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I’ve got the blues, I had the blues all day long (2)
I love the woman I’m loving, oh, she done caught that train and gone.

Well, it’s a mean old fireman, cruel old engineer (2)
Take that woman I love, oh, and carried her a long ways from here.

I mean that engineer blew the whistle, the fireman toned the bell (2)
Well, that woman looked out the window, oh, and did it, “Sam, fare
you well.”

Well, my mama said she’s reckless and my daddy told me she’s wild (2)
Well, it makes me no difference that woman my little angel child.

I said, baby, don’t put your love on me so strong (2)
‘Cause your love is like a faucet, woman, oh, you can cut if off and on.


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 4: The Anglo​-​African Exchange, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson & Lou Curtiss, El Cajon, CA, 5/79). Previously unissued.


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