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Riley and Spencer’s burning down
Lord, there ain’t no liquor in town. (2)

What you going do to wet them lips
When this whole darn world goes dry? (2)

Now I’ve been all around this whole wide world
Lord, I’ve been down in Memphis, Tennessee. (2)

I’ve played cards with the king and the queen
Shot them dice with old Jesse James. (2)

I can eat more chicken than any girl can fry
Lord, I’m tellin’ no lowdown lies. (2)

Tell more lies than the stars in the skies
Now, baby, my time ain’t long. (2)

I never loved but one little gal
Lord, I’m sorry I ever loved her. (2)

She caused me to weep, she caused me to mourn
She took my liquor from me. (2)

Now I’d stomp down them flowers around my grave
But they’ll rise and bloom again. (2)

I’d pawn my shoes for a bottle of booze
Lord, I’d drink it, I’d lay down and die. (2)


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 4: The Anglo​-​African Exchange, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson, Bel Air, MD, 3/4/73.


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