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Ballads and Songs
177
COCAINE
Odum and Johnson, Tie Negro and His Songs, p. 218, give a song on the Cocaine Habit and remark: "The Negro singer pays his respects to the cocaine habit and whiskey. The majority of these songs are indecent in their suggestion."
Recorded from the singing of Barnet George, Lithonia, Georgia, July, 1931.
Cocaine gonna run me crazy;
Cocaine gonna kill my baby;
Pretty gal gonna cause me to lose my mind.
My gal runs a weiner stand
Way down in no-man's land;
Ain't nobody's business if she do.
178
JAKE WALK BLUES
Cf. various kinds of "blues" in W. C. Handy's Blues : an Anthology, New York, 1926.
Obtained from Miss Margaret Combs, Guerrant, Breathitt County, Kentucky, September, 1931.
1.1 can't eat; I can't talk; Woke up this morning I couldn't walk. You're a jake walking papa, with the jake walk blues; Fma red-headed mama that you can't afford to lose.
2. Listen here, papa, can't you see ?
You can't drink jake and get along with me. Listen here, mama, I have to call your hand; I'm a jake walking papa from a jake walk land.
3. Listen here, papa, while I tell you once more,
If you're going to drink jake, don't knock at my door. If you're a jake walk papa with the jake walk blues, I'm a red-headed mama that you can't afford to lose.
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