
Verse 2
I woke up this mornin', can't even get out of my door
I woke up this mornin', can't even get out of my door
There's been enough trouble to make a poor girl wonder where she want to go
Verse 3
Then they rowed a little boat about five miles 'cross the pond
Then they rowed a little boat about five miles 'cross the pond
I packed all my clothes, throwed them in and they rowed me along
Verse 4
When it thunders and lightnin' and when the wind begins to blow
Verse 5
When it thunders and lightnin' and the wind begins to blow
There's thousands of people ain't got no place to go
Verse 6
Then I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hill
Then I went and stood upon some high old lonesome hill
Then looked down on the house were I used to live
Verse 7
Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
Backwater blues done call me to pack my things and go
'Cause my house fell down and I can't live there no more
Verse 8
Mmm, I can't move no more
Mmm, I can't move no more
There ain't no place for a poor old girl to go

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